Girl Geek Friendly Event – Manchester Java Community

An evening with Ceylon

Venue: Madlab
Time: Wednesday Feb 11th

Ceylon is a new, modern, elegant programming language for the JVM and JavaScript VM, designed for team work. But it’s more than that, it is a full platform with modularity, an SDK, tools and IDEs.

The session will present Ceylon the language, the platform, and its ecosystem. You will see everything from starting a new project in the IDE to publishing it on Herd, the module repository, including using the SDK. We will also discuss the ongoing Ceylon projects such as the build system, Vert.x integration or Cayla, the new web framework.

Ceylon’s unique static type system enables, and sometimes even requires, a different approach to some kinds of programming problems. In this session, they will also introduce the type system by presenting a series of simple examples, exhibiting common idioms in the language.



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International Women’s Day: Making IT Happen for Women

Making IT Happen

This event is sponsored by:

Eveolution - Business Growth Hub

Click here to book tickets – only £5 including lunch!

‘Making IT Happen for Women’ focuses on the tech business and inspiring future generations to aim higher by seeing and hearing other women talking about their experience.

If you are aspiring to join tech, an IT professional in business or academia wanting to aim higher, or simply interested in finding out more about why there are so few women in tech then this is the event for you.

Award winning, inspirational speakers lead this event with plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.

Gender diversity still poses a major challenge in the IT industry, with women making up less than 20 per cent of the IT workforce and the number in senior positions remaining stubbornly low[1]. How can we #MakeItHappen?

How can we get more women into senior positions? How can we encourage talented women and girls to consider IT as a serious career option alongside Medicine or Law?

At this event we will explore the power of networks in enabling women to play an equal part in the IT workplace. We seek to raise awareness among women and girls of networks within the community and within companies such as the BCS and Deloitte and to ask questions about how they work and what successes have been achieved.

Some are skeptical about women-only networks saying these groups are often used “more to placate women than to promote them” or express doubt that women’s networking groups “can help a young woman break into the boy’s club.”

The number of women in key roles in the technology industry has remained roughly unchanged for 10 years, according to a recent Gartner report. Will it remain the same for the next 10 years? How can we make IT happen for women?

In the tradition of Manchester Girl Geeks, this event will be fun and highly interactive including debate, flash talks and panel sessions.

Come along and share your experiences, be inspired!

Speakers include:

Gillian Arnold, Chair of British Computer Society’s Womens Network and Director of IT Services and Recruitment Company Tectre Ltd. Winner of the 2012 Everywoman Inspiration of the year award in 2012, GEM Tech Award for BCSWomen in 2014 an co-author of Women in IT: Inspiring the Next Generation

Louise Nickson, Senior Manager, Consulting, Deloitte MCS Ltd and leading member of the Deloitte Women in Technology Network

Rana Tassabehji, Senior Lecturer, Bradford School of Management and leading researcher on the project ‘Technology and Tiaras’, a cross country investigation into what facilitates women working in the technology sector and how gender influences technology innovation.

Click here to book tickets – only £5 including lunch!

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – UX Conference

Talk UX

Venue: Manchester Town Hall
Time: Thursday 5th March 2015

Talk UX is a UX conference unlike any other. They aim to create an open space to meet, learn and collaborate within UX. They want to change the way conferences are run and held, with a more personal experience. Over the course of the day you will examine the different areas that make up a UX role, from research to data schema they want to highlight the breadth of knowledge in our area, and the fantastic work that is being done.


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Event review: Girl Geeks Tea Party #48 – Show & Tell

One of the great things about Manchester Girl Geek show and tell sessions is you never know quite what you’ll get until the day. The diversity of topics covered means that you can always come along confident that you will learn something new, be entertained, and hopefully inspired by what you hear and see.

Emily Hopkins (@emilylovedhim) was the organiser of January’s event and pulled together a brilliant bunch of speakers and also talked about Joan Clarke* – a code-breaker and colleague of Alan Turing at Bletchley Park whose character was included in the 2014 film release The Imitation Game.

*Joan Clarke’s Wikipedia page was started by another Girl Geek, Karen Pudner (@kpudner).

Katie (@stecks) brought along her new robot toy MiP™ AKA Nicholas Lyndhurst and demo-ed how you could use a smartphone as a remote control…

And then set Nicholas Lyndhurst off to bust some moves…

More fabulous talks were given by…

Elaine (@stem_maths) – EU Scientix project (@scientix_eu)
James – Machine learning with Microsoft Azure
Claire Dodd (@GirlGeekUpNorth) – Mentoring adults learning to code @CodeUpMCR
Rachel Moat (@rachelmoat) – Using music and electronics to help children with communication difficulties.
Natalie – Disaster relief learnings

Our next event is Comedy In Space on Sunday 25th February, 2-4pm at MadLab.

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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

More details

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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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