November 15, 2013
A must attend event for women in technology in Ireland – investors, entrepreneurs, engineers, developers, marketers, and designers focused on connecting and collaborating.
Find out about the different women in tech groups that can help support you and your business. This event is open to men and women, techies and entrepreneurs.
Who: Ireland Girl Geek Dinners, Coding Grace, DigiWomen, AskATon, WITS, PyLadies Dublin and Coder Dojo Girls
What: Collaborative introductory event within the space of tech, digital, science and entrepreneurship.
When: 28th of November 2013, 6 pm
Where: The Church, Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1
Why: Because we ARE here. Come meet us, learn what we do and how we can work together to better the spaces of tech, digital, science and entrepreneurship.
The Twitter hashtag for the event is: #weAREhere.
REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/we-are-here-women-in-tech-tickets-9339082447
Ireland Geek Girl Dinners: is a community for women working, studying or interested in STEM subjects. We have bimonthly events where we have get together with interesting talks on a wide variety of topics from personal experiences, new technologies to learning new skills. Christina Lynch is the organiser of Girl Geek Dinners.
Women in Technology and Science (WITS): is an active forum for women in science,technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Now in its 22nd year, WITS has a proven track record in delivering initiatives that improve the recruitment and retention of women in STEM roles. WITS is also a strong advocate for celebrating the past and current successes of women in STEM. WITS is proud to have Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland as Patron. The Chair is SadhbhMcCarthy.
AskATon.com: female friendly knowledge sharing event series particularly focused on tech and digital. Format: One theme every month(tech/business/social). One or two speakers. Questions from the audience. The concept was framed around asking questions, sharing knowledge and finding answers and possibly solutions before you walk out the door. Events held in the Science Gallery. Andreea Wade is the founder and main organiser of AskATon.
DigiWomen: is about making women leaders. We are a newly founded company that focuses on women, technology and entrepreneurship. Our core purpose is to increase the connection and collaboration amongst women working in or using technology for their business. DigiWomen is led by Pauline Sargent.
Coding Grace: are a group of developers based in Ireland who love to code and do other geeky and not necessarily crafty activities. Some of us code full-time, or just for fun (or both). We have people who are part of other technical user groups such as Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland, Dublin ALT.NET, GameCraft, and more. We provide female-friendly workshops and events in an environment for developers and aspiring developers mentored by majority female instructors. Vicky Lee is the co-founder and main organiser of Coding Grace workshops.
PyLadies Dublin: is the first Irish chapter of PyLadies, we are a group of women developers who love the Python programming language. We write code by day or night. Some of us hack on Python projects on the side, while others work full-time on Python development. But it doesn’t matter. We all just like writing Python code, and that’s what brings us together. Vicky Lee is the founder and organiser of PyLadies Dublin.
CoderDojoGirls: is a free weekly girl friendly CoderDojo hosted at CoderDojoDCU since April 2013. They teach girls aged 8-18 how to create fun games and websites while tailoring the content to girls’ interests. The sessions are organised by Sarah Doran & Niambh Scullion and mentored by a fantastic team of volunteers. Tickets are available weekly from Eventbrite.
October 16, 2013
Our next event will be held in the Google Docks building on Wednesday, October 30th.
Margaret Ward will be presenting a talk on InVisible woMan: why women experts need to engage more in public life (meetings, conferences and media.) Stepping up to these challenges ensures women advance in their careers, become leaders and provide girls with role models in all industries.
The event will be kindly sponsored by Microsoft.
Please visit our meetup page to register!
Margaret is an entrepreneur, financial journalist and broadcaster. In 2005, she set up Clear Ink, now a global brand tone-of-voice consultancy. Clear Ink’s client list includes Accenture, Danske Bank, Kellogg’s, GE Money and many other blue-chip companies.
Mags has been a business presenter on Newstalk and regular contributor to RTÉ, TV3, BBC and National Public Radio (USA). Over 25 years as a print journalist, she mainly worked for The Irish Times as a business and personal finance columnist and investigative reporter, and as The Sunday Times’ first Money editor in Ireland.
She was awarded the Law Society of Ireland’s Justice Media Award for social and campaigning journalism for an 18-month investigative report and a Science and Technology Journalism award, both while working for The Irish Times.
Mags is also a popular MC and host at events in Ireland and abroad (see Personallyspeaking.ie). She is founder of Women on Air, a writing skills trainer, a voiceover artist, a financial journalism lecturer, and the author of three books and thousands of articles.
Along with her passion for business and clear communication, Mags also loves wild swimming, surfing, travel, dark chocolate and skiing. In 2013 she is taking up Nordic skating. Her daughter, son and husband are very embarrassed by Mags’ latest adrenalin sport and refuse to be seen with her on Dollymount strand.
Hope to see you on the 30th!
August 19, 2013
Girl Geek Dinners is excited to announce that our next event will be held on Thursday, September 5th from 5.30pm in the Science Gallery in conjunction with AskATon.
Please go over to the meet-up group to RSVP to the event.
For more information on AskATon, check out their website or their Twitter.
1.Introductions. Each member will have the opportunity to share: who they are, what they do (or aim to do), what are their expectations regarding these meetups and if they need immediate help with something. This is where sharing a relevant contact, knowledge or insight could provide valuable (and instant) help.
Time: depending on the numbers, we will have 2, 3 minutes for each member.
2. Speaker: Louise Caldwell, CEO and Founder of eventmama will talk to us about her startup and will share some insight she learned while (successfully) pursuing funding.
Talk: Your solution is not my problem – a rare and valuable insight into what accelerators, VCs and Angel investors really look for. That one thing that most founders seem to be overlooking when chasing funding.
Some info about Louise:
Time: 15 minutes.
3. A short talk about our vision, what we aim to create. Q & A’s with member feedback. We will discuss the website as well (we aim to feature all members and their businesses).
4. Pub We can continue with some less formal chats in O’Neills Pub.
Look forward to seeing some of ye there!
July 14, 2013
Dr. James Millen from The Quantum Workshop will talk you through why it’s difficult to see quantum effects, how we may get around these problems, and just how far we can push quantum physics into our everyday lives.
Date: Tuesday 23rd July 2013
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!
More details can be found on the Alchemist Cafe webpage.
July 2, 2013
The next GGD event will be held on the 18th of July in the Science Gallery! The event is kindly sponsored by Microsoft Ireland, please see our Sponsor page for more information.
Where: The Science Gallery
Address: The Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Pearse St, Dublin 2
When: Thursday, 18th July 6.30 pm – ? pm
Please RSVP by noon on Monday 15th so that we know who to expect. Men are of course welcome to attend, but only at the invitation of a woman – if you are bringing someone or are looking for an invitation, please feel free to note this in your reply either here on the blog or by sending us an email. Can you also let us know if you have any dietary requirements for the food on the night?
Look forward to seeing you there,
May 4, 2013
The next GGD event will be held on the 30th of May in the Science Gallery! The event is kindly sponsored by Microsoft Ireland, please see our Sponsor page for more information.
Where: The Science Gallery
Address: The Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Pearse St, Dublin 2
When: Thursday, 30th May 6 pm – ? pm
Please RSVP by noon on Monday 27th so that we know who to expect. Men are of course welcome to attend, but only at the invitation of a woman – if you are bringing someone or are looking for an invitation, please feel free to note this in your reply either here on the blog or by sending us an email.
Look forward to seeing you there,
April 21, 2013
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is software that gives the user the freedom to use, copy, study, change, and improve it. FOSS contributors believe that this is the best way to develop software because it benefits society, creates a fun collaborative community around a project, and allows anyone to make innovative changes that reach many people.
Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for FOSS projects. Participants work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their project’s community. The application deadline for Google Summer of Code is May 3 and the program dates are June 17 to September 23. The stipend for the program is $5,000 (USD). The organizations that will participate in Google Summer of Code this year were announced on April 8. Starting to work with an organization as early as possible and making a few code contributions to the project you want to work on is essential for a successful proposal.
In an effort to get more women involved in FOSS, a number of organizations are offering Outreach Program for Women internships through a program organized by the GNOME Foundation. The internships have the same structure, the same stipend and similar program dates. The application deadline for the Outreach Program for Women is May 1 and the program dates are June 17 to September 23. Unlike in Google Summer of Code, participants do not need to be students and non-coding projects are available. In addition to coding, projects include such tasks as graphic design, documentation, bug triage and marketing. To apply, you need to connect with an organization early and make a few contributions relevant to the project you want to work on.
The mentorship opportunities are also available throughout the year for anyone interested in getting started contributing to FOSS outside of the formal internship program. In addition to the organizations participating in the Outreach Program for Women, more organizations that offer informal mentorship to all newcomers are listed here: http://code.google.com/p/google-summer-of-code/wiki/Mentors
Please consider applying for Google Summer of Code or FOSS Outreach Program for Women, encourage someone else to apply, or help spread the word by forwarding this message to any interested university and community groups. Julie Pichon, who talked to us about
open-source in January was a mentor
for the winter round of the Outreach Program this year and would be
happy to help answer questions about it. Feel free to get in touch
with her or leave a comment here.
April 9, 2013
Want to learn how to create your own pop band fan page, build pianos or have fun with social media. Well then welcome to CoderDojo Girls. This is fun place where you define your tech adventure with the support of our cool girl tech leaders. We created this dojo to meet your tech interestes so we hope you enjoy it.
Participants under 17 must be accompanied by a parent.
What is Coder Dojo?
We hacked together a cool hangout that puts the real power of the internet and technology in the hands of the Irish youth. The true power of the net comes from coding, designing and having fun. CoderDojo is a place where you can learn from others and share what you are doing! Each week we have a hands on session with technologies like HTML5, App Development, PHP or Python.
CoderDojo is aimed at ages 10 -18 years. You need to bring a laptop (if at all possible)
Only those attending need register, parents need not.
The event will take place above the canteen, so you will need to enter from the rear of the canteen. This access will be from the back road in DCU between the back of the Heilx and the President’s Office.
Please join our google group as all communication will go out over this platform
Code is available here
* Kids must not be left unattended
* Kids must have a laptop
Any questions can you please put them through the http://groups.google.com/group/coderdojo-dcu?hl=en (coderdojo-dcu).
Visit Eventbrite to register
March 30, 2013
Girl Geek Dinners, CoderDojo Drogheda & Network Louth Meath invite you to a ‘Girl Tech & Female Entrepreneurs’ dinner with special guest Louise Phelan of PayPal.
An Informal & Fun evening to discuss female leadership in technology,
media and business.
Louise Phelan, Vice President Global Operations EMEA at PayPal, is an
outstanding speaker and role model for Irish women in technology and
Well also be exploring how initiatives like CoderDojo can encourage more girls into STEM in schools & colleges plus what more needs to be done.
CoderDojo is holding its annual mentor conference in Drogheda & Slane castle on April 12/13 and has a fantastic line up of Girl Tech speakers from USA, Belgium, UK & Ireland. Uniquely amount tech events it consciously set out to get a 50/50 split in female/male speakers.
When: Thursday 4th at 7:30pm
Where: Tower Restaurant, Millmount, Drogheda.
Cost: €20 for your dinner
Feel free to bring a friend.
I hope you can join us!
RSVP or queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The restaurant is Tower Restaurant, Drogheda
Tower Restaurant & Wine Bar
Millmount Tower, Over looking Drogheda and the River Boyne
35 mins via the M1 Dublin Airport
The global CoderDojo conference ‘DojoCon’ will be held in Drogheda &
Slane Castle in 2 weeks time and it has a focus on encouraging girls into
technology and science. It uniquely among tech conferences has a very
balanced speaker line up with an almost 50/50 female/male lineup.
Network Louth Meath is the network for women in business in region.
President, Nicola Watkins is a PR professional who has worked for some of
the leading technology companies in the world including Microsoft and
February 7, 2013
I want to say a big thank you to Lisa Jackson for putting together the below blog on our last meetup. (Definitely check out her Twitter!!! ) I hope everyone had a really good night and I hope to see you again soon at the next one.
The first meet-up of the Ireland Girl Geeks took place in Dublin last week with more than 40 technology, science and engineering ladies getting together to hear some inspirational speakers and have a good old gossip to chase away the January blues.
The first speaker was Sadhbh McCarthy, chairperson of WITS (Women in Technology and Science). WITS are a big sister to Girl Geek Dinners, being almost 20 years longer in existence. The group celebrates women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. WITS also creates initiatives to increase the numbers of women working in these areas.
Sadhbh gave us a run through of all the activities of the group in the last number of years, including creating videos of interviews with inspiring women in technology and science to encourage others to work in these areas. One such inspirational woman is Dr Norah Patten, an engineer who hopes to be the first Irish woman in space through the Lynx Space Academy competition.
The second speaker was Julie Pichon, a software developer at Red Hat, who showed us how to make our first open-source contribution. Julie inspired us to go on OpenHatch, a not-for-profit group dedicated to helping beginners with free software projects. Although most of the GGD audience had not made a contribution before, by the end of the talk we were all looking for our first bug to fix.
Tog, our friendly neighbourhood hackerspace, is hosting an open-source night on Wednesday, 20 February where Julie and other contributors will be on hand to help everyone out with their first leap into open-source.
The event was kindly sponsored by Deloitte who treated us to yummy cupcakes, brownies and other delicious things we definitely should not be eating in January. It would have been rude not to!
After a year of lying low, Ireland GGD has been meeting regularly for over six months. Christina Lynch, our organiser, keeps it all going and on the night made sure no girl geek was without a cookie, cuppa or fellow nerd to chat with. Thanks Christina!
To keep up to date with Ireland Girl Geek Dinners follow us on Twitter at @irelandggd, like us on Facebook and sign up to our mailing list. See you next time.
By Lisa Jackson, ICT Solicitor, Leman Solicitors
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