Kiwicon 8 Cocktails and Canapes

Hey all! Sorry for the late arrival of information, but I hope you can join us for the Kiwicon 8 edition of the Wellington GGD. Wednesday December 10 from 6-8 PM at Motel, we’ll be gathering for cocktails, mocktails and canapes! Please RSVP here!

Thank you to the generous folks at Kiwicon for sponsoring this event! You’re amazing.

Pizza night at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Museum

Tomorrow night (October 23), we’re delighted to have Michelle Baker speak to the group. Michelle is an Advisor at Office of Film and Literature Classification, where she runs the Office’s websites, social media, and handles all manner of inquiries from people. Her super power is falling asleep pretty much anywhere, especially in movie theatres (but not when she’s watching them for work). Movies, dinosaurs and karaoke are some of her favourite things.

Her talk is titled “What the **** – a brief tour through New Zealand’s censorship history”

The media which our society produces and consumes has always been cause for debate about the effects, positive or negative (though more often than not focussing on the negative), on its audience. From the influence of the written word on perceptions of religion and politics, to the concerns over films chipping away at society’s moral fibre, to the debates over whether video games make people violent – the media, who accesses it and who stops them has been a constantly evolving and ongoing story both in New Zealand and around the world.

What our society deems to be okay – and not – is reflected in the way films, books and other publications are classified. New Zealand has had film censorship legislation since 1916, and there have been some interesting (and occasionally odd) decisions assigned to various things over the last nine or so decades. Do you know about the unusual (and unique) decision assigned to the 1967 film Ulysses? Why was a book of rugby songs banned? Just how many drink cans have been classified in New Zealand? Come on a brief tour of some of the highlights (or lowpoints?) of New Zealand’s censorship history.

For tickets, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-wellington-girl-geek-pizza-dinner-tickets-13596997987 . Hope to see you there!

October 2014 Pizza Dinner

 

GGD pizza evening happening at the Reserve Bank again.
Thursday, 23rd October 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Get your tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-wellington-girl-geek-pizza-dinner-tickets-13596997987

Big thank you to our repeat sponsors:
* Catalyst IT
* Rabid Tech

 

CatalystLogoWithTagline_Largerabid-logo

Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Wellington event last night. It was great to see familiar faces and meet new folks as well. Thanks to Rabid Tech and Catalyst for sponsoring and thanks to Jennifer Dickinson and Megan Whelan for speaking.

If you were looking for the information on the Kiwi Pycon conference that Jen Zajac talked about, you can find it at http://kiwi.pycon.org/

Our next event is tentatively Oct 23. Save the date and we’ll update on the details closer to the event. If you’d like to speak, drop us an email at  wellingtonggd@gmail.com and let’s talk!

Pizza night this week – The Sponsors!

Without our lovely sponsors, we would be unable to have these events for you. Our deep gratitude goes out to everyone who has sponsored events in the past and especially to those who have stepped up to support this event.

Rabid Logo

Rabid are a technology company based in Wellington, New Zealand. Rabid are experts in modern web development, with wide interests and top-notch skills. They contribute to open source communities and favour projects that do good.

CatalystLogoWithTagline_Large

Open Source technologies company Catalyst IT have been a sponsor of several of our Geek Girl Dinner events in New Zealand in the last few years. With their main office here in Wellington, and other offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne and Brighton, Catalyst is the largest New Zealand owned company specialising in open source development and services. Catalyst is a one-stop-shop with expertise in everything from design and business analysis, right though to large scale hosting services. Find out more at http://catalyst.net.nz

Pizza night this week – The Speakers!

Sorry for being quiet on the update front. Things here have been a little busy, but here’s some detail for Thursday’s event:

Please come to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand at 2 The Terrace around 5:30 PM. The Museum is just to the right as you walk in the main entrance. Pizza and drinks will be served shortly thereafter with talks starting at 6:15. We’ve got 2 speakers this time around.

First up is Jennifer Dickinson. Jennifer started her professional life as a lawyer, joining HunterMaclean in Savannah, Georgia (US) in 2001 as a litigation associate. As a litigator, she represented employers in federal discrimination and harassment lawsuits. After nine years of litigation, she moved to Wellington in June 2010 and began working for FairWay Resolution Limited (formerly Dispute Resolution Services Limited) as a Reviewer in the administrative tribunal setting. Ms Dickinson worked as an adjudicator working primarily with Accident Compensation Corporation claims and claims in the telecommunications arena, before moving into her current management position.

And then it happened. She slowly turned from someone who looked at all technology with a sceptical gaze and referred to it as “computery stuff”, to being able to hold her own in discussions about the merits of SaaS (or PaaS or DaaS). She successfully led two significant dispute resolution and technology projects, one internal to FairWay, and one cross-ministry project. She consults with the business on business transformation strategy and supportive technology and works directly with the software developers to ensure that technology assists and supports business requirements.

And she wouldn’t have been able to do it had she not been a lawyer.

The title of her presentation is A Lawyer and an IT Project Manager Walk into a Bar: The Transition from Law to Technology is No Joke

Our second speaker is Megan Whelan from The Wireless. Megan has worked at Radio New Zealand for much longer than she ever meant to, with stints in news, sport, and the award-winning Radio New Zealand International team. She has covered everything from elections to earthquakes (and tsunamis and cyclones), but her favourite reporting experience will always be the time she interviewed a not-entirely-sober Margaret Mahy.

Before becoming a journalist, Megan did a Masters degree in political science, and was shocked when the topic of her thesis actually came in handy later in life.

When she’s not at work (and sometimes when she is), she knits, brushes up on her understanding of brewing, and is amused by people trying to have serious political discussions on Twitter. She hopes one day to own two cats and a French bulldog called Gladstone, and is never not trying to find the perfect GIF.

She will be talking about the journey they had building The Wireless.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Pizza at the Reserve Bank Museum

Hello everyone who might actually see this!

It’s been quite a while since our last “real” event last November. We’ve decided to try things a little differently following a successful last minute event in June. And so, the bi-monthly pizza evenings are born.

The event this month will be on August 28, and will be held at the Reserve Bank Museum. I’ll be announcing speakers and sponsors over the next few days, but wanted to get the booking process started. Spots can be reserved via Eventbrite.

Also, if you’d like to speak at this (or another event), please get in touch!

Many thanks to our sponsors:

catalyst-logo
rabid-logo

 

Silver Sponsor: Aura Information Security

Aura Logo

Having started from a humble boutique web-development shop in 2001, Aura Information Security has been specializing solely in information security since 2006, and is now proud to be one of the top IT Security consulting business in NZ (and highly award winning), alongside some very talented peers – damn we have an epic talent pool of security experts in NZ! At Aura we love to mix this security expertise with great Kiwi ingenuity to come up with some visionary solutions (in our opinion). This is why out of our 30 strong team we have half focused on pen-testing, training, research and security consulting, whilst the other half are developing and supporting our scanning and web-shielding solutions RedEye and RedShield with a fast growing NZ and overseas client base.

As for Girl-Geeks, we love em, and there should be more of em! We have 4 girls (with differing geekness) on the team, and we love them, so we want more! Enjoy dinner on us!

Kiwicon 7 Girl Geek Dinner: Dinner

Firstly, a resounding Thank You to all of the amazing sponsors who have contributed to this evening. We couldn’t have fed any of you nearly as well without their generous support.

Gold Sponsor: Provoke

Provoke Logo

Provoke is a full-service software design & development company specializing in the delivery of enterprise-grade solutions using Microsoft technology. Provoke offers the full spectrum of professional services from strategic consulting and analysis through to design, development, testing, hosting and support. Provoke have offices in Auckland, Wellington, Manila, Seattle and Singapore.

Gold Sponsor: Catalyst IT

Catalyst Logo

Open Source technologies company Catalyst IT have been a sponsor of several of our Geek Girl Dinner events in New Zealand in the last few years. With their main office here in Wellington, and other offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne and Brighton, Catalyst is the largest New Zealand owned company specialising in open source development and services. Catalyst is a one-stop-shop with expertise in everything from design and business analysis, right though to large scale hosting services. Find out more at http://catalyst.net.nz

 

You’ll be starting the evening off from 6 pm with a selection of canapés and a drink upon arrival, served to you in the Atrium. You’ll have plenty of time to arrive and check in your coats or bags at the door. We’ve even rolled out the red carpet for you!

Later in the evening, we’ll serve the dinner. This is the main course of the evening, and includes seven dishes from the Monsoon Poon menu served banquet style right at your seat. They’ll be naan and steamed rice served, and our own bar will be available if you need to top up any time throughout the evening with a selection of craft beers and wine (and more just next door upon request).

There’s plenty of options available for vegetarians, gluten intolerant and dairy free diets. The staff can cater for other allergies too, so just let us know how we can help.

The evening will close with a dessert platter of seasonal tropical fruits and Wendy’s Whittaker’s 72% Ghana chilli chocolate brownie. Yum!

You’re very welcome to stay and enjoy yourselves afterwards, but we’re mindful of Kiwicon’s many other events and early start, so we’re trying not to run too late into the evening.

Only one week to go! Looking forward to seeing the 54 of you who have registered so far! We’re confirming numbers with the venue shortly, so be in quick to guarantee yourself a seat.

Buy your tickets now at: https://wellington-ggd-at-kiwicon.lilregie.com/

Kiwicon 7 Girl Geek Dinner: The Venue

Wow! We’ve already sold 38 tickets in less than a week! Time for a sneak peek at the venue for the evening:

This event is being run in the Exhange Atrium, a shared space that joins Allen and Blair Streets, right in the heart of Wellington’s Courtenay quarter.It’s a very flexible space which can easily accommodate us for dinner, while still retaining cozyness and character.We have exclusive access to the Atrium for the entire evening thanks to the adjoining Monsoon Poon restaurant, who are catering us for the evening.

The Atrium is licensed so there will be a limited selection of alcoholic and and non alcoholic beverages available at a cash bar inside the venue (no eftpos facilities in the atrium sorry, so please bring cash with you), with the full bar just next door for anything on their drinks list. There’s also a coffee machine at the full bar.

Guests who are under the legal drinking age are still very welcome to attend, you just can’t drink alcohol.

We do encourage guests to stay after the event’s main proceedings are over and take full advantage of having the space to yourselves for the night.

Access is via the Allen Street entrance to the Atrium, to the right of Household Linens (17A Allen St). There’s a few steps up into the Atrium through this entrance, or there’s ramp access via an alternate entrance also on Allen Street. These will be locked externally for the night before the event begins for venue security.

Bathrooms are available through in the main restaurant, which are wheelchair accessible.

It’s close to Wellington’s bus routes and taxi stands. There is on street parking on nearby streets, which is metered until 8pm on Friday nights.

A link to Google maps of where the venue is here.

Buy your tickets now at: https://wellington-ggd-at-kiwicon.lilregie.com/

We’ve aimed to pick a flexible venue suitable for dining and presentations, that’s situated close to the Friday Kiwicon events. How did we do?