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AdaCamp Girl Geek Dinner

14 Jan

The Ada Initiative is planning to hold an “Ada Camp” in mid January in Melbourne (See http://adainitiative…. ). This means there will be lots of open-tech geeky women in town, a good opportunity for a GGD!

NOTE: This venue requires that we pay up-front, so we are selling tickets through Eventbrite. RSVPing here is not enough! You must purchase a ticket through Eventbrite to attend! See for all the info.


Mentors: Do you need one? Should you be one?

27 Jul

Mentors provide expertise to less experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks.

In essence, a mentor should be:

Someone to be accountable to. It is often too easy to neglect priorities through recurring postponement of tasks. Sharing of your goals with your Mentor means that if you don’t complete them; your mentor wants to know why.

Someone to help you refine your ideas into practice. You have great ideas… some you will be able to put into practice easily, but others will be raw and need refinement to implement. Your coach has a vast knowledge of almost every strategy, what makes them work and what confounds their effectiveness.

Someone that has a wealth of ideas. For when you’ve just ‘run out of ideas’. But at all times, your coach will endeavor to make your contact educational, so that you understand the principals and can apply them for the rest of your life. Someone that has the contacts you need. When you need contacts for your business, equipment, investment advice, or just growing your library, your mentor has the contacts and knows where to find the information.

Someone outside, looking in. After a while, you find that you don’t see the same clarity that you used to. Like living next to a busy road; after a while you don’t hear the traffic. Your mentor is there to take a fresh look at you. He or she knows what to look for and most importantly, sees what your others see. And your mentor will always give you feedback.

Another important element to discuss is whether women in business need both female AND male mentors.

An Evening at ThoughtWorks: Gender Roles in the Workplace

29 Jun

Have you ever felt like you were treated differently because you’re a woman? Or perhaps maybe you felt the need to change the way you acted in front of your male peers? Have you mastered the ability to not let such external factors affect the way you act or make decisions. Either way, we’d like to hear your thoughts!!

Join us for an evening at ThoughtWorks office in the CBD to chat about gender roles in the workplace.

We’ll cover topics similar to those above as well ones around: etiquette, salary negotiations, communication, dress, the proper way to shake hands, and much more.

We will be inviting 3 panellists to lead us, but will be looking to the room (and Twitter) to be involved in the discussion.

*Food and Drinks will be provided.


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GGD Tech Discussion: 2010 Review, 2011 Predictions

5 Nov

Do you have any predictions for 2011 in tech? Do you think Green IT will become more prevalent? Was 2010 the year of the video or location based software?

Have your say and hear from women around the globe.

We will be meeting for dinner and then connecting to women around the world via webcam for an indepth discussion about what technology has made the biggest impression on women in a wide array of fields.

If you’d like to share your review and/or predictions, but can’t attend our event – please upload a video on YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo and use the title ‘GGD Tech Discussion: 2010 Review 2011 Predictions

We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Di Gallo, Venessa Paech and Lisa Lang will be our discussion leaders driving the conversation to each aspect of technology; including: the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization.

Join us at Honey Bar in South Melbourne on Wednesday, November 24 · 6:30pm – 11:30pm

Alternatively, you can also join us remotely via

Since we hope to have an International audience participating by Skype and Twitter, we’ve blocked out time for the following:

Pre-Dinner drinks 6:30pm
Dinner 7:30pm
Southern Hemisphere Discussion 8:30pm
Break 9:30pm
Northern Hemisphere Discussion 10pm

For those who are overseas and not sure about the time difference, here a few examples for the time difference around the world:

8:30pm Melbourne
9:30am London
5:30pm Beijing

10pm Melbourne
6am NYC
12:30pm Johannesburg

Pssst- we are looking for corporate sponsors to help us put on more events like this one. If you are interested to help support women in tech, please contact

Join Us for a Panel Discussion: Collective Intelligence, The Wisdom of the Crowd

20 Oct

Calling all Girl Geeks! We have a very exciting event planned for you this October.

A panel discussion on Collective Intelligence, The Wisdom of the Crowd. It’s inspired by the work of James Surowiecki, who wrote the book The Wisdom of the Crowds. A read that postulates there is a reason the audience of Who Wants to be a Millionaire guesses the correct answer more often then the ‘experts’ who act as lifelines.

Jeff Howe, reinforces this point in his book entitled Crowdsourcing describing how a crowd’s diversity leads to innovative thinking and breakthroughs. Many observers of crowdsourcing are noting that we are smarter at decision making when there is a pool of diverse individuals and not a group of like-minded experts.

For all you web people, you’ll be familiar with this concept in action by witnessing the evolution or Linux and other open source software.

To help us tackle this very powerful topic we have invited a few local experts to share their own perspective.

Jason Sew Hoy, General Manager at 99designs

Mary Henderson, Founder & CEO, GeekITGroup

And our own Girl Geek

Brianna Laugher, former President of Wikimedia Australia (psst- subscribe to her blog its awesome http://brianna.laughe…)

This panel discussion will be held at our new regular monthly Meetup location, The Honey Bar in South Melbourne. I really hope all of you are able to make it and please invite your friends- the more the merrier!

RSVP on EventBrite, Facebook or Meetup

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