Posts Tagged ‘computer science’

Partner event, March 2: “It’s 2016!” Solutions for the gender gap in STEM

womenSTEM“It’s 2016!” Solutions for the Gender Gap in STEM with Girl Geek Dinners Ottawa (@ggdottawa), Women in Communications & Technology, NCR, (@WCT_NCR) and Women Powering Technology (@WPTOttawa).

This event will feature interesting discussions about how the gender gaps in technology, telecom and media can be addressed. We will have guest speaker Jane Wilson, Director, Women Services and Resource Development at Community MicroSkills Development Centre. Here’s a recent media interview with Jane:

http://www.bnn.ca/News/2016/2/5/Canadas-economy-could-take-big-hit-if-gender-employment-divide-persists-.aspx#.VrY8syHGr1Q.facebook

Last year’s event sold out early so get your tickets now!

When: Wednesday March 2, 2016 – 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: Shopify, 150 Elgin St 6th floor
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 (after Feb 25), includes two drinks and light appetizers

Register: https://wctwptggd.eventbrite.ca/

Agenda:

7:00-7:30 Informal networking
7:30-7:45 Welcome intros from GGD/WCT/WPT
7:45-8:30 Talk and Q&A with Jane Wilson
8:30-9:30 Small group discussions

Upcoming event: Hacking is a mindset, not a skillset.

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The idea of hacking has a very specific — and wrong — definition in present culture. Born at MIT, hacking was originally a mindset shared by an intellectual community to infuse creativity and an element of fun into their lives. Somewhere along the way, this message got lost.

For Girl Geek Dinner Ottawa’s next event, Tanya Snook (a.k.a. spydergrrl) will teach us the core tenets of hacking and how it can be applied to non-hacking uses. Whether you’re a developer, a designer, a project manager or even an accountant, spydergrrl will seek to either convince you that you’ve been hacking all along or that you really should be adopting a hacking mindset.

Bringing 5 principles of hacking and a ton of real-world examples, we will explore when and how you can hack challenges and opportunities to infuse some creativity and fun both at home and at work.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Lunenburg (14 Waller St. – downtown)

Agenda:

5:30 – Doors open

6 – 6:30 – Introduction and food order

6:30 – 7 – Speaker presentation

7 – 7:20 – Q’s & A’s

7:20 –  7:30 – Closing remarks and announcements

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

Thank you to our event sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to promote your business or products/services? Contact us about being a door prize sponsor! info@girlgeekdinnersottawa.com

Event recap with Girl Develop It Ottawa

Last Wednesday, Serena Ngai of Girl Develop It Ottawa presented her case about the revolution of women in technology. From Mattel’s Barbie career innovations to five-year old girls dreaming of being astronauts, Serena pointed out the large social gap between girls and boys in the field of computer science and everything related.

When you Google search “computer scientist”, what’s the first image that appears? Is it a guy with glasses and a plaid shirt? Trust us, we’re not being biased. In fact, research has shown the number of women with bachelor degrees in computer sciences has decreased rapidly over the past 20 years from 37 per cent to less than 20 per cent. Today, less than one per cent of women would be interested in studying computer science as an elective in university. But, there is hope!

In 2010, Mattel posted a public survey asking girls which career they would like Barbie to pursue. To everyone’s surprise, the number one career was computer engineer. Are women beginning to see technology as a fun, innovative, career savvy form of income?  Let’s hope so!

To help regain the number of women in computer sciences, Serena and Gail Carmichael founded Girl Develop It Ottawa to bring back the flare and fun of building websites in a supportive environment. Serena taught us how technical skills can be valuable for your career and any career, why this “women in technology” thing really matters, and how their upcoming workshops can help you become the next Marissa Mayer. Well, in part.

Girl Develop It is hosting their next workshop Intro to HTML and CSS on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. They’re also looking for volunteers to help teach workshops and share technological skills with Ottawa women. If you or someone you know likes to teach and is tech savvy, contact Serena or Gail.

And lastly, congratulations to our Girl Geek prize winners who went home with fabulous gifts from our event sponsors – the National Arts Centre, Media Miser, UsedOttawa.com and Ingrid Aesthetics.

To read more about this month’s event, check out the following reviews from our Girl Geek attendees:

Amy Campsall (blog post)@AmyCampsall

Alexandra Reid – @TechAlly

Mel Gallant – @MelGallant

Hana Abaza – @HanaAbaza