Thursday, 28 August 2008

GeekGirlBlogs Podcast about Girl Geek Dinners Sydney

Catherine Eibner has started a series of podcasts with and about geek girls.

She recently interviewed me about how you can go about setting up a GGD and what it's all about.

This is a great initiative. I always look forward to the monthly podcasts.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Sorta like a Girl Geek Dinner #5

Microsoft, in conjunction with Girl Geek Dinners Sydney is holding a Women in IT luncheon at Tech Ed 2008 in Sydney. Register now (on their site) using the ticket code wit08, as places are limited. I hope to see you all there even if you aren't Microsofties.

Ticket Code:
Topic: Women in IT - an International Perspective (Keynote & Panel Discussion)
Wednesday 3rd September, 2008

1.15pm - 2.05pm (lunch available in foyer from 12.45pm

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Bayside Terrace, Level 2

Cost: complimentary for Tech Ed Delegates and Geek Girl Dinner members (limited seats available)

The highlight will be a panel discussing women in IT in an international context. Panelists include:
  • Tracey Fellows, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia
  • Anna Liu, Microsoft
  • Pia Waugh, Waugh Partners
  • Fran Foo, Technology Reporter, The Australian
  • Antonietta Holzhauser, Group Manager LAN Services, Health Support Service

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Girl Geek Dinners Chicago Dinner 0

GGD Chicago has organised their Dinner 0 and you should go along if you are in that part of the world at that time. It's at ThoughtWorks so it will be a good night. Show them your support and pass this on to anyone you know who might know girl geeks in the Chicago area.

Aon Building: 200 E Randolph 25th Floor (ThoughtWorks office)

Friday August 22, 2008
5:30 Doors open
6:00 Event begins
8:30 Event ends

Food and Drinks: Appetizers, Wine, and Chocolate fondue fountains

For any questions that evening on directions or building entry, please call Carrie at: (773) 882-1916

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Sydney Girl Geek Dinner #4 was a hit!

On Thursday the 14th of August, GGD Sydney held our latest event. It was a night of champagne, cheese and a chocolate fountain brought to 70 girl geeks by ThoughtWorks.

Maria Milosavljevic, CTO of Capital Markets CRC spoke about looking at an academic career as an alternative to the usual industry track that we take in our lives. The description of roles that would allow people to put their computer science degrees to full use was attractive to many in the audience.

ThoughtWorks engineers Liz Douglass and Julian Parry gave a hugely popular talk about Test Driven Development. Their talk had audience participation, coding examples and lots of laughs. If you'd like a copy of the slides for their talk, just ask me. Jules was our first male speaker.

Cyndi Mitchell, the Managing Director of ThoughtWorks Studios spoke about Dynamic Languages and how they can be used to solve the current issues with Enterprise bloat. Cyndi is our first international speaker.

Suzi Edwards was a fabulous hostess and kept the crowd going with spinal checks, speed networking and lots of good humour. She also took a lot of fantastic photos which you see in this post. For more pictures, see Suzi's flickr photo stream.