Door Prizes: Three women’s T-shirts with the phrase “I have standards.” on the front and the IE9 logo on the back, and four Windows Azure ball caps.
UPDATE! The next Girl Geek Dinner is actually January 25, 2011, not January 11, 2011 as originally posted. Sorry for the mixup!
Starting up something new is like getting a new pair of underwear; at first it’s restrictive, but after a while it becomes a part of you. (If you’ve never seen Wayne’s World, I’ve just scared you away.)
Starting up Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinners last year felt that way for me; new and out of my comfort zone to be a facilitator instead of just another attendee, a little anxiety-provoking when no creative ideas were forthcoming for the next event.
It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole year, and not only have we seen some fantastic speakers and learned some great stuff, but we’ve started to build a community. Thanks to all our speakers, to Aqua Books and Red River College for hosting us, to Smash-Art for donating some awesome door prizes, and to everyone who has attended and shared their company.
Please join us on Tuesday, January 25th in starting off the new year! Help us brainstorm what kinds of speakers and events would kick up the “geek factor” another notch and make things more interesting. We’re also in need of helpers, sponsors, and speakers.
Our goal is to build a community of people with the common interest of a love for technology, particularly women. Guys are welcome to attend, but we ask that they have an invitation from a girl attending the event; this is intended to preserve the atmosphere of an equal or higher girl-to-guy ratio. Our secondary goal is to encourage young people to pursue a career in technology.
Here are some ideas we’re thinking of so far:
- Blog challenge
- Games night at the IMAX
- Build your own robot
- Dungeons & Dragons night
- Visit a school to teach programming or talk about careers in IT
- Visit some other tech groups in the city
- Compile a video explaining what we do & why we love technology