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GGD #61 “Cycling fast and loose with Kate Ross-Smith and OVO Energy” 

We are pleased to announce a talk from Kate Ross-Smith this month from OVO energy.  On the green topic its all about cycling and sounds like it will be truly engaging.

We also have  Monika Radycliffe from setsquared along to tell you a bit about OSCA the startup accelerator, which they are encouraging women to also apply and get involved with http://www.setsquared.co.uk/news/201701/setsquared-supporting-oracle-startup-cloud-accelerator-launching-bristol

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Kate is an engineer who is most proud of her ability to be geeky about absolutely anything (even cool things). She’s given talks on subjects such as how she hand-built her own surf board from components sourced within 50 miles, to how to program machine learning algorithms to help you choose a chocolate bar. Being passionate about Bristol and the city’s love of cycling, for this talk she’s going to share some tips and tricks from her knowledge and experience as a qualified bike mechanic. Taking a brief but deep dive into bike design and fit, she hopes to give you some tips to make any ride that little bit easier, faster, and more comfortable!

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!

Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).

When

Wednesday 14th  June 6.30/7  – 9pm

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by OVO Energy based at

1 Rivergate

Temple Quay

Bristol

BS1 6ED

Directions to OVO Energy

GGD #60 “Detecting misleading data visualisations”, Tamara Chehayeb Makarem

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Bio:

Tamara is a User Experience Designer. She works in London at Scott Logic, a UK-based consultancy, on projects ranging from trading applications, to data analytics platforms, financial management tools, and Intranets.

She has also worked in Beirut, and New York designing desktop and mobile web and native applications for clients in e-commerce, healthcare and retail. You can follow her blog posts on Medium and on her company blog and connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Data visualisation helps to breathe life into raw data. At its best it can uncover hidden truths and publicize them to a wider audience. However, the misuse of data visualisation, whether intended or not, can mislead users and hide information from them. Also, choosing the wrong type of visualisation for your chosen data can undermine your message and the power of the data you have collected. In her presentation “Detecting misleading data visualisations”, Tamara Chehayeb Makarem identifies examples of where data has been presented in a form that is, whether intentionally or not, misleading. She talks about how to detect such visualisations and how to avoid making these errors in our own work.

Where

This is kindly being hosted by Scott Logic 25 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4PB

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When

6.30 for 7 – 9pm Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Girlgeekdinners Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/.

Our March joint Girl Geek Dinner with ‘women who code’ is hosted by Desklodge

Wednesday March 8th

We have been a bit remiss and mislaid our march sponsor – therefore as Rebeb has agreed to restart the ‘women who code’ group, which is great news, we have decided to join forces.  We know its not a lot of notice but feel its a great opportunity to support them.  We are aware that many of you are not coders but theres no test so come along and try out your skills if not, salesforce is a great and popular tool, you can always just watch and ask questions in the second part!

Join up on women who code if you are a member – if not then please join up here and we will coordinate the numbers.

Heres the info:

Have you ever wondered what Salesforce is about?

Are you curious about developing in the cloud?

Then join us in this session and you will have the opportunity to learn about Salesforce platform.

The session will be divided in two parts.

In the first part we will review the basic concepts of Salesforce and we will find out how to create a fully functional application from scratch.

In the second part you will create your own organisation and you will have the opportunity to develop in the cloud.

Note: Please bring a computer, so that you can create your organisation and practice.

About the speaker:

Edith Valencia Martinez is an applications developer at Desynit, Bristol. She has more than ten years of technical expertise in software development, software architectures and agile methodologies. She holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of York.

After several years of developing in Java, Edith has recently started developing in the Salesforce platform.

Where

This is kindly being hosted by Desklodge Bristol – 5th Floor, 1 Temple Way, Bristol BS2 0BY,

Bristol

When

Wednesday 8th  February 6.30/7  – 9pm

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Girlgeekdinners Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/.

**As this is a joint event we reserve the rights to follow womens code club rules so  if they prefer to be women only on this occasion we will let any male attendees know.

 

GGD#57 $@>U#%? – Security is all around you by Gudrun Fedorowich

Our February Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by LLoyds Banking Group

Thursday February 16th 

Although Information and Cyber Security are headline news the stories we see and hear reveal little about this field which can have so much influence on our lives. This talk looks to redress the balance by giving an overview of the key building blocks that this discipline is based on and the career opportunities these present.

  • Triangles and chains – the basics of information security

  • Behind the headlines – using news stories to show how security works and what happens when it fails

  • Internet of Things – securing the things that are part of your every day life

  • Careers in Information and Cyber Security

Gudrun Fedorowich

Gudrun has 20 years experience in Information Technology 10 of which have been spent in the field of Information and Cyber Security culminating in her current role at Lloyds Banking Group. She holds a Masters degree in Information Security from the University of the West of England. IT is her second career as Gudrun holds an undergraduate degree in the History of Art and her early working life spanned roles in sales, marketing and management development.

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After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!  Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. 

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by LLoyds Banking Group who are based in the LLoyds ampitheatre Building on Bristol Harbourside – details will be posted on the exact building entrance on the meetup page once we receive it

 

When

Thursday 16th  February 6.30/7  – 9pm

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Girlgeekdinners Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/

GGD#56 Be the CEO of your own career by Rula Arbash

Our November Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by Blu Wireless

Wednesday November 16th 

Bio 

Rula Arbash, originally from Jordan, lived in the Middle East, Madrid and London. 

MSc graduate in Mobile and Personal Communications from King’s College London, and BEng Hons degree in Communication Networks Engineering from Brunel University. I have a strong passion and commitment to Engineering and Technology. Currently I am a Junior Front-End Design Engineer, working on Blu Wireless, System on Chip (SoC) HYDRA multi-gigabit wireless baseband IP; 60GHz WiFi mm-Wave technology for consumer and telecom backhaul applications. My role involves coding at both RTL and System-C level from specification, building test-bench models and performing block level RTL synthesis.

In my free time, I love to go play football and tennis, along with Zumba and Salsa.

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I will be speaking about 

  • Where I’ve been, my inspiration, education and  personal accomplishments

  • Be the CEO of your career, most of us begin our technology career through some combination of education, opportunity, and experience. When we are young, we just need a job. At some point though we want to take some control and direct our career

  • Technology options

  • Key questions to ask yourself, What Do I Enjoy / Not Enjoy – i.e. what do I find engaging? What are my VIPS, (values, interests, personality and skills) and how does these translate into my work

  • Work and Lifestyle

  • Compensation

  • Employee and Employer relationship

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Blu Wireless who are based at desklodge in Bristol on the corner of old market

DESKLODGE
5TH FLOOR, 1 TEMPLE WAY
BRISTOL
BS2 0BY

Directions to desklodge

When

Wednesday 16th  November 6.30/7  – 9pm

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Girlgeekdinners Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/

GGD#55 ‘ Catching the Hackathon bug’ by Charlotte Bella and UX with Rachael Eardley

Our October Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by Somo

Thursday October 20th 

Charlotte has been working in IT for eight years and made the transition from IT trainer to Digital Project Manager in 2012 after taking on an internal web project for a former employer – going in blind and coming out with a sense of career direction. Since then she has worked at several London agencies and is now working for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent here in Bristol.

At the start of this year Charlotte took a keen interest in hackathons and attended a course run by the NHS Innovations team. This enabled her to create materials, organise, run and facilitate a hackathon with CLIC Sargent’s service users and staff – with just three weeks notice – as part of the NHS Transformathon series of events.

Having caught the hackathon bug she then went on to assist a group of women in Bristol who wanted to run their own hackathon for finding ways to assist refugees in Bristol using technology, and helped to create, organise and run the first ever Bristol Refugee Hackday which ran as part of the Refugee Week series of national events.

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Catching the hackathon bug

Having once been a high intensity event attended over 24-48 hours, by pizza and Red Bull fuelled coders, hackathons have now become an alternative and accessible way to approach workshop style sessions to collaboratively find solutions to problems across an organisation, industry or theme.

Hackathons are incredible events that can be held cheaply, or for free, and can be a great way to manage collaboration between service users, customers, designers, developers and key stakeholders to co-create solutions to a problem in the digital and physical worlds.

In this talk Charlotte will be discussing the benefits of holding your own hackathon and what she has learnt from past experiences in both attending and organising hacks.

 UX with Rachael Eardley

Rachel Eardley is a user experience designer who has spent time on various research projects with Hewlett-Packard Research laboratories, Microsoft Research in Cambridge and Brunel University. She has also worked in industry for just over 10yrs, working for Skype, Friends Life and start-ups such as HouseTrip, Ticket.com and MovieGlu. She currently works within the technology agency Somo 4 days a week and spends 1 day a week on research for her PhD. 

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Rachel will share some of the projects that she has worked on and what her interests are.

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!

Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Somo http://www.somoglobal.com/ who are based at desklodge in Bristol on the corner of old market

DESKLODGE
5TH FLOOR, 1 TEMPLE WAY
BRISTOL
BS2 0BY

Directions to desklodge

When

Thursday 20th  October 6.30/7  – 9pm

GGD#54 ‘  Virtual Machine vs. Container’ with Kate Mallichan

Our September Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by HP labs

Wednesday September 21st 

Kate Mallichan graduated in 2007 from the University of Bristol with an MEng in Computer Science. She worked for 5 years in industrial software engineering across a broad spectrum of fields that included mobile apps, aerospace systems and roadside sensor equipment. She has experience in an equally wide range of software development languages and tools. A thirst for more creative freedom led her to join HP Labs  in 2012 as a Research Engineer. Since that time her focus has been on rapid prototyping in the areas of cloud computing, cyber-security and more recently container technologies.

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Virtual Machine vs. Container

Virtual machines are essentially a software emulation of a complete computer system, including hardware and OS. They have existed in some form since the 1960s, though they were not widely adopted until technologies matured in the 2000s and they became a primary enabler of the cloud computing paradigm.

Containers can be thought of as a light-weight form of virtualisation. Like virtual machines, they have existed for some time, but their widespread adoption is more recent and still rapidly growing and evolving. Containers bring exciting benefits in terms of performance, portability and more agile computing paradigms, but also certain trade-offs, the most commonly acknowledged being their security.

In this talk Kate will summarise the key differences between virtual machines and containers and identify their main pros and cons over a cross-section of applications. I will then look to the future and explore the potential I see to address new and increasingly complex technological challenges with container technology as it continue to mature.

 

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!

Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by regular GGD supporters HP, there is free parking and feel free to mail or comment on the meetup if you need a lift.

Directions to HP Lab: http://www.hpl.hp.com/downloads/HP_Labs_Bristol.pdf

When

Wednesday 21st  September 6.30/7  – 9pm

GGD#53 ‘Body as Interface’ and ‘Interpreting the body’

Our July Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by Scott Logic 

Wednesday July 20th

In July Tamara Chehayeb Makarem will be presenting on, ‘Body as Interface’, exploring that notion in user interactions. Jennifer Gaudion will be presenting on ‘Interpreting the Body’ examining the ways we can interpret data from the body.”

Tamara

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Tamara Chehayeb Makarem is a User Experience Designer at Scott Logic. Before moving to London, she worked in New York where she designed cross-platform mobile applications for clients such as Microsoft, MDLIVE, and Songza.

At the Bristol Girl Geek Dinner, Tamara will be presenting her talk ‘Body as Interface’, exploring that notion in user interactions.

 Tamara came up with the notion of using the Body as an interface while analyzing the work of artists in the field of Design and Technology and creating her interactive art installations. While people usually associate interfaces with devices or applications, Tamara suggests that the body itself is an interface.

In her talk, Tamara will expand on her idea of “Body as Interface” and link it to the body senses to show how it can allow us to create alternative experiences for users. She will explore the plausibility of the use of the body as an Interface and how it might have practical effect using examples in art installations, wearable technology and day-to-day interactions.

Tamara believes that there are two categories in which the body is used as an interface: the first one is within a controlled environment. The second one is when the device becomes part of the body. She believes that by viewing the body as an interface, we can stop designing interfaces and start designing experiences. She has recently published a blog post articulating her view http://blog.scottlogic.com/2016/05/25/Body-as-Interface.html

 

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SL-B-31Jenny Gaudion will be presenting her talk “Interpreting the Body” examining the ways we can interpret data from the body. Jenny is a Software Developer for Scott Logic and helps find solutions to real-life problems using software. Having got into computing from a degree in Maths and a love of puzzles she thinks that interpreting the body presents an exciting challenge and is looking forward to innovations in this area making it feel like we are living in the future.

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!

Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).

Where

Scott Logic, 25 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4PB map

When

Wednesday 20th  July 6.30/7  – 9pm

GGD#52 The World of Linked Open Data

Our June GIrl Geek Dinner is hosted by Oracle 

Weds June 22nd

The “Web of Data” is growing – we’re here to explain what it is, how it works, and shows the Girl Geeks how to be a part of it. This session will be 3 short presentations about 15 minutes long each, followed by a Q&A.

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Jen Williams is Senior Software Developer at Networked Planet and builds Semantic Web tech to help organisations take control of their data. Jen will be introducing the evening and doing a short #101 talk about linked and open data on the web.

Martha King from Knowle West Media Centre will be telling us about Bristol’s “Citizen Sensing” project, which has seen artists and communities across Bristol exploring city issues that could be addressed using sensor technologies. The issue that has gained most momentum is tackling damp in homes.

Katherine Rooney from Bristol City Council’s ‘City Innovation team’ manages the Council’s Open Data work. With a background in community engagement, behaviour change, business development and innovation within the UK environmental charity sector, Katherine believes that Smart Cities are really all about people and not technology, and comes to the open data scene from quite a non-techy angle.

 

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!
Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP
Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).

Where

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Tower Wharf

Cheese Lane

Bristol

BS2 0JJ

When

Wednesday 22nd  June 7  – 9pm
*photo credit Nigel Bishop

GGD#51 Girl Geeks @ Bristol Digital Week

Our May GIrl Geek Dinner is hosted by University of Bristol as part of Bristol Digital Week being organised by the BBC

Weds May 11th

We will introduce what Girl Geek Dinners are all about and hear from a range of our members – sharing stories of what they do, why they chose their careers and what their passions are. We will also share what we like about where we work, what we’d change, and whether we are where we thought we’d be. The intention is to give an idea of the breadth of experience of the girl geeks and why we come to the meetups.

 

The motto of Girl Geek Dinners is eat-drink-geek! We like to create a space to share interesting ideas, often over pizza, sometimes with wine. This Digital Bristol Week event hosted at the University of Bristol is a chance to meet Bristol’s Girl Geeks and find out where we’re from, what our passions are and what sort of work we do. Whether you’re studying, working or coming back from a career break, come and meet an interesting bunch of women working in a wide range of local companies. nb this event is open to women and men.

Our mission should we choose to accept it:
·        To break down old fashioned social stereotypes.
·        To identify routes around barriers to entry for anyone to get into technology.
·        To encourage and nurture those interested in technology.
·        To work with local schools, colleges and universities to encourage more women into the technology industry.
·        To support those currently in the industry and work together to figure out the issues and the solutions.
·        To include men, women and children in this journey…. and not exclude men from Girl Geek Dinner Events

If you want to join us more often then head on over to our meetup group.

We do allow men to come to our usual events if they are invited to come along by a woman. For this Digital Bristol Week event we are open to all and you can signup here on  eventbrite

We are meeting in room 1.11 in the Merchant Venturer’s Building, which is No.25 on this University precinct map: map

When
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 from 19:00 to 21:30 (BST) Add to Calendar
Where
Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers building, Woodland Rd, Clifton BS81UB – View Map

GGD#50 – Girl Geeks get Agile Sheep-dipped!*

Wednesday 20th April

Ever wondered what that ‘Agile’ stuff is all about? Seen a lot of Post-It notes on boards in your office and wondered what that was for? At a bit of a loose end and fancy finding out a bit more about Agile while eating free pizza to boot?

Then this months’ Girl Geek Dinner is for YOU!

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Penny and Claire both think the best way to ‘learn’ about Agile is to experience it, so after a short introduction on the fundamentals, we’ll be diving straight in with some games to help you get to grips with the principles of Agile.  We aren’t giving too much away here, but expect audience participation and gratuitous use of children’s’ toys to help understand how Agile works.

Come and join us, no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.  Bloomberg are sponsoring pre workshop food and drink, you can network, play games without judgement and hopefully learn a bit about Agile in the process.

About our speakers

Claire is a Agile enthusiast with too much IT experience to fit in a paragraph; but she has worked for some big companies (Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Microsoft) as well as some others that you might also have heard of (National Trust, MixRadio) and learnt quite a bit while doing that. During her time at MixRadio she has been on a massive Agile journey of her own, going from ITIL Release Manager to Technical Programme Management, and so she has quite a bit to say on Agile transformations (and other stuff too, probably best not to get her on the topic of ‘travel’ unless you have some time to kill) and due to the fact we couldn’t get anyone else/she was free on the night/she wanted to share some of that experience with you all, we are lucky enough to have her co-present this event.

Penny attended Leeds University to do a Mech Eng BSc; she was sponsored through university by Rolls Royce, Bristol. After graduating, she returned to Bristol to work with them. But this was the 80s. Not a great time to be female in engineering. Soft porn on the walls, wolf whistles in the factory, snide comments in the offices. She greatly admires the women who stuck it out and made a career there, but she decided to get out, to the relative civilisation of software development.

She started in FORTRAN (she doesn’t look that old, we must get her secret), moved to C then C++.

But in the early 2000s Penny realised she needed either to invest some considerable time updating her skill set, or she would have to move out of tech. With 2 small children at the time, working extra hours didn’t seem possible, so she edged slowly toward project management.

After living the lie of Gant charts and Big Upfront Planning for a few years she transitioned from PM to Scrum Master – and found a method of working with people to deliver great things.

*Please note: No actual emersion in liquid required for this event

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!
Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP
Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).

Where

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol BS1 3AD

 

 

GGD #49  Mrudula Gore from XMOS discusses machine intelligence

Wednesday March 16th

Mrudula “At school, Maths was my favourite subject, because I could think more and write less! And I was fascinated by small electronic gaming consoles that had come out newly then (20 years ago!) I thought it would be great fun to develop these games and the opportunities that lie ahead; the plan then was to be a computer engineer.

My Engineering degree introduced me to electronics, digital design and algorithm development. Then I realised this is what I enjoy most. Fortunately I found work that let me play with my favourite subjects. Nearly two decades on, I am as excited about emerging technology as I was then.

At XMOS I work in silicon development, building a new breed of microprocessors with wide ranging applications including gaming, media processing and robotics! It is amazing how a bit of commonsense, a bit of maths, physics, chemistry can transform sand into machines that occupy all walks of our lives. Best bit about working in semiconductor industry, I’d say, is silently knowing that millions of people use little piece of silicon that I have contributed to.”

 

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Machine intelligence has come a long way from first program that passed Turing test. We have machine learning integrated in our life more than we may realise. I plan to have a loose discussion about what has been done, what is coming up soon and what is ultimately possible, touching upon philosophical implications of a truly ‘thinking machine’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Mrudulas presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period.  Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!
Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP
Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).

 

The event is kindly sponsored by MixRadio (sadly their last time) and will be at their offices
Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine St., Bristol, BS1 2PH, Bristol, Bristol*
from 6:30pm for 7pm on Wednesday 16th March.

*Find the Tesco Express on Wine St, and go through the large double doors to the right (between Tesco and Reed). Go up to the 6th floor via the lifts Bristol

 

 


 

GGD #48  Susanne Klein from HP Labs talk on ‘The colour of glass’

Wednesday February 17th

Susanne Klein holds a Diploma in Physics and a PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Saarland. Since 1995 she has worked and lived in the UK, first as a Royal Society Research  Assistant at the University of Bristol and then as a member of HP Labs. She has worked on colloidal liquid crystals, colloids in liquid crystals and new materials for 3D printing and is now working on optical cryptography.
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‘The colour of glass’

3D-printing, along with other additive manufacturing (AM) and rapid prototyping (RP) techniques, involves building up structures in a layer-by-layer fashion based upon a computer design file.  Such techniques are well-suited to the production of one-off, complex structures that would often be difficult to produce using traditional manufacturing methods.  There has been rapid growth and interest in this field during recent years, and a range of techniques are now available which make use of many common materials such as plastic, metal, wood and ceramic. However, relatively little has been done to develop AM using glass.
Since glass was first made, thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia, it has been appreciated because of its vibrant colours. To allow a successful design and print of any glass object, these colours have to be captured and classified in such a way that they can be incorporated in the CAD design of the object and lead to the desired result in the print. The colours of architectural glass are often classified by RAL charts  or by BS4800:2100 colour codes. Both colour classification systems have been developed for paints and coatings, but are a good first approximation. What they cannot capture is, for example, that some glasses display different colours in reflection and transmission and/or the colour change occurring in glass when it is reheated. In 3D printed glass, gas inclusions are another source of colour changes. Scattering at the air/ gas interface leads to the addition of white to the underlying glass colour.
Using the CIE chromaticity coordinates, glass samples are characterized before and after processing. We used two different measurement methods to determine colour coordinates as a function of sample thickness and frit size to check how robust the results were as a function of the measurement method.

Details

After Suzannes presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period.  Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!
Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP
Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).
The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by regular GGD supporters HP, there is free parking and feel free to mail or comment on the meetup if you need a lift.
Directions to HP Lab: http://www.hpl.hp.com/downloads/HP_Labs_Bristol.pdf

Constance Fleuriot & Claire Morley will be talking about Bristol’s very own Grrrl Games, a meetup for Women working in Games, or who want to get into the Games industry. GrrrlGamesLogoConstance is a regular Girl Geek DInner attendee who set up Grrrl Games to encourage more women to get involved with places like Bristol Games Hub.

Claire has been involved with Grrrl Games since it started, taught herself coding by creating an adventure game, and will showcase some of her latest projects.

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We are hosted by ADP for this evening, a leading payroll, time and attendance, and HR service provider. ADP are very new to Bristol and handily located in Temple Back near the centre & Temple Meads.

Sign up on our meetup page so we have an idea of numbers. There may be pizza or somesuch and non-alcoholic refreshment.

GGD #46 Talking Green energy with Christina Daly from OVO Energy

“Nearly everything we do revolves around energy. Most of us have heard that the risk of blackouts this winter is up. On the 4th of November National Grid announced a supply crunch alert asking companies to reduce their energy demand causing electricity prices to spike and fears that there will be widespread blackouts this Christmas. By 2020 the UK aims to have 30% of its electricity coming from renewable sources but parts of the grid can’t handle the solar power being generated. How are the fascinating developments in smart grid, renewables, storage for electricity and in home technology going to revolutionise energy and help us meet our targets?”

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This month our speaker is Christina Daly. Christina works in OVO Energy in the Transformation Department looking at how OVO can better use the technology and systems available to improve customer experience and drive down cost. OVO wants to revolutionise the energy industry and is investing heavily in green & community energy as well as smart meters to bring down bills and keep it simple for the consumers. Prior to working at OVO Energy Christina worked at Accenture as a software developer and now runs coding workshops for employees in OVO in her spare time and is the champion for the Bristol@OVO CoderDojo. She holds a BAI in Computer and Electronic Engineering from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

After Christina’s presentation we will open the floor up for a discussion as discussed in the previous ‘extraordinary’ meeting, if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period.

This month’s event will take place on Weds 18th November at Ovo Energy’s Offices at 1 Rivergate, BS1 6ED Bristol. Please sign up on our meetup page here http://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/events/226672989/

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman.

Many thanks also to OVO energy for their sponsorship for this event.

 

GGD #45 Girl Geeks ExtraOrdinary General meeting

This month we have decided to call an Extra Ordinary General meeting, its extra ordinary not because its not aligned with our normal general meeting but because we generally do not hold a general meeting.
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This event is kindly hosted by The Bristol SETsquared Centre which is at Temple Meads – attached to the UK’s most connected transport hub, Bristol Temple Meads Station, at the centre of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, just a few minutes walk from the city centre Bristol at 7pm.

In the last meeting we did a call out to see if any of our members would be interested in getting more involved and there was a surprising show of interest which was great to see. Rather than let this enthusiasm go to waste we have decided to invite members to attend this meeting to discuss further not only any help they wish to offer but also do a general call on what people want from the group and where they see it heading or wish it to move forward into the future.
The group has been running since 2010 and is one of the most active GGD’s in the south west we believe – this has been down to downright doggedness in many cases and largely thanks to Ali who was one of the founding members and also other enthusiastic co-organisors such as Maria, Serrie and Claire as well as many others. We believe in the group and find it heart-warming that we have had such a positive and collaborative relationship within the group and indeed with our sponsors. The group has become very well known within the community and we are often approach by industry to either advertise ourselves or support tech based initiatives, as many of you will know from our busy facebook page.
Some of the things that we would like to consider moving forward are below – we would like you to join the meeting to give us your views and hear your voice on these and suggestions on anything else we might be involved with. We also believe that by building a bigger central support committee all with less responsibilities we will be better able to serve the group as a whole. Obviously we are keeping with the general ethos that we are aware how busy people are and as such will not be pushing anyone outside of their boundaries of either comfort or time limitations.
Proposals:
We are not the only tech group in Bristol and plenty of times we are clashing on dates which affects our participation we propose therefore some of the following:
These are some of the groups we are aware of
Urbanistas, Women who code, Women in engineering, Women in technology,
Women in Biz, Women outside the box, ladies that ux, grrrlgames
We would like to add any others members may be aware of
Plan is to contact them and propose the following:
A shared yearly meetup to present the groups and their activities and hopefully increase participation
A Shared calender- proposed Google calender as its version controlled
Possibly a central site for ‘Bristol Women in Tech Hub’ to share info and initiatives across the groups
Some of the initiatives who are looking for involvement are:
STEM (we know some of you are already involved)
Digimakers – HBB
Codeclub is the current mayoral initiative and they want us to get more women involved
We would like to be made aware of any others
Finally we are looking at any other initiatives that members wish to throw into the ring, some possibilities:
Merchandising – to spread the word and also to allow fellow girlgeekers a chance to talk to each other at conferences (badges was the thinking here)
Conferences – possibly extend the shared yearly meetup with the other groups to invite in industry and publicize ourselves
Blogging – Techspark have approached us to do regular girl geek blogs – any thoughts on this?

The meeting will be held in the engine shed and SetSquared and is kindly sponsoring us this for the space. If we do food then we will need to use their caterers and we have no current sponsor for this – but we (Claire and Serrie) are willing to get some between us once we know numbers.
So please pop along and either just listen in or have your voice so we can move forward in a direction that we all want – for newbies we will also present a bit about the group so you can understand a bit about us also.

Sign up here: www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/events/225801917/

GGD #44 – Girl Geeks meet DataKind – Using data for good

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Data – its arguably the biggest challenge in IT at the moment – we’ve learned how to collect it and store it, but we are still working on how best to use it and for what. While companies are using our data to find new and inventive ways to sell us stuff, DataKind are looking at ways to use this data for more altruistic endeavours. Intreged? Join us for food, drink and all things data.

This month our speaker is Emma Prest, General Manager at DataKind UK. She spends her time explaining what data science is to charities and nurturing an influx of data science volunteers looking to donate their time and skills. Before joining DataKind UK, Emma worked for a range of non-profits including Tactical Tech, Amnesty International UK, the Campaign for Freedom of Information and Chain of Hope. She was a freelance contributor to The Independent and worked as a Spanish-English translator. Emma holds an MA in Public Policy from Central European University in Budapest. Her first degree, in Politics and Geography, was from the University of Edinburgh.

DataKind UK: Doing good with data
DataKind UK believes that data can have a transformative effect on the way that charities make decisions and create social change. We know that it is difficult for charities to recruit and fund analytic posts, and at the same time we know that data scientists want to help to make the world a better place. We bring these two groups together to work on data-for-good projects in the UK and around the world. Find out more about what we do and what we are up to in Bristol in the coming months…

Sign up here: www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/events/225089486/

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman

The event is kindly sponsored by MixRadio and will be at their offices
Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine St., Bristol, BS1 2PH, Bristol, Bristol*
from 6:30pm for 7pm on Wednesday 16th September.

*Find the Tesco Express on Wine St, and go through the large double doors to the right (between Tesco and Reed). Go up to the 6th floor via the lifts Bristol

Bristol GGD #41 – JUST EAT’s Kate Richardson talks natural language processing software

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This month, software developer Kate Richardson will be talking about her work.

Kate is a Software Developer at JUST EAT. She works in one of the API teams, writing the code that underpins their front end website.

She is going to be talking about the use of natural language processing software in real-world customer facing applications. The talk will be based on experiences Kate has had working on a recent project at JUST EAT.

As always, men are not excluded from our events but must be accompanied by a girl geek so that the gender split is equal.

The event is kindly sponsored by JUST EAT and will be at the Engine Shed in Bristol from 6:30pm for 7pm on Wednesday 18th March.

www.just-eat.co.uk

Sign up here: www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/events/220702429/

Photo courtesy of Iconphotomedia Ltd

Bristol GGD #40- Sammy Payne from open Bionics talks about their 3D printed printed robotic hand

Event on Wednesday 18th Feb 2015 at 6:30pm for 7pm

Samantha Payne, recently shortlisted for the Women in Business’s ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and runner-up in Intel’s international ‘Make it Wearable’ competition presents Open Bionics.

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Open Bionics, based inside the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, uses 3D scanning and 3D printing to innovate the prosthetic industry.

The young startup aims to radically reduce prosthetic fitting times, prosthetic cost, and innovate design for amputees across the world.

At the moment amputees are faced with huge bills (upto $100k) for robotic prosthetics and there is no option of a robotic device for children. Open Bionics sets out to create an advanced robotic prosthetic for under $1,000. This means families of young amputees will finally have access to devices that can enable greater freedom for their children!

As well as focusing heavily on creating affordable hands for amputees the company believes in making out-of-the-ordinary designs so that young amputees are encouraged to show off and feel proud of their differences.

The company recently developed the world’s most advanced 3D printed robotic hand and custom-fit the prosthetic to a man born without a right hand.

Open Bionics is led by Sammy and founder Joel Gibbard. The pair recently took on their first employee, designer Vitória Maurício.

Sammy will walk us through the team’s latest developments and demonstrate the real-world application of 3D printing and 3D scanning in healthcare. You’ll also get to squeeze a robotic hand if that doesn’t excite you enough. 😉

Expect to hear about the wonders of 3D printing, how technology can better accessibility, the struggles of a startup, the exciting work going on in the BRL’s tech incubator, and a little bit about the human anatomy. 😉

You can see a little of what Open Bionics are about in this video:

http://www.openbionics.com/

This event is kindly hosted by Bristol Semiconductor firm, Infineon at their offices near Bristol Parkway

https://www.infineon.com/

As always, men are not excluded from our events but must be accompanied by a girl geek so that the gender split is equal.

We have now switched from Eventbrite to Meetup for our events so please come and join our Meetup group and sign up for the event there…

 

Next Dinner GGD #40 – Sammy Payne from Open Bionics – hosted by Infineon

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015, 6:30 PM

Location details are available to members only.

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Samantha Payne, recently shortlisted for the Women in Business’s ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and runner-up in Intel’s international ‘Make it Wearable’ competition presents Open Bionics.Open Bionics, based inside the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, uses 3D scanning and 3D printing to innovate the prosthetic industry.The young startup aims…

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Bristol GGD #39- Rabeb talks software at ClusterHQ

Happy new year! Our 2015 programme of events kicks off with a talk about women in software engineering with Rabeb Othmani:

Rabeb is a software engineer working currently for Microsoft as part of the MixRadio client development team. She identifies herself as a UX developer focusing on Microsoft technologies such as WPF, Windows Phone and Windows. She is also Imagine Cup worldwide finalist, a Microsoft certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Student Partner Alumni and Microsoft Career Factor Windows Phone Idol.

Rabeb is also qualified as a STEM ambassador working closely with schools and students to encourage them into STEM and especially engineering.

When she is not coding, Rabeb is cooking or travelling.

The event is very kindly sponsored by ClusterHQ who will be providing the venue and food plus a very brief talk about what they do – they are also hiring right now so if you are interested in a career change for the new year this will be the perfect opportunity to come to their workspace at the Engine Shed and see what they are like!
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www.engine-shed.co.uk

As always, men are not excluded from our events but must be accompanied by a girl geek.

Sign up here: geek-event-39.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #38- Girl Geek Christmas

Our December event is a casual meetup at the Watershed in Bristol on the 17th December at 7pm – no speaker or food just a chance to catch up and have a few drinks!

Men are not excluded from our events but must be accompanied by a girl geek.

We’ve got some exciting stuff lined up for the new year and this event will also provde us with a chance to discuss any ideas you may have for the group.

Bristol GGD #37 – Girl Geeks with Dr Kerstin Eder at Bristol Uni

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Our new season of events kicks off with a talk from Dr Kerstin Eder of Bristol University.

Kerstin is a Reader in Design Automation and Verification at the University of Bristol. She set up the Energy Aware COmputing (EACO) initiative at the University and leads the Verification and Validation for Safety in Robots research theme at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. She has co-authored over 40 internationally refereed publications, was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Excellence in Engineering prize and manages a portfolio of active research grants valued in excess of £2M. In her spare time Kerstin’s favourite ‘hobbies’ are her daughter Lena and her son Carl 🙂

Kerstin’s talk is entitled Whole Systems Energy Transparency (or: More Power to Software Developers!)

Energy efficiency is now a major (if not the major) concern in electronic systems engineering. While hardware can be designed to save a modest amount of energy, the potential for savings are far greater at the higher levels of abstraction in the system stack. The greatest savings are expected from energy consumption-aware software. This talk emphasizes the importance of energy transparency from hardware to software as a foundation for energy-aware system design. Energy transparency enables a deeper understanding of how algorithms and coding impact on the energy consumption of a computation when executed on hardware. It is a key prerequisite for informed design space exploration and helps system designers to find the optimal tradeoff between performance, accuracy and energy consumption of a computation. Promoting energy efficiency to a first class software design goal is therefore an urgent research challenge. In this talk I will outline the first steps towards giving “more power” to software developers.

You can find out more about Kerstin’s work here: www.cs.bris.ac.uk/~eder/

The event will be on Tuesday November 18th, from 6:30 p.m at the University of Bristol – in the Lower Atrium (L1), Department of Computer Science, Merchant Venturers Building.

You can sign up for this free event on our Eventbrite page: geek-event-37.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #36 – Girl Geeks visit the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

Thursday 19th June

Janice_KielyOur next event is at UWE in Bristol, with a talk from Professor Janice Kiely from the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology.

Janice, who spoke briefly at our event at the Bristol Robotics Lab last year – is going to talk about bio-sensing and some of the research activities carried out in the Institute of Bio-sensing Technology. She will talk in more detail about one of her key research interests, Magneto-immunoassays and describe how herself, and a colleague, are commercialising this bio-sensing technology through a start-up.

This event is also an opportunity to get together just 4 days away from the National Women in Engineering Day, so come along and celebrate with us!

The event starts at 6:30pm with the talk starting around 7pm, Food and drink on this occasion is being provided by UWE.The event will be in B Block – Room 3B064 – i.e. Block B, Level 3, Room 64. The buildings at UWE are clearly signposted and you can see block B on the map here.

As always, men are not excluded from this event but we ask that they are accompanied by a girl geek so that we are not outnumbered.

You can sign up for this free event here on our Eventbrite page

Bristol GGD #35 – Girl Geeks ‘Lean In’ at Brightpearl

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Our next event is on Thursday 8th May 2014 at Brightpearl near Cabot Circus in the centre of Bristol.

The evening’s talk will be presented by Kat Zien and Angela Heenan from Brightpearl (pictured).

The talk is inspired by the widely acclaimed book “Lean In” written by Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

They’ll talk about the examples Sheryl shared in her book, and her TED talks, on how to ‘Lean In’ to your career and why it is important that we talk about this.

The event is from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Food and drink will be kindly sponsored by Brightpearl.

Read more and sign up here: http://girlgeeksleaninatbrightpearl.eventbrite.co.uk

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Bristol GGD #34 – Girl Geeks at ACCU 2014

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Our next event is on 10th April at 6.30pm. It is in conjunction with the ACCU conference at the Marriott Hotel near Castle Park.

We had an evening event at the ACCU conference last year and it was a great success.

Bloomberg are kindly sponsoring the event and providing food and drink.

The speaker will be Lilit Darbinyan from R&D Mobile, Bloomberg. Details of her talk will be posted on the Eventbrite page below.

Read more and sign up here: http://girlgeeksataccu2014.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #33 – South West Girl Geek Meet Up

Thursday 27th March

Our next event is a joint event with Bath Girl Geeks at the Engine Shed in Bristol.

Talks come from Joni Farthing of Women Outside the Box and Serrie Chapman from TVS (Test and Verification)

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Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-west-girl-geek-meet-up-tickets-10671263035

Bristol GGD #32 – Big Data, Security, and Twitter bots at HP

Wednesday 19th February 2014

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This month we’re heading over to Hewlett Packard in Stoke Gifford for an inspiring talk from Miranda Mowbray. Miranda researches big data and security at HP Labs Bristol. She is a Fellow of the British Computing Society. Her Erdös number is 3. She is not a bot, honest.
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Miranda is participating in a research project analysing large amounts of data to detect security problems on their enterprise network. and will talk about her experience of drinking from the data firehose, and some of the problems inherent in big data analysis.The second half of her talk will be about the early indicators of some potential future computer security problems: Twitter bots – i.e. automated Twitter accounts.

This event will be HP in Stoke Gifford but we don’t have the room number yet and until we do can’t provide directions to the correct building entrance but if you sign up we will email them to you before the event. Hewlett Packard are providing the food and the event starts at 7 for 7:30pm
As always we do not exclude men at this free event – but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so that we don’t get outnumbered!

Sign up here: geeksathp.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #31 – Effortless Style

This event was with Sam Bell,style guru at the Square in Bristol

Bristol GGD #30 – Girl Geeks fly over to Airbus

Monday 18th November 2013

We are very excited to announce our November dinner which is going to be held at Airbus in Filton on Monday 18th November 7-9pm.

The event is sponsored by Airbus and our two speakers are Airbus employees Linda O’Brien and Terence Frost (pictured). They will take us through the fantastic journey of A380, focussing on the development of the landing gear systems and equipment. They will also show us how a myriad of skills in Airbus engineering tackle in-service issues to ensure the safety and satisfaction of their customers at all time.

Do come along and bring your friends and colleagues!

Read more and sign up here: http://girlgeeksflyovertoairbus.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Bristol GGD #29 – Girl Geek Chic v.2

Thursday 18th July 2013

Following the success of last year’s ‘chic’ event we are holding v.2.

Bristol Image Consultant, Sam Bell will be speaking again.

This event will take place on Thursday 18th July at Nokia near Castle Park.

We will meet at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

It is a ‘bring your own’ event so please bring food and/or drinks to share.

More details and registration here: http://girlgeekchic.eventbrite.co.uk/

Bristol GGD #28 – Girl Geeks visit Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Our June dinner is being held on Wednesday 26th from 6.30pm at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England.

There will be six speakers talking about their work in the Lab. Food and drink will be provided courtesy of UWE’s Faculty of the Environment and Technology.

Read more and sign up here http://girlgeeksvisitbrl.eventbrite.co.uk/

It is important that you register if you wish to attend.

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Bristol GGD #27 – Girl Geeks discover Biochar

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Our May dinner is being held on Wednesday 22nd at the University of Bristol from 6.30pm.

biocharThe speaker will be Melanie Bennet from the Bristol Biochar Foundation. ‘Biochar’ is a blanket term for charcoal when it is used for particular purposes, especially as a soil amendment.

This event is more science-oriented than a lot of our previous events have been, so will be a very interesting change. Please feel free to invite anyone who you think might be interested, including students.

Read all the details and register here: http://girlgeeksdiscoverbiochar.eventbrite.co.uk/

Bristol GGD #26 – Girl Geeks at ACCU 2013

Thursday 11th April 2013

Our April dinner is being held on Thursday 11th in conjunction with the ACCU 2013 conference.

The event starts at 7pm for 7.30pm, at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre. A few female IT professionals will talk briefly about themselves and their jobs. There will then be time for discussion and networking.

Read more and register http://girlgeeksataccu2013.eventbrite.co.uk/

Bristol GGD #25 – Brainbox at Nokia

Wednesday 20th March 2013

This month we’re heading back to the Nokia building as they have kindly agreed to host us again. Nokia will be providing some food and drink for the event but not all so if you would like to bring a dish to share then please feel free to do so. This event will be on a Wednesday instead of our usual Thursday.

tracyOur speaker this month will be Dr Tracy Johnson – a career, confidence and study skills coach who, with her company, Brainbox Coaching works with private clients as well as businesses to enhance performance across a wide range of areas. Tracy is also a qualified combat instructor, teaching regular women’s self-defence classes for the Sweaty Betty sportswear chain, for which she is a Brand Ambassador. Tracy is also a published author on careers, education and wellbeing topics for publications such as OM Yoga magazine and MindBodyGreen, and is currently writing a book on careers in the science sector. In the next twelve months, she will begin training as a health coach and yoga teacher, intending to offer a more holistic approach to coaching to her clients.

At our event Tracy will be sharing the coaching skills she uses with her clients to develop confidence across a range of situations, such as meetings, presentations and networking, that can be used to help any woman feel more at ease as a freelancer. As a self-protection instructor, Tracy will also be offering tips for safe solo business travel, as well as for defusing any tricky situations

The entrance to the building is between Tesco Express and Reed Recruitment on Wine Street. The event starts at 6:30pm and the main door of the building will be locked at 8pm so if you are going to be late make sure you arrive before 8pm!

As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered! If you can’t make it please let us know for catering.

Sign up here: brainboxatnokia.eventbrite.co.uk

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twitter: @brainboxcoach

Bristol GGD #24 – 3rd Birthday Drinks at the Watershed Bristol

Thursday 21st  February

This month it’s Bristol Girl Geek Dinners’ third birthday! 

We’ve decided to keep it informal with drinks at the Watershed and a chance just to chat and talk about geeky things instead of having food and a speaker. Follow our twitter feed or facebook page to find out where we are sitting on the night!

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The event starts at 7pm – As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

Sign up here: girlgeekbirthday.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #23 – Bristol University

Thursday 24th January

Our first event of 2013 is being very kindly sponsored by the University of Bristol. Our speaker is Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, a reader in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bristol.

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As an applied mathematician, the nature of Krasimira’s research is multidisciplinary. She is focusing on projects that could make a difference to experimental scientists and potentially society through the development of new techniques and understanding for interrogation of living systems. Her research is done in collaboration with scientists from different disciplines and different countries.

Krasimira has been awarded e number of research grants (as PI and Co-I) on modelling physiological systems at various levels – sub cellular (gene regulatory networks and ion channels), cellular (excitable systems) as well as cognitive architectures (interpersonal coordination dynamics). She has given a number of invited talks at prestigious institutions including: National Institutes of Health, Rockefeller University, Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University, and John Innes Centre. Her international expertise in biomathematics has been recognized by electing her to serve as a member on the Organization for Computational Neuroscience (OCNS) conference review committee in 2011 and 2012.

The event starts at 6:30 for 7 – And is in the Queens Building at Bristol Uni. When you enter the building turn right and go up the stairs – at the top of the stairs turn left and go through the first set of doors 1.18 is the first room on your left. We will endeavour to get there early and put up signs so you can find it easily. As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

Sign up here: geeksatbristoluni.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #22 – ForgeRock

Wednesday 12th December

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A great event this month in a great location – I know it’s close to Christmas and short notice but the buffet selection looks amazing and we’ve got yet another great speaker lined up for you.

Our hosts this month are ForgeRock – a Silicon Valley startup and global open source vendor. Backed by one of the world’s most prestigious investors who fund the likes of Facebook and Groupon, ForgeRock has just launched its UK HQ in Bristol’s Queen Square. They were worried about squeezing us all into their office so they’ve booked a function room at the nearby Bristol Hotel for this event. Forgerock are keen to expand their network of contacts in Bristol and are interested in recruiting locally.

Our speaker for the evening is Nathalie Hoet, a Support Engineer at ForgeRock Bristol.
After finishing her degree in Mathematics, Nathalie worked for 10 years in the Financial Markets. Her job was an interesting mix of business awareness and algorithmic programming. Wishing to refocus her career towards computing, she enrolled as a part-time student at Birckbeck College in London and gained a MSc in Computer Science.

A couple of years later she took a career break and spent some time looking after her daughters. Returning from an extended maternity leave proved to be an opportunity to launch into a new fascinating world, leaving banking behind to join a team full of talented, enthusiastic and innovative IT professionals.
The event starts at 6:30 for 7 with lots of food and good company – As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

Sign up for this event here: girlgeeksandforgerock.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #21 – Patent Talk

Thursday 29th November 2012

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Another exciting speaker this month and a very interesting subject – have you ever thought of getting a patent for one of your geeky ideas or inventions?

Cerian Jones is an intellectual property lawyer who specialises in technical patents and has lots of funny and interesting stories to tell us about the things she gets up to. The food for this event is being sponsored by Cerian’s employers,UDL Intellectual Property LLP the event is being hosted by the City of Bristol College.

More about Cerian:

“After gaining an honours degree in English, I went on to gain an M.Sc. and PhD in Computer Science (Durham Uni). After 11 years of lecturing in Computing Science at a Canadian university, I went to law school back in the UK and ended up combining all my technical, legal and language skills by joining the patent profession with UDL Intellectual Property LLP (patent and trademark attorneys).

“Based in Cardiff and Bristol, I specialise in the protection of computer-related inventions although I also have a lot of cases involving mechanical inventions as well. One of the great things about my job is that I never quite know what is going to land on my desk from one day to the next. Today I could be working on protecting some hi-tech piece of software, and tomorrow I could be looking at the potential infringement of a patented commode! The variety is challenging, the inventions are fascinating. I’ll bring some examples along to show you at the girl geek dinner!”

The event will be held on the last Thursday of the month again instead of the third – in room 3C4 at the City of Bristol College – the same room where we held events #14 and #16- if you haven’t been there before you go through the archway and it’s straight in front of you, across the courtyard. The event starts at 6:30, and UDL will be providing the food and drinks.

Sign up for this event here: geekpatenttalk.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #20 – Meet Bloodhound

Thursday 25th October 2012

This month we’ve got one for all the engineers and car enthusiasts amongst us as we meet Bloodhound – the Super Sonic thousand-mile-per-hour car that is being developed in Bristol.

Our main speaker for this evening will be Jenna Gaff – an engineer on the Bloodhound project:

“I am originally from Edinburgh but I have lived in Bristol for the last 2 and half years on and off. I finished my studies at the University of Edinburgh for a Masters in electrical and mechanical engineering last year. I feel privileged to have such a cool graduate job! I have many different responsibilities on the project from car performance analysis to drawing release to cleaning rotas…I never have two days the same!”

Bloodhound are on a limited budget so although they will be hosting the event at their tech centre, which is down near the SS Great Britain, we will all be bringing our own food – this worked really well last time we did it so bring a dish to share and maybe a tupperware box for the leftovers – seriously, I can’t eat it all! The event will start at 6:30pm.

As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

Sign up for this event here: girlgeeksmeetbloodhound.eventbrite.co.uk

More info about Bloodhound SCC here: www.bloodhoundssc.com

Bristol GGD #19 – Brightpearl Buffet Bonanza

Thursday 20th September 2012

brightpearl

This month’s event is being sponsored by Brightpearl, a company that produces cloud-based business management software designed to help independent retailers to sell more and sell better. The software integrates all of a business’s sales channels (website, physical shop and online marketplaces) with their back-office software (stock control, accounts, CRM, order management and more) into a single system. This process improves efficiency through real-time data transfer and eliminates the need for duplicate data entry – with increased data accuracy through a reduction in human error and improved customer satisfaction through streamlining the sales process. Brightpearl frees up vital resources that can be put towards growing businesses instead.

The evening’s talk will be about Software Development and what it takes to make computers do stuff.

Our main speaker this month will be Angela Heenan. Angela hails from Ireland and has been in Bristol for 2 and half years. She started working with Brightpearl 2 years ago as a Java Software Developer when there was around 15 people working for Brightpearl and now there are nearer to 70 people working for Brightpearl! ‘When she started she was working on the development of the Brightpearl API. Currently, she is a Development Manager with which entails coordinating the dev team and fortnightly releases. There will also be some guest speakers who are software developers in other companies.

Angela from Brightpearl

Brightpearl can be found on the First Floor of New Bond House, Bond Street (formerly Newfoundland Street), BS2 9AG Which is directly across from the back of House of Fraser in Cabot Circus. The event will start at 6:30pm.

As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

Please register for this event so we know how many people to cater for. Sign up here: brightpearlbuffet.eventbrite.com

Bristol GGD #18

Harbourside Trail – Thursday August 23rd at 6.30pm for 6:45pm – meet outside the M-Shed

Sorry for the lateness of organising this one – we asked what everyone wanted to do and there were so many great ideas and suggestions we had to have a think about what was best and when was the best time to do it, which took ages! As it’s the summer hols we wanted to do something informal so those of us with children could bring them along too. We have decided to do part of the Bristol Harbourside Heritage Trail, taking in lots of Bristol’s interesting engineering heritage and hopefully ending up somewhere for a drink together afterwards.

We are going to walk the first part of the trail which starts outside the M Shed and ends up at Cumberland Basin. I have made this into a PDF for you to download and bring along (here) If it’s raining really badly we may just skip the trail and go straight to the pub, but fingers crossed for one of those fabulous sunny Bristolian evenings like the one in the photo below.

The plan is to meet outside M Shed at 6:30pm to start the walk at 6:45pm. You can find details of how to get to M Shed here – entry to M Shed is free so if you’re at a loose end before 6:30pm then you might want to go and check that out as well!

As always, we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!
We’ve got some cracking events lined up for September and October and if you have a suggestion for a venue or a speaker to take us up to the end of the year then we’d love to hear from you.

Sign up for this event here: harbourtrail.eventbrite.co.uk

Bristol GGD #17

Nibbles with Nokia!

This month we’re excited to have been invited to the offices of Nokia in Bristol for a special evening of sushi and geekery on Thursday 19th July.

Our speaker on this occasion will be Claire Walkley, from Nokia who describes her role as: “Turning ideas into reality (or getting the cool stuff out of geeks heads and into the hands of consumers)”

claire walkley

Claire has been working in IT for over 10 years, she maintains she is not a geek at heart, while working her way up via support roles, testing, release and finally project management. This does tend to mean she is known for ‘thinking like a user’, since she has spent most of her working career being yelled at by them when things go wrong.

Bridging the tricky (and sometimes uncomfortable) position between geeks and ‘real people’ she prides herself on being just technical enough to understand what’s going on, while maintaining enough humanity to be able to explain what it means to ‘normal’ people. Working currently as a Technical Programme Manager at Nokia in Bristol, this has definitely pushed her to the limits of her capabilities in this area.

She is an ITIL Expert and dabbles in Prince2 while trying to make all that fit in an Agile environment. She also makes a mean paella and takes most of her frustrations out in the swimming pool”

Nokia will be providing sushi for this event with both regular and vegetarian options – the entrance to the building is between Tesco Express and Reed Recruitment on Wine Street. The event starts at 6:30pm and the main door of the building will be locked at 8pm so if you are going to be late make sure you arrive before 8pm!

We still have a prize to give away this evening left over from last month’s brilliant Geek Chic event, a facial from Laura de Paz the makeover lady – and if anyone would like to do a Pecha Kucha presentation of their research at this event we are always interested to hear about what you are up to!

As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

Thanks to everyone who came to last month’s Geek Chic event, bringing food to share and sparking a lot of interesting debate! We’ve had lots of positive feedback from this event and hope to make it an annual occurence.

Sign up here: nibbleswithnokia.eventbrite.com

Bristol GGD #16

Geek Chic! This month’s event is something a bit different! We may be geeks but we are still girls!

samantha bellWe’re having a geek fashion special – with a talk from Bristol’s friendliest award-winning style expert, Sam Bell (left).

Plus we’re having a free raffle for some fashion-related prizes we’ve got ten ‘Geekette’ t-shirts from Telerik to give away (plus a software .net developer tools software licence worth £500) and your chance to win a makeover from a qualified beautician during the evening!

We don’t have a sponsor for the food this time so please bring a dish to share – salad, crisps, nibbles or a bottle of wine or a soft drink. Cups and plates will be available.

The event will be in room 3C4 at the City of Bristol College – the same room where we held event #14 – if you haven’t been there before you go through the archway and it’s straight in front of you, across the courtyard.

We’ve got a cracking sponsor lined up for July’s event so we’ll be able to tell you more about that on the night as well.

As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered! Hopefully the girliness of this event will have them running for the hills anyway.

Wednesday 20th June at 6:30pm – raffle to be drawn at 7pm – sign up here: http://geekfashion.eventbrite.co.uk/

Bristol GGD #15

This month we’re keeping it casual with drinks in the Watershed on Thursday 19th April from 7pm on – sign up here

The Watershed Bristol

Past Events

Bristol GGD #14

This month’s event is being sponsored by TVS, a company that provides tools and services in software testing and hardware verification. From methodology consultancy and training, through to execution onsite or offshore – TVS works with you to develop a solution to match your product testing needs.

The event is being hosted by the City of Bristol College and our speaker this month is Nat Alt (Nat Al-Tahhan):

Nat is a freelance designer, illustrator and co-founder of Opposable Games. The work she does is broad and varied, covering traditional branding, web & UI, character design and art assets for games, illustration and live-drawing for events.

Just off the plane from California where she was live drawing the TED 2012 conference and with a video game funding pitch imminent, Nat will share where ambition, humour and a mule-like stubbornness has landed her (she’ll probably talk about cake quite a lot as well).

Following on from the success of our short ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentations from PhD students at Event #12 we also have several slots available for anyone wishing to give a short presentation about their PhD progress. Please contact us through our blog if you are interested: bristolgirlgeekdinners.com

As always this event is free and men are welcome AS LONG AS THEY ARE INVITED BY A GIRL GEEK – if male please state who invited you when registering for this event. We don’t want to be outnumbered! Places are limited so please register your interest and do let us know if you can’t make it so your place can be made available to someone else if necessary.
Wednesday 14th March 6:30pm for 7pm

Register for this event here: http://girlgeekswithnatalt.eventbrite.com/

PLEASE NOTE: MEN ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THESE EVENTS UNLESS INVITED BY A GIRL GEEK. YOU CANNOT JUST REGISTER AND SHOW UP OF YOUR OWN ACCORD IF YOU DO SO YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY.

Nat: http://natalt.co.uk or @NatAltDesign
Opposable Games: http://opposablegames.com
TED: http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/01/live-drawing-ted2012-with-nat-al-tahhan
TVS: http://www.testandverification.com

Bristol GGD #13 – February 16th 2012

This month’s event is being sponsored by SETsquared – The SETsquared Partnership develops new businesses from university research (‘spin-outs’) and supports early-stage, technology companies with high growth potential from the wider business community. Their business acceleration centre offers a fantastic service to start-up businesses yet very few of these have included female technologists and they would like us to help redress the balance.

The event is being hosted by the Pervasive Media Studio which is based in the Watershed – The Pervasive Media Studio is a creative technologies collaboration between Watershed, University of West of England and University of Bristol.

verity
Our speaker will be Verity Alexander from the Pervasive Media Studio:

Verity is responsible for curating and managing the Pervasive Media Studio, promoting and coordinating the vibrant community of residents and partners and supporting the innovative portfolio of work that is developed here.

A key part of her role as Producer is to document and disseminate the research undertaken by collaborators.

With a diverse background in public exhibition across the visual arts, live art, film and performance, and working in the public sector funding innovative digital businesses, Verity is passionate about championing all things creative, experimental and unexpected. She is currently hoping to up her geek girl credentials by taking on the Codeacademy ‘Code Year’ challenge and trying to understand the difference between a ‘for’ and a ‘while’ loop!

Following on from the success of our short ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentations from PhD students at Event #12 we also have several slots available for anyone wishing to give a short presentation about their PhD progress. Please contact us if you are interested.

Dinner at this event will be a selection of wraps, fresh fruit and brownie squares with tea and coffee or you can also buy drinks at the Watershed bar if you fancy something stronger!

As always this event is free and men are welcome as long as they are invited by a girl geek – we don’t want to be outnumbered! Places are limited so please register your interest and do let us know if you can’t make it so your place can be made available to someone else if necessary.

Thursday 16th February 6:30pm for 7pm – The Pervasive Media Studio is based in the Watershed. Visitors should come to Watershed Box Office where they will be directed through the bar.

Bristol GGD #11 and #12 – January 2012

We’re kicking off the new year with two events in January:

Bristol GGD #12 – Pizza with Infineon

The second of two events in January. This event promises to be lots of fun. It’s being hosted by Infineon from their offices in Stoke Gifford in Bristol’s Silicon Gorge. The offices are close to Bristol Parkway station, located behind Esporta Fitness Centre in Stoke Gifford.

Infineon are sponsoring the event and will be providing us with pizza.

Constance FleuriotThe Speaker at this event will be Dr Constance Fleuriot

Dr Constance Fleuriot is currently a Research Associate at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, part of the University of the West of England based in The Pervasive Media Studio. She is working with Professor Jon Dovey on an AHRC funded Knowledge Transfer Fellowship investigating the language, aesthetics and value of pervasive media.

Constance has always been interested in playing with interesting things when she has time, which probably qualifies as geek behaviour. For this geek girl talk she will talk about some of the things she has liked or used over the years, not just for playing.

At this event we would also like to offer the opportunity for any female PhD students to come and give a short talk about their work – max 5 minutes each – if you are interested in doing so then please contact us to arrange this by e-mailing: bristolggd@googlemail.com

The event is on Thursday 19th January at Infineon – 6:30pm for 7pm www.infineon.com

SETsquared

See below for our other event

infineon logo

Bristol GGD #11 – Wikipedia Birthday Editing Party

Following on from the success of our Girl Geeks vs Wikimeet event back in August, we are teaming up with Wikipedia again, this time to bring you a hands-on editing event, at the University of Bristol.

This event will run from 1pm until 5pm on Sunday 15th January at the Virtual Reality Centre, Room 1.06, University of Bristol Merchant Venturers Building. Experienced Wikipedians will be on hand to help you explore how to edit Wikipedia, so please bring a laptop with you.

It is also Wikipedia’s birthday on the 15th January so Wikipedia will be providing the nibbles and hopefully another fabulous Wikipedia cake.

Places on this event are limited so please only sign up if you are sure you can come and if you need to cancel do let us know for numbers. It is going to be difficult to get into the building on a Sunday so I will contact attendees with a mobile number nearer the time to ensure that you are all able to get into the building and enjoy the event.

Wikipedia cake

Bristol GGD #10

Back to the Watershed for our final event of the year – Girl Geek Drinks on Thursday 1st December. Our first dinner of next year will be in January and we will announce all the details of that soon.

If you are interested in helping out with Bristol Girl Geeks or have ideas for venues, dinners or speakers or you’d just like to socialise with a gang of friendly, like minded individuals then please come along!

As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

girl geek poster

Bristol GGD #9

So after our brilliant event with Wikimedia in August we are determined to keep the ball rolling and have decided to alternate dinner with drinks every other month.

This means that for our next event on 22nd September we’ll be meeting in the Watershed for drinks and an informal chat. If you’re interested in helping out with Bristol Girl Geeks or have ideas for venues, dinners or speakers or you’d just like to socialise with a gang of friendly, like minded individuals then please come along!

As always we do not exclude men, but they must be accompanied by a Girl Geek so we don’t get outnumbered!

Please register your interest so we can get an idea of numbers:

Bristol GGD #8

Date: Thursday 18th August 2011                    Time: 7.00pm

Location: The Merchant Venturers’ School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
For our next event – something very special! We are teaming up with Wikipedia to present a Girl Geeks vs Wikimeet event!

Wikimedia (the parent organisation of Wikipedia) contacted us a few months ago as they wanted to encourage more women to edit Wikipedia – there is currently around a 13 vs 87 % gender split in Wikipedia editors in the UK and they wondered if we could do anything to help.

As you probably know – anyone can edit Wikipedia but it takes a bit of practice and understanding of the basic protocols and principles to get started – so this is why we want to hold this event and encourage more participation. A Wikimeet is a general gathering of Wiki geeks who like to get together and chat informally about Wiki things, so we decided to combine forces and put on this event to enlighten, inform and inspire more women to become involved.

As usual, men are welcome to the event as long as they are invited by one of our female participants. We are also want to invite non-geeky females who might simply be interested in editing or writing for Wikipedia – so if you know one of those please bring her along! Wikipedia are providing us with a buffet and a Wikipedia cake!

Our speaker is the trailblazing female Wikipedian Fiona Apps; Fiona is an administrator on the English Wikipedia and a member of Wikimedia’s Volunteer Response Team. She first began editing in 2007, fixing spelling errors and adding small trivia to articles, but now works with articles that appear on the front page. She has also assisted Wikimedia, the charity behind Wikipedia, with their 2010 fundraiser; connecting with users and the public through social media. When not improving Wikipedia online, she helps with University Outreach for Wikimedia UK and has helped to create the first Wikipedia Society at Imperial College, London. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and is currently building her writing career.

Fiona Apps

Please bring your laptops to the event as we will be holding a hands-on Wikipedia editing session as part of the evening – with lots of Wikipedians on hand to help.

The event is free. Please register before Wednesday 17th of August.

If you are interested in helping us run Girl Geek Dinner Bristol please contact us through our blog and come and meet us  at 6pm, before the event starts –  to discuss possible roles and future events.

Register for Bristol Girl Geek Dinners vs Wikimeet in Bristol, on Eventbrite

Bristol GGD #7

Date: 23rd March 2011                    Time: From 6.00pm, talk at 6.30pm

Location: University of Bristol, Department of Computer Science, Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Rd, Bristol BS8 1UB

Professor Ann Blandford gave us a brilliant talk on an unusual topic: Designing to facilitate serendipity!

The Merchant Venturers’ School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science "Computer Science Department"  hosted and sponsored this event!

Ann Blanford

Ann Blandford is Professor of Human–Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, and Director of UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC). She has a first degree in Maths (from Cambridge) and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (from the Open University). She started her career in industry, as a software engineer, but soon moved back into academia, where she developed a focus on the use and usability of computer systems. Ann leads research projects on human error and on interacting with information, with a focus on modelling situated interactions. She has over 150 publications in international, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has been technical programme chair for several conferences, the most recent being NordiCHI 2010, and is currently Chair of the BCS/CPHC Distinguished Dissertations Committee.

Bristol GGD #6

Date: Thursday 27th January                    Time: From 7.00pm

Location: Watershed, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol

This year we’re happy to announce we are back and we’re determined not to lose momentum. To start the year we’re going to have an informal social event at the Watershed in Bristol this will be on Thursday 27th January at 7pm.

Bristol GGD #5

Date: Monday 21st June 2010                    Time: From 6.00pm

Location: The Hole in the Wall, 2 The Grove, Queens Square, Bristol, BS1 4QZ

The Hole in the Wall

To celebrate the first day of Summer, we had our first night out, and even the sun decided to come along!

Bristol GGD #4

Thank you again to all of you for this brilliant evening!

Many thanks  to our sponsor STEM SW for making this event possible in such a beautiful venue.

Date: 20th May 2010

Location: Engineers’ House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB     Map and Directions

Josephine works in gender and food security within international development. Which basically means she gets paid to figure out why people don’t have enough food to eat, how to move people from welfare into self-sufficiency and the theory that the reduction of poverty cannot be done without the full uncompromising leadership of women. She started her career through Engineers Without Borders Canada and started her school career with two BSc’s in Biology and Psychology. Her whirlwind career has taken from Zambia, to Ghana, to the UN in Switzerland and finally Bristol! She’s now working as a research consultant at theIDLgroup.


Bristol GGD #3

The e-Office offered us a beautiful venue for the dinner and Infineon sponsored some pizzas and chocolates!

Date: 29th April 2010                    Time: Registration from 6.00pm

Location: e-Office, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

Dr. Julie Greensmith from Nottingham University gave us a brilliant talk about how computer science can be used to detect people’s emotions and how that is applied to different things, such as the design of roller coasters!

Julie Greensmith is part of the Intelligent Modelling and Analysis Group within the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. She is currently researching the development of an immune inspired algorithm, the Dendritic Cell Algorithm and the application of intelligent methods and data mining to ‘thrill & fear’ discrimination. This means she gets to ride a lot of rollercoasters, all in the name of research! Her work with Artificial Immune Systems involves both abstract modelling of the immune system for the purpose of constructing novel algorithms and modelling of the immune system to figure out how select mechanisms actually function. In particular Julie is interested in the Danger Theory and the function of the innate immune systems, in particular Dendritic Cells.

Bristol GGD #2

Our sponsor for the event was the University of the West of England UWE logo . We had a very nice buffet, especially the cake!

Date: 25th March 2010                    Time: Registration from 6.30pm

Location: UWE – Frenchay Campus – Street Café

Ana Kronschnabl, CEO of Fluffy Logic, talked about her career in the Game industry. We had a brilliant Question & Answer Session at the end of the talk!

Ana Kronschnabl

Ana Kronschnabl began a career in business management in 1987, when she set up and ran a video production company; clients included Ford UK and the NUS. Since then she has worked at the BBC & Granada as well as in further education. Following work as Research Fellow in Digital Content Creation at UWE, Ana established FluffyLogic in November 2003 and it has grown in size and reputation since then! Ana is currently finishing a PhD in content creation for delivery over new distribution platforms and has a degree in Film and Theatre and an MA in Television Production.

Ana is the co-author of “PlugInTurnOn: A Guide to Filmmaking for the Internet”. Published by Marion Boyars Publishers (May 2004) and set up plugincinema.com, one of the earliest independent sites devoted to the creation and distribution of films for the Internet. Ana enjoys VJing, singing, Runequest, House of the Dead, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and making stained glass art.

Bristol GGD #1

The Department of Computer Science "Computer Science Department" University of Bristol sponsored our launch event! We had 70 people coming to the wine reception.

Date: 15th February 2010                Time: 6pm onwards

Location: University of Bristol, Department of Computer Science, Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Rd, Bristol BS8 1UB

We had an inspiring talk from Jo Reid from Calvium, our first keynote speaker.

Jo Reid Picture

Josephine Reid is currently the Creative Director of Calvium, a company that enables people to build exciting mobile applications based on sensors and context. Jo was formerly a senior researcher at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories working in the Pervasive Computing Laboratory. Whilst at HP she helped to design, lead and analyse a number of field trials to test the value of situated mediascapes and mobile and pervasive technologies. Her research has involved several experiments, observational studies, knowledge elicitation interviews, field trials and concept prototyping giving Jo expertise in experience design and user centred research, specialising in mobile location aware experiences or mediascapes. Jo has also worked for Texas Instruments on information engineering expert systems and prior to that Jo worked for Xerox on HCI prototyping systems. She holds an MBA, a BSc in Computer Science and is currently working on a PhD researching how people make sense of pervasive technologies and environments.