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When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”
- Ellen Degeneres

I’m so excited to announce that GGD is part of the upcoming event which is an unconference organised by seven outreach organisations for women in STEM called unFAIL. The event will close out the Science Gallery‘s amazing #FailBetter exhibition.

When: Saturday, 26 April 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00
Where: Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Price: EUR10.00

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“Explore learning through failure at unFail: an unconference organised by wearehere”

Failing is part of the journey. Come to the #weAREhere unconference for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. The theme of the day is unFAIL and marks the end of the #FailBetterexhibition in the Science Gallery. Everyone gets a chance to talk about failures they have experienced in work and business with fellow entreprenuers, tech developers, and digital marketers.

In true unconference style the speakers and sessions will be selected on the day using open space technology. You pick and choose the sessions/speakers that interest you the most. The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. The emphasis is on having fun and learning from each other.

Advice for everyone at an unconference…
Go with the flow!

Thanks to our following sponsors.
DIAMOND

Diamond Sponsor: Facebook Dublin

GOLD

Gold Sponsor: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Gold sponsor: EventBrite Dublin

Gold Sponsor: Microsoft Ireland

SWAG BAG AND T-SHIRTS

Swag bag and t-shirt sponsor: SAP

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Science Gallery

Upcoming event: April 3rd

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Hi all,

Our next event will be held on the 3rd of April at 6pm in the Science Gallery, sponsored by Zendesk.

We are delighted that Dearbhalla Baviera will be speaking at the event. Dearbhalla will speak about owning your personal brand and self-promotion throughout your career with some practical things to do and food for thought to consider.

Please go over to our meetup page to RSVP.

About Dearbhalla

Dearbhalla is an Executive Coach and Consultant with a wealth of blue chip and big five management consultancy experience. With an international and cross-sectoral career portfolio, a constant theme has been change management, communications and solid project management which brings clarity, drive and results. Dearbhalla set up her own business Clearbird Coaching and Consulting to bring together her experience with her focus and passion for ‘making it work for women who work’. A key factor in anyone’s career is knowing who you are and what you are striving for. Women in particular, can be prone to working hard, keeping the head down to deliver results but forget, or don’t realise the importance of self-promotion and exposure to get the recognition they deserve.

Upcoming event – January 9th

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Girl Geek Dinners is excited to announce that our next event will be held on Thursday, January 9th  from 6pm in the Science Gallery.

Please go over to our meet-up group to RSVP to the event. Agenda will be provided there soon.

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We Are Here

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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.

Upcoming Event – October 30th

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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!

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About Margaret:

Margaret_WardMargaret 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!

Christina

Upcoming Event – September 5th

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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.

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Agenda:

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:

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/item/33762-wit2013/

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/enterprise-ireland-launches-new-accelerator-programme-1.1484690

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! :)

Alchemist Cafe – July 23

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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.

Upcoming event – July 18th

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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.

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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,

Christina

Upcoming event – May 30th

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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.

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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,

Christina

Google Summer of Code and FOSS Outreach Program for Women internships

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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.

http://code.google.com/soc

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.

https://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen

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.

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