GGD#14 – March 22, 2011 – Global Awareness and the Role of Social Media

EarthWhen: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
RSVP: Facebook
* If you’re not on Facebook, please RSVP on the Contact Us page *

This month’s Girl Geek Dinner will not be in a presentation format; rather, we will have a casual, round-table discussion first at Eat! Bistro inside Aqua Books (everyone pays for their own food), then upstairs in the small conference room.

Our topic of conversation will probably go off on magnificent tangents as we talk about global awareness, whether environmental, social, health, or political, and how social media is being used to spread awareness and support for these issues. We’ll also talk about how one can use social media in an effective way to organize a grass-roots cause.

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Girl Geek Winnipeg Blog Challenge 2011

If you’re anything like me, you need a kick start to get most things done, especially blogging. You might have a few reasons for not blogging as often as you would like: not enough time, lack of motivation, trouble deciding what topics to focus on, no idea what to write, doubt that anyone is going to find your blog interesting besides your mom.

We’re starting up the Girl Geek Winnipeg Blog Challenge to:

  • Encourage each other to blog regularly
  • Comment on each others’ blogs
  • Give positive and constructive feedback on Facebook and Twitter
  • Share blogging techniques and ideas

Who can be part of the Blog Challenge?

  • Anyone of all ages and backgrounds. You don’t need to be a girl, a geek, or in Winnipeg to join in.
  • Both personal and professional blogs are welcome

When is the Blog Challenge?

  • The blog challenge starts on February 1st, 2011, and will run indefinitely or until we say it’s done
  • We will send out a weekly Blog Challenge newsletter that will feature:
    • The challenge of the week
    • Featured “winners” of last week’s challenge
    • Featured tweets

How do you take part in the Blog Challenge?

  • Sign up for the weekly Blog Challenge Newsletter
  • Join the Facebook group
  • Be part of the discussion on Twitter: #ggwbc @WpgGirlGeek
  • Add the Blog Challenge Badge to your blog:
    I'm taking the Girl Geek Winnipeg Blog Challenge 2011
  • Send us a message to become more involved:
    • Allow us post a link to your blog so others can visit and comment
    • Allow us to feature your blog as one of the “winners” of the weekly challenge
    • Make suggestions and share article links for weekly challenges

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 # 5 – June 8th, 2010 – Blogging

This month’s Winnipeg Girl Geek dinner is all about blogging. Liz Hover and Polly Washburn will be sharing their experience, from the technical aspects of applications, tools, and themes, to the creative aspects of choosing a focal point, post composition, and how to keep content fresh and readers coming back for more.

Join us on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 6:00 PM at Aqua Books for a bite to eat and a chat at the EAT! Bistro. From there, we will move upstairs to the Live! Lounge for the interactive presentation.

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

The presenters:
Liz moved to Winnipeg from London seven years ago. She works as digital media manager for the National Screen Institute – a film and television training school. She authors two blogs: Diary of a Web Gal and Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu (nominated for a Canadian Weblog Award). Liz has presented workshops about the social web for the National Screen Institute, On Screen Manitoba, Canadian Women in Communications, the National Film Board and more. She also does web consulting to help develop and improve websites. Her passion is the internet and how to best use it as a communications professional.
Twitter @lizhover @nsicanada @sadieshihtzu

Polly moved to Winnipeg from New York over 10 years ago. She is a film and digital media producer, owner of the production and consulting company Positron Media. She provides consulting and training in the areas of production and web marketing. She is currently producing three feature films, a couple of short ones, a collaborative online digital media project, an iPhone app and an augmented reality game. She has just launched a new blog ScreenLiving to examine content creation and distribution in a world where screens are both converging and proliferating.
Twitter: @pollywashburn

GGD #3 – April 13, 2010 – Social Media

Come and geek out with us at the next Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner at EAT! Bistro in Aqua Books on April 13, 2010, starting at 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited; enthusiasts, students, professionals, young and old. Guys are invited too; the rule of thumb is to be invited by another girl attending. Admission is free, but you pay for your own food and drinks (excellently priced and delicious). There will be some door prizes drawn courtesy of Microsoft.

Please RSVP for free via EventBrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/640270065

This Month’s Topic: Social Media
 
The tools of social media are multiplying every day: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FriendFeed, blogging, StumbleUpon, Google Apps… But behind them all is the idea of interacting with others for a variety of purposes in your professional and personal lives.
 
Liz Hover and Polly Washburn will present an overview and demonstration of some of the current tools for engaging with others in the digital world, and answer your questions. To attempt to tailor this ever-changing topic to meet the needs of their audience, Polly and Liz would like you to put the “interactive” into “media” via a short web survey:
 
The presenters:
Liz moved to Winnipeg from London seven years ago. She works as digital media manager for the National Screen Institute – a film and television training school. She authors two blogs: Diary of a Web Gal and Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu (nominated for a Canadian Weblog Award). Liz has presented workshops about the social web for the National Screen Institute, On Screen Manitoba, Canadian Women in Communications, the National Film Board and more. She also does web consulting to help develop and improve websites. Her passion is the internet and how to best use it as a communications professional.
Twitter @lizhover @nsicanada @sadieshihtzu
 
Polly moved to Winnipeg from New York over 10 years ago. She is a film and digital media producer, owner of the production and consulting company Positron Media. She provides consulting and training in the areas of production and web marketing. She is currently producing three feature films, a couple of short ones, a collaborative online digital media project, an iPhone app and an augmented reality game. She has just launched a new blog ScreenLiving to examine content creation and distribution in a world where screens are both converging and proliferating.
Twitter: @pollywashburn