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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Upcoming Event: Girl Geek Tea Party #47 – Mince Pi (Raspberry Pi Party)

Sunday, 14 December 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00

AutoTrader Offices, Number 1 First Street, 4th Floor, M15 4FN Manchester [Map]

Tickets £3.14 – sign up now to get yours here.

For our December event, we’re teaming up with various Raspberry Pi organisations around Manchester to put together a Raspberry Pi-themed afternoon of fun!

OK, but what is Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.

This tiny device enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program. Find out more about Raspberry Pi here.

mcrraspjamWe’ll have a range of different activities to have a go at, including building a Raspberry Pi, using it to make noises, building a weather monitoring station and more.

As we get more details confirmed, we’ll add them here.

If you own a Raspberry Pi, we’d love for you to bring it along and use it for the different activities.

If you don’t, we have a limited number of places available for people to borrow a Pi to use on the day, if they can’t bring one. If you were thinking of getting one, here’s your excuse!

We’ll also be holding a ‘Show & Tell’ for people who’ve done something cool with their Pi – maybe you’d like to show us something awesome you’ve made in Minecraft or Scratch, or your cool Raspberry Pi case mod, or a project you’re working on that’s Pi-based.

Please let us know if you think you’d like to show something off – it doesn’t have to be very good! It’s all about sharing our experience, and you may be able to get some pointers as to where to take it next.

As usual, we’ll have tea, coffee, squash and baked goods – if you feel inspired to create an R-Pi themed cake, biscuit or other delicious treat, we’d love to see it! Although let’s be honest, we’d really love to eat it.

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Manchester Girl Geeks + ScienceGrrl Xmas Party!

Calendars at the ready!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 from 18:30 to 22:30
Manchester city centre venue (to be confirmed)
Tickets *totally free* – get one here.

It’s the end of the year, and time to celebrate! We’ll be getting together with our lovely friends ScienceGrrl to celebrate all the great things that have happened in 2014, and generally have a knees-up.

Hama Bead SnowflakeThings which may or may not (but probably will) happen include:

– Bring-a-dish (like last year) buffet of delicious goodies
– Nice freebies left over from our events through the year – pass-the-parcel anybody?
– Music and dancing
– Computer games to be played
– Quiz potential

We’d love for you to join us! If you have any ideas about how we can make the party awesome and would like to help do so, please get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll see you there!

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Girl Geek Friendly Events: Girls Night Out Under the Stars

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: Saturday 22nd November, 1900 – 22:30

We’re looking for all the budding Astronettes, Star-lettes and Cosmic Girls to go and join the ‘Girls Night Out (under the stars) event.

The female staff (most of whom have degrees in Physics!) will be running a series of activities to introduce you to astronomy. You can listen to a talk  on ‘Seeing the Invisible’ by Philippa Hartley, learn how to use a telescope with help from local astronomy groups, explore the night sky at a pop-up planetarium session and enjoy tea in the café with some solar system themed cake decorating.

Go on and treat yourself, your mates, your sisters and your daughters to a girl’s night out with a difference.

Website

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Girl Geek Friendly Events: Measure Bowling

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!

Measure Bowling: Digital Analytics Meetup

Venue: All Star Bowling

Time: Thursday 20th November 2014, 1830 – 20:30

#MeasureBowling Manchester is back and this time we’re moving to the All Star Lanes Bowling Alley on Deansgate. It’s an opportunity to meet up with other members of the Digital Analytics community in an informal atmosphere. Join us on the lanes, make some new friends and see what sort of score you can roll.

And we are not alone… on the same evening, #MeasureBowling will be happening in Belfast, Berlin, Brighton, Brussels, Dublin, Cracow, Grenoble, Leeds, Lille, London, Madrid, Milan, Montpellier, Munich, Nantes, Paris, Prague and Warsaw. Each event will be organised locally but we are predicting plenty of chat on Twitter & there will be prizes for the best bowlers in Digital Analytics in Europe.

There will be a charge of £10.00 for all bowlers, although (due to All Star Lanes policy of lanes for diners at peak times) the event will include dinner before the bowling action begins, which bowlers will also have to fund.

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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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