Event review: Noise Party!

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For our July event, we organised an audiovisual extravaganza called the Girl Geeks’ NOISE PARTY (capitals obligatory)! We held it at TwentyTwentyTwo in the Northern Quarter, which had a fantastic room we took over for the duration.

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Upcoming Event: MOSI Collider visit!

Inside-the-LHC-wrap-around-video-projection-Collider-exhibition-Credit-Science-MuseumFor our June tea party, we’ll be visiting the amazing Collider exhibition at MOSI. The exhibit recreates a visit to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and involves video, sound and art along with real artefacts from the laboratories at CERN. Join us behind the scenes to witness the uncovering of the Higgs boson, and find a deeper understanding of the universe!

Our visit is booked for Sunday 29th June. We’ll all go in one big group, in the afternoon, and will gather in the entrance foyer at 1pm. Tickets to the exhibition are usually £7/£5, but we’ll be getting a group discount, so the more the merrier. After we’re done at MOSI we’ll be heading to Hey Little Cupcake, in Spinningfields, to grab our usual traditional tea and cake.

To book your place, visit mancggtp42.eventbrite.com.

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Event review: Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp 2014, 31st May @ MMU


After months of planning our BarCamp took place last weekend! It was a massive, massive success and everyone had a great time. Huge thanks to everyone who attended or helped!

We had over twice as many attendees as we had at last year’s event, and an amazing 55 sessions of talks and discussions, as well as loads of other activities going on in our breakout area and sponsor zone.

Our venue was provided by the amazing Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research at MMU, which meant that we had plenty of space for all the different sessions. Our rooms this year were all named after fictional females: Chell, Kaylee, Scully, Uhura, Samus Aran, Ripley and Leela.

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Girl Geeks Event: BarCamp 2014 – Final Wave Tickets

Final Wave

It’s your last chance to sign up for our full day of fun interactive talks, demos and more! The final wave of BarCamp tickets are now available (until Thursday 15 May, 5pm): http://mggbarcamp14.eventbrite.co.uk

If you’ve already signed up, please note that we’ll be sending out confirmation requests this Friday. You will have until Monday 19th May (5pm) to respond. We need re-confirmation of your attendance in order to reduce the number of unused spaces, to order your free t-shirt and make sure there’s enough food for everyone!

Our venue sponsor, The Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR), will be putting on a specially selected pre-programmed thread of talks and discussions focusing on women in tech. This is the only pre-programmed thread – all other talks will be unconference style (where talks are unscheduled and provided on the day by attendees). Download the PDF to see what they have planned for us.

If you missed our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) the first time around, be sure to check it out: BarCamp FAQ.

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Girl Geeks Event: BarCamp 2014 – Second Wave Ticket Release


The second wave of BarCamp tickets are being released on: Tuesday, 22nd April at 12noon. The all important ticket link: http://mggbarcamp14.eventbrite.co.uk

We now have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section that gives you further background info on what to expect at a BarCamp for anyone who maybe unsure.

Download BarCamp Items

Help us raise awareness of BarCamp! We have an A4 poster and A3 poster (PDFs) for you to download, print out and stick up on your workplace notice board (or water cooler!). A PDF for screen use is also available.

Remember, we’re still very much actively seeking sponsorship from companies who can support our event. Although Platinum level ones are all gone, we can provide bespoke sponsorship packages if your company wishes to make a large financial contribution. Please download our Sponsorship Opportunities PDF and don’t hesitate to get in touch: manchestergirlgeeks@gmail.com


There seems to be a slight confusion regarding our event hashtag. Just to clarify: our BarCamp is using the cheeky hashtag #bracamp.

Geekon Radio

Millie Lavelle, host of Geek On Radio, interviewed our very own Katie Steckles (Chair or Manchester Girl Geeks) about the upcoming BarCamp.

If you missed the broadcast on Easter Sunday, the full show is available at i.mixcloud.com/CH0dUj


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Girl Geeks Event: BarCamp 2014

Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp

We are holding our second BarCamp on 31st May 2014! With the support of The Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR) at Manchester Metropolitan University, we will be able to make the event even bigger (250+ people).

Full details can be found on our dedicated BarCamp page: www.manchestergirlgeeks.com/barcamp

We are also on the look out for sponsorship to make the event a possibility. Please have a look at our sponsor page or download the Sponsorship Package PDF.

Spread the news! Be the first one to tweet about BarCamp!

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Upcoming Event: Girl Geek Tea Party #41 – Learn to Program in PHP

Manchester Girl Geeks Tea Party #41 – Learn to program in PHP

Sunday 27th April 2014, 2-4pm @ThoughtWorks, Manchester

Floor 26 Piccadilly Tower


With the help of www.codecademy.com, we will walk and talk you through the first steps to writing your own code in a programming language called PHP. This short intro class is aimed at absolute beginners, who have little or no knowledge of programming, as well as people with experience of programming who would like to refresh their coding skills – for example, if you already program in another language but would like to learn a new one! Children who know how to use a computer are more than welcome, too! Feel free to bring your young ones and share a laptop with them.

The great team at ThoughtWorks have kindly lent us their offices for the class which will be around 2 hours, we’ll have an introduction followed by working through the exercises on Codecademy.com. You can work at your own pace, and after the session ends you can carry on from where you left off at home. We’ll have a team of volunteers from Manchester Girl Geeks on hand to help you if you get stuck, and as always, there will breaks for tea, biscuits and chats with other girl geeks.

Tickets for this event cost £3 per person – we only have a limited number of spaces, so book soon! We will provide tea, coffee, squash and some biscuits and cake (although if you’d like to bake/bring some, please do!)

What To Bring…

  • A wi-fi ready laptop + charger (if you can’t bring your own, please let us know and we can try to sort something out – but it’s easier if it’s your own laptop!)
  • Your favourite biscuits, cupcakes, tea, coffee (we’ll have the basics, but in case you fancy something slightly more interesting… :)
  • Your friends, sisters, mums, cousins, daughters, colleagues… who might be interested in learning something new!

Why learn to code?
Learning to program means you can understand how the programs you use on your computer work at a fundamental level. It’s also a skill which makes you hugely employable – and the computer industry is always looking for more developers, especially females who are hugely underrepresented. And finally, it’ll be a fun afternoon! You might find it difficult, but nothing worth doing isn’t and our team will be there to support you if you get stuck.


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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Girl Night Out

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: 19:00 – 22:00 8 Mar 2014

We’re looking for all the budding Astronettes, Star-lettes and Cosmic Girls to come and join us for our ‘Girls Night Out (under the stars) event at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre on Saturday 8th March starting 7pm.

The evening is an opportunity for women and girls of all ages to come and have fun with astronomy and learn more about the night sky.

Evening activities may include: • Meet our female scientific colleagues from the Astrophysics group and the wider University. • Dr Katherine Joy will be giving a talk on ‘Investigating the Moon’ • Discover the night sky in our pop-up planetarium • Enjoy a tea break, planet cookie decorating and explore the Solar System

So go on treat yourself, your mates, your sisters and your daughters to a girls night out with a difference.

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March event – Saturday Science at MOSI

Saturday Science at MOSI
Saturday 15th March, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Since it’s National Science and Engineering Week, and International Women’s Day, we’ve been invited by MOSI to take part in their Saturday Science event – we’ll be in the Revolution Gallery at the museum all day, with a table of activities for you to take part in, and we’ll also be taking turns at getting up on stage to share some of our favourite Girl Geeks Show & Tell moments. Come and join us for some or all of the day, and make your own pixel art, or encode a secret message binary you can wear on your arm!

For more information, visit the MOSI website.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Hour of Code

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!

Programming Taster Session

Venue: Burnage Library Activity and Information Hub

Time: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30

Ever wondered what it must have been like for young Mark Zuckerberg creating Facebook or why those birds are so darn angry? Is computer programming a dark art to you? Or are you just wondering what all this ‘coding’ fuss is about? Then come along to our Hour of Code session and experience the delights of computer programming.

In this taste of what it’s like, you’ll start learning the Python programming language, used on small computers like the Raspberry Pi to large cloud computing platforms like Google’s App Engine.

Our special guest on the night is a programmer at the BBC and a member of the Manchester Girl Geeks who will introduce you to computer programming through the Code Academy website and with a team of supporters, will mentor you through the first of the practical online CodeAcademy lessons which you can take away and continue at home.

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