December Tech Events in Winnipeg

This month will just fly by I’m sure, with all the school concerts, family gatherings, and holidays. To top it off, there are some great tech events to be a part of in Winnipeg.

December 6th: CloudCamp Winnipeg

CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place where we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged to share your thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.

Note: Dave Neilson, co-founder of CloudCamp, has asked if there is anyone with experience in cloud computing that would be willing to share in a five-minute lightning talk; visit the site for more details or send him a tweet:

December 7th and 8th: Microsoft Tech Days 2010: Winnipeg

Join us in Winnipeg December 7 & 8 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Like Tech·Ed, Tech·Days brings you an intensive learning experience where the depth of the technology training is matched only by the breadth of the topics covered—while sparing you the additional expenses or environmental concerns of air travel.

December 7th: Imaginet Presents: The After Party at TechDays 2010

After the first day of Microsoft TechDays 2010, please join Imaginet at Shannon’s Irish Pub for a great night of food, drinks, and entertainment! Shannon’s Irish Pub is right across from the Convention Centre so it’s easy to get to. There are only 100 free tickets to be had that include food and your favorite beverage, so make sure you register early.

What Else?

Are there any other upcoming Winnipeg Tech Events in the coming months you would like to share?


Picture Me in Computing Day November 10th

Picture Me in Computing Day is a creative endeavour to show young women how possible it is to realize a highly rewarding career in computing. This event is timed to coincide with Mattel’s® release of Computer Engineer Barbie®, you could say she’s the Celebrity Spokeswoman.

Here’s how it works: on November 10th, women in technology are going to blast every social media outlet with pictures of themselves at their job or with a picture of Computer Engineer Barbie®.

For more information on how to participate and to support encouraging young women to imagine themselves in science and computing, visit:

GGD#10 – November 9th, 2010 – Joomla!: Unraveling CMS Website Design

Joomla!Speaker: Karin Carlson, MOUS
When: Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Aqua Books (map)
Attendance is free, pay for your own food and drinks. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.
Door prizes sponsored by Smash-art!

Join web developer and trainer Karin Carlson on a journey of discovery, as she walks you through the design, implementation, and manipulation of a real-life CMS (Content Management System) website using the popular open source CMS program Joomla!

You will learn how CMS websites differ from their HTML cousins, how content is organized in sections and categories and called from menus and links, how ftp file management works, how to change the look of a website by using templates and how to customize a template, how to effectively use modules, and more. Karin will cover how to set up your site for browser-friendly URLs, how to set up a log in system for users to submit content to the site, using RSS feeds and social media, and installing extensions to add functionality to your site such as forms, calendars, and podcasting.

You do not need to know any coding language or have previous web design experience in order to gain valuable insight into the world of Joomla!

Help spread the word! Print out this poster and put it up where ever you think girl geeks would be roaming! Winnipeg Geek Girl Poster Nov 9 2010

GGD # 9 – October 12, 2010 – Wordpress Workshop!

Speaker: Ashley Officer, New Media Artist
When: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM @ The Line Up for Dinner; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ RRC for Workshop
Where: The Line Up (map)
Red River College Princess Street (map) Room A106
Attendance is free, pay for your own food and drinks. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.
Door prizes sponsored by Smash-art!

The Workshop will cover the WordPress Basics. Prior knowledge of basic Photoshop and CSS is recommended but not required.

Our presenter will walk you though:

  • How to sign up for your own WordPress blog
  • How to create and publish content
  • How to configure and personalize your site for your own specific needs
  • How to upload and edit WordPress Themes
  • How to upload and configure WordPress Plugins
  • And will try to answer all your questions

We will also be starting our Girl Geek Winnipeg Blog Challenge! Woot! More information on that coming soon.

About the Presenter:

Ashley Officer graduate of Digital, Multimedia and Technology course at Red River College, earning a diploma in 2007. She has been an active part of the creative and new media community in Winnipeg for over five years. Ashley has experience launching large and small websites for clients all over Manitoba. She is also well-rounded in all other forms of design and multimedia including animation and film.
Ashley is no stranger to teaching digital media, in the summer of 2006 she coordinated and taught the Women in Media Foundation’s teen summer camp. Over 2 weeks she taught a group of 13-17 year old teenage girls plan, film and produce their own short documentaries. She now runs her own small design, media and print company called Smash-Art.

GGD # 8 – September 14, 2010 – Lessons Learned from My Profession

Speaker: Trish Rempel, Application Developer
When: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Aqua Books (map)
Attendance is free, pay for your own food and drinks. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.
Door prizes sponsored by Smash-art!

In the past ten years as an application developer, I have learned a few things that have made me a better professional, one of which is shamelessly borrowed from Douglas Adams’s book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic. While this may seem self-evident, this can be easier said than done when a large assignment or server meltdown is staring you in the face. Since our group meetings tend to be smaller, I will also invite group members to speak who want to share some advice or lessons learned.

About the Presenter:

Trish Rempel founded Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinners in January 2010 after finding that the attendance at many technological events and user groups are predominately male, and if she wanted to interact more with like-minded women in the industry, perhaps others did too.

Trish is an application developer, mostly working with .Net, though she has dabbled with Flex and World of Warcraft. She has been in the IT industry since 2000.

GGD # 7 – August 10, 2010 – Entrepreneurial Advice and Resources from the Women’s Enterprise Centre

Door prizes sponsored by Smash-art!

Speaker: Angela Hilland, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
When: Tuesday, August, 10, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Aqua Books (map)
Attendance is free, pay for your own food and drinks. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (WEC) has helped thousands of women throughout the province find information, improve their skills and acquire financing so that they can start, expand or purchase an existing business. The staff and board at the Centre understand that in addition to running your own businesses, women are often the primary managers and caregivers of their families. The role of balancing many responsibilities brings with it many unique experiences and challenges. The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba was established to address these challenges. Whether you are a novice or seasoned entrepreneur, you can count on the experience and understanding of our team of committed and successful women entrepreneurs and professionals.

About Angela Hilland:
An experienced business professional with an entrepreneurial approach, Angela has been involved with a wide variety of organizations and industries, including custom manufacturing, software based technology, hospitality, retail, and real estate development and management. She has developed a broad base of knowledge in several functional areas, including financial and human resources management, strategic planning, information technology, marketing, and business development. Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree with a major in Marketing from the University of Manitoba, and earned her CGA designation in 1999.

GGD #6 – July 13, 2010 – Socializing @ Finn’s Pub

By popular request, this month’s Girl Geek Dinner will be a socializing night. Join us on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Finn’s Pub starting at 6:00 PM for some great food, networking, and a few rounds of pool.

Everyone is invited; if you plan on attending, please RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.