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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.

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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.

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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:

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Website Move

We were using a free hosting option on WordPress for our website. We’re now moving all our site to here, to join our wider Girl Geek Dinner family. So make sure you update all your bookmarks to this site, all future events and details will be posted here 🙂

Speakers for GGD this Friday

We have two fantastic speakers lined up for this Friday:

Liz Henry, who is Kiwicon’s keynote speaker, is flying over from San Fransisco for the ‘con. Liz sports purple hair just to confuse evolutionary psychologists, tries to cause very specific trouble, and looks just swell in a tuxedo. She’s been writing on the internet since 1990, which is longer than some of you have been able to dress yourselves. Somehow, she still has hope for humanity. http://bookmaniac.org/

Our second speaker, Laura Bell, is also speaking at Kiwicon AND running the Surviving Kiwicon 101 briefing at 5pm on Friday at Little Beer Quarter which we’d definitely recommend. “A shy and retiring wall flower…” is one of the many phrases that have never been used to describe Laura. Since moving to NZ in 2011, she founded and runs in2securITy as well as working as a security consultant for Lateral Security. She knows what free time and hobbies are, she read about them in a book somewhere. It had a lot of pictures. http://www.in2security.org.nz/

Remember, we kick off at 6:30pm in The Guest Room at The Southern Cross

See you all on Friday!

Only 7 tickets left!

There’s not many tickets left, grab yours now. Read more about the event here. Important note: if you are having difficulty getting through the checkout it’s probably because Kiwicon’s checkout is in a special locked down mode in the final run up to the event. Drop Jen an email at jen [at] littlegreenpixel [dot] com and she can hook you up with the code you’ll need to get through.

Half our tickets gone already!

Make sure you get your ticket soon, we’re selling out fast! Read more about the event here.

Menu!

We promised we’d get around to posting the menu for the  November 16th Girl Geek Dinner, so here it is! Dinner is included in the ticket price. It’s a set menu, you can pick any one main and any one dessert from the below on the night:

Mains

Chargrilled sirloin steak
200g sirloin served with fries, fresh garden salad, eggs & beer braised onions. Your choice of mushroom gravy or garlic butter

Lamb shank
Braised lamb shank served on steamed gourmet potatoes with creamed silverbeet & a red wine jus

Chicken & roasted beetroot salad
With candied nuts, crispy noodles, orange, mixed slaw, mint & baby spinach

Southern Cross Risotto
Smoked salmon & Zany Zeus mascarpone

Vegan Burger
Homemade mushroom & nut pattie with lettuce, tomato, beetroot & relish served with fries

Dessert

Vegan chocolate raspberry cake
With dairy-free ice cream or vanilla ice cream

Trio of refreshing Kapiti sorbets
Garnished with wafers & seasonal fruit

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sundaes
Chocolate & Baileys sauce, nuts, sante bar & brownie or Berry coulis, lemon curd & crumbled meringue

Girl Geek Dinner: The Pre-Kiwicon Edition

GGD Wellington November 16th 2012

As promised, we’re back. GGD is all set for November the 16th, at 6:30pm. We’re timing this Geek Girl Dinner to coincide with Kiwicon 2012. We’ll be at the Southern Cross on Abel Smith Street (just off Cuba Street) in their Guest Room event room.

We have a limit of 40 tickets, so please get your ticket ASAP to avoid disappointment! To get your ticket, please follow this link to the Kiwicon webstore (Kiwicon are helping us out with ticketing), where you can select GGD tickets and purchase them.

November’s GGD will be a two course meal (main and dessert) plus nibbles. We have some speakers lined up that we’ll be announcing over the coming couple of weeks, and we’ll be posting the menu for the event shortly. Regular tickets are $20, student tickets are $5. Many thanks to our Gold sponsors Catalyst IT and Silverstripe for helping us make the tickets this affordable.

FAQ:

Q) Do I have to be attending Kiwicon to come to the Dinner?
A) Nope! Obviously we’re hoping to get lots of women Kiwicon attendees show up so they can meet prior to the event, but the GGD is open to all geek women, and our speakers will be talking about all kinds of topics, as usual.

Q) Can I bring my male spouse/partner/boyfriend/bff?
A) Yes! Dudes are totally welcome, but at the invitation of women attendees only.

Q) How come your ticket checkout is for “Kiwicon Heavy Industries”?
A) As mentioned above, Kiwicon has kindly offered to help us out with the ticketing for this GGD. This is a huge help to us as ticketing is always the gnarliest part of the setup for a GGD. Kiwicon will pass all the money they get from  GGD ticket sales back to us (and they are also helping to fund our student tickets, thanks Kiwicon!)

Q) Once I’ve bought my ticket, what do I need to bring to get in?
A) You can bring a printout of your receipt, or if you’ve forgotten that don’t worry we’ll have a guest list based on the ticket purchases that we can match you up to. If you bought a student ticket please bring student ID along to the event.

We are back

As you can tell things have been a little quiet for the Wellington Girl Geek Dinner events. Things got a little hectic, but we’re back and ready to see all of you again. Keep an eye out as we’ll release details very soon on the next upcoming event.