GGTP #55 Girl Geek Iced Tea Party

Sunday 20th September 2-4pm, The Shed, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street


Materials scientist and nanochemist Dr Suze Kundu is coming to run a hands-on materials science workshop, and the theme will be all things frozen! We’re calling it a Girl Geek Iced Tea Party, because we love puns. From supercooled substances to snowmen that never melt, it will definitely be very, very cool. More details will be confirmed shortly.

As always, we’ll have our usual tea, coffee and cakes, and if you feel inspired by the theme to bake something frosty-themed (snowflake shaped biscuits? fridge cake?) feel free to bring it along.

We’re back at MMU’s The Shed, which is on Chester Street (opposite Nando’s, just off Oxford Road where the BBC used to be). The venue is wheelchair accessible, and if you have any other access needs please get in touch.

Click here to book your place – tickets £4

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GGTP #54: Girl Geek Dinners Turns 10!

This August is the 10th Birthday of the Girl Geek Dinner organisation and to celebrate, Manchester Girl Geeks is throwing a party! Come and join us for party games, good company, and celebratory cake.

We’ll be at out old haunt MadLab, on Edge Street, from 2-6pm on Sunday 16th August. We’ll have a space for people to do short ‘show-and-tell’ style talks, games to play (hopefully retro consoles, classic party games and some board games too!), prizes to win and plenty of cool people to hang out with. We’ll also be making a video to send to the other GGD groups, of our favourite Girl Geek moments from throughout the years.

We’ll be on the ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible, and if you have any special dietary requirements or other access needs, please get in touch.

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GGTP #53: Coding Picnic


Click here to book your place – tickets £2

Sunday 26th July, ResponseTap, Furness House, Furness Quay, Salford Quays

On Sunday July 26th, we’ll be getting together with our lovely 2015-16 sponsors ResponseTap for a coding workshop tea party extravaganza. There’ll be separate strands for Java and Python, with stuff for beginners as well as more advanced programmers.

ResponseTap are based in Furness House at Salford Quays – a short walk from the Metrolink, (full directions on the booking page).

This event is suitable for ages 12 and over. As with all our events, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please see our notes on accessibility for details.

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Girl Geek Friendly Events – Wiki Edit Day

Wikipedia editathon

Venue: Catalyst, Widnes

Time: Saturday 8 August 10:00am-4:30pm

Been to a Girl Geeks Wiki Edit day? If you did go and loved it or if you just want to have a go at wikipedia editing there will be an editathon held at Catalyst, a hands-on museum of science and the chemical industry, in Widnes, Cheshire. It will be hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Wikipedian in Residence, Andy Mabbett. All are welcome, but places are limited and so booking is required.

The focus will be on chemistry-related topics; including both scientific and non-scientific content (the latter including biographies, for example). You’ll work on Wikipedia, but also sister projects including Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikisource and others.

If you’ve never done it before don’t fear, assistance will be available for new editors.

More info

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Digital Skills Festival

Venue: The Landing, Blue, MediaCityUK

Time: Saturday 13th June 10:00 – 15:00

This event is aimed at young adults aged 16-25 and hopes to improve their digital skills. It aims to improve employability and start the journey towards securing a job in today’s digital economy.

In the session you’ll get the chance to build your own “about me” website, learn more about using social media to further yourself, build an app and learn about how to keep your accounts safe online.

Also “Eagle Lab” will be showcasing some of the latest innovations in the digital world.

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GGTP #52: Hannah Fry

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Click here to book your place – tickets £3

Sunday 14th June, The Shed, MMU

For June’s Girl Geek Tea Party, we’re getting a visit from mathematician and awesome human Hannah Fry, who is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL.

She’ll be coming to give a talk about some cool maths (title: ‘Hidden Connections’), and hang around for Q&A, alongside our usual tea, coffee and cake-fest. We’ll be at MMU’s exciting digital innovation hub, The Shed (entrance on Chester Street), which is fully accessible.

As with all Manchester Girl Geeks events, male attendees are welcome.

Directions to The Shed

Full address of the venue: The Shed | Chester Street | M1 5GD
Find The Shed on Twitter: @DigInnMMU (Hashtag:#MMUShed)

The Shed

Click here to download the Venue Map (PDF)
The Shed is #2 formerly John Dalton West

Due to other city centre events happening on that day, traffic diversions and delays are expected. Metrolink engineering works may also be taking place on that weekend. Please set off early for our Tea Party that begins at 2pm.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – BCS App-a-thon

App Workshop

Venue: SPACE Labs at The Landing, Blue, MediaCityUK

Time: Saturday 13th June 10:00 – 15:00

The BCS will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people learning to write Android smartphone applications at the same time and you can be part of it!

Individual and families with children over the age of 10 (or possibly a very IT-savvy younger child) are welcome to come and learn how to build Android apps using MIT AppInventor, which is a free, web-based system for creating simple apps using drag-and-drop coding techniques.

Using a mixture of talk, activities, and hands-on coding we will help you build some simple interactive applications that you run and install on your own Android phones or tablets. You will leave the day with apps you’ve built, and the software installed on your own laptop to play around with it once you get home.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Code First:Girls

UX Workshop

Venue: Thoughtworks

Time: Sunday 19th April 10:00 – 16:00

Why aren’t there more women in tech and entrepreneurship? It’s a complex and multi-faceted issue, but at Code First: Girls they believe one thing – tech shouldn’t just be a boys club.

Elizabeth Chesters, from ThoughtWorks, will be running a UX workshop primarily aimed at women. They’ll be going through empathy mapping, creating personas, prototyping and user testing. You won’t need a laptop but don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a lecture, it will be a hands-on workshop. You’ll even get a free lunch!

Sign up here!

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Solar Eclipse 2015: How to Enjoy it!

We asked astrophysicist and all-round excellent human Jen Gupta to write about this month’s solar eclipse for our website. Read on to find out what an eclipse is, why they happen and how you can enjoy it safely on Friday 20th.

In the morning on Friday 20th March 2015 a partial solar eclipse will be visible from the UK. In Manchester the eclipse will start at 08:26 and finish at 10:41 with the maximum obscuration at 09:32. At this point, 90% of the Sun will be covered up and will look something like the image found here.

The timings of the eclipse and how much of the Sun gets covered up will be slightly different depending on where you are in the country. Where I work in Portsmouth, the maximum will happen four minutes earlier and only 85% of the Sun will be covered up. Go north to Edinburgh and the maximum obscuration will be 93% at 09:35. Of course realistically it won’t really look different wherever you are in the UK. To see the total solar eclipse, with the Sun completely obscured by the Moon, you’ll need to go way north, to the Faroe Islands or Svalbard.

Click here to see information about the eclipse in different locations

In this post we’re going to look at eclipses in more detail, including what an eclipse is, why they’re interesting, and, perhaps most importantly, how you can safely view March’s partial eclipse.

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GGTP #51: 3D printing with Fab Lab and MoSI

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Click here to book tickets: £4 including tram fare and refreshments

For our April Tea Party, we’ll be checking out the world of 3D Printing. Meeting at Fab Lab in New Islington, we’ll find out there how they use 3D printers to prototype and produce 3D printed objects. We’ll then jump on a tram over to the Museum of Science and Industry, where we’ll visit their “3D: Printing the Future” exhibit, before heading to their cafe for a cup of tea and some cake.

We’re meeting at Fab Lab to start at 2pm, then will go to MOSI and should be finished by 5pm at the latest (including time for tea and cake).

Your ticket cost includes:

  • a return tram ticket between New Islington and Deansgate Metrolink
  • refreshments in the cafe.

By default the tram ticket will be from New Islington to Deansgate and back, assuming you’re meeting us at New Islington – but if you’d prefer a return the other way, please buy a return ticket at Deansgate and we’ll reimburse you on arrival at Fab Lab. Please email us if you’re not sure. There is a car park outside Fab Lab which is pay and display, and is accessed from Old Mill Street.

We’ll be starting promptly at 2pm, and hoping to leave Fab Lab between 2.30pm and 3pm, so please make sure you’re on time! If you have any trouble getting there, please contact us ASAP by tweeting @mcrgirlgeeks, or emailing

Click here to book your place – tickets £4

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