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Geekadelphia: Girl Geek Dinners: Meet Up to Talk About Games, Gadgets & Geekery

28 Jun

2011, June 27 |  original article

Are you a female who’s into gadgets, technology, video gaming, programming, or any other kind of tech-geek related stuff? Are you looking to connect with other girls who share your passion – and possibly plot world domination?

Look no further – Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia is here to bring you together with other like-minded ladies. GGD has monthly happy hours, the next of which will be this Thursday, June 30th, at 6pm at Varga Bar.

GGD is also host to quarterly dinners, the first of which was back in April, and had Maggie Avener of the Prometheus Radio Project give a talk on making technical topics more accessible to less geeky audiences. The next dinner will be held in late July or early August. For now, dinners are for women only. Sorry, fellas!

Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia was started by Tristin Hightower, a longtime member of several groups in which she is usually the only female present (who isn’t someone else’s significant other). She wanted to start a group in which women could talk with other women and feel safe discussing their passions. So far, the attendance has been stellar, and the feedback has been positive and enthusiastic.

For more information, or to get more involved with the group, check out their website.

Geekadelphia: Girl Geek Dinners: Meet Up to Talk About Games, Gadgets & Geekery

28 Jun

2011, June 27 |  original article

Are you a female who’s into gadgets, technology, video gaming, programming, or any other kind of tech-geek related stuff? Are you looking to connect with other girls who share your passion – and possibly plot world domination?

Look no further – Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia is here to bring you together with other like-minded ladies. GGD has monthly happy hours, the next of which will be this Thursday, June 30th, at 6pm at Varga Bar.

GGD is also host to quarterly dinners, the first of which was back in April, and had Maggie Avener of the Prometheus Radio Project give a talk on making technical topics more accessible to less geeky audiences. The next dinner will be held in late July or early August. For now, dinners are for women only. Sorry, fellas!

Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia was started by Tristin Hightower, a longtime member of several groups in which she is usually the only female present (who isn’t someone else’s significant other). She wanted to start a group in which women could talk with other women and feel safe discussing their passions. So far, the attendance has been stellar, and the feedback has been positive and enthusiastic.

For more information, or to get more involved with the group, check out their website.

Technically Philly: Girl Geek Dinner: Philadelphia chapter kicks off during Philly Tech Week

17 May

2011, May 16 | original article

More than 30 self-proclaimed “geek” women met up at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City on Tuesday, April 26 to kick off Philadelphia’s Girl Geek Dinner chapter during the first ever Philly Tech Week.

The event started at 6:30 p.m. with the opportunity for attendees to network and enjoy drinks from the cash bar. At 7, chapter organizer Tristin Hightower welcomed the group and gave a brief introduction to the overarching organization, explaining why she started the chapter and her goals for it.

Maggie Avener of the Prometheus Radio Project spoke about demystifying technical topics to make them accessible to less geeky audiences, emphasizing techniques borrowed from popular education. She covered tips on audience-appropriate advertising for beginner technical trainings, assessing and acknowledging what participants already know, designing trainings that reach people with varying learning styles and pushing people beyond their comfort zones while maintaining a feeling of safety. Click to see slides from Maggie’s presentation here [PDF].

Hightower closed out the speaking portion of the evening by thanking everyone for attending and answering questions about where the group could go from there. Attendees ate dinner and mingled until about 9pm.

Pictures from the event can be found on Flickr and Facebook.

Up next for Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia will be a May Happy Hour welcoming to all. To stay connected with upcoming events or activities, follow @GGDPHL on Twitter, like them on Facebook or join the GGD PHL announcement mailing list. Visit www.ggdphl.com for more information.

A Recap of GGD PHL #1 (Spring 2011, Philly Tech Week)

13 May

Philadelphia’s Geek Women Gather for Successful Kickoff of Girl Geek Dinner Chapter

Over 30 self-proclaimed “geek” women met up at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City on Tuesday, April 26 to kick off Philadelphia’s Girl Geek Dinner Chapter during the first ever Philly Tech Week. The event started at 6:30pm with the opportunity for attendees to network and enjoy drinks from the cash bar. At 7, Tristin Hightower, Chapter organizer, welcomed the group and gave a brief introduction to the overarching organization, explaining why she started the chapter and her goals for it. Jamie Allen from Chariot Solutions dropped by to give a quick announcement about an upcoming Scala event that he’d like to see more women get involved in and then Tristin introduced the evening’s speaker.

Maggie Avener of the Prometheus Radio Project spoke about demystifying technical topics to make them accessible to less geeky audiences, emphasizing techniques borrowed from popular education. She covered tips on audience-appropriate advertising for beginner technical trainings, assessing and acknowledging what participants already know, designing trainings that reach people with varying learning styles, and pushing people beyond their comfort zones while maintaining a feeling of safety. [click here to see slides from Maggie’s presentation, PDF]

Tristin closed out the speaking portion of the evening by thanking everyone for attending and doing some Q&A with the audience about where to go from there. Attendees ate dinner and mingled until about 9pm.

Pictures from the event can be found on Flickr and Facebook

Up next for Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia will be a May Happy welcoming to all. To stay connected with upcoming events or activities, follow GGD PHL on Twitter, like them on Facebook or join the GGD PHL announcement mailing list.

To learn more about Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia, visit www.ggdphl.com.

Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia gets Girl Geek Dinners chapter

25 Apr

2011, April 25 | original article

In the course of reporting the TechGirlz story that appeared in Friday’s paper, I talked to someone from an organization that focuses on somewhat older females with a technology bent.

Her name is Tristin Hightower and she has organized a local chapter of Girl Geek Dinners that will have its initial event Tuesday at the Triumph Brewing Co. in Old City.

Girl Geek Dinners, according to its website, was founded in 2005 by Sarah Blow, an English woman who was sick of being the only member of her gender at technology events and so decided to hold one for women. Including the Philadelphia chapter, it now has chapters in 89 cities in 30 countries.

Hightower said she became interested in starting a local organization for women in technology after going to BarCamp Philly last November and seeing that most of the 275 attendees were men. She is the treasurer of the Philadelphia chapter of the International Game Developers Association, but said the local “game development scene is very, very small, so trying to start a female game-development group didn’t make sense because there would be about four of us.”

Hightower’s initial Girl Geek Dinner will actually be just a Girl Geek Event. Admission will be $5, which will buy a drink ticket.

“In theory, if we get up and running … we would get sponsors who would pay for us to have dinners,”she said.

Networking, mingling, or whatever you want to call it, will start at 6:30 p.m. Maggie Avener, the technology and training organizer for the Prometheus Radio Project, will speak at 7 p.m.

Announcing Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia – Philly Tech Week

24 Mar

Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia is excited to announce its first gathering to take place during Philly Tech Week on April 26, 2011.  Socializing and networking will begin at 6:30 with opening remarks and our speaker starting at 7:00. Join GGD PHL at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City and meet fellow geek girls in the community.

Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia Philly Tech Week (GGD PHL #1) Details

RSVP is Required
RSVP here: http://anyvite.com/hodwaktm5t

The Art of Demystification: Tips for Teaching Technology to Non-Geeks
Have you ever wanted to teach something technical to a non-techie and not known where to start? Or tried to explain something, only to be met with a blank stare and realized you were speaking in jargon? It’s exhilarating to open up technical topics to people who previously assumed they are inaccessible, but it takes practice. This talk will cover pointers on breaking down technical concepts into fun and engaging explanations that inspire people to jump in and give it a try.

Maggie Avener, Technical and Training Organizer | Prometheus Radio Project
Maggie Avener works with the Prometheus Radio Project where she spends her time providing technical support for community radio stations, creating how-to guides and other documentation on radio and audio engineering, and teaching hands-on soldering workshops to get people excited about radio. In the past she has also taught fluid dynamics to engineers, electronics to middle schoolers, and Linux basics to social workers. Maggie’s experience has convinced her that anyone who wants to is capable of learning about technology–and that if you take the time to explain a complicated topic in simple terms, you will learn it more thoroughly yourself in the process

Admission Price (collected on-site during check in)
$5 (cash only); admission price includes one free beer ticket. For $2 more ($7), you can upgrade to a one free house wine/well liquor ticket.

Dinner
GGD PHL is working to secure sponsors to cover the cost of future events however Triumph will be offering a special dinner menu for $15 per person if you wish to order food.

Big Thanks
A big thanks goes out to Triumph Brewing Company for providing us the space to have our first meeting.

Please remember that our first meeting will be for women only and you must RSVP. Please bring your ID with you for check in.

Can you bring a friend? Yes! Just have her RSVP so she’s on the list.

We look forward to seeing you.