Press Release: Geek Women Wear The Badge With Pride
On October 14th, 2009 the 3rd Girl Geek Dinner Canberra (sponsored by Google Australia) was held at the Burns Club in Kambah. The keynote speaker for the event was Senator Kate Lundy, who shared her experiences as a woman using technology through her career. Over 50 women (and men) attended the event to make it an outstanding success.The 4th Girl Geek Dinner Canberra is now being planned for February, 2010 and we are seeking women who work with Technology (in any way) to join our community. We are also seeking sponsors for our events to help raise the profile of Girl Geek Dinners, and women who work with technology in the Canberra region.

Girl Geek Dinners Canberra
The Canberra Chapter of Girl Geek Dinners was started in February 2009 by Lana Brindley, a technical writer, when other Girl Geek Dinners started up in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Lana Brindley says “My vision for Canberra dinners is to provide a casual and fun environment, with a variety of speakers on different topics. The dinners provide an opportunity for attendees to network with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere. I aim to keep the dinners light hearted, and fun, with a range of speakers on different topics. It's a diverse and interesting group, which comes through in our talk schedule.

What Are Girl Geek Dinners
The concept of Girl Geek Dinners was introduced by Sarah Blow (London UK) 4 years ago when she tired of being one of the few women to attend technical events. The ethos behind Girl Geek Dinners is to provide a platform for learning and networking in an informal environment for geek women (that is, women who use technology). Girl Geek Dinners are always held in pubs, clubs or bars, and there is usually a speaker or three who talk for a short while on a chosen subject for the evening. Men are welcome, of course, but only at the invitation of a Girl Geek – this ensures that the event has a female majority. There are 49 active groups, and another five in the pipeline, worldwide.

Are you a Girl Geek?
If you are a woman who uses IT, you are welcome to join Girl Geek Dinners Canberra. Meet women from all walks of life who use technology in many different ways in an informal and friendly environment.

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For More Information:
Lana Brindley Ph: 0410 500 659
lanabrindley(at)gmail(dot)com
http://girlgeekdinnerscanberra.blogspot.com/
Announcing: Canberra Google Girl Geek Dinner #3!
NOTE: RSVPs have closed! Please make sure you're on the mailing list so you don't miss the announcement for GGD #4





I am very pleased to announce that the third Canberra Girl Geek Dinner is finally here, thanks to Google!

Date: Wednesday, 14 October, 2009
Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30 start
Venue: The Burns Club, 8 Kett St Kambah, ACT 2902

There will be a sit-down meal, which will be served 50/50. If you require a vegetarian or vegan meal I must know ahead of time. Please mention it on your RSVP.

I'm also on the lookout for lightning talks. These are short five minute talks, and they can be on any topic you're familiar with. It doesn't have to be technical, it just has to be of interest to a whole bunch of girl geeks. Please let me know when you RSVP if you're interested. Also, feel free to use the mailing list for discussion around lightning talks.

This event also has the usual rule about male attendees. Men are more than welcome, but do need to be accompanied by a girl geek. Please email me on loquacities(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions.

And now ... set to, and I'll see you all on the night!

29 September: Bumped this post back up to the top of the page. L
8 October: Closed RSVPs and removed form. L
Talk Schedule for Kate Lundy/Google GGD
We have an absolutely amazing talk schedule lined up for you all on the 14th. Of course, our star speaker is the one and only Senator Kate Lundy, who will be giving a talk titled "How the Geek will inherit the Earth". After the Senator speaks, we'll have a range of five minute lightning talks with topics ranging from the Canberra Dorkbot chapter to geek health and wellbeing. There's bound to be something to interest you.


6:35 - 6:40 Welcome by Lana
6:40 - 7:00 Senator Kate Lundy on How the geek will inherit the earth
7:00 - 7:10 Pia Waugh on Being a geek on the hill
7:10 - 7:20 Tracey Benson on Dorkbot Canberra
7:20 - 7:30 Ruth Ellison on Twitter: more than a micro blogging tool
7:30 - 8:00 Dinner served
8:10 - 8:20 Caronne Carruthers-Taylor on Women of UX
8:20 - 8:30 Charly Leetham - Balancing mind and body for Girl Geeks


And, just because I keep getting asked, Google will be covering the cost of your meal.

See you all on the 14th!

Update: We found a speaker for our empty slot! Thanks Caronne :)
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