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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March event with Thoughtworks: Inspiring Change

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 20.35.53ThoughtWorks & Manchester Girl Geeks are working together to bring you an evening of lightning talks to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014. The event is open for registrations and we are also looking for speakers to deliver short talks (around 5 minutes) around topics you feel passionately about.

thoughtworksWhether you’re keen to encourage women to study/work in IT or simply share your own personal journey, this is a great opportunity for experienced and inexperienced speakers alike. Please contact alynch@thoughtworks.com if you would like to be involved.

Some ideas:

  • Your professional achievements – eg. projects you’ve worked on, exciting opportunities
  • Your career journey – why IT, what jobs have you done?
  • Things you are involved in outside of work – Code Club, Young Rewired State, user groups etc.

For more information, and to register, visit the Thoughtworks Website.

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Warp & Weft Present Stature

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!

Stature

Venue: Manchester Town Hall

Time: 24th February to 9th March 2014

From the 1870s to the early 1900s Manchester’s rich elite donated portrait busts of public figures they admired to decorate the newly built town hall. The statues of clergymen and politicians selected for display reinforced the gender roles and restrictions of the time.

Warp & Weft would like to redress the town hall statue gender imbalance and draw attention to the accomplishments of some women we admire. They’re busy crocheting masks representing eight fabulous women of achievement who have strong links to Greater Manchester.

24 February to 9 March 2014 the masks will be worn by the eight statues of notable historical men which line Manchester town hall entrance corridor.

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Girl Geeks Event: ArtAnon Origami Workshop

ArtAnon Origami Workshop
The Joyce Layland LGBT Youth Centre, 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester
Saturday 8th February, 3:30 – 5pm

If you enjoyed our mathematical origami events in the past, or if you just like making things with your hands, you’ll be interested in this event on Saturday 8th February, which has been organised by ArtAnon. Manchester Girl Geeks has been invited to contribute to their art project, Tessellate, which is an art installation created from a mass of origami units, made by the public in local community workshops.

The Tesselate workshops will culminate in a social evening to encourage networking amongst community groups and raise awareness of International Women’s Day, with music entertainment and accompanying refreshments, and you’ll be able to see the finished work. Click here for more details.

If you’re free this Saturday, and want to contribute to our part of the piece, all instructions will be provided and if you want to bring some cake too, we can make an afternoon of it!

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Girl Geek Friendly Events – Raspberry Jamboree

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!

Raspberry Jamboree

Venue: Manchester Central Conference Centre

Time: 27 & 28 February 2014

The OCR Raspberry Jamboree is the 2nd international convention sharing the educational potential of the Raspberry Pi computer. They aim to identify and share the impact that this low-cost computer is having on education. As well as sharing the amazing potential of this device for education, they will be showing lots of practical ideas.

They particularly want to encourage those with an interest in education to attend to discover exactly how they can use this device to inspire children to engage with computing. As well as a host of inspirational speakers, projects and classes, they aim to share effective Jam-making practice.

On the Friday night there will be a drinks reception from 4:00pm. Party 5.00pm – 7.00pm. Tickets will be listed separately to help plan for catering.

Speakers - Amy MatherCarrie Anne PhilbinClive BealePete LomasAlex BradburyDavid AkermanRyan WalmsleyBen Nuttall, Dawn Hewitson, Nicholas TollerveyAndrew Robinson,David WhaleNeil FordSimon WaltersRob BishopCharlotte GodleyCraig RichardsonMartin O’HanlonWilliam Bell,Siobhan RamseyAlan O’DonohoeJimmy Wales (!) and many more to be confirmed.

View our detailed programme developing here

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Girl Geek Friendly Event – Women in Engineering

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 in Engineering

Venue: The Hub – University of Huddersfield
Time: Tuesday, 8 April 2014 from 09:00 to 17:30

Despite the increasing national demand for qualified engineers, around half of female engineering and technology graduates don’t progress onto the many exciting career paths that engineering has to offer. Aimed at students from engineering, physics and mathematical backgrounds, this free event invites you to join us at the inaugural WISE Student Colloquium to discover the exciting opportunities that are available in engineering.

Join them for free to:

  • Meet employers
  • Take part in a poster competition
  • Hear from women who are making a difference with their engineering qualifications
  • Attend the panel discussion What’s so great about a career in engineering?
  • Network with students from across the UK

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Girl Geek Tea Party #40 – Show and Tell Sunday 23rd February, 2-4pm @MadLab

Do you have a passion for technology?

What gadget could you not 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.

Girl Geek Tea Party

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.

Tickets

This event is free, including tea and cakes/biscuits – although donations to our lovely hosts MadLab are very welcome. Get 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 favourite mug
  • Your delicious baked goods, if you’re in a baking mood
  • Your friends, sisters, mums, cousins, daughters, colleagues, etc who might be interested in joining us!

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!

Click here to book your place!

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Event Review – Girl Geek Tea Party #39: Appy New Year!

Workshop at TechHubThanks very much to everyone who came to our event last weekend! We had a great time, and if you want to find out what it was all about, here’s a great writeup of the event by our volunteer Yuwei.

Special thanks to our workshop leader Sarah, who came along despite being under the weather! We hope to run another App-based event in future, covering more advanced material, so watch this space for updates and future events.

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Girl Geek Friendly Events – Computational Intelligence

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!

Sowing the Seed: Careers in Computational Intelligence

Venue: Lecture theatre G.33, Atrium of the new Business School, MMU
Time: Thursday 30th of January 5pm – 8pm

The aim of the event is to inspire people to look at careers in computational intelligence and computer science through a series of short talks from professionals within the field. The first set of talks is designed to sow-the-seed and features speakers from IBM, the BBC, Bluefin Solutions, the British Computer Society and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

The talks are followed by a panel where a variety of professionals from industry and academia will each inspire the audience with their adventures in computational intelligence and computer science.

There will be an opportunity to quiz the speakers at the networking reception and to view currently research in the field of computational intelligence through the pop-up research and enterprise demos.

Get Tickets – See event details at the bottom of the page.

 

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