Girl Geeks Event: BarCamp 2014

Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp

We are holding our second BarCamp on 31st May 2014! With the support of The Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR) at Manchester Metropolitan University, we will be able to make the event even bigger (250+ people).

Full details can be found on our dedicated BarCamp page: www.manchestergirlgeeks.com/barcamp

We are also on the look out for sponsorship to make the event a possibility. Please have a look at our sponsor page or download the Sponsorship Package PDF.

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Upcoming Event: Girl Geek Tea Party #41 – Learn to Program in PHP

Manchester Girl Geeks Tea Party #41 – Learn to program in PHP

Sunday 27th April 2014, 2-4pm @ThoughtWorks, Manchester

Floor 26 Piccadilly Tower

ThoughtWorks

With the help of www.codecademy.com, we will walk and talk you through the first steps to writing your own code in a programming language called PHP. This short intro class is aimed at absolute beginners, who have little or no knowledge of programming, as well as people with experience of programming who would like to refresh their coding skills – for example, if you already program in another language but would like to learn a new one! Children who know how to use a computer are more than welcome, too! Feel free to bring your young ones and share a laptop with them.

The great team at ThoughtWorks have kindly lent us their offices for the class which will be around 2 hours, we’ll have an introduction followed by working through the exercises on Codecademy.com. You can work at your own pace, and after the session ends you can carry on from where you left off at home. We’ll have a team of volunteers from Manchester Girl Geeks on hand to help you if you get stuck, and as always, there will breaks for tea, biscuits and chats with other girl geeks.

Tickets
Tickets for this event cost £3 per person – we only have a limited number of spaces, so book soon! We will provide tea, coffee, squash and some biscuits and cake (although if you’d like to bake/bring some, please do!)

What To Bring…

  • A wi-fi ready laptop + charger (if you can’t bring your own, please let us know and we can try to sort something out – but it’s easier if it’s your own laptop!)
  • Your favourite biscuits, cupcakes, tea, coffee (we’ll have the basics, but in case you fancy something slightly more interesting… :)
  • Your friends, sisters, mums, cousins, daughters, colleagues… who might be interested in learning something new!

Why learn to code?
Learning to program means you can understand how the programs you use on your computer work at a fundamental level. It’s also a skill which makes you hugely employable – and the computer industry is always looking for more developers, especially females who are hugely underrepresented. And finally, it’ll be a fun afternoon! You might find it difficult, but nothing worth doing isn’t and our team will be there to support you if you get stuck.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Girl Night Out

In the interest of staying tuned in to what’s happening in the geek community, we’ll be posting details of upcoming local events that our members will be at, and recommending events for other girl geeks to attend. If you’re thinking of coming, please comment on this page – then we can know who’ll be there, and you can find other friendly faces!

Girls Night Out – under the stars!

Venue: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Time: 19:00 – 22:00 8 Mar 2014

We’re looking for all the budding Astronettes, Star-lettes and Cosmic Girls to come and join us for our ‘Girls Night Out (under the stars) event at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre on Saturday 8th March starting 7pm.

The evening is an opportunity for women and girls of all ages to come and have fun with astronomy and learn more about the night sky.

Evening activities may include: • Meet our female scientific colleagues from the Astrophysics group and the wider University. • Dr Katherine Joy will be giving a talk on ‘Investigating the Moon’ • Discover the night sky in our pop-up planetarium • Enjoy a tea break, planet cookie decorating and explore the Solar System

So go on treat yourself, your mates, your sisters and your daughters to a girls night out with a difference.

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March event – Saturday Science at MOSI

Saturday Science at MOSI
Saturday 15th March, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Since it’s National Science and Engineering Week, and International Women’s Day, we’ve been invited by MOSI to take part in their Saturday Science event – we’ll be in the Revolution Gallery at the museum all day, with a table of activities for you to take part in, and we’ll also be taking turns at getting up on stage to share some of our favourite Girl Geeks Show & Tell moments. Come and join us for some or all of the day, and make your own pixel art, or encode a secret message binary you can wear on your arm!

For more information, visit the MOSI website.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Hour of Code

In the interest of staying tuned in to what’s happening in the geek community, we’ll be posting details of upcoming local events that our members will be at, and recommending events for other girl geeks to attend. If you’re thinking of coming, please comment on this page – then we can know who’ll be there, and you can find other friendly faces!

Programming Taster Session

Venue: Burnage Library Activity and Information Hub

Time: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30

Ever wondered what it must have been like for young Mark Zuckerberg creating Facebook or why those birds are so darn angry? Is computer programming a dark art to you? Or are you just wondering what all this ‘coding’ fuss is about? Then come along to our Hour of Code session and experience the delights of computer programming.

In this taste of what it’s like, you’ll start learning the Python programming language, used on small computers like the Raspberry Pi to large cloud computing platforms like Google’s App Engine.

Our special guest on the night is a programmer at the BBC and a member of the Manchester Girl Geeks who will introduce you to computer programming through the Code Academy website and with a team of supporters, will mentor you through the first of the practical online CodeAcademy lessons which you can take away and continue at home.

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March event with Thoughtworks: Inspiring Change

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 20.35.53ThoughtWorks & Manchester Girl Geeks are working together to bring you an evening of lightning talks to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014. The event is open for registrations and we are also looking for speakers to deliver short talks (around 5 minutes) around topics you feel passionately about.

thoughtworksWhether you’re keen to encourage women to study/work in IT or simply share your own personal journey, this is a great opportunity for experienced and inexperienced speakers alike. Please contact alynch@thoughtworks.com if you would like to be involved.

Some ideas:

  • Your professional achievements – eg. projects you’ve worked on, exciting opportunities
  • Your career journey – why IT, what jobs have you done?
  • Things you are involved in outside of work – Code Club, Young Rewired State, user groups etc.

For more information, and to register, visit the Thoughtworks Website.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Warp & Weft Present Stature

In the interest of staying tuned in to what’s happening in the geek community, we’ll be posting details of upcoming local events that our members will be at, and recommending events for other girl geeks to attend. If you’re thinking of coming, please comment on this page – then we can know who’ll be there, and you can find other friendly faces!

Stature

Venue: Manchester Town Hall

Time: 24th February to 9th March 2014

From the 1870s to the early 1900s Manchester’s rich elite donated portrait busts of public figures they admired to decorate the newly built town hall. The statues of clergymen and politicians selected for display reinforced the gender roles and restrictions of the time.

Warp & Weft would like to redress the town hall statue gender imbalance and draw attention to the accomplishments of some women we admire. They’re busy crocheting masks representing eight fabulous women of achievement who have strong links to Greater Manchester.

24 February to 9 March 2014 the masks will be worn by the eight statues of notable historical men which line Manchester town hall entrance corridor.

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Girl Geeks Event: ArtAnon Origami Workshop

ArtAnon Origami Workshop
The Joyce Layland LGBT Youth Centre, 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester
Saturday 8th February, 3:30 – 5pm

If you enjoyed our mathematical origami events in the past, or if you just like making things with your hands, you’ll be interested in this event on Saturday 8th February, which has been organised by ArtAnon. Manchester Girl Geeks has been invited to contribute to their art project, Tessellate, which is an art installation created from a mass of origami units, made by the public in local community workshops.

The Tesselate workshops will culminate in a social evening to encourage networking amongst community groups and raise awareness of International Women’s Day, with music entertainment and accompanying refreshments, and you’ll be able to see the finished work. Click here for more details.

If you’re free this Saturday, and want to contribute to our part of the piece, all instructions will be provided and if you want to bring some cake too, we can make an afternoon of it!

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Girl Geek Friendly Events – Raspberry Jamboree

In the interest of staying tuned in to what’s happening in the geek community, we’ll be posting details of upcoming local events that our members will be at, and recommending events for other girl geeks to attend. If you’re thinking of coming, please comment on this page – then we can know who’ll be there, and you can find other friendly faces!

Raspberry Jamboree

Venue: Manchester Central Conference Centre

Time: 27 & 28 February 2014

The OCR Raspberry Jamboree is the 2nd international convention sharing the educational potential of the Raspberry Pi computer. They aim to identify and share the impact that this low-cost computer is having on education. As well as sharing the amazing potential of this device for education, they will be showing lots of practical ideas.

They particularly want to encourage those with an interest in education to attend to discover exactly how they can use this device to inspire children to engage with computing. As well as a host of inspirational speakers, projects and classes, they aim to share effective Jam-making practice.

On the Friday night there will be a drinks reception from 4:00pm. Party 5.00pm – 7.00pm. Tickets will be listed separately to help plan for catering.

Speakers - Amy MatherCarrie Anne PhilbinClive BealePete LomasAlex BradburyDavid AkermanRyan WalmsleyBen Nuttall, Dawn Hewitson, Nicholas TollerveyAndrew Robinson,David WhaleNeil FordSimon WaltersRob BishopCharlotte GodleyCraig RichardsonMartin O’HanlonWilliam Bell,Siobhan RamseyAlan O’DonohoeJimmy Wales (!) and many more to be confirmed.

View our detailed programme developing here

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Women in Engineering

In the interest of staying tuned in to what’s happening in the geek community, we’ll be posting details of upcoming local events that our members will be at, and recommending events for other girl geeks to attend. If you’re thinking of coming, please comment on this page – then we can know who’ll be there, and you can find other friendly faces!

Women in Engineering

Venue: The Hub – University of Huddersfield
Time: Tuesday, 8 April 2014 from 09:00 to 17:30

Despite the increasing national demand for qualified engineers, around half of female engineering and technology graduates don’t progress onto the many exciting career paths that engineering has to offer. Aimed at students from engineering, physics and mathematical backgrounds, this free event invites you to join us at the inaugural WISE Student Colloquium to discover the exciting opportunities that are available in engineering.

Join them for free to:

  • Meet employers
  • Take part in a poster competition
  • Hear from women who are making a difference with their engineering qualifications
  • Attend the panel discussion What’s so great about a career in engineering?
  • Network with students from across the UK

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