GeekGirlMeetup launches all female tech conference - brings code royalty to London
News • Apr 23, 2012 19:36 BST
The Co-Founder Heidi Harman explains:
- I started GeekGirlMeetup with a friend in Sweden after going to multiple conferences where I was one of the only women. We felt the great need for a forum where we could hang out with other brilliant women and talk about tech - we can see that there is a clear need for it here as well.
The theme for this event is Code Is Queen and all participants are invited to sign up
and hold talks about their geeky passion and share their knowledge. The goal is for
participants to create new networks and to elevate female role models in the industry. Also a talent speed- dating will be held, matching developers with business and tech talent.
Eze Vidra, Head of Google Campus said:
“We are delighted to host the GeekGirl meetup for its inaugural event in London. Campus is here to support the tech startup community in London, and it's great to see events like GeekGirl Meetup strengthening the density of network in London.”
The event is free of charge so it relays on sponsorship, one of the first sponsors to sign up is Google Campus, Thought Works, Society46 and the partner the Swedish Institute.
“We're very proud to have Swedish coding royalty Ellen Sundh as key note speaker. She has led Society 46's team to push the boundaries of the possible: with The Sound of football project she joined a very short list of people in history - one of who is Jesus - who've helped the blind see. Always at the cutting edge of creative technology, Ellen's truly coding royalty.” says Linda Essen Möller, partner at Society46.
“ThoughtWorks are delighted that Girl Geek Meet Up is coming to London and are proud to support the event. Technology offers such fantastic, dynamic and varied career opportunities and unfortunately there are not nearly enough talented women choosing this path. Women are generally vastly underrepresented at technology conferences so events like this bringing together smart techie's to share knowledge and experience is a fantastic idea.” says Katie Partridge, HR at ThoughtWorks
“GeekGirlMeetup is a great example of qualities that has gained Sweden international recognition: equality, innovation, technology and the sharing of experiences in order to find new solutions. That is why the Swedish Institute is more than happy to assist in spreading the initiative further and we hope that GeekGirlMeetup will continue its success.” says Frida Roberts, Head of Communications Unit, Swedish Institute.
In Sweden GeekGirlMeetup has existed since 2008 and have hosted more that 250 sessions with almost 20 startups starting as a result after our meetups. The organisation has self-organised organically by need. GeekGirlMeetup exists in 4 Swedish cities as well as in Denmark, Finland, and Mexico. #ggm12 #ggm11 #geekgirlmeetup
Heidi Harman, Co-Founder
07712 406 778 firstname.lastname@example.org, or heidi dot harman at gmail dot com #ggm12
Unconference: An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self- applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization. For example, in 2006, CNNMoney applied the term to diverse events including Foo Camp, BarCamp, Bloggercon, and Mashup Camp. Source Wikipedia.