Last social drinks of 2011 tonight from 6pm at Aurora hotel, opposite central station. Come along and join me for a swift half…
We needed a place for people to be able to post jobs, ask for help, and discuss events so we have added a forum to the site.
You can RSS to it here: http://www.girlgeeksydney.com/wp-content/plugins/forum-server/feed.php?topic=all
We are looking for moderators to help keep an eye on things, so if you are interested please email us.
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) are holding a speed networking evening in the City Hotel on Tuesday 9th August.
It should be an interesting night as Fiona Floyd will be talking about how: “networking has helped her to achieve career success in the IT industry”. (- and yes, this is the same Fiona who arranged for Suncorp to sponsor the last GGD in conjunction with Google!!)
The official sign up page is here, and there is a cost of $15 or $10 for ACS members.
What is girl geeks? why do it? and what do we get from it?
Last year, Mun (@MKotadia) gave me a well earned telling off because he wanted to make us a video, and I never gave him enough warning of our up and coming GGD’s. Mainly because Mun is very scary when angry ;), and because I didn’t want to get told off again, the team managed to get him along to our last GGD (Google & Suncorp).
The end result turned into a promo/intro type of vid, and I reckon is a great vid to show around at work, and to friends and families to help explain why you are part of Girl Geeks.
(…and a massive thanks to Mun. ITS AWESOMESAUCE!!)
*update: link to Mun’s blog entry as well: http://techtv.com.au/2011/07/
“As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce the 2011 Google Australia and New Zealand Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders. ”
Google will give you $5,000 towards your next academic year, plus an all expenses paid ‘network retreat’ held at Google Sydney.
For more information about who can apply, how to apply and to read about the amazing Anita Borg click here.
Closing date for applications: 31st July 2011
See if you can spot our girl geeks in this photo from 2009.
Do you use Python and want to go to the Python Conference on Sat and Sun 20-21st August 2011?
The organising committee of PyCON AU have secured some extra money so they can offer two ‘gender diversity grants’ this year. What this means is that two awesome female Python devotees can head to the conference for free, and one of the two will also have their travel and accommodation costs covered! Good deal for us!
The organisers have extended the deadline for entries to noon on Wednesday so if you are interested, please complete this form today. This is an opportunity to increase the representation of women in the open source community and we all know from the last GGD how important that is.
Please pass this information on!
I spoke with Tim (one of the organisers today) and he said that only had a handful (literally 5) people had applied and that he would leave the application site open until noon on Wednesday 13th, incase there were others that had missed the cut off.
More information can be found at http://pycon-au.org/2011/
Guest post by Lisa Cumes from YOW!
Hey ladies (and guys),
We have an upcoming YOW! Night on Tuesday 5 July here in Sydney. Our invited speaker is Udi Dahan aka The Software Simplist, an internationally renowned expert on software architecture and design. A solutions architecture and connected systems MVP, 5 years in a row, Udi is also one of 33 experts in Europe recognized by the International .NET Association.
He is speaking on Hidden NServiceBus Gems: Although NServiceBus has been around for a while, many developers are only familiar with the top-level public API. Join Udi Dahan for a look into some of the lesser known capabilities of NServiceBus that just might save you from having to reinvent the wheel.
YOW! Nights are an opportunity for the developer community to get together regardless of which user group you ‘belong’ to. The talks are generally cross platform appealing to a wide audience and always vendor neutral. We take advantage of International speakers who are in Australia working or training and invite them to speak to the developer community. Add to this food, drinks and a relaxed pub atmosphere and you have a formula for a great night. It’s a unique opportunity to meet other developers, network and maybe even find a new job (if you’re looking).
Join us on Tuesday from 5.30pm, you can register online at http://yownightsyddahan.eventbrite.com/ and if you use the discount code GGD it’s only $5.
Hope to see you there!
GPN students have dis- and re-assembled computers, written chatbots, android applications and both text and graphics based games, learnt about cryptography, networking, algorithms, encoding methods, image manipulation, table-top computers and a host of other topics. This term we are focusing on interactive web development, with students learning how to write and deploy dynamic web sites. No previous programming knowledge is assumed, with extension activities and lectures designed for more advanced students.
GPN is an excellent opportunity for students to move beyond being users of technology and learn to be the designers and builders of technology, to move ahead of the typical user and employ both advanced technical skills and creative expression. It lets girls explore computer science in an encouraging, fast-paced atmosphere, and gives the girls the chance to meet new friends with similar interests, find female university studentsas mentors, and find out about university life. It offers girls a chance to explore a field many of them may not have otherwise considered.
If you know any tech-minded teenage girls in Sydney, be they daughters, nieces, cousins or family friends, please pass this on to them! If you, or they, have any questions, email us at girls at it.usyd.edu.au
We are unfortunately no longer able to accept any more regos for the
Google GGD on 30 June. Emails going out to all respondents soon!
The effects of underpaying staff on the ICT industry
When: Tuesday 24 May 2011, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Level 11 , 50 Carrington Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
What: In this presentation Linda Zeelie will explore the possible impact pay equity could have on this equation for Australia and how this impacts not only the economy but YOU – no matter what your gender.
Sign up: http://www.acs.org.au/nsw/index.cfm?action=event&area=9001&temID=eventdetails&eveID=30194085675222