Updated Details for GGD #4
This event has now reached its maximum capacity, so I've closed the RSVP list. If you want to be added to the waiting list, please email me directly on ggdcanberra(at)gmail(dot)com.

Now being brought to you by Reading Room!

Date: Friday, 26 February, 2010
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Reading Room, 45 Torrens Street Braddon
Cost: Free! If you have already paid, you should have a refund winging its way to you now

This event is being run by the lovely people at Reading Room, who are celebrating the opening of their new premises, and have asked us to come along and join the festivities.

Senator Kate Lundy and Pia Waugh will both be giving speeches there, including a Q&A session. This is a great opportunity to get in and see them again, and also get in and ask the burning questions.

Additionally, there's some cool interactive digital art on display, which is sure to entertain.

There will be a cocktail-style canape menu on offer.

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 ggdcanberra(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions.

Please drop your RSVP in the comments, if you haven't already done so. We're limited to 25 places, so get in fast to make sure you don't miss out!

I'll see you all on the night!
Change of Plans
Sometimes, it seems, the GGD planning takes on a life of its own.

As you know, the dinner isn't sponsored this time around, so first of all I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has already paid for tickets.

Today, I received an interesting phone call from Cathie who is the marketing and PR person for Reading Room, and also a Sydney GGD organiser.

Reading Room are holding their opening celebrations on the same night as our planned GGD Dinner #4, so they have invited us to hold our dinner at Reading Room instead.

This has a number of advantages. First of all, Reading Room will be covering costs, so if you have paid for a ticket, I will be refunding this to you in the next few days. It also means we get to hear Kate Lundy and Pia Waugh speak again, and also have the chance to check out some fantastic digital art in the flashy new Reading Room premises.

The venue is in Braddon, and the time will change slightly to a 5:30pm start. Instead of a sit-down meal, it will be a cocktail-style canape menu.

As for our keynote speaker Kim Lambert, she has agreed to be our keynote at GGD #5 (late April/early May) instead. At this stage, I can't confirm whether or not we'll have the ability to do some lightning talks. Rest assured though that if we don't, and I've already told you that you're in, you will get a chance at the next GGD.

I will be updating the EventBrite event as soon as I have finalised all the details. In the meantime, please register your interest in the comments. We will be limited to 20-30 attendees, so get your name down now to make sure you don't miss out. If you've already bought tickets, you're guaranteed to get in, no need to put your name down again.

If all I've done is confuse the hell out of you (and don't worry, I'm confussled too at this stage!) then please just email me on ggdcanberra(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll get it straightened out.

Thanks, and apologies for upsetting the apple cart ... again!
Girl Geek Dinner #4
Announcing the fourth Canberra Girl Geek Dinner, and the first for 2010!

Date: Friday, 26 February, 2010
Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30 start
Venue: The Belconnen Soccer Club - Hawker. Corner Springvale Drive & Belconnen Way.
Cost: $40/head. Please register and pay using EventBrite

Unfortunately, we haven't been able to secure a sponsor for our dinner this time around. You can pay using PayPal over at EventBrite. In return for your money, you get a lovely meal, and some goodies from our friends at Yahoo!7 and Google. Please note that we will not be able to accept payment at the door, if you have not paid ahead of time, you will not have a seat reserved for you.

Our keynote speaker will be Kim Lambert, who will be speaking about women in IT in Defence/Government, IT Architecture, and the challenge of being a generalist in a specialists world.

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 in the comments if you're interested. Also, feel free to use the mailing list for discussion around lightning talks.

There will be a sit-down meal, which will be served 50/50. If you require a vegetarian or vegan meal I must know before 24 February.

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 ggdcanberra(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions.

I'll see you all on the night!
Press Release: "Girl Geeks: The Challenge of being a Generalist in a Specialist World"
Are women better at understanding and coping with a wide range of information and ideas, rather than specialising in one particular area?

On February 26th 2010 local Canberra girl geek, Kim Lambert will tackle this question as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Girl Geek Dinner Canberra.

Ms Lambert has over twenty years experience in the IT industry. Like many women, she did not set out with the intention of working in computing, she simply ended up doing that type of work. Today Ms Lambert is the Technical Services Group Manager at Unisys for the Defence Regional ICT outsourcing contract. Her IT career is wide and varied and includes sojourns with the ACT Government and Department of Defence.

Ms Lambert says “everyone expects you to be a deep specialist in something and no-one knows how to deal with a generalist, yet most women are better at being a generalist across at least a few areas, rather than a deep specialist”.

Girl Geek Dinners Canberra

The 4th Girl Geek Dinner in Canberra is being held at 6.00pm on 26 February, 2010 at the Belconnen Soccer Club, Hawker.  All women who work with technology in any way are invited to attend the dinner and join our community.  Men are welcome at the invitation of a Girl Geek.

The Girl Geek Dinners in Canberra are organised by Lana Brindley, and have been running since early last year. Girl Geek Dinners are also run in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and over forty other locations worldwide.

Sarah Blow (London UK) developed the concept of Girl Geek Dinners four years ago. She had become tired of being one of the few women to attend technical events. Girl Geek Dinners aim to provide a platform for women who use technology to learn and network in an informal environment.  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.


For More Information:

Lana Brindley Ph: 0410 500 659





If you would like a PDF copy of this press release, please email ggdcanberra(at)gmail(dot)com.
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