Google Bursaries to Attend UKUUG LISA Conference – London, 24-26 March 2009

We are pleased to share the following announcement from Google and the UK Unix & Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) :-

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As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encouraging women to excel in computing and technology, UKUUG has announced the 2009 Google UKUUG Student/Developer Conference Grant to encourage more female computer scientists to attend and participate in the UKUUG 2009 Conference, 24-26 March, London.

UKUUG encourages all UK-based student/developer female computer scientists interested in Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA) to apply.

Two people will be chosen from the applicant pool to each receive a 500 GBP grant to go towards registration for the conference, the conference dinner, travel and accommodation. Your delegate fee, dinner ticket and accommodation will be paid automatically from the grant. Travel costs must be claimed back separately after the event.

The UKUUG LISA conference will be held in London at the Park Crescent Conference Centre from 24th to 26th March 2009 and is a must-attend event for system and network administrators. As well as the technical talks, the conference provides a friendly environment for members to meet, learn, and enjoy lively debate on a host of subjects.

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Please visit the UKUUG site

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to learn more about how to apply for one of the two bursary places. Applications close Wednesday, 11th February 2009.

Alternative Concession Entry

In addition to the above grant, there are limited UKUUG concession places available to female students, for example. Please email office at the domain to discuss such alternative options to attend the conference.

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London Girl Geek Event (January 2009) Sponsored by HMRC

We’re thrilled to announce the first London Girl Geek event for 2009 sponsored by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to be held on Tuesday, 27th January at HM Treasury (Auditorium Left), just by the Houses of Parliament.

The informal event will commence with a drinks reception at 5.30pm followed by talks at 6pm, and will be compered by Michelle Wyer, Joint Chair of the HMRC Women’s Network. HMRC staff will also be attending.
If you’d like to attend, please book your place now at HMRC GGD (Eventbrite).

While following the usual informal Girl Geek event format, the evening will include talks with the following:

  • Deepak Singh, HMRC Acting Chief Information Officer: Deepak’s ExCom (Executive Committee) portfolio comprises Information Management Services. Deepak took on the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) of HMRC in October 2007. Deepak joined HMRC in June 2006 from T-Mobile where he was an Executive Vice President responsible for IT Strategy, Governance, Quality Management and Change Management. Having graduated from York University in 1985, Deepak has spent over 20 years in the commercial sector and brings to HMRC extensive experience of leading large scale IT enterprises. Deepak’s previous employers include nPower, AstraZeneca, Jaguar Cars and Philips Electronics.
  • Joan Wood, Director HMRC Information Management Services (IMS): Joan has headed up IMS Business Partners since January 2008. She has worked in IT within HMRC and previously the Inland Revenue for over ten years. Joan joined the Civil Service as a teenager and has worked at all levels from Administrative Assistant to Senior Civil Servant inclusive in a diverse range of front-line and head office roles.

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Many thanks to Alma Kucera at HMRC for helping organise this event.

Full Details:

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, 27th January 2009, 5.30pm for a 6pm start
  • End Time: The event will finish at 8.30pm, with those interested flowing on to the Red Lion pub directly opposite 100 Whitehall around the corner.
  • Venue: HMT Auditorium Left, at HM Treasury Building, Westminster
  • Hosted by: Girl Geek Dinners and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • Food & Drink: SnacksĀ and refreshments provided
  • Subject for the evening: Women Working with Technology at HMRC Men of Honor download
  • Format: Reception, Talks, Conversation
  • Capacity: 70 people (excluding HMRC attendees)
  • Attendees: As ever, boy geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a girl geek
  • Directions: Go to the HM Treasury Press entrance on Great George Street at the location marked with a red arrow and ENTRANCE on the below map. HMRC security will then either direct/take you to the appropriate entrance for the event being held in the HM Treasury Auditorium Left. If arriving by tube, leave Westminster Tube using Exit 6 which exits onto Whitehall, turn left at the top of the tube exit stairs, and then turn right onto Great George Street at the corner diagonally opposite the Houses of Parliament. The location should be well illuminated by tourists still taking photos of Big Ben across the road.

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If you’d like to attend on 27th January, please sign up via the HMRC GGD sign-up page, and we’ll see you at the event!

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