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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NavigaIT Women in Technology Mentoring Event March 10th

ictamMy fellow femmes in technology, there is an amazing free opportunity for mentoring and networking this Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba, or ICTAM for short, is hosting NavigaIT, a women in technology mentoring event.

Not only will you hear about women’s issues from top female executives, but when you register, you can sign up to participate directly with them in two sessions. There is no cost to attend but registration in advance is required. I am sincerely looking forward to this event and I hope to see you there!

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.

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#11 – December 7th, 2010 – Shannon’s Irish Pub

Shannon's Irish PubWhen: Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Time: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Shannon’s Irish Pub (map)
RSVP: http://imaginet.eventbrite.com/

We haven’t had a pub night for a while and I thought December might be a good time for one. Well, I caught wind of an after-party for Tech Days 2010 organized by Imaginet at Shannon’s Irish Pub on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010. I asked if I could invite the Girl Geeks to the event, whether or not they attended Tech Days, and we were heartily invited.

Imaginet Presents: The After-Party starts at 4:30 PM and we’ll do the following:

  • Play Kinect and XBox 360
  • Play Pool
  • Hang out with friends
  • Meet the Imaginet experts and ask questions
  • Win prizes and more

If you are attending Tech Days, you can get a free ticket for food and your favourite beverage at the Imaginet booth.

I hope to see you there, the more the merrier! Please RSVP so Imaginet knows you’re coming.

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: http://twitter.com/davenielsen

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: http://picturemeincomputing.org/.