April 27th: Transmedia, An Evening with Dr. Christy Dena

5 Apr

Transmedia storytelling is a technique of telling stories across multiple platforms and formats, recognized for its use by mass media to develop media franchises.

Dr. Christy Dena specializes in the design and execution of trans/cross-media projects. As Director of Universe Creation 101, she consults on the design of projects, now produces as well, and is developing her own creative projects and web services.

Her clients include Nokia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Wieden + Kennedy, Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Film Festival, Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Christy has given keynotes at Power to the Pixel, London Film Festival and the First International Conference on Cross-Media Interaction Design in Sweden.

She has been featured in ABC’s 7.30 Tonight, The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, The Sacramento Bee, Vancouver Sun, Filmmaker Magazine, Australian Financial Review, The Age, Herald Sun, Encore, and others.

She co-wrote the Australian Literature Board’s Writers’ Guide to Making a Digital Living. Christy has published chapters or been quoted in numerous books, including Cross-Media Communications: an Introduction to the Art of Creating Integrated Media Experiences; Pervasive Games: Theory and Design; Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Era; Space, Time Play; New Perspectives on Narrative and Multimodality.

Christy is a skilled educator who is an in demand speaker and mentor. She has given presentations on the design of cross-media projects to companies and organisations worldwide such as Nokia Finland; Microsoft Research; O’Reilly Media; Australia Council for the Arts; AIMIA; Film Australia; Australian Film, Television and Radio School; Australian Broadcasting Corporation and many more. She has spoken at numerous industry festivals and events worldwide, including Whistler Film Festival; Cartoons on the Bay; Power to the Pixel (London Film Festival); Slamdance; Documentary Organisation of Canada’s Reboot; DIYDays; Destination Film Festival; Revelations Film Festival and Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment.

Follow Christy on Twitter @christydena

We are so excited to host Christy and hope to pick her brain about her incredible breath of work, and the woman behind it all.

Learn more about transmedia and Christy’s work:


All info @ www.christydena.com


Join us April 27th at 6:30pm

The Honey Bar

345 Clarendon Street South Melbourne

RSVP: Meetup


March 8th: International Women’s Day

3 Mar

We have some pretty incredible women showing up to our monthly dinners. Our discussions are always intelligent, courageous, humorous, insightful and most of all show off the range of personalities and professions amongst us.

There used to be a stigma around anyone working in technology. Digital media has helped break down a lot of barriers because of the range of new progressive roles. From software engineering to online marketing we run the gamete of the technology industry.

On March 8th, the world will celebrate 100 years of progress towards gender equality. International Women’s Day, however, is both a day to celebrate and a day to draw attention to the challenges that remains before gender equality is truly realized.

GGDMelb will be celebrating this significant day by compiling a collection of our individual stories. It could be the story of how we became interested in tech. Or what happened on our first day at our first ‘real’ job. Or how a favourite teacher/professor was instrumental in our career. There are hundreds of moments that lead us on our journey through life, love and learning!

If you’d like more information or would like to submit your own story, please send an email to: ggdmelbourne@gmail.com

March 30th SXSW Wrap-Up & Local Conferences Discussion

24 Feb

Couldn’t make it to SXSW Interactive this year? No worries, GGDMelb is going to review the programming, blog posts, event apps and general discussions about one of the most highly anticipated digital media conferences.

SXSW® Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the incredible new SXSW Trade Show and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer. The most energetic, inspiring and creative event of the year, takes place March 11-15, 2011 in Austin, Texas.

We’ll also be reviewing all of the conferences coming up in Melbourne and Sydney that you might like to attend. And we’ll discuss what you should expect from a professional conference. How to know what type of conference you should attend, present at or host on your own.

Follow the 2011 Speakers on Twitter

Join us Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30pm

Honey Bar, 345 Clarendon Street

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup

February 23rd: Introduction to Arduino

7 Feb

Have you ever wondered if it was possible to customise one of your favourite gadgets?

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Andy Gelme, Systems designer and technical lead at Geekscape has graciously offered to take us through a demonstration of this incredibly liberating technology. Let your mind wander into creative ways to use an Arduino Board to engineer anything from intelligent clothing to monitoring the heating system in your home. You don’t need to be a hardware wizard to participate. All you need is an open mind.

Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software on running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).

The boards can be built by hand or purchased preassembled; the software can be downloaded for free. The hardware reference designs (CAD files) are available under an open-source license, you are free to adapt them to your needs.

Wednesday, February 23rd 6:30pm – 10pm

Honey Bar
345 Clarendon Street South Melbourne

(find us on the 2nd floor)

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup

Group Meeting

27 Jan

This meetup is going to be a casual dinner to chat about what we all got up to over the holidays and brainstorm ideas for our monthly events in 2011.

Dine with us at The Honey Bar, 345 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne 6:30-9pm

Please RSVP on Meetup or Facebook


Bowling Night

3 Dec

Let’s go bowling!

This is a chance to network and chat with fellow girlie geeks who want to unwind and give their keyboards a break.

Please book your place:

Thursday special (10:00am~close)
$8 a game

(shoe hire included in all prices)

info@rockstarbowling.com.au | Ph. 03 9694 1230


Rockstar Bowling, Rock Bar and Vodka Bar are all located together in the heart of Melbourne Central, Level 3.

The precinct covers two city blocks and its boundaries lie within Lonsdale, Swanson, LaTrobe and Elizabeth Streets.

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 http://www.livestream.com/ggdmelbtv

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