Upcoming event: Girl Geek Tea Party #49 – Comedy in Space!

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts (Jasmine Suite), 13 Thomas Street, M4 1EU [Map]

Tickets at the bargain price of £5 (includes tea and cake) – get yours here.

We’re very pleased to announce that for our February Girl Geek Tea Party, and to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse, we have a space-themed event:


Confirmed space geek Chella Quint hosts an afternoon celebrating the funny women of space in this touring show. This line up of award-winning comedians, poets, actors and scientists will be cosmic, intergalactic and out of this world. Expect laughter and astrophysics in equal measure, plus all the flying saucers you can eat!

Chella Quint, our compere, is a Sheffield-based comedian, education researcher, designer and science communicator who is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She started up Comedy in Space! to showcase women being funny and promoting STEM all at the same time. She regularly performs at Science Showoff and she hosted a comedy show live from CERN for their 60th anniversary celebrations!

Chella moonlights as an amateur astronomer and her favourite nebula is the Horse Head Nebula, and her favorite exoplanet is Keplar 22B. She owns a space onesie and is not afraid to wear it in public. (@chellaquint)

Steph Kerr is an environmental chemist and science communicator. She enjoys making science-themed playlists and previously hosted the Science Brainwaves radio show. She currently hosts SciCommPi(e) meet ups, is a Sheffield ScienceGrrl, and was a finalist in the Sheffield Famelab heats. Her favourite constellation is Orion and she really wants to see the Aurora Borealis. (@stephkerr)

Sarah Thomasin is a comic performance poet living in Sheffield who has been published in Now Then Magazine and in two English PEN collections, and has been commissioned to write science and sex education poems in three different countries. She is the Off the Shelf Festival Poetry Slam Winner 2010. Every year between 14 March and 21 June she writes 100 poems. Her favourite topics to write about are science fiction, science fact, and current events. (@wordgeeksarah)

Kate McCabe is an American comic and improviser. She works with ComedySportz Manchester (helping to bring fun to all the families) and also runs a comedy showcase for nerds called Sidekick Comedy in Manchester’s village. Her favourite non-powered superhero is Batman. Her favourite powered superhero is Nightcrawler. Her favourite space-based superhero is Groot. She likes looking at stars and finds the concept of outer space generally overwhelming. (@katemccabesays)

Carly Tarett is an actor, a writer / performer and improviser with ComedySportz Manchester. She loves space, but used to get told off in English class for staring into its mysterious depths. She has performed her work from Canada to the West End with her three shows to date: Princess Dee, Sinful, and Life. Catch her newest show ‘Time’ on the 11th March at the Oldham Coliseum as part of their ‘First Break’ new writing festival. (@carlytarett)

Katie Steckles is a mathematician who got a book about space for Christmas. She works as a maths communicator, telling people about maths in schools, theatres, comedy clubs and at science festivals, as well as through various blogs, podcasts and maths toy shops. She enjoys mucking about with computers and knitting mathematical objects. (@stecks)

We’ll also have our usual tea / coffee and cake on the side – plus flying saucer sweets – so if you feel like baking something spacey to bring along please do (please make a note of any earth-based allergens)! Deely boppers with planets on the end optional.

NOTE: This event is usually run as an adult comedy evening, but we’ve asked the performers to make it suitable for an audience aged 12+, since it’s during the day. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Tickets at the bargain price of £5 (includes tea and cake) – get yours here.

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Manchester Raspberry Jam

Manchester Raspberry Jam

Venue: The Shed, John Dalton West
Time: Saturday 7th February 2015, 10am – 5pm

The format of the event is simply hacking on whatever you want – get together with someone and see what you can make the Pi do. You don’t even need to own a Pi. Some people make games with Scratch, others spend time learning Python, some play with the GPIO pins and external hardware, others teach or help people get started. Apart from an introductory presentation by the organiser, there is very little schedule to the day. However we encourage people to speak up if they have something they want help with so that everyone gets something out of the day. All day long demos will be going on which amaze the group.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert you’ll have a blast playing with this incredible single board computer.

Manchester Raspberry Jam Website

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Upcoming Event: Girl Geek Tea Party #48 – Show & Tell

Sunday, 25th January 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00

Terrace NQ, 43 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA [Map]
Accessible via Edge Street next to MadLab.

Get your free ticket here

Girl Geek Tea Party

Do you have a passion for technology?

Did you get an exciting new gadget for Christmas that you can’t live without?

What wonder of science do you think the world should know about?

Come to the next Manchester Girl Geek Tea Party and share your knowledge with girls (and guys) who want to know more.

Join us for tea

We’re having another of our famous Girl Geek Show and Tell tea parties, and you’re invited to come along, learn something new and teach us about the things you find fascinating.

Science, engineering, technology, maths, or anything geeky – wherever your interest lies, you’re welcome to talk for 10-15 minutes (or less if you’d rather) on a subject of your choice.

If you don’t have anything to share then just come along for the talks, a cup of tea and some cake. Feel free to bring some homemade cakes if you want to share the love, too.

There’ll be a relaxed atmosphere where you can share your thoughts and ideas with like minded ladies. If you’re new and just want to learn more, then come to listen and meet some great people.


This event is free, including tea and cakes/biscuits (although you’re welcome to bring your own bakes if you’re feeling inspired!).  Book your place by ordering your free ticket here.

What To Bring

  • A short talk/presentation (optional) plus laptop/slides if needed (remember it’s only 10-15 minutes!)
  • Your friends, sisters, mums, cousins, daughters, colleagues, etc who might be interested in joining us!

As with all our events, men and boys are also welcome.

How will it work?

On the day the first 15 minutes will be set aside for tea, biscuits & booking your time slot. There’ll be a list of slots available when you arrive and we’ll allocate them on a first come first serve basis. We look forward to seeing you there!

OK, where is it?

Terrace NQ is the bar next to MadLab on Edge Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

It’s really easy to find. Stand facing the MadLab entrance and shuffle to your right until you get to their black double doors. Go through these, and immediately right again, through a door and up the stairs. Voila!

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Girl Geek Friendly Events: Women in Technology

Networking and Development Day

Venue: MediaCityUK

Time: Friday 23rd January, 08:45-18:00

This free event offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to visit MediaCityUK, Salford and learn more about the different applications of technology used across the BBC. This event is open to women who are already working in technology – or recent female graduates with a relevant degree (for example computer science).

During the day you will get the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a Think Tank – hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern – and share your thoughts on the importance of gender balance in the workplace
  • Enjoy an expert development workshop which focuses on personal branding, self-belief and how best to sell your skills, experience and knowledge in interviews
  • Learn more about the range of rewarding and interesting career opportunities for top female tech talent in BBC Future Media
  • Plus much more

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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.


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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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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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