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 # 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 # 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 #2 – March 9th, 2010 – Keys to Success in the Corporate IT World

RSVP for free via Eventbrite:

The next Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner will be held at EAT! Bistro in Aqua Books on March 9, 2010, starting at 6:00 PM. This month’s event is sponsored by Microsoft. Ruth Morton, an IT Pro Advisor at Microsoft Canada who is presenting for the Align IT series, will be joining us and providing us with some door prizes for this event and future events.

This Month’s Topic: Keys to Success in the Corporate IT World

Valerie will describe her progression from junior software developer to program manager at a major cancer therapy corporation located in the Silicon Valley and discuss some of the tactics she has used along the way that contributed to her success.   One of the key themes of the discussion will be how combining solid technical skills with strong soft skills can provide a significant advantage.

Valerie Romance’s Bio
Valerie Romance is a program manager at Varian Medical Systems which is headquartered in Palo Alto California.  Since 1994, she has also worked for the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, James Richardson International, Assante Asset Management, and Cengea Solutions (formerly Linnet).  Her jobs have included software developer, systems analyst, project manager, application development manager, and solutions delivery manager. 

In her current role Valerie is responsible for delivering integrated releases of Varian’s suite of cancer therapy products to new and existing customers.  Varian has many locations around the globe including one in Winnipeg which is the office Valerie works from.

Valerie lives near Lorette with her husband Yury and her daughter Natasha.  When not working, Valerie can be found outside gardening in the summer, or cross-country skiing in the winter.  Valerie can be reached at