London Girl Geek Dinners needs new Organizer, is that you?

We haven’t had any events running in London for some time and after asking on the Facebook group people would still like these events to run, so we are putting a call out for people interested in running the events. If that sounds like something you would like to do then give us a shout.

We will fill you in with everything you need to know about running events, promoting them and much more. You will learn loads! There is a time commitment required for volunteering for this role as events do take time to put together. Ideally there would be 2 -3 organisers who split the load between them working on the various aspects of the events.

To say yes to doing this drop sarah at girlgeekdinners dot com an email.

Sci Fi London Girl Geek Dinner

SCI-FI-LONDON and London Girl Geek Dinners presents an evening of geek girls in film…

If you do a google search for ‘women in film BAFTA 2011’ two of the first four hits are about red carpet fashion. Looking though the 2011 BAFTA nominations it seems like women are mostly only taken seriously in film if they are actors or doing hair, make-up and costumes. Leilani Holmes and Anna Higgs have both had successful careers in a male-dominated field and are joining SCI-FI-LONDON and the London Girl Geek Dinners to present about how they make use of new media, crowd sourcing content and engage with collaborative filmmaking forums to challenge the glass ceiling.

Leilani Holmes is short film maker, screen writer and actor who co-runs a collaborative filmmaking group and blogs for the London Screenwriters Festival.

Anna Higgs is a producer with a background in the world of BAFTA-award winning interactive ‘edutainment’ and has been involved the production of a wide range of games, as well as managing digital media projects for a diverse range of clients including Sony, Sainsbury’s, BskyB, Telewest and the BBC.  In 2006 Anna completed her MA in Producing at the NFTS, and founded Quark Films with producer Gavin Humphries.

Quark is a company working across drama, documentary and animation for theatrical, TV and digital platforms with credits as diverse as feature doc THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS, DVD tour film THE MIGHTY BOOSH: FUTURE SAILORS TOUR and BOY CHEERLEADERS for BBC Wonderland and music videos for the Arctic Monkeys.  Anna was recently selected as a finalist for the British Council’s Young Screen Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010 and is a NESTA Fellow on the prestigious Clore Cultural Leadership programme 2010/11.

The wine we will be quaffing are from the Dinastia Vivanco winery and fabulous wine museum in Rioja (Spain).  The white wine  (Vivanco Blanco) is a blend of Viura and Malvasia from 2009.  If this sounds fabulous and you’d like to know more, check and become a fan of the Dinastia Vivanco wine Facebook page to show you appreciate them providing the wine.  We’ll also be asking volunteers to just chat about or give their opinoons on wine in general on the night as well so please do volunteer 30sec of your time if you can

Full Details:

Date & Time: Thursday, 28th April 2011, 6.30pm

Venue: Apollo West End Theatre, 19 Lower Regent Street, SW1 4LR; nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus, Directions here

Hosted by: Girl Geek Dinners and SCI-FI-LONDON

Food & Drink: Drinks and nibbles in the bar, from 6.30pm

Attendees: As usual, men allowed as a guest of a LGGD member.

Tickets: Available from Wednesday 13th April at:

5th Anniversary Dinner @ Google UK – Winners Announced

London Girl Geek Dinners is turning 5 and we wanted to celebrate! As well as growing our member list, we’ve also arranged a 5th Anniversary dinner to be held at Google UK, with help from our very generous sponsors.

The birthday events are always very popular, and this year has been no exception. We decided to enter everyone who wanted a place into a raffle, and our lucky winners are now listed below. We look forward to seeing you on 4th August!

If you don’t see your name below then we’re really sorry. London Girl Geek Dinners is reliant on volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors, and we’re only able to do so much, but please keep an eye out, we really value your membership and we have lots of exciting stuff lined up!

LGGD 5th Anniversary Ticket Holders:

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Alice V Lai-P
Amaal M Laura G
Amanda C Laura  B
Amy H Leila G
Anahí V LJ R
Angela S Louise M
Ann W Lu  L
Anne S Lucy H
Bob G Lucy S
Cheryl M Luica M
Chris O Lulu P
Christina B Lynette K
Claire S Maartje A
Clare C Maggie B
Cynthia R Mairead C
Daphne C Margaret G
Dav B marina m
David R Marley P
Debbie T mary b
Dianne M Mecca I
Divinia K Mia R
Dot R Mikhaila B
Elizabeth V Nancy S
Emily Collins Natasha O
Emma G Nick S
Ena E Ortis D
Felicity T Pascale P
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Frances M rachel a
Francesca T Rachel L
Gail H Rachel C
Georgina M Rachel L
Glenn M Rachelle T
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Helen T Sara P
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Jacqui H Sarah Y
Janet B Sarah B
Janet P Sharold B
Janet H Sheila F
Jo M Sonia H
Jo T Sophie S
Judith L Stephanie V
Juliette vR Stephen L
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Kathi K Tricia M
Kiki M Trudie L
Kirstyn L Verity H
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London Girl Geek Dinners 5th Anniversary Event at Google UK

It’s that time of the year again – London Girl Geek Dinners is turning FIVE YEARS OLD!

Yes that’s right, five years of bringing girl geeks in London a chance to meet, mingle network, find out about some great tech firms, find a new job, go shopping and enjoy learning.  We have had some phenomenal sponsors over the last five years and for our birthday we have a dazzling array of them.

This year, we have a limited number of tickets (80) so we’ve decided to do a raffle.  You can go into the newbie lottery if you are new (and thus aren’t on any of our attendee lists) or the old hat lottery if you’ve signed up for something before.  Part of our goal in having this event is to increase the number of members we have on the Google group as well as getting new people out.  Please join the Google Group to get the URL for tickets:

We’ll draw ticket winners on TUESDAY JULY 27th giving everyone plenty of time to get their name in the hat.

The event will kick off at 6pm at Google on AUGUST 4th with a bit of mingling and then some dinner.  We will then have 3 great speakers in Sue Black speaking on the Women of Bletchley Park, Sarah Gordon of Google speaking on mobile engineering and hopefully a third speaker we’re just finalising.  It will be an inspirational evening!  Afterwards we hope to have something for dessert and mingle and mix until 9pm.

The event will be at Google in their main canteen.  Google UK  have generously donated space and dinner and a goodie bag with a few things in it to London Girl Geek Dinners.  We are extremely proud and pleased to have Google as our main sponsor and to have one of their engineers as a speaker! 

In addition to the generous Google sponsorship we have some other amazing sponsors:
The wines we will be quaffing are from the Dinastia Vivanco winery and fabulous wine museum in Rioja (Spain).  The red wine is the Rioja Crianza 2005, the White wine  (Vivanco Blanco) is a blend of Viura and Malvasia from 2009, and Rose is Vivanco Rosado 2009 – delicious rose.  If this sounds fabulous and you’d like to know more, check  and become a fan of the Dinastia Vivanco wine Facebook page to show you appreciate them providing the wine.  We’ll also be asking volunteers to just chat about or give their opinoons on wine in general on the night as well so please do volunteer 30sec of your time if you can.

Green & Blacks are donating their new Organic Milk & White Miniature Bar Collection to the goodie bag as well!  Green & Black’s NEW Milk Miniature Bar Collection gives you a taste of our milk and white chocolate bars. Contains 12 miniature bars ranging from our uniquely cocoa-rich milk chocolate with crunchy butterscotch or roasted almonds, to our new Creamy Milk and White Chocolate. Oh dear goodness YUMMY!

In the goodie bag will also be VitaminWater’s new drink – i-focus.  i-focus will have you tickled pink, with a delicious strawberry-kiwi flavour, packed with antioxidant vitamin c, energy releasing b vitamins for a little more kapow and vitamin a to help maintain healthy vision.  Pretty in pink and giving away an iPad to boot – defo the water of choice for the girl geek!

We also have the amazing Juniper Networks involved donating some lovely stuff to us though we haven’t confirmed what just yet so we’ll leave that as the surprise element of the evening. Juniper networks provide high speed, reliable switching routers and you can see their suite of kick butt stuff here

The lovely Iona Innovations are also donating raffle prizes for us to help us fund our work at getting charitable status.  So bring your pound coins and buy some tickets on the night!

We’ll even have some Forbidden Planet flyers as we know SF and Girl Geeks often go hand in hand.

So as you can see it is going to be a fantastic evening and one you won’t want to miss!

See you there!

London Girl Geek Dinner 4 Year Anniversary Event Announcement!


We have just finalised all the details for this year’s anniversary Girl Geek Dinner.  Since we know that there will be way more demand for this event than we could possibly cater for we are also going to live stream the event.

The tickets will be released in two batches.  The first batch will be released on the 08/17/2009 at 1:30pm so that it’s across lunchtime rather than meeting times! The second batch are at an after work time of 8:30pm on 08/18/2009.  Remember to add those times to the diary.

We will open up a small reserves list but we need to know drop outs asap as we can’t have more than 80 people for fire & safety reasons and Channel 4 require a list of attendees in advance of the event for name badges and to provide to security.

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London Girl Geek Dinner 4 Year Anniversary – Sponosored by Channel 4!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (GMT)

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London Girl Geeks and SCI-FI-LONDON Event


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14th April 2009 :: cosmic news, sci-fi fans, space for another 30 people has materialised due to a rip in the space-time continuum, or something, so we’ve just added these tickets — set your diaries to stun come!

We’re in orbit over the April 2009 London Girl Geek event which we’re holding jointly with the groovy individuals at SCI-FI-LONDON who are also kindly sponsoring the event to be held at the Apollo West End Theatre on Regent Street.

The event will commence at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start with talks on sci-fi film and fiction from the below speakers. The event will flow on to the cinema bar afterwards, and films will be showing from 7.45pm if any attendees wish to book separately. On which, Girl Geeks attending this event are eligible for a 10% discount on SCI-FI-LONDON cinema tickets that evening, just quote London Girl Geeks!

As per details from the SCI-FI-LONDON website (do visit to learn more about what’s happening during their annual festival taking place from 29th April to 4th May), speakers will include:

  • Dr Rachel Armstrong :: Dr Armstrong trained as a doctor at both Cambridge and Oxford and is a qualified General Practitioner, however, her career as a doctor has been far from conventional. Her concern for patients disfigured by the scars of leprosy led her on a journey that questioned assumptions about what ‘normal’ human anatomy is, or indeed, whether there is anything ‘natural’ about us at all. Dr Armstrong will present a resume of her adventures in practical Science Fiction over the last ten years, revealing a shocking portrait of human identity through the work of radical performance artists and leading to her current work that challenges notions of ‘life’ itself. [Warning хочу секс самара : Not for the squeamish or easily morally outraged.]
  • Additional Speaker :: TBA

Many thanks to Sara & Louis from SCI-FI-LONDON for arranging the space and making things happen!

Full Details:

  • Date & Time: Thursday, 30th April 2009, 6:00 for 6.30pm
  • End Time: The event will finish at 8.00pm, with those interested flowing on to the cinema bar for more conversations
  • Venue: Apollo West End Theatre, 19 Regent Street, see Directions for more details!
  • Hosted by: Girl Geek Dinners and SCI-FI-LONDON
  • Food & Drink: Light dips and drinks provided courtesy of SCI-FI-LONDON
  • Subject for the evening: Girl Geeks in Practical Science Fiction
  • Format: Reception, two short talks, conversation.
  • Capacity: 90 people
  • Attendees:
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    As ever, boy geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a girl geek although on this occasion we do stress that there are few and limited spaces so more boy geeks = less girl geeks.

If you’d like to attend on 30th April, please sign up at, and we’ll see you at the event!

London Girl Geek Dinner Sponsored by Symantec

Norton by SymantecWe’re thrilled to announce our second 2009 London Girl Geek event which is sponsored by Symantec and will be held at I-Level Search right in the heart of the city.

The event will commence at 6.00pm with some simple networking so do remember to bring your business cards with you.  The networking will then follow with group discussions on how to lifehack your way successfully through the current economic downturn.  This is an event where you should all bring your best and brightest ways to shine with you…Be prepared to share ideas, tech tools, management techniques and so on…

This is expected to be a fun, practical way of sharing your ideas.

When you head off you’ll also receive a fun little goodie bag… I’m not going to tell you what’s in it… that’s a surprise… all part of the fun of goodie bags!

Many thanks to Kate from Symantec and her team for arranging the goodie bags and sponsorship, and also to Judith Lewis and the I-Level Search team for offering their fun informal office space!

Full Details:

  • Date & Time: Friday, 20th February 2009, 6:30pm for a 7pm start
  • End Time: The event will finish at 9.30pm, with those interested flowing on to a local pub afterwards
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  • Venue: Vinyan movie download I-Level Seach Office see Directions for more details!
  • Hosted by: Girl Geek Dinners and Symantec – Venue space donated by I-Level Search
  • Food & Drink: Snacks and refreshments provided courtesy of Symantec
  • Subject for the evening: Life Hacking
  • Format: Reception, Group Discussions, Conversation
  • Capacity: 50 people
  • Attendees: As ever, boy geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a girl geek although on this occasion we do stress that there are few and limited spaces so more boy geeks = less girl geeks.
  • Directions: Here’s a really accurate map
    The closest tube station is Oxford Circus.  We are only a short 5 min walk away from Oxford Circus tube station, not far from the Getty Images Gallery.  The Number 7 bus has a stop for Gt Titchfield St going towards Russel Square  so you can even take the bus.  I am unsure of what the stop is called going in the opposite direction.From Oxford Circus station it can be very disorienting so look for Topshop or the Nike shop.  You want to be on this side of the street.  Now, walk along Oxford St from the Nike store, past Toipshop and Miss Selfridge. Cross and walk past Urbal Outfitters, Schuh, and lots of other shops until you come to a green booth in the middle of what was once probably a street but is now just an empty bit of pavement.  Turn here and walk towards Fratelli’s coffee shop or if you can see it more easily, Bagelmania.  This pagement gives way to a street which is Great Titchfield St.  Walk up Great Titchfield St – you’ll have to cross a street and then walk past the DMA and cross another street.  You’ll end up across the street from the DMA walking away from it.  A few buildings up, you’ll be faced with a metal bar gate, half open, half closed leading up a ramp.  You’ll see a door that says “we are fallon”.  Just before this door is another area with a security guard in it.  Go in to this area and let security know you are here for the Girl Geek Dinner at i-level search.  They will point you around the corner to the left (the windows you walked past when going up the ramp) and then you will have arrived!

    We will be in the back on the office in a large open space.

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If you’d like to attend on 20th February, please sign up via the sign me up button below, and we’ll see you at the event!

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: Snacks 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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Launched: Twitter feed for London Girl Geek Dinners

Virtuosity video twitter_icons_256Christmas is gone and the New Year has finally arrived, and as a special little New Years present to those who attend the Girl Geek Dinners and are on Twitter who don’t want all my noise, i’ve added a new twtter feed. At the moment many of you on twitter rely on the GirlyGeekdom twitter feed which to be honest is a bit noisy, so as a result I’ve created another one just for the London Girl Geeks. On it I’ll be sharing info from this blog, any big announcements and event related info.

Also when we have an event on in an evening and you want to know more or want to give us some feedback/ improvement suggestions etc, you can either leave us a comment on the blog or send us a tweet!

Our twitter URL is

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We hope you like it!

Have a great New Year!

ps Look out for our next event being announced in the next week or so!

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