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Girl Geek Dinners Sydney

Updated: 2018-03-06T12:40:10.736+11:00


New Blog Location


Hi Everyone,

As you have probably noticed, we have been very quiet on here for some time and that is because we have a new blog space.

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GGDSydney 1st Get-Together of 2010


Next Girl Geeks of Sydney event:

Come along for a drink and an informal networking catch up, at the Aurora bar (on the roof top) this Thursday 28 Jan, from 5:30pm.

Don't worry if you can't make it, you get another chance on Thursday 18 Feb. This is going to be a regular, monthly event held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Date: 28 Jan
Location: Aurora Hotel (Roof top), 324 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW (close to Central Station)
Time: 5:30pm

Goodbye Sydney Geek Girls


Dear Sydney Geek Girls,

I'm leaving Sydney for the sweltering heat of Darwin and the company of my wonderful family.

You are in good hands with Catherine Eibner, Kate Carruthers, Jodie Miners and many others.

Please don't let the group fade away. There are so many fabulous geek girls in Sydney who have shown each other so much support for the last two years. Keep it up.

You can always email, txt or tweet me for a chat, support or anything else I can help you with.

Love, hugs and geeky kisses,

Be a 3 minute Mentor and Mentee - North Ryde Social Event with Girl Geeks and FITT


We have a fantastic local Female IT community with thanks to each & everyone of you who is involved.

Have you ever wanted to do more? Perhaps give something back to the Female IT community?

Well, this is going to be your chance!

Sydney Girl Geek Dinners are joining forces with Females In Technology and Telecommunications (FITT) for its first networking event that will provide a fun and interactive speed mentoring game, with the overall goal of sharing ways you can get involved in mentoring & give or receive support from your peers & our amazing role models we are lucky enough to have.

The aim is to provide an interactive networking to share and discuss work related experiences that could include anything like the following:

-If only I knew 5 years ago what I know now
-What works for me in this situation
-I know I have a strong skill set here, but could use help here
-What type of course could help me progress in this area
-I just want to make sure I’m heading in the right direction

So bring your questions as well as your answers as this is one opportunity to make great introductions, learn from your peers and have fun.

This event is kindly sponsored by Microsoft

Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Pencil in the date:

Thursday, October 29th
12 pm – 2pm
1 Epping Road, North Ryde

Register Now:

Come have a drink @ The Metro


What: Casual gathering to catch up with geek girls
Where: The Metro
When: 7pm Thursday the 3rd of September

Booking is in the name Cathie. See you there.

Where shall we meet?


I'm back at work and ready to start organising "stuff" again.

I need a suggestion for a venue that would suit an informal gathering
of Sydney geek girls. It needs to have a variety of food and lots of
seating. Outside is fine if there are heaters. Preferably in the CBD
or surrounding suburbs.

It will be in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for details.

Respond to the Google group or comment on this blog if you have suggestions.

Yahoo!7 Girl Geek Dinner Pictures & Screencast


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Above are some pictures from the Girl Geek Dinner night at Yahoo!7 If you have photos on flickr please add them to the pool too. Pool/Group ID 1173495@N22

The night was great fun. The Speakers did a wonderful job. Will provide links to their talks once I get a hold of them.

Thanks to all that attended. Hope you had a great evening!


Yahoo!7 Girl Geek Dinner - June 17


(image) Presents...

June 2009 Girl Geek Dinner!

Allan Shone and Pratibha Gannavarapu from Yahoo!7 introducing you to YQL and more.

Special Guest Appearances by;
Candace Wong: Automated User Interface Testing
Thomas Given-Wilson: Recovering From Linux
Georgi Knox: Gaming
Jenny Gordon: Configure Cisco router

To be held at:
Yahoo!7 Offices
Level 2, Pier 8 & 9
23 Hickson Road
Millers Point.

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June 17, 2009

6pm and 9:30pm

Will also showcase:
Triva, Foosball and Guitar Hero

100 People


Microsoft Girl Geek Dinner - May 14th


A Geek Girl evening of building and Xbox-ing

(image) It’s time to get socially dextrous and spend an evening getting serious with Lego and networking through gaming at the upcoming Geek Girl Dinner in Sydney.
Places are limited so make sure you’re quick to register below.
WHEN? Thursday 14th May 2009, from 5:45pm - 9pm
WHERE? Microsoft Building, 1 Epping Rd, North Ryde
RSVP? ASAP through the form below


A two-part event, this month’s Geek Girl dinner will take place at the Microsoft headquarters in North Ryde.

Firstly, we’ll be working on the Women Build program using Lego Bricks to start discussions around solutions to a problem facing women in the technology industry. Then we’ll be heading upstairs for the entertainment and networking component of the evening, and get hands on with the Xbox 360 games system. Finger food and drinks will be provided.

Some of the female stars of the IT industry will be coming along to the event, which will be MC’d by the lovely Ashley Jenkins, Fragdoll extraordinaire, site manager for and programmer of the Xbox LIVE interface.


Registration has closed.

Sydney Girl Geek Dinner @ New Google Offices


the first GGD for Sydney in 2009
with lightning talks and networking

Google Australia
Level 5, Workplace 6
48 Pirrama Road

(Opposite Star City Casino)

6PM on Wednesday the 15th of April

Registration closed

Please provide feedback for GGD Sydney


Provide us with feedback so that we can make 2009 a great year for Girl Geek Dinners Sydney...

Update: Thanks for the feedback :)

The Christmas Party


The Girl Geek Dinner Sydney Christmas party was a lot of fun. Held at the fabulous offices of Geekdom with views of Circular Quay, it was a night to remember. With 70 geek girls and twice as many cupcakes, we partied away in to the beautiful summer night with lots of presents and champagne.

Pia Waugh spoke about Volunteering and why being part of a community group is so rewarding. On the night and during the days to follow, many geek girls told me that Pia and the group conversation following her talk inspired them to start blogging. I sure hope we see more of those blogs in 2009.

There were a lot of cameras, which resulted in a lot of photos of the night. Not too many incriminating ones. If you have some more to share then send me the link and I'll put them up here or put them up on the facebook group.

Of course, we could not have had the night without our very generous sponsors who have all been massive supporters of the geek girls of Sydney throughout 2008: Geekdom (the venue) and the woman behind the party - Cathie McGinn; Atlassian (the food) and a geek girl who has never missed the one event - Brydie McCoy; Google (the food) and the always present and cheery Alice Boxhall and Narelle Cozens; Microsoft (the drinks) and Catherine Eibner who always pushes us forward; ThoughtWorks (the Santa hats) and my fantastic colleagues Suzi Edwards and Liz Douglass who support me in every way possible; and Andre Pang (the cupcakes) who is a great geek guy who encourages Pia and I always.

There are other people during 2008 who have made GGD Sydney the thriving group it is. You are the ones that got it going and keep it alive: Giles Alexander; Jason Yip; Claudia Jayne Mikaelian; Sun-Hee; Will Blott; Danni McBride; Darci Dutcher; Lindsay Ratcliffe; Sarah Falamaki; Jules Parry; Cyndi Mitchell; and so many more that I have to leave off or I'll go on for a long long time.

Thanks for 2008. Let's make 2009 even more fantastic!

The Christmas Speaker


Breaking News!

The speaker for the Christmas party is the fabulous Pia Waugh talking about...

Volunteerism - your ICT skills can make a better world.

Pia will be discussing how she came to realise that she could work in ICT _and_ contribute to helping the world. She'll be covering her experiences in volunteerism, including he most recent projects involving One Laptop Per Child.

Girl Geek Dinners Sydney 2008 Christmas Party


Come one, come all to the Girl Geek Dinners Sydney Christmas Party.

We are having a very Aussie BBQ to celebrate the great community we have built in 2008. Places are limited so register below by the 16th of December.

When: Thursday the 18th of December at 7pm

Where: Level 9, 155 George Street, The Rocks

The Twist: 'Tis the season to be merry! So this year, along with a host of festive food, drinks and geeky merriment, geek girls will be involved in the jolly act of giving (and receiving) with a break from the tired old tradition of Secret Santa...

We bring you: Geek Girls Christmas Swap-Off

The theme: 'geeky' or 'girly'

What's it all about? Social networking with an added twist! All you have to do is bring along a 'gift' based on the theme above (value $10-15), the rest you'll find out on the night...

Hosted By: Geekdom - Queen(King)dom of Geeks

Sponsored By: Geekdom, Microsoft, Atlassian, Google, ThoughtWorks and the delightfully generous André Pang of

Registration Closed

A dinner with Dave Thomas


Come along for dinner, a drink and an opportunity to hear Dave Thomas speak.

When: Thursday the 4th of December at 7pm
Where: ThoughtWorks Sydney Office, Level 8, 51 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD
RSVP: Via the facebook group or email Damana

Other groups have had to share his time but he is enthusiastic to speak to GGD Sydney members.

Dave Thomas is best known as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International, Inc., now IBM OTI Labs. OTI was responsible for initial development of the Eclipse open source IDE and the Visual Age Java development environment.

He is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with a unique breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is widely published in software engineering literature. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, JAOO, Agile Development Conference, OOPSLA Onward, ENASE and Dynamic Language Symposium. He is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University and the University Of Queensland as well as a founding director of the Agile Alliance, an ACM Distinguished Engineer, President of AITO and an advisor for IEEE Software. He also writes an expert column in the Journal Of Object Technology.

Sydney Girl Geek November Dinner @ Bungalow 8


(image) When: Tuesday 18th November @ 6pm
Where: Bungalow 8 on King St Wharf
Booking: Under the name Damana

Come along for an informal unsponsored dinner with all your can eat mussels at Bungalow 8 on King St Wharf.

Come early to hear Pia talk.

You don't have to eat mussels if you don't want to. There is a menu with non-seafoody food.

It's at the end of the wharf, right down the other end from the Cargo Bar.

RSVP on the Facebook event:

If you are not on Facebook, email me to say you are coming. I've only booked for 10 based on previous responses but will extend the booking if more people are interested.


World Usability Day 2008


World Usability Day 2008 is quickly approaching on November 13.

The theme this year will focus on transportation.
We are focusing on how to improve the design of transport systems and infrastructure to:
• Better support the people that use them
• Move towards more sustainable forms of transport in the future

Here’s what’s on and how you can get involved:
• Guest speakers / transportation experts
• Interactive workshops & discussion questions
• Photo and design exhibition highlighting transportation challenges and solutions

Cost: Free!!! Just come along - no registration required
Who: Everyone is welcome (including students, usability professionals, people who work with or use transport)
When: Thursday 13 November 2008
Where: University of Technology Sydney
More information:

Drinks at the Clock in Surry Hills


Come along for a drink at the Clock in Surry Hills.

I plan to be sitting upstairs so I'll grab an area when up there when I get there.

This is an informal unsponsored event.

Thursday, September 25, 2008
6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Clock Hotel
470 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Sydney, Australia

Coding Dojo tomorrow (18 Sept) at Atlassian


SyXPAC is running a Coding Dojo tomorrow, 18 Sept, at Atlassian. So if any girl geeks are interested in learning what pair programming and test driven development feels like (albeit with an abnormally high switching rate), please drop by and join in. We'll be doing Madlibs from Ruby Quiz, probably using Ruby unless the people vote differently on the night.

Coding Dojo is intended to be a non-competitive, collaborative, fun event where all skill levels are welcome and it's safe to try new ideas.

173-185 Sussex St, Sydney 2001, 18:00 to 20:30 ish.

Sorry for the short notice but I wasn't sure I was going to be in the city...

GeekGirlBlogs Podcast about Girl Geek Dinners Sydney


Catherine Eibner has started a series of podcasts with and about geek girls.

She recently interviewed me about how you can go about setting up a GGD and what it's all about.

This is a great initiative. I always look forward to the monthly podcasts.

Sorta like a Girl Geek Dinner #5


Microsoft, in conjunction with Girl Geek Dinners Sydney is holding a Women in IT luncheon at Tech Ed 2008 in Sydney. Register now (on their site) using the ticket code wit08, as places are limited. I hope to see you all there even if you aren't Microsofties.

Ticket Code:
Topic: Women in IT - an International Perspective (Keynote & Panel Discussion)
Wednesday 3rd September, 2008

1.15pm - 2.05pm (lunch available in foyer from 12.45pm

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Bayside Terrace, Level 2
Cost: complimentary for Tech Ed Delegates and Geek Girl Dinner members (limited seats available)

The highlight will be a panel discussing women in IT in an international context. Panelists include:
  • Tracey Fellows, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia
  • Anna Liu, Microsoft
  • Pia Waugh, Waugh Partners
  • Fran Foo, Technology Reporter, The Australian
  • Antonietta Holzhauser, Group Manager LAN Services, Health Support Service

Girl Geek Dinners Chicago Dinner 0


GGD Chicago has organised their Dinner 0 and you should go along if you are in that part of the world at that time. It's at ThoughtWorks so it will be a good night. Show them your support and pass this on to anyone you know who might know girl geeks in the Chicago area.

Aon Building: 200 E Randolph 25th Floor (ThoughtWorks office)

Friday August 22, 2008
5:30 Doors open
6:00 Event begins
8:30 Event ends

Food and Drinks: Appetizers, Wine, and Chocolate fondue fountains

For any questions that evening on directions or building entry, please call Carrie at: (773) 882-1916

Sydney Girl Geek Dinner #4 was a hit!


On Thursday the 14th of August, GGD Sydney held our latest event. It was a night of champagne, cheese and a chocolate fountain brought to 70 girl geeks by ThoughtWorks.Maria Milosavljevic, CTO of Capital Markets CRC spoke about looking at an academic career as an alternative to the usual industry track that we take in our lives. The description of roles that would allow people to put their computer science degrees to full use was attractive to many in the audience.ThoughtWorks engineers Liz Douglass and Julian Parry gave a hugely popular talk about Test Driven Development. Their talk had audience participation, coding examples and lots of laughs. If you'd like a copy of the slides for their talk, just ask me. Jules was our first male speaker.Cyndi Mitchell, the Managing Director of ThoughtWorks Studios spoke about Dynamic Languages and how they can be used to solve the current issues with Enterprise bloat. Cyndi is our first international speaker.Suzi Edwards was a fabulous hostess and kept the crowd going with spinal checks, speed networking and lots of good humour. She also took a lot of fantastic photos which you see in this post. For more pictures, see Suzi's flickr photo stream.[...]

GGD Sydney Dinner #4 Registration Closed


Registration for GGD4 has met it's quota and is now closed. Those who are registered will receive a confirmation email soon.

If you want to be on the waiting list, you will be contacted when a space becomes available.