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 than 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 favor 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 that 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.

Jan 12

Girl Geeks wanted. Help Needed.

Reading Girl Geek Dinners needs volunteers to help us to keep the group going in 2016. We have big plans but little time to execute them and therefore we need some interested Girl Geeks to become a part of a team and work with us to deliver great events in 2016 and beyond.

You can give a lot or a little of your time. Anything you can do to help us is a brilliant contribution to the Reading Girl Geek Dinners chapter. You will help to grow our community and allow us to continue encouraging women into STEM roles. Your contribution will also help to support women who are currently working in STEM roles and aim to keep them growing in these roles.

We will meet once every few weeks either over coffee, a meal, a drink or Skype if time is tight so we can discuss our events, activities and share tasks. We can always stay in touch over the phone, email or face to face in between those times. It’s about being flexible and enjoying the tasks that we fulfill. It’s also about making new friends and contacts too.

The tasks that we need to fulfill include (to name a few):

  • Locating venues for events
  • Attracting sponsors for events
  • Co-ordinating and promoting events
  • Locating speakers for events and working with them to ensure their talk is a good fit for our group
  • Promoting Girl Geek Dinners via Twitter or Facebook
  • Writing blogs for our website promoting STEM careers
  • Locating Guest Bloggers for our website and working with them to help their blog contributions are a good fit for our group

To be a Reading Girl Geek Dinner team member, you don’t have to work in a STEM career. You simply need to have an interest in meeting other interesting people and having a fun time learning new things and a desire to build a community.

Contact us at readingggd@googlemail.com for more details.


We look forward to getting Girl Geeky with you.



Dec 26

Womens Tech Hub Midwinter Social

As you are all aware we are taking a break this xmas but have a great february event in the planning and also wish to invite you all to our wthub xmas do – have a great xmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

You are cordially invited to the  in conjunction with Desklodge

On the 19th January from 6-9pm @ Desklodge, 1 Temple Way, Bristol BS20BY 

WTHub ~ Bristol  want to say thank-you to all the people who have supported us in our start-up year, especially the Desklodge team, who have hosted numerous F3Fridays ~ see http://www.wthub.org/category/news/  to get an idea of the outcomes of our weekly sessions.

Our  Midwinter Social is free, and a great chance to meet and mingle with a whole bunch of talented and diverse people.

WTHub is a social enterprise that exists to support individual women with their careers in tech, and connect them with local womens tech groups and industry. We also encourage women to attend and speak at mixed events and like to share news about all the great things going on out there in Bristol and the South-West. We are actively working with local companies to create a more diverse workplace culture.

If we haven’t persuaded you already with the idea of free wine and beer and some free crisps, here are a couple of reasons to come to our Midwinter Social:

For meetup organisers it’s a chance to network with local women in tech groups and find out what else is happening in the region.

For tech businesses, do feel free to bring information about opportunities with your company, or just come and talk to some great and interesting women about their experiences of working in tech.

If you’d like to bring info about a meetup group or recruitment or relevant events then please let us know in advance. We will set up a revolving presentations slideshow if you and send us a one page ppt slide.

So sign up here [https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midwinter-social-tickets-29985162428] and please pass this invite any women you know who currently work in tech, are interested in the idea or a woman interested in meeting more people working locally – the more the merrier!

Constance & Serrie wthub.org

Tom Thanh Jamie & Sam desklodge.com


Dec 09

re:BOOT and returnships

screenshot-2016-12-09-at-20-10-14The great news is that not only have we @ wthub.org had our first returner successfully started @ Habu – more of which we will post later. But we have also been talking to a few companies interested in the re:BOOT scheme.
Oracle have just released this publicly and we have some possible candidates already in mind. If you want to understand more then feel free to chat to us on info@wthub.org or go directly to Michael .. he’s very friendly!
“I’m interested in speaking to people who are seeking a return to Software Engineering having had an absence from the industry. Maybe you, or someone you know, has left the industry to have a family or simply take a break and you’re interested in returning but unsure how to fit it around your commitments?
Oracle Bristol is offering Returnships. These are paid positions which can be full or part-time, 10 weeks to 10 months, we’re flexible.

Nov 29


Utdanningsteknologi vil endre måten vi tenker kunnskap på og samhandler i framtiden. Etablerte undervisningsmetoder blir utfordret av spillteknologi, robotisering og tingenes internett. Dette var tema da Girl Geek Dinners Trondheim møttes i lokalene til Uninett for inspirerende foredrag, diskusjoner – og pizza. For ikke å glemme den avsluttende pitche-runden der tre trondheimsbaserte oppstartsbedrifter i løpet av tre minutter imponerte oss med nye og spennende modeller for organisering av undervisning og læring.


Foredragene spente fra utdanningsteknologi for barn, og hvordan vi skal ta vare på barns nysgjerrighet, til hvordan teknologi brukes for å digitalisere eksamen ved NTNU. Det som skapte mest diskusjon var spørsmålet om hvordan teknologi kan bli en integrert del av skolehverdagen når myndighetene fremdeles diskuterer om det nå er så lurt å ha koding i skolen. Det ble også trukket frem at mangelen på en felles strategi gjør at det er for store forskjeller mellom hva de enkelte skolene tilbyr teknologisk interesserte barn og at det i alt for stor grad er avhengig av at en av de ansatte er en «ildsjel» som brenner for teknologi og realfag.

Samfunnsansvar, teknologientusiasme og åpenhet

Helga Johnsen Meisfjord, HR-manager i kveldens vertsbedrift Uninett, åpnet kvelden med å vise en video der ansatte fortalte bedriftens historie. Uninett ble stiftet som eget selskap i 1993, men historien strekker seg helt tilbake til 1976, da de fire universitetene og flere andre forskningsmiljøer etablerte Uninett som et prosjekt. Arbeidet ble videreført som forskningsprosjekt i SINTEF, før Uninett i 1987 ble etablert som driftsorganisasjon for det akademiske datanettet i Norge. Samtidig overtok Uninett ansvaret for administrasjonen av .no-domenet.

Det var tre kjerneverdier som gikk i igjen når de ansatte skulle beskrive arbeidsplassen sin: Samfunnsansvar, teknologientusiasme og åpenhet.


Programmer eller bli programmert

Hva er bakgrunnen for spådommen om at Edtech er det nye store? Hvilke konsekvenser har det for skole og utdanning slik vi kjenner det i dag? Marius Thorvaldsen, fra NTNU og Work-Work hadde fått i oppdrag og gi oss et mulig svar på dette. Marius definerte edtech som å kunne nyttiggjøre seg teknologi for å forbedre undervisningen. -Mens vi ser en rivende teknologisk utvikling i hele verden henger Norge og norsk skole etter. – I stedet for å se mulighetene mobiltelefonene og teknologien gir i en undervisningssituasjon, velger norske lærere i stor grad å forby bruk av mobiltelefoner i timene, sier Marius. I Norge er teknologi i undervisningen for ofte ildsjeldrevet. Samtidig ruller Apple og Google ut undervisningssystemer som andre land tar i bruk. -Det teknologiske skiftet verden står overfor nå, er dramatisk og mange tradisjonelle jobber, slik vi kjenner dem i dag, vil forsvinne.


Netflix for læring

Dersom du ikke har mulighet til å møte læreren ansikt til ansikt, eller du rett og slett foretrekker undervisning over internett, så tilbyr ASK mulighet for å ta en rekke fag hjemme fra godstolen. – ASK Undervisning er helt i front innen digitale løsninger for utdanning og har blant annet allerede tatt videoundervisning flere steg inn i fremtiden, fortalte Hanne Kvam Ramberg, CEO i ASK-undervisning. Hanne var med oss på Skype fra Tromsø og kunne fortelle om alle planene de hadde framover. – I tillegg til dagens egenproduksjon av læringsvideoer ønsker vi å utvikle en helhetlig plattform der brukerne skal kunne opprette spillelister, ha mulighet for å kunne føre notat i samme vindu som videoen de følger, opprette progresjonsbarer og aktivitetslogg, sier Hanne.  – Altså nesten som en Netflix for læring, avslutter hun. https://askundervisning.no/


Fiber til folket

Neste foredrag var av Ingrid Melve, Programdirektør Uninett, som fortalte oss om eCampus-programmet. Hennes presentasjon kan du se her:


Heller koding enn diktanalyse

Frode Halvorsen, daglig leder i Trondheim Makers og grunder av læringsportalen tatimer.no, var opptatt av skaperglede og det å oppmuntre «dynamittgenet» i oss. –La ungene få prøve ting som utfordrer kreativiteten og gjerne ting som smeller.

-Vi må gå fra å være passive konsumenter til å være aktive produsenter, sa Frode og trakk frem Trondheim Maker Faire som et eksempel på en arena der barn i alle aldre får utvikle kreativiteten sin, bygge relasjoner og bli underholdt.


Trondheim Maker Faire er en lokal variant av verdens største oppfinnerfestival – et familievennlig arrangement med oppfinnelser, kreativitet og ideer, og en feiring av gjør-det-selv bevegelsen. Det er en plass hvor folk viser frem hva de har laget, og deler hva de har lært. Skaperne («Makers») er alt fra teknologientusiaster til håndtverkere til hjemmebyggere til forskere til garasjeoppfinnere.

Første gang Maker Faire ble arrangert var i San Mateo, California, og ble i 2013 arrangert for åttende gang, med 900 makers og 120 000 besøkende. World Maker Faire i New York, det andre flaggskiparrangementet, har økt til 500+ makere og 55 000 besøkende. Det er i 2014 «featured» Maker Faires i Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle, Roma, Shenzhen, Oslo, Tokyo og Trondheim.

Frode kunne også fortelle at de hadde besøkt en rekke skoler med sin nye teknologihenger fylt med datautstyr, loddestasjoner, 3D-printere, elektronikkbyggesett, Lego, Dronebyggesett osv.

Se videoen om Trondheim makers her:


Arrangementet ble avsluttet med pitcherunde om fremtidens edtech.

Maroto v. Marius Thorvaldsen

Lar læreren evaluerer egen undervisning og sjekke om den matcher med den evalueringen som gis av studentene.

Hubro Education v. Monica Novik Tennfjord

Hubro Business Simulation, er utviklet for økonomistyringsfag på grunnleggende nivå. Simulatoren hjelper studentene med å forstå teoretiske sammenhenger og hvordan teorien brukes i praksis i bedrifter.

Lærerportalen v. Martin Pettersen, Tine Elisabeth Pedersen og Amanda Olsen. 

Lærerportalen er en delingsplattform der lærere kan finne variert undervisningsmateriell laget av lærere fra hele landet, eller dele sitt eget i løpet av få sekunder. Lærerportalen fikk 3. plass for beste idé under Technoport 2014.

Dette var en artig avslutning på arrangementet og frister til gjentakelse!

Nov 09

GGD#56 Be the CEO of your own career by Rula Arbash

Our November Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by Blu Wireless

Wednesday November 16th 


Rula Arbash, originally from Jordan, lived in the Middle East, Madrid and London.

MSc graduate in Mobile and Personal Communications from King’s College London, and BEng Hons degree in Communication Networks Engineering from Brunel University. I have a strong passion and commitment to Engineering and Technology. Currently I am a Junior Front-End Design Engineer, working on Blu Wireless, System on Chip (SoC) HYDRA multi-gigabit wireless baseband IP; 60GHz WiFi mm-Wave technology for consumer and telecom backhaul applications. My role involves coding at both RTL and System-C level from specification, building test-bench models and performing block level RTL synthesis.

In my free time, I love to go play football and tennis, along with Zumba and Salsa.



I will be speaking about

  • Where I’ve been, my inspiration, education and  personal accomplishments

  • Be the CEO of your career, most of us begin our technology career through some combination of education, opportunity, and experience. When we are young, we just need a job. At some point though we want to take some control and direct our career

  • Technology options

  • Key questions to ask yourself, What Do I Enjoy / Not Enjoy – i.e. what do I find engaging? What are my VIPS, (values, interests, personality and skills) and how does these translate into my work

  • Work and Lifestyle

  • Compensation

  • Employee and Employer relationship

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject! 

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. 


The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Blu Wireless who are based at desklodge in Bristol on the corner of old market


Directions to desklodge


Wednesday 16th  November 6.30/7  – 9pm

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/

Nov 09

Social Media Week Bristol

Hi Bristol Girl Geek Dinners, 
I wanted to let you know that Social Media Week Bristol is all go next week.  Here’s the link to the schedule. http://www.bristolmedia.co.uk/socialmediaweek
Over 45 events – from £5 to £35 – from 14th to 18th November geared to help, inspire & support organisations & individuals looking to learn & be inspired.
Hear from social media royalty at keynote lectures, attend knowledge building master classes & develop know-how at practical skill-up sessions.
Twitter, Buzzfeed, Facebook &  GlassDoor will be paying Bristol a visit. Sessions will be dedicated to YouTube, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Instagram. Aardman, Yogscast, Yahoo and Arthritis Research UK will share transformational case studies.
Hot topics as broad as analytics, gaming, metrics, measurement, data science, strategy, storytelling, law, compliance, personal brand building and information security will be covered. And, after all that learning, don’t forget to come and let your hair down at our closing party!
Popular sessions that I thought your network would find interesting:
– How to build or transform a business through YouTube, Facebook Live & Twitch – with the Yogscast crew, Aardman, Yahoo, Torchbox
– The only rule is that there are no rules! Media disruptors BuzzFeed & Bristol24/7 discuss the future of cross platform global & local news & entertainment
– Planning For Success – how your brand can unlock the full value of social with Head of Planning, Twitter UK, Head of Planning, Facebook Northern Europe, Director of Content & Publishing Strategies, H+K London &  Head of Strategy, Poke London
Interested? Get involved on Twitter @Bristol_Media. #SMWiBristol.


Nov 08

Auguri al gruppo su TIO.CH

Sul portale www.tio.ch, nella sezione dedicata a tecnologia e informatica di AtedICT Ticino, un articolo sul nostro gruppo che oggi compie quattro anni.

Di seguito il link che vi porta alla pagina diretta:


Grazie ad ATED per il prezioso contributo.



Nov 08

Buon compleanno GGDTicino !













Oggi , 8 Novembre 2016 , le GGDTicino compiono quattro anni.


Dal primo contatto in rete all’incontro a pranzo della fondatrice Laura De Biaggi con Cristina Giotto e Sara Peloso nel 2012 nasce il gruppo ticinese delle Girl Geek Dinners


Da quel giorno molte persone sono entrate a far parte di questa bellissima avventura ed oggi vogliamo ringraziarle per il loro prezioso contributo:


Laura De Biaggi,

Cristina Giotto Boggia,

Sara Peloso, 

Gabriella Fumagalli,

Federica Boffa,

Vanessa Gorgal,

Marina Bottinelli,

Monica Lospa,

Elena Nuozzi,

Vera Giuffrida,

Deborah Sormani,

Giada Bianchi,

Silvia Rovati

In quattro anni abbiamo organizzato nove eventi, trattando temi sempre legati alla tecnologia come viaggi, cibo, arte, sport, bellezza e tanti altri saranno oggetto delle prossime serate.


Questa esperienza ci ha portato a lavorare con esperti di ogni settore, a creare collaborazioni e amicizie costruttive e a conoscere tantissime persone che ci seguono e partecipano ai nostri eventi. A loro va il nostro ringraziamento piu’ grande

Buon compleanno alle GEEK e arrivederci a presto …

Visitate la nostra pagina facebook per vedere il filmato che riassume questi anni di lavoro


Un caro saluto dal team

Sara Peloso
Cristina Giotto Boggia
Elena Nuozzi
Deborah Sormani
Giada Bianchi
Silvia Rovati
Vera Giuffrida

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 11

Next event: Thursday November 18th GGD #46 Talking Green energy with Christina Daly from OVO Energy

“Nearly everything we do revolves around energy. Most of us have heard that the risk of blackouts this winter is up. On the 4th of November National Grid announced a supply crunch alert asking companies to reduce their energy demand causing electricity prices to spike and fears that there will be widespread blackouts this Christmas.

By 2020 the UK aims to have 30% of its electricity coming from renewable sources but parts of the grid can’t handle the solar power being generated. How are the fascinating developments in smart grid, renewables, storage for electricity and in home technology going to revolutionise energy and help us meet our targets?”

note: OVO have a regular blog on all things green see here Green OVO Blog

Christine Daly Ovo

This month our speaker is Christina Daly. Christina works in OVO Energy in the Transformation Department looking at how OVO can better use the technology and systems available to improve customer experience and drive down cost. OVO wants to revolutionise the energy industry and is investing heavily in green & community energy as well as smart meters to bring down bills and keep it simple for the consumers. Prior to working at OVO Energy Christina worked at Accenture as a software developer and now runs coding workshops for employees in OVO in her spare time and is the champion for the Bristol@OVO CoderDojo. She holds a BAI in Computer and Electronic Engineering from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

After Christina’s presentation we will open the floor up for a discussion as discussed in the previous ‘extraordinary’ meeting, if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period.

This month’s event will take place on Weds 18th November at Ovo Energy’s Offices at 1 Rivergate, BS1 6ED Bristol. Please sign up on our meetup page here http://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/events/226672989/

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. 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.

Many thanks also to OVO energy for their sponsorship for this event.

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

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

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):

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 :

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


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


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.


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

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

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

Register for this event now at :

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/

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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



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

Teknologidamenes samlingsplass
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

22nd Girl Geek Dinner review
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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