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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