Apr 26

From Pies to Pizzas! Bath Girl Geek Dinner 2018 #2

Bath Girl Geek Dinners is back and we are enticing our members in for an informal pizza and meetup before BathCamp (which we’re sneaking into after 6.30)  on the 10th May.

We will introduce ourselves, explain the aim of the group and give you all an overview of the support networks in the region for women in Bath working in the Tech Field.

Marianne Wise and Franziska Zuch have brilliantly agreed to take on the task of getting the Bath GGD on its feet which is great.

As we are only booked for the first hour we will concentrate on who’s doing what in the Bath area around the women in Tech

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Marianne Wise is one of the new Bath Girl Geek Dinner organisors, she will introduce herself, what she does and her interest in women in tech

 

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Fran Zuch is the other new Bath Girl Geek Dinners organisor and runs a meetup called Meet&Speak also for women who want to be more confident about speaking in public, in the workplace, at conferences, or at local meet ups.

 

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Serrie Chapman to give an overview of the Womens Tech Hub, IT Girls Collaborative (run by Rosie Bennett above left) and Tech for Good (run by Annie Legge above right), which are all actively supporting women in tech in the area.

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Paul Leader from BathCamp will hopefully pop his head around to introduce BathCamp to you, they have been very actively working to encourage female attendance to their meetups!

 

After that it will be a case of networking, pizza eating, wine drinking and finding out what our members would like us to find speakers for, subjects, suggestions, support (all the S’s it seems!)

When

Thursday 10th May 2018 5.30pm – 6.30pm

BathCamp starts at 6.30pm for those wishing to join BathCamp

Where

This meetup is kindly being hosted by the The Guild Hub co-working space in Bath

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Bath Girl Geek Dinners

Apr 17

GGD #67 Cryptography and Cluster Computing with Scott Logic

Susan Thomson: “Security is a game”, Susan Thomson

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Susan is a developer at Scott Logic. Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher in cryptography at the University of Bristol. Please don’t talk to her about your altcoin

Good cryptography is becoming increasingly important for everyone. But how do we know if an encryption scheme is any good? Susan will talk about what it means when cryptographers say that an encryption scheme is secure.

Paulin Shek: Apache Spark – what, and why”, Paulin Shek

Paulin Shek

Paulin is a developer at Scott Logic. When not doing client work, she’s levered some time to write internal training materials on Apache Spark, and she also runs a Data Engineering study group that meets on a weekly basis.

Cluster computing is something that has become more accessible, beyond academics and large companies, over the past few years. This is partly due to frameworks such as Apache Spark. However, with the advent of new technologies comes a whole new set of terms and buzzwords. Paulin will give an introduction to cluster computing, and explain the motivation behind Spark.

When

Thursday 17th May 2018 – 6.30/7  – 9pm

Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm

Where

This meetup is kindly sponsored once again by Scott Logic who have been hosting us for a few years now with some great speakers.
They have a new website https://www.scottlogic.com which regularly posts new and interesting tech blogs and has a careers page, which illustrates new vacancies across their 4 office locations.

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Bristol Girl Geek Dinners

Mar 22

Il Brand è in pericolo! Bot Troll & Fake News

ALEX ORLOWSKI, Presidente di WOM digital agency leader in campagne data driven strategy, online reputation e web monitoring con la partecipazione straordinaria di DAVID PUENTE, noto blogger debunker e cyber investigator, presenta in esclusiva:

“come analizzare, prevenire e neutralizzare le minacce provenienti dal web, attraverso metodologie e strumenti innovativi”.

Saranno presentati case history italiane, con dimostrazione dei dati, dei tool utilizzati per le analisi, delle best practices per identificarne gli autori e contrastarli.
L’incontro permetterà di approfondire le tecniche e le soluzioni per:

– Brand Reputation;
– Individuare le vulnerabilità;
– Bloccare tempestivamente le minacce;
– Crisis management.

L’evento in programma il 24 marzo, presso il Business Center di Parma è suddiviso in due fasi:

– dalle ore 11:00 alle ore 13:00 si terrà la prima parte del seminario dedicata esclusivamente ad aziende, marketing manager, responsabili e addetti reparto IT e Digital;

– dalle ore 15:00 alle ore 17:00 ci sarà il momento di apertura al pubblico, ai giornalisti e a tutti gli interessati in cui verrà trattato il tema attuale che vede protagonisti Facebook e Cambridge Analytica.

Iscriviti per ricevere maggiori informazioni:.

Visita il seguente link: wateronmars.wufoo.eu/forms/il-brand-a-in-pericolo-bot-troll-fake-news/

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Mar 20

Not too cool for school?

In the geek year of 2018, Girl Geek Dinners Trondheim started off with an event about EdTech. EdTech is an abbreviation of Educational Technology, and according to Wikipedia it is defined as “the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources”.

Our generous sponsor this month was Atea. Atea is the leading provider of IT infrastructure solutions in the Nordic and Baltic region with NOK 32 billion in revenue and approximately 6,900 employees (2017). Atea is present in 87 cities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Read more about the company on their web pages.

Fullt hus på #edtech arrangement. Årets første. Vertsbedrift #ateanorge

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Over 100 geeks, both girls, boys, men, and women met us at Bror. The popular burger bar in the middle of Trondheim City was crowded with curious souls, but we still managed to complete our traditional presentation round where all 100 attendees got to say their name, job title, and passion. Some even took the opportunity to reveal that they were either highering or seeking for a new job.

Funfact: Did you know Girl Geek Dinners has mediated more then five new hirings, because of out meetups? And that is only the ones we know of.

The evenings’ program was packed with interesting talks. The headline of the event was “What will the future school look like?” and we started off by setting the scene with a quote by Norways´ Minister of Education:

“The most important task of the school is to teach their students how to gain knew knowledge. In the 21st-century one will also need other skills than the IQ-based skills, amongst other the ability of self-control, self-regulation and concentration”

 

The first speaker was Tonje Foss, the regional manager at Atea, recently named one of the top 50 women in IT in Norway. She introduced the evening and presented the new strategic network focus, where contracts have been signed with both NTNU Accel, Technoport and Women in Tech Conference DigIT 2018. Atea has been sponsoring Girl Geek Dinner events before and also give away some complimentary tickets to their conference Atea Community each year. They are contributing to increasing the number of women in tech each step at the time.

Next up what Jørgen Sundgot, the Education Advisor in Atea specializing in the introduction of digital tools and workflows into classrooms to further learning and enable 21st-century skills. Skilled in strategic advisement, project management, change management, solution design, infrastructure, operating systems, platforms, ecosystems, software, hardware, device management and financing.

Third up on stage was Anna Holm Heide, representing one of the most award-winning and promising start-ups in Norway at the moment: No Isolation. No Isolation has a bold mission to exterminate all loneliness. They started by making the robot AV1 who enables sick or handicapped kids to attend school through their iPad, seeing the classroom through the eyes of the robot. Watch how it works here:

Last, but not least, the startup Learning Moment Technologies presented their successful tool Dokker™ (SaaS). Dokker™, a service for documentation of skills and personal lifelong learning. Learning Moment Technologies works every day for that guidance, monitoring and learning should be personalized, smarter and more efficient. Learning Moment innovates and develop tools and methodologies for personal learning and development. Our own girl geek Hilde Amundsen stepped up to the challenge and did their presentation for them when they were prevented. Great success!


Thanks for reading, geek love from the organizers:

 

Feb 28

GGD #66 Survival guide for being heard and encouraging diversity of thinking

Caroline Morris is a data geek turned Leadership coach, who founded Wide Eyed Group, a leadership and team coaching business.  Her passion of developing people was nurtured during her 20-year career working in data; leading teams of data scientists, developers and analysts.

Her background also means she understands the pressures faced within technical teams. Like the cultural barriers that can exist between logical, technically-minded data scientists and their extroverted, fast-paced colleagues in sales and marketing. Or the challenges of moving into a leadership position after excelling in a more practical ‘doer’ role.

Caroline’s coaching style is adaptable, slotting seamlessly into any organisation and providing actionable strategies that teams can use to transform their way of working.

She has turned her love of “helping people to be the best they can be” into her new career of transformational coaching:

A qualified coach, who uses Positive Psychology, Transactional Analysis, NLP techniques with Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment in her coaching practice. Her passion for the power of attention and listening has led her to become a Time to Think Facilitator and she can help you and your team communicate more powerfully with each other.  She is also a Master Emotional Capital Report practitioner who can help you understand your level of EQ and areas to develop to help you develop yourself and your team.

Caroline previously ran a couple of great workshops for the Womens Tech Hub WTHub.org during the day and it went down so well that we thought she would be the perfect speaker for our women who are working. We feel that it would be great to learn some skills on how to survive in the workplace and have a voice as its a discussion that we hear often that our members struggle with.

caroline morris

 Website:  https://www.wideeeyedgroup.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wideeyedgroup

Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-morris-73/

When

Wednesday 21st March 2018 – 6.30/7  – 9pm

Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Institute of Physics Publishing http://ioppublishing.org/

IOP Publishing, Temple Circus, Temple Way, Bristol, BS1 6HG

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Bristol Girl Geek Dinners

Feb 27

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Feb 20

Pies De Resistance: Bath Girl Geek Dinner 2018 #1

Hi All,

We are very excited to announce that we will be having our first social for the year straight after the IT Girls Collaborative meet up on 8 March. Very informal, we’ll be heading to the Raven in Bath for a tasty pie and hopefully some good chat about the direction of the Bath Girl Geek Dinners. For this event, we don’t have a speaker booked but hope we can a debate about what we think is needed in Bath to take the vision of Girl Geek Dinners forward here.

So what’s it all about again? Let’s have a recap… (word credit to Bristol Girl Geeks)

The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got annoyed and frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events. She was tired of being assumed to be marketing, tired of constantly having to prove herself and decided that she just wanted a change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside.

So what did this geeky girl do to change the world of geeks and girl geeks everywhere… well she got in touch with a few well known bloggers, posted online about her idea of getting geeks to educate one another over dinner and then arranged the first girl geek dinner event with a little help from her friends. The first event had 35 people at it all from London and the surrounding area, shortly after people started to hear about the events and companies started sponsoring them to cover the food and drinks cost.

Then they started popping up in other UK cities as she trained others up in how to run the events, spreading the formula for them… so they then started popping up in Europe… and shortly after that over in Canada… Now they are starting to pop up in New Zealand and Australia. Who knows where will be next

The Vision

The long term vision of these events is to bring Geek (or if necessary Girl Geek) Dinners into schools, colleges and universities around the world to encourage people to embrace their passion for something like technology and to explore what they can do with it. Even better will be doing this in countries where computers are scarce but valuable. Imagine groups of children around a laptop learning about the technology, getting all excited by it no matter what country they are in.

Why should you care?

The UK population of software engineers and technical expertise is diminishing; the amount of work in the UK for skilled technical staff is on the rise. The amount of women in the technical industry is less than 10% and the number of young women (and in fact men) applying to university for a technical degree course is dwindling. This pattern however is not just occurring in the UK but around the world. Why? This is partly due to social stereotypes (see work from Saatchi & Saatchi on Lady Geek), partly to do with university entry requirements (many which require A level maths as standard), and sometimes just in lack of self belief that people can do these roles successfully. Looking at a younger age group they see technology as dull and about sitting looking at a computer all day! We want to break down these myths about technology and the industry at large! Vive la Resistance!!

Technology has been one of thosPieminister-The Ravene black arts for so many years and we think that it’s about time that these myths were broken down and the truth about them brought to light. Social stereotypes damaging the industry will be broken down, and it’s all about educating the media, the people and attracting social change. Along with this is the opportunity to make changes that can affect everyone, even those in the third world. It is an opportunity and one that I think would we well worth anyone who is up for a challenge to consider.

So see you on the 8 March, for a drink and a pie from 8pm. Please sign up to the meet up and RSVP for the event. By the end of the night we hope we’ll have the bones of an action plan for what we want to do for the women Geeks of Bath and its surrounding areas.

Marianne and Serrie

Feb 08

GGD #65 Summoning the Genie: Drones, Robotics and Machine Learning

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GGD presents an evening of talks looking at the opportunities and challenges of robotics and machine learning featuring:-

  • Bot or not? Robotic technology in our lives today

  • Drop the drone – challenging the security of drone technology

  • Cyber Security Machine Learning

Our team of speakers :-

Gudrun Fedorowich

Gudrun is a Lead Domain Engineer with Lloyds Banking Group specialising in application security.  She holds an MSc in Information Technology from UWE and has wide ranging experience in Security and IT within the Financial Services sector.  Gudrun had a pre-IT life working in marketing, sales and management development.

Jaimi Anderson

Jaimi comes from Brisbane Australia where she has had a brilliantly technical study background. She gained a Batchelors degree in Animation as an early university entrant with Griffith University. After moving to Queensland University of technology she attained a Master’s degree in Information Technology specialising in security and Games design alongside valuable management training. She extended her studies by a year to cover Computer (Digital) Forensics and run a project on Mobile App permissions.

Currently she is studying for a further Masters at Macquarie University in policing, intelligence and counter terrorism, while using her extensive knowledge as a project manager in the NHS. She is currently waiting for her NCA (Security) Clearance so she can further her security and digital forensics knowledge to use in the UK. She describes herself as a magical unicorn!

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Miranda Mowbray

Miranda is a lecturer at the University of Bristol, where her research interests include cyber security and big data ethics. She has two hexadecimal dollars, and an Erdos number of 3. She has just begun a project investigating ways to subvert a swarm of four hundred robots.

When

Thursday 22nd February 2018 – 6.30/7  – 9pm

Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Bristol University

 Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Girlgeekdinners Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/.

Jan 12

Solving for the Perfect Party

Solving for the Perfect Party

 

2017 has just begun; hopefully, you celebrated the end of 2016 with a bang. If you happened to be one of the many who hosted a party, then you definitely did. Nothing creates chaos like hosting a party. Throngs of people in and out the door, the constant demand to entertain and feed your guests, as well as all the havoc that alcohol provides… Well, you see why some never attempt to host their own party. They leave that to the pros.

And, while planning my own New Year’s Eve party, I finally realized exactly where I went wrong. Yes, party planning is stressful, but that’s only because of the unexpected. How do you account for no-shows? What will you do with all the extra food? What if there’s not enough booze? These are frightening scenarios, but don’t worry: there are simple solutions to guide you. In fact, there are simple equations. Solving for them helped me plan my New Year’s Eve party with minimal stress, and I’ll certainly be applying these equations to every party from here on out.

 

  1. How Many People Will Actually Show Up?

We’re all increasingly busy. We’re booked weeks in advance, and sometimes, no matter how much you care for the person, you can’t make it to your friend’s event. Realize that your friends aren’t intending to hurt you by just “swinging by” or by foregoing your party altogether. They were probably just invited to several events, and there’s only so much time in the day! However, that leaves you in an awkward position: you don’t want to set up for more guests that will attend, but you can’t risk not having enough either.

First, gauge your guest lists’ interest level. If they don’t drink, and you’re already concocting your special margarita mix, count them out. If they have a baby, they probably won’t be there at midnight. Are they very popular? Expect them to dip in and out. All these maybes and in and outs count for half a person.

 

.5 * (# of maybes and in and outs)= A

 

Next, realize that despite your best promotion, some people would just rather sit in their PJs, eat take out, and watch Friends reruns every weekend. You might not understand how someone could be such a social recluse but to each their own. So, go ahead and do yourself a favour and just count out 30% now.

Given this, you’re left with a simple equation:

 

.7 X (A + # of your real friends)= expected guests

 

2. How Long Will it Last?

Too late, and you won’t have time to get the ball rolling before everyone has to leave. Too early, and the party burns out before midnight, which is an acceptable cut off point for most parties. While some might want it to last longer, no one will be affronted if you kick everyone out at midnight. People understand that it is technically the start of the next day, and you probably have plans for tomorrow.

First, realize that most people will show up late, so don’t plan for the party to really get started until about an hour after your official “start time”. Given this, 7:00 is a bit too early, and 9:00 is a bit too late. Settle on 8 pm as an official start time, as this will give everyone enough breathing room to arrive when they wish and party as hard as they want to. So, that’s four hours until midnight, but really only 3 hours with everyone present.

 

That leaves us with:

 

3+ (# of hours past midnight you can tolerate before you kick everyone out)= # of hours your party will last

 

If this isn’t enough time for you, or you think your friends might bail before then, tailor the party specifically for friends who you want to stay longer. You might have a friend that loves unicorns, or Harry Potter, or whiskey. Include those things into the theme of the party. People will also stay longer if they’re comfortable, so make sure that you remove any bad smells and tidy up before having anyone over.

 

3. How Much Booze Do You Need?

If you don’t want alcohol at your party, you can just skip right over this section…

If you want to be able to tolerate hosting a party, on the other hand, booze is required. But how much? We all have that friend that can only down two drinks before they’re on the bathroom floor and you’re rubbing their back, but we also know one person who needs a bottle to get a buzz. This can be a little tricky, but luckily there is an event planning standard to help you out.

(# of guests from step 1) X (# of hours from step 2) = # of servings

Make sure you realize how much a serving is. While this is obvious with a bottle of beer, take note of what a serving of wine is five ounces and a shot of liquor is 1.5 ounces. This will help you plan out how much booze you need to buy, which, honestly, can be the breaking point of any get-together.

Now, following these equations doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have a stress-free planning experience. But it definitely helps. Considering that you’re attempting something that others do professionally, don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself plenty of time, and then it’s just an issue of plugging in the numbers.

 


Guest Blog Post: AJ Earley

MandiHeadshotAJ is a personal chef, caterer, freelance writer, travel junkie, and root beer float aficionado from The Pacific Northwest, USA.

Apr 04

Rails Girls Summer of Code – Open for Applications!

We have just opened our applications for students and we are now trying to get in touch with as many initiatives as possible to help us spread the word about our program.

As you may have heard, RGSoC is a three month paid scholarship where women all over the world work on open source projects with technical support of coaches and mentors. Our program is not limited to Ruby on Rails, we have projects in different languages. We believe that RGSoC might be a logical next step for someone who started learning programming, whether they’ve been to a workshop, a study group or learned by themselves.

Our goal is to encourage women to work in the area of technology, at the same time we support open source development. Since 2013, we have already trained 106 students in 23 countries. The most amazing thing is that 90% of the students are still working in tech, whereas 8% have founded their startups.

The deadline for applications is April 10th (here) and we have amazing projects to contribute to this year.

Nov 29

Gadgets Every Tech Lover Needs in Their Home

 

For the geeky gadget lover, there’s nothing better than having your home life be synced, scheduled, and set to optimal efficiency, and to move through each day with the help of your handy devices. However, with these gadgets, it’s about more than just convenience. It’s also about making your home into a place that’s fun, innovative and always ready for a party—just ask Ivee below to turn on the music and you’ll know what we mean…

Here are 4 gadgets that every tech lover needs to have in their home.

 

Gadgetvia Blossom Coffee

Blossom Coffee

For the coffee loving geek who believes that a great cup of java requires as much science and engineering as computer programming does, you’ll find yourself in good company with Blossom Coffee. In an effort to uncover the “core science” behind what makes coffee really great they created the Blossom Brewer, a coffee making machine that executes the process flawlessly each and every time. With temperature regulating technology and precise user interaction software that claims to be even better than a smartphone, both you and your Blossom Coffee Brewer will be the perfect geeky pair.

 

 

 

 

 

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BEDDI Alarm Clock

The BEDDI Alarm Clock is sort of like having your Mom and a hotel concierge service wake you up each morning. From the moment your alarm gently goes off, a mood lighting setting begins to slowly rouse you from a deep sleep. BEDDI’s next task is to dutifully alert you of both traffic and weather conditions to let you know exactly how much time you have until you need to leave for work and what to wear before you head out the door. But wait, it gets even geekier: wake up to your favorite Spotify playlists and get a pot of coffee brewing before you even leave your bed so that you start your day feeling well rested and refreshed.

 

 

 

 

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via Ivee

 

Ivee Voice

For the ultimate in geeky futuristic lifestyle gadgets, there’s Ivee Voice. Ivee can sync to all your wireless smart devices and act as a main hub to connect and control your house, phones, electricity, and even order you a pizza! Perhaps one of the most intriguing (or creepy—you decide) aspects of Ivee is the way you can speak to her as if you were talking to a fellow geeky friend. Since the device is meant to be voice-control only, it instinctively picks up and memorizes the unique sound of your voice to anticipate your wants and needs. Besides getting to know you and all your little quirks, Ivee can even play music or read you an e-book!

 

Nest Thermostat

What better way to tend to your nest than with an energy efficient home gadget like Nest Thermostat? At Modernize we’re passionate about creating a space that makes you and the world a better place through eco-friendly design and that warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing your home is exactly the way you like it—and Nest’s smart technology does just that. As you set the daily temperature for your home, Nest will memorize the times and temperatures throughout the day and night and intuitively change it for you. It can even be synced up with Ivee Voice!

 

 


 

Guest blog by: Katherine Oakes

Modernize.com

 

Feb 04

Codemotion Conference Call for Speakers!

Codemotion is one of the biggest tech conference in Europe and we are proud to support women engagement in our conferences in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Berlin and Tel Aviv. Our next event in line is Codemotion Rome, on March 27th and 28th.

Call for paper for Codemotion Rome is ongoing till January 27th: we are eager to receiveapplications ranging from mobile to UX, devops, cloud, big data, gamedev, security, methods, languages, web, Internet of things.

Submissions that do not fit into these categories are also welcome, provided that they are relevant or inspirational to the tech community.

You can find more about us on our website: www.codemotionworld.com or read out CoC athttp://www.codemotionworld.com/codemotion-is-an-inclusive-conference-check-our-coc/

Sep 29

Save the date: EU Code Week 11-17 October 2014

Bring your ideas to life with #coding

The second edition of EU Code Week will take place 11-17 October 2014.
Millions of children, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policy makers will come together
in mass events and classrooms to learn programming and related skills.
The idea is making coding more visible, demystify these skills, and bring motivated people
together to learn.
Go to http://codeweek.eu to learn more and find your nearest event

This is a grassroots initiative by young advisers to Neelie Kroes, and has attracted the
support of coding and education movements like CoderDojo and RailsGirls and of major tech
and IT companies who are all helping bring coding to millions of children for example by
offering coding taster sessions, by developing learning modules and helping to train
teachers . Companies including Rovio (Angry Birds), Microsoft, Google, Telefonica, Liberty
Global and Facebook are backing EU Code Week, many of them as part of their commitment
to the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes says: “Our lives are digital now, so the
younger generations in particular need digital skills like coding. In the near future it will be
critical for good jobs and essential for starting a business.

Alja Isakovic, from Slovenia, one of the organisers of Code Week EU says: “Technology is
shaping our lives and we should not let a minority decide what we use it for and how we
use it. We all can do better than just sharing and liking. With coding you can bring your
ideas to life, make and build things that will bring joy to others.”

How can you participate in EU Code Week?
• Kids/teenagers/adults can participate in coding events
• Coders can organise workshops in local schools, hack spaces or community centres
• Teachers who code can hold coding classes, share their lessons plans, organise
workshops for colleagues
• Teachers who don’t code can organise seminars or invite parents or students to
teach each other coding
• Parents can encourage their kids to participate in a coding workshop
• Businesses and non-profit organisations can host coding workshops, lend their
staff as coaches in a “back-to-coach” action, organise fun coding challenges for
students or offer sponsorship for coding events
• Everyone who participates in a coding activity can tell us about their experience and
inspire others!

Why is coding important?
Each and every interaction between humans and computers is governed by code. Whether
you create a web app, follow GPS directions when driving or wish to revolutionize social
interactions. Programming is everywhere and fundamental to the understanding of a hyperconnected
world.

Basic coding skills will also be needed for many jobs in the nearest future. More than 90%
of professional occupations nowadays require some ICT competence. Moreover, ICT
practitioners are a key pillar of the modern workforce across all sectors of the European
economy, with demand growing annually by 3% and the number of graduates from
computer science not keeping pace. As a result many open vacancies for ICT practitioners
cannot be filled, despite the high level of unemployment in Europe. If we do not
appropriately address this issue at a European and national level, we may face a shortage
of up to 900,000 ICT professionals by 2020.

Making ICT careers more attractive is one of the objectives of the European initiative
“Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs”, a European multi-stakeholder partnership that aims at
facilitating cooperation among business, education providers, public and private actors to
address the mismatch in digital skills in the European labour market also by modernising
education.

Useful links
EU Code Week website
Twitter: @codeWeekEU Hashtag: #codeEU
Facebook: codeEU

Sep 29

Invitation to Green Hackfest Utrecht 10th October 2014

The Green Hackfest for Utrecht Inc & Climate Kic is happening on October the 10th where I believe should be more female participants…It’s gonna be an awesome weekend of hacking & networking (for free), and there’s prizemoney around 10K.

Please come and join in the fun and find other like minded people. All details of the event can be found here: http://the-hackfest.com/events/green-hackfest-utrecht-2014.html

Jul 15

Young Innovators Competition – ITU Telecom World 2014

Cropped bannerITU, the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology, seeks the most promising tech start-ups making use of open source technologies for disaster management. This could include disaster preparedness, early warning, emergency communication and response, and recovery from natural disasters.

We are looking for communication technologies, teaching tools, new equipment to save lives during a disaster, and new tools to help clean up, recover and rebuild after the event. Examples of open source technologies used in disaster management may include 3D printing, UAVs, Raspberry Pi and Arduino – we invite you to surprise us with your innovative approach.

Are you an entrepreneur under the age of 30 and interested in winning up to USD 10,000 in funding plus mentorship, networking, and high-level exposure?

Do you want to be part of the select group of 10 young innovators from all over the world present at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar?

Apply now at: https://ideas.itu.int/

Deadline: Thursday, July 31 2014

Questions? E-mail us at young.innovators@itu.int

 

This competition is supported by Girl Geek Dinners. Our founder Sarah Lamb mentored the winners from 2012 – 2013 and many of the projects that were proof of concept are now out in the wild making a difference all around the world!

Oct 22

Calling all creative coders and tech savvy young women!

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. National winners receive:

  • $500 cash award
  • A laptop computer
  • Trip for two to the National award ceremony in Charlotte, NC March 15, 2014

Open to all US high school level girls.  Apply online at www.aspirations.org by 10/31/13.

We also plan to recognize as many as 60 educators this year with the NCWIT Educator Award which comes with $1000 for professional development and a Dell laptop from sponsor AT&T. Winners are selected from educators that encourage girls to apply for the Aspirations Award.  https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators

Oct 10

GGC Invitation to Fundraiser Event

Hi Everyone, we just wanted to extend an invite to all the GGD members for the first GGC Fundraiser event. This will be a rare opportunity to get involved and contribute publicly in association with your ICT professional peers.
You will have and an opportunity to network and connect with diverse personalities.

Girl Geek Coffee (GGC):
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcgIuIpN3L8&feature=youtu.be)

Girl Geek Coffee is an International network group. We at GGC encourage our members to network together in order to provide the required support to students and early professional in ICT (Information Communication and Technology).

Please register for the event by clicking here :
(https://ggc-fundraiser-2013.eventbrite.com/)

Where: Auditorium Room,
Australian Computer Society
11/50 Carrington St, Sydney
When: 24th of October, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Agenda:

Silent Auction – e.g. software, hardware
Agile Games presented by ThoughtWorks!
Debate by different organisational representatives
Matched Networking – meet a mentor or mentee!
Company stalls

We hope to see you there! And if you cannot make it feel free to pass it on to your friends.
If you have any questions, queries or comments, please feel free to email us :(NSW Girl Geek Coffees ).

 

Please note that GGC is a registered Non-profit organisation in Australia and is not directly affiliated to Girl Geek Dinners, it is however a great organisation supporting students in university looking to pursue a career in technology!

Sep 27

Request for a girl geek speaker for a school in NE England

St Bedes School

If you are based in the north east of England and have some time that you could donate to St Bedes School in Durham then they would be delighted to hear from you.  They are looking to inspire and promote the role of women in technology to their students and are looking for female technologists currently working in the IT sector to come and talk at their school.

They are looking to find a variety of women in different roles to showcase the breadth of roles and opportunities available in the IT sector.

If you are interested in this please fill out the contact form below.

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Aug 15

Competition: Win a Day Pass to Campus Party Europe

The founder of Girl Geek Dinners Sarah Lamb will be speaking at Campus Party Europe and has been given ten one day passes to give away to our Girl Geeks!  Since today is the 8 Year Anniversary of Girl Geek Dinners we thought today would be a great day to give these tickets away!

How to Enter

To enter our competition to win a 1 day pass to Campus Party Europe tweet us on @ggdworldwide with one good thing that has happened to the IT sector in the last 8 years! And use the hashtag #ggdcomp

Eligability

Anyone over the age of 18 can enter this competition for the tickets however we will not be covering travel expenses and the ticket cannot be swapped for cash.  You can only win once but you can put forward as many good things as you like.  The more the merrier!  We will draw 10 winners at random. This competition will close at 8pm GMT and we will announce the winners on this blog post.

Winners

Krithika Ram
Your names are on the guest list for attending Campus Party Europe on 1 day of your choice. Just let me know which day you wish to attend on, turn up and state who you are and that you are my guest and you will be able to enter the event for the day.

Jan 21

Girl Geek Dinners Google Community Group

We have just added ourselves to Google as a community group.  You can find us here!  Look out for regular hangouts and conversations on all things girl geek!

Girl Geek Dinners – Google Community Group: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113647985287184929663

Dec 10

Innovation in Giving Fund Christmas Celebration Event

When:
Monday, December 10, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (GMT)

Where:
The Treasury Building
1 Horse Guards Road
SW1A 2HQ London
United Kingdom

Register for this event now at :
http://iigfundchristmasevent-rss.eventbrite.com

Event Details:

You are warmly invited to a celebration event led by the Rt. Honourable Nick Hurd MP to share the achievements of the Cabinet Office’s Innovation in Giving Fund over the past year and to hear about the next stage of our plans.


Since launching the first round in September 2011, the Innovation in Giving Fund has made exciting progress. As someone who has been engaged with the programme, we would like to invite you to celebrate with us.


 








 



Sep 18

UK: Calling all cyber security girl geeks!

Listen up girls – how would you like the chance to flex your cyber security skills by playing exciting competitions designed by industry leaders like HP, Sophos and Cassidian? What about the chance to win career-enhancing prizes like IT training programmes or even a trip to the top-secret Government Communications Headquarters?

Let us introduce you to Cyber Security Challenge UK – a series of national competitions designed to give you a taste of what it’s like to be a cyber security professional and inspire you to get involved in the ever-expanding industry.

Now in its third year of competitions , the Challenge is on a mission to spread the word about why cyber security is such a fulfilling and varied career and help talented people get their first cyber security jobs. It is sponsored by some of the UK’s most prestigious public, private and academic organisations who design competitions and offer once-in-a-lifetime prizes.

Cyber crime costs the UK government an estimated £27 billion every year, affecting everyone from large corporations to SMEs to the individual woman on the street. The threat is growing – Jonathan Evans, MI5 Director General recently highlighted cyber attacks as one of four top global risks to UK. This means it is even more important to get the most talented techies in place to protect our online networks.

As we all know, the IT industry sometimes struggles to represent the hundreds of talented and skilled women in its community – cyber security is not altogether different. But, we also know, you are out there! Now is your chance to  prove just how good your technical skills are by taking part in one of Cyber Security Challenge UK’s competitions and get your hands on over £100,000 worth of educational, career enabling prizes such as internships and training courses. Oh and spread the work to all the other girlie geeks you know!

All you need to do is register online to receive updates on new competitions: https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/registration/

Facebook page

@cyberchallenge

Apr 30

Female entrepreneurship in Europe: short online questionnaire, deadline 20 May

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels is exploring the topic of Female Entrepreneurship in Europe and welcomes input from interested individuals and organisations through a short online questionnaire.

A paper is in development which will be sent to the EU Commission, EU Parliament, EU Institutions and Member States which will make recommendations to highlight the specific policy needs to encourage the development of more Women Owned Businesses.

The EEXC welcomes input and any recommendations from people involved in this area. Together with WEPG (Women’s Enterprise Policy Group UK) they have developed a short online questionnaire, for completion by 20 May 2012.

The EESC will hold a hearing on the 30th May in the morning in Brussels. For an invitation, please contact

Ms Madi Sharma

madi@madi.uk.com

madi.csi@hotmail.com

00 447885306711

Twitter: @MadiSharma1

Apr 26

Girl Geek Dinners on International Girls in ICT Day!

Today is International Girls in ICT day and we have events in the USA, Canada and Croatia happening today!

In Montreal, Canada we are running an introduction to PHP workshop: http://montrealgirlgeeks.com/2012/04/02/php-for-beginners/

In Bay Area, USA we are running an event with Citrix where you can find out how Citrix Girl Geeks are designing and developing new technology, working in the cloud, providing remote IT services, and growing strategic partnerships. http://www.bayareagirlgeekdinners.com/

And in Croatia we will have a non-sponsored ad hoc small Girl Geek Dinner in the city of Rovinj on April 26th. We decided to celebrate the Girls in ICT day by arranging presentations of female IT professionals and anyone willing to help in primary schools and high schools. The presentations or workshops will be held during the next 2 weeks. Our main aim is to celebrate girls’ interests and strengths and encourage them to choose a career in ICT by showing them how fun and interesting it can be in real life giving them role models. We will have presentations on designing and developing mobile applications, a Scratch workshop for kids, a presentation on bioinformatics, social networks etc. We are coordinating our interested female lecturers and schools at the moment. Find out more about Croatia Girl Geek Dinners here:  http://www.girlgeekdinners.hr/

Let us know how you are marking International Girls in ICT day on Twitter and Facebook!

Mar 30

Women in Engineering Forum – Birmingham, 27th April 2012

The Women in Engineering Forum, supported by the Women’s Engineering Society, will take place on 27 April at The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition. Register to attend the exhibition now! Offering women at all stages of their career the chance to share experiences, make new contacts, and hear about exciting new vacancies, the Women in Engineering Forum provides an invaluable networking opportunity in what is a tough, male dominated industry.

The forum will begin with a presentation from award-winning engineer Gemma Whatling at 12 noon, followed by a networking lunch to which delegates are welcome, giving them the opportunity to speak informally to both the speaker and a host of engineering professionals, who will be on hand as facilitators. The forum is free to attend and places are reserved on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment! Sign up for the networking lunch on the day at the presentation theatre.


Event details

Jan 30

Women in Tech: Manuela Hutter sees endless possibilities – ZDNet (blog)


ZDNet (blog)
Women in Tech: Manuela Hutter sees endless possibilities
ZDNet (blog)
Opera Software is this week hosting a Girl Geek Dinner at its headquarters and each year hosts an International Women's Day event. Sometimes I don't attend because I already feel I am treated like a normal IT developer, and that I don't need

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Jan 27

Teknologidamenes samlingsplass – Computerworld


Computerworld
Teknologidamenes samlingsplass
Computerworld
Dette er Girl Geek Dinner, et nettverkingskonsept for jenter. «Due to limited space, this is only for Girl Geeks. Sorry guys!» Men Computerworld har tilfeldigvis bare mannlige journalister. Så dette var jo sånn det måtte bli. Likevel sitter han der med

Jan 26

Girl Geek Dinners & NCWIT Alliance

Girl Geek Dinners are happy to announce that we have partnered up with the NCWIT in the US as part of their universal Alliance!

This partnership will enable Girl Geek Dinners to provide more detailed insights into the IT sector through the research and resources provided by the NCWIT.  The results of the research from NCWIT will ensure that Girl Geek Dinners focuses on key areas that will help to make a difference to women in the US in a structured and formalised manner. Whilst Girl Geek Dinners are informal events we have a key goal of providing support and guidance to our attendees.

In addition free, research-backed NCWIT resources will be available to Girl Geek Dinners members in teh following areas recruitment, retention, and advancement of technical women; connections across groups for leveraged actions and ideas; participation in national outreach and awareness campaigns; publicity for local and national efforts; and opportunities for expert speakers and research engagements.

Other alliance partners include:

  • Bank of America Women in Technology & Operations (WIT&O)
  • Brocade Women in Networking (WIN)
  • Coolest Women We Know
  • EDUCAUSE Women in IT Constituent Group
  • Girl Geek Dinners
  • Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG)
  • Microsoft Women Employee Resource Group
  • Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering (QWISE)
  • She’s Geeky
  • SIM Women
  • Women @ Intel Network
  • Women& Hi Tech

We look forward to working with these partners to provide additional support and assistance to women around the world and not just in the US. You will find the NCWIT Press Release for this announcement here.

If you have any questions about the NCWIT Alliance please contact:

Jenny Slade, NCWIT, tel: 303.735.6600,  email: jslade@ncwit.org

Sarah Lamb, Girl Geek Dinners, email: sarah@girlgeekdinners.com

Jan 16

22nd Girl Geek Dinner review – WTMNews


WTMNews
22nd Girl Geek Dinner review
WTMNews
Η αίθουσα γέμισε κυρίως από γυναίκες αλλά και άνδρες, που ασχολούνται με την τεχνολογία ή πρόκειται να ασχοληθούν. Την εκδήλωση άνοιξε ο κος Γιώργος Δέτσης, ο οποίος μας έδωσε όλες τις απαραίτητες πληροφορίες για το πώς μπορεί κάποιος να κάνει το δικό

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