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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GGD#13 – February 23, 2011 – DSLR Film Making

Dirty T-Shirt Productions

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: For supper, King’s Head Pub
For the presentation, Red River College Princess Street Campus, Room P315
RSVP: Facebook
** If you’re not on Facebook, please RSVP on the Contact Us page.

Door Prizes: Some Microsoft gear and possibly some golf shirts.

DSLR film making has changed the landscape of movie production. Rapid technological improvements have brought us cameras like the Canon 7d and Canon T2i which allow filmmakers to create stunning images with a small camera at a low price.

These cameras are being used extensively in commercials, documentaries and TV shows including House and Saturday Night Live.

Steve Langston from Dirty T-Shirt Productions will speak on:

  • What is DSLR film making and how has it changed the industry
  • What you need to get involved in DSLR film making
  • Pros and Cons of DSLR film making
  • Resources available to the DSLR filmmaker

He will also talk about some of the theory behind making impressive movies that entertain and motivate. All of his equipment will be on display for people to check out.

About Steve Langston

Steve Langston is the president of Dirty T-Shirt Productions, a company that helps businesses and organizations tell their stories through video and social media.

Langston is the author of 2 successful books www.canadabybicycle.com and www.manitobabybicycle.com, he has an Accounting Diploma from Assiniboine Community College and a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge.

Steve currently works with clients that include Elkhorn Resort, Narrows West, Royal Le Page Dynamic and is currently producing a feature-length documentary called Riding North which is available at www.ridingnorth.com

Steve spends his time between Winnipeg & Riding Mountain National Park operating Dirty T-Shirt Productions. When not on the computer he enjoys fitness, photography & cycle touring.

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#12 – January 25, 2011 – Kickin’ Off the New Year

Please spread the word and put up this poster!

When: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
RSVP: Eventbrite or Facebook

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

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.