Girl Geek Dinner Ottawa – Sept. 15 with Tara ‘missrogue’ Hunt!

taraIt’s with great excitement I announce our inaugural Girl Geek Dinner Ottawa is happening on Tuesday, Sept. 15 with Tara ‘missrogue‘ Hunt.

Tara is the author of the Whuffie Factor, blogger at, “citizen marketer” extraordinaire and a real Girl Geek success story. She’s also a popular speaker–I’ve personally seen her speak at SXSW Interactive 2009 and I’m confident she will not disappoint.

First though, a big thank you to the organizers of Social Media Breakfast Ottawa. As you may know, Tara is speaking at their event the next morning (Sept. 16) and it’s thanks to their efforts that we’ll have her for our dinner as well. Also I want to be clear that Tara will be speaking on different topics at both events, so it’s definitely in your best interest to attend both!

The event  will take place at the Black Tomato, on George Street in the Market, starting at 6 p.m. Based on your feedback from our pre-launch Crowdsourcing Girl Geek Dinner event in June, the menu will be a la carte and you will pay for your own meal. We’re also charging a very modest $5 fee to cover our meager expenses.

Register now…

What about students?

We also realize it’s not easy being a student–especially with two other fantastic events that week. (Third Tuesday with Shel Israel on Sept. 14 and Social Media Breakfast on Sept. 16–for your double dose of Tara Hunt!) so thanks to a gracious sponsorship from Thornley Fallis we’re offering five full-time students free admission and dinner at the event (drinks not included). All you have to do is 1. Make sure you can absolutely attend and 2. Leave a comment below explaining why you want to attend Girl Geek Dinner with Tara Hunt 3. Tell us what you’re taking in school (we’re just nosy!). If there’s more than five comments, please leave one anyway in case someone can’t make it for any reason. Note: the students chosen do not need to register through Guestlist, we’ll contact you very soon and let you know if you are eligible for a spot.

…But wait, there’s more!

Another great reason to come out: You could win a fabulous gift certificate for CanvasPop (launching this fall). CanvasPop is a spin off from DNA11–the company that makes eye-catching art from your DNA–and is the easiest way to turn your photos into beautiful canvas artwork. As well, all attendees will be eligible for a special discount on CanvasPop and DNA11 art.

We also have a very awesome iPod Shuffles that talks to give away, courtesy of Scott Lake, founder of upcoming startup SWIX. Thanks Scott!

And we may have a couple more prizes on the way, so hurry up and register!


  1. Natalie Says:

    I can’t wait to see Tara Hunt. I am extremely interested in learning more about building stronger communities and would love to hear what she has to say about social networking sites… But if she would rather talk about something else, that would be cool too. She’s one smart cookie. As a strapped-for-cash masters student (in Environmental Engineering), seeing her for free would really blow my socks off!

  2. Halyma Says:

    Oh – that’s too bad – I start teaching belly dance classes that evening! But hopefully some of the future GGDinners will be on other evenings during the week…

    I’ll look forward to updates online of course – and may try to get the Wednesday morning’s SMB…

    Thanks for your hard work ladies!

  3. Cassandra Wilson Says:

    September 15th has been marked on my calender since I picked up Tara Hunt’s book! As a Communications Master’s student I am studying web 2.0 and online communities! This is a great opportunity to hear her speak! :o)

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  5. Serena Says:

    Currently I am working on completing my Bachelor’s of Computer Science. I’m one of the proud co-founders of the Carleton University Women in Science and Engineering (CU-WISE) student group ( I think it’s great that you girls are organizing this and would love to work with you in promoting more GGD events!

  6. Nataly Says:

    I’m currently completing my degree in Computer Science at Carleton University. I’ve heard things about these books! I can’t wait to hear comments by the Author. September 15 is now marked on my calendar 🙂

  7. Natalia Villanueva-Rosales Says:

    I’m a PhD student in Computer Science at Carleton U. I’m also part of the CU-WISE ( and WISE Ottawa Executive committees ( (Carleton U and Ottawa Women in Science and Engineering). My main task in both are virtual communications and to build a strong virtual community, so I’d love to hear and learn from Tara. My research is on Semantic Web, aka Web 3.0 and getting interested about the social element on it. And on top of it… meeting more geeky girls like me… I’m in!

  8. Sikhan Says:

    I see I’ve missed the first 5 but just in case, I’m a studying Computer Science at Carleton University, with a business minor. I love learning about marketing, technology, and social networking. I really like how HorsePigCow is a professional blog but has a personal factor. I would live to meet the blogger, as well as other girl geeks with similar interests!

  9. Veronica Giggey Says:

    @Halyma – sorry we won’t be seeing you on Tuesday. The plan is certainly to hold events on different nights, so hopefully you can make the next one.
    @Natalie, Cassandra, Serena, Nataly and Natalia – You should have all gotten emails to confirm you’ll be part of Thornley Fallis’ student sponsorship. Thanks for commenting and please let us know if you’re availability changes.
    @Serena and Natalia – lets spend some time during dinner talking about CU-Wise and GGD!
    @Sikhan – We’ll let you know if any one has a change in plans, we hope to see you there anyways.


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  11. Amanda Emmanuel Says:

    I may not make the cut for the 5 extra seats, but my name is Amanda Emmanuel and I am completing my 4th year of Interactive Multimedia and Design at Carleton University. I am very, very interested in social media and entrepreneurship and I find Ms Hunt’s ‘Whuffie’ very insightful!

  12. Caitlin kealey Says:

    I’m a fulltime MA student at Ottawa U studying the effect of new media on traditional print. I look forward to hearing Tara speak!! Thanks thornley fallis!

  13. Chelsea Edgell Says:

    I’m currently wrapping up my degree in English Literature, and I would love to have the chance to see Tara Hunt! My field of study may not be particularly tech-oriented, but I completed 4 co-op terms in new media- related positions, and it is one of my passions. If there are any more student spots open, I would be honoured to attend!

  14. Jonny Says:

    Kelly –
    Am in my final year of my B.A. a double major of Economics and Intl Development with a minor in Public Relations. I am currently taking a semester abroad – in Israel of all places – and interning at Ruder Finn Israel. I would love the opportunity to attend the Girl Geek Dinners, as well as a reason to return to my native soil and hear the first lady of social media Tara Hunt speak.
    So please can I have one of the free tickets!!!!

  15. Gail Says:

    I see that the ticket sales are closed. 🙁 I didn’t know if I could come until today (I originally had a motorcycle test scheduled that afternoon). Is there any hope in showing up and trying to get a seat from a no-show? Or do you have any walk-in space?

  16. Ana Lissansky Says:

    Tonight is gonna be awesome!! super excited 🙂


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