Upcoming Event: Wikipedia Editing Day, Sunday 23rd November, SpacePortX

Manchester Girl Geeks & Wikimedia UK present an introduction to editing Wikipedia

SpacePortX 24-26 Lever St, Manchester, M1 1DZ [Map]
10am-4pm, Sunday 23th November
Tickets £4 with lunch included – get your ticket here

Cakeipedia, from our previous event

We cannot guarantee there will be Wikipedia cake at this event. But there will be lunch, tea and cake.

Practically everyone uses the free encyclopaedia to find out about the world – but have you ever tried adding to it?

Women are sorely under-represented in editing and contributing to Wikipedia articles, and we aim to shift the balance.

Helpers from Wikimedia UK and Manchester Girl Geeks will be on hand to help you learn and develop editing skills.

There will be support on hand for beginners and for those who already have some editing experience.

If you’re new to wiki editing, trainers will be on hand take you through the basics of logging in and editing, as well as give you some ideas of how to contribute.

If you attended our event last year, or you already done some editing, there’ll be a an area where you can get stuck in and get help on more advanced topics.

Feel free to bring along your favourite sources and add to the body of knowledge together.

The day runs from 10am-4pm, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Get your ticket here

What to bring:

  • A laptop / computer, on which to edit; if you don’t have one you can bring, please get in touch beforehand and we can sort something out.
  • Reference materials on topics you’d like to write about, such as books, papers or journals (optional).
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Girl Geek Friendly Events: A woman’s place..?

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’s Careers in Science: A woman’s place..?

Venue: Lancaster University

Time: Wednesday 12 November 2014, 1000-1600

Hurdles still exist for women who wish to further their careers in science, both in industry and academia. This event aims to bring together the latest research and showcase the best practice from both sectors, with a range of speakers and workshops.

The programme will include talks by Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk (University of Salford), Dr Valerie Bevan (Lancaster University) and others, as well as interactive workshops by Athena SWAN and unconscious bias expert Lara Warmelink.

Anyone with an interest in promoting women’s careers in science, whether in an industrial or an academic setting should attend this event. Lunch is provided and there will be plenty of opportunity for networking.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Ladies who code

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!

A Witching Night

Venue: ThoughtWorks – 26th Floor City Tower Piccadilly Plaza

Time: 27 October, 7pm

Are you a lady? Do you code? Are you searching for a similar bunch of ladies to meet and discuss code with? If so this is the group for you. They meet monthly to hear talks from leaders in the field and hack whilst developing your code-fu in the process.

What if I don’t code?

We are going to be discussing some pretty in-depth, geeky stuff. If you are not deterred by that and are still really excited about coming, you’re more than welcome.

This month they are putting on a Halloween themed evening. It will be very eeeks-citing, not just because of the fun theme but also cause we have a great talk lined up for you. Our spook-tacular speaker for the night is Karen Pudner from the BBC and Manchester Girl Geeks.

Meetup Page

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Mega Menger

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!

Manchester Science Festival – Distributed Fractal Build

Venue: Museum of Science and Industry

Time: 25 – 26th October 2014,

The MegaMenger may be the largest fractal ever built, made out of over a million business cards and encompassing the entire Earth.

A Menger Sponge is a three-dimensional fractal, which can be made by taking a cube and cutting out a square section through the centre in each of the three directions; then each of the resulting smaller cubes is cut out in the same way, and so on until you’ve removed infinitely many pieces. So each Menger Sponge is made from twenty identical-but-smaller Menger Sponges. This results in an object which has zero volume but infinite surface area!

As a distributed fractal project, twenty Menger Sponge cubes will be in different cities around the world. These twenty level-three Menger Sponges around the planet would then form a distributed level-four sponge, the largest ever made out of business cards. The Museum of Science and Industry will be hosting builds on both the 25th and 26th so come along if you’d like to help out!

Website – click on the map for details

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Girl Geek Friendly Events: Barclays CoderDojo

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!

Special GIRLS ONLY CoderDojo as part of Girls Allowed!

Venue: Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke

Time: Sunday, 26 October 2014 from 10:00 to 14:00

CoderDojo is a not for profit business set up  to basically get kids interested in Coding and IT from a really young age as there is serious lack of children turning to IT as a career of choice. It gives them the opportunity to learn how to develop apps, code, develop games, develop websites etc. It’s almost like a free after school club for kids but it’s held on a Sunday.

  • Each child needs to be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will stay with the child for the duration of the CoderDojo (there is a separate breakout area if required).
  • The children need to bring a laptop.
  • Lunch is provided

The sessions will be led by local technology enthusiasts (including mentors from Barclays and CoderDojo) in an open learning environment that fosters creativity and the act of playing with technology.

This is a wonderful opportunity for children to engage in a healthy way with technology, surrounded by the family in a technology employer’s setting, challenged by exciting ideas such as developing their own computer game or building an app for their phone.

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Competition Time! Win Free tickets to our Girl Geek dinner

Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me?

On 27th October we’re holding a Girl Geek Dinner at MediaCity, as part of Manchester Science Festival. Here’s your chance to win two free tickets!

HOW TO ENTER: Take a photo of yourself enjoying science – it could be anything: hanging out with scientists, doing experiments at home, visiting science museums, or just playing with your Raspberry Pi!

Tweet your photo to @mcrgirlgeeks with the hashtag #ilovescience and the winning entry will receive two free tickets to our dinner on 27th October!

Competition closes Friday 24th October, 5pm. Winners will be notified immediately via Twitter.

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Girl Geek Friendly Events: Manchester GeekUp

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!

Manchester GeekUp

Venue: The English Lounge, 64-66 High Street, Manchester

Time: Thursday 6th November 2014, 7pm onwards – FREE, no need to book

GeekUp is a community of web designers, web developers, and other tech-minded folk from the UK. It’s a grassroots knowledge sharing and networking social for folks involved or interested in the web and technology industry.

Come along to our bi-monthly social at The English Lounge in Manchester’s Northern Quarter from 7pm on Thursday 4th September. Food is served and you can check out the menu on the below link.

GeekUp meetings are great for meeting new people and networking, discussing your latest project, seeking advice and sharing knowledge. If you’re a geek in Manchester and want to meet others like you, then register for our event here!

Meetup

Twitter

The English Lounge

 

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Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me? (part of Manchester Science Festival)

Monday 27th October, 6pm-9pm
7th Floor, The Landing, Blue, MediaCityUK, M50 2ST
Tickets: £5 (including dinner)

Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me?

Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me?

Manchester Girl Geeks and ScienceGrrl present an evening with some of the finest minds in science, technology, IT and engineering.

• Thinking of studying science/technology at university? They’ve been there and done that!
• Want to know what cutting edge research is all about? They can tell you!

Hear about the work they’ve been doing, what they’re doing next and what it’s like being a female working in science. There will be hands-on activities for you to try and you also get a tasty meal in Manchester’s thriving media/creative hub, MediaCity. There’ll also be a chance to find out about UTC MediaCity, a new college opening soon at MediaCity, and they’re supporting our event along with Manchester Science Festival and our lovely venue hosts The Landing.

Suitable for students at high school or above (under 16s with an adult) or as a school group. People who work or have an interest in science or technology are also very welcome!

To book your place, visit whathassciencedoneforme.eventbrite.co.uk

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Upcoming Event: Want to get into Public Engagement? (Free Training)

Monday, 3rd October 2014
9.30am-1pm
Kanaris Lecture Theatre at the Manchester Museum
Free training

Click image to download the Public Engagement Training Poster PDF

Manchester Girl Geeks and ScienceGrrl, who both run workshops and events to engage people with science, are looking for early career researchers to join our team of speakers. We’re running a free half-day training event on Friday 3rd October, with training from Jon Wood (jonwoodscience.com) on speaking skills, confidence, and planning and running activities. 

Following on from the training you will have a chance to volunteer and speak our next event in October. As part of Manchester Science Festival we will be holding a Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me? Details of this can be found at: whathassciencedoneforme.eventbrite.co.uk

To book your place on this free training session, visit public-engagement.eventbrite.co.uk

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Campus Comes North

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!

Campus Comes North

Venue: Peter House, Manchester

Time: September 22nd | 9:30am – 4pm

Google Campus is coming to Manchester on Monday 22nd September! Google will throw open the doors of their Manchester office to host a day of mentoring, investor office hours, pitch feedback and networking. The full schedule has yet to be finalised but they are inviting local start ups to register their interest.

Click here for the Sign Up Form.

A confirmation email will be sent to attendees with a finalized program and location details.

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