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Fireside Chat with Leading Female Entrepreneur, Camp Tech’s Avery Swartz

Join us along with event partner WCT National Capital Region (@wct_ncr) for an evening with esteemed entrepreneur and founder of Camp Tech, Avery Swartz. (@AverySwartz / @CampTechCo)

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Learn about Swartz’s journey as a female entrepreneur in the tech space, and how she has built one of the nation’s foremost tech training companies.

The evening will include:

6 – 7 pm – Networking
7 – 7:30 pm – Fireside Chat with Avery Swartz, Founder Camp Tech
7:30 – 8:00 pm – Open Q&A session with Avery Swartz
8:00 – 9:00 pm – Networking

Wine will be provided.

When: January 21st, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM  – 9:00 PM

Location: HUB Ottawa, 71 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5N2

Event Fee: $20 (all GGD members register at Member rate)

CLICK HERE to register.

(Re-published) #GGDOttawa presents: Tales & Stories of Search in Canada #SEO2014

Did you know the World Wide Web turned 25 this year? In 1990, Archie (founded by two Canadians) was the first Internet Search Engine to launch and now there are thousands of Search Engines at our disposal. The most popular Search Engine in Canada is Google; also known as Google Canada (or Do you ever wonder what happens behind the Search Box?

Join us on April 24, 2014 for tales & stories about Search in Canada and the technical side of #SEO2014. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or mobile device to take part in live searching and hands-on application!

Attendees will also learn:

  • What is Search Engine Optimization, really?
  • Why is Canadian Search (SEO) different?
  • How Search Works
  • Demystifying the Search Results
  • Ranking, Clicks & Conversions

About the presenter:

HelenFaber2000X2000Helen Faber (@helenfaber) is the Founder & President (a.k.a. Search Detective) of WebFuel, a Search Results Agency based in Ottawa.

During her career, Helen has worn many hats. Helen is a former Educator, Web Solutions Integrator turned Entrepreneur. She was an early adopter of the Internet (mid 90’s) and on the scene even before Google.

Ten years ago, she founded WebFuel and in 2009, she launched the Ottawa Search & Digital Marketing Meetup. Helen also co-founded iSisters in 2001, a Canadian charity which garnered attention on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen’s Technology section. Currently, she sits on the Algonquin Advertising & Marketing Communication Advisory Board. While she doesn’t really consider herself a geek, her friends & family do.

Event details:

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Where: Black Tomato (11 George Street)

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. (including food order)

Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 (does not include meals and drinks)

Open Data Event Recap

From mobile apps to social media technology and from open data to public policy, women are continually influencing the way information is being shared across the world.

On March 30, three women taught us that technology isn’t just an objective, it changes society and infrastructure as a whole.

Mary Beth Baker, Emily Daniels and Tracey Lauriault, were part of a technological revolution known as Open Data Ottawa. A few months back, they organized Hackfest, an opportunity for technology lovers to come together to create unique and innovative mobile apps with the purpose of helping Ottawa citizens to enjoy and easily access recreation and services the city has to offer.

Thanks to our wonderful speakers and guests, the event generated huge awareness on Twitter.  We highly encourage participation from everyone, male or female, and if you know someone that’s passionate about technology or has an idea for an event, please don’t hesitate to talk to us, we love questions and feedback!

What can we take away from this event? From creative ideas for new apps to learning resources you can take home with you,  Mary Beth, Tracey and Emily enlightened us with their passion for the pursuit of open data :

  • If you’re not reading this, make sure to pick up The Real World of Technology by Ursula Franklin and also check out
  • Remember Erin Brockovich? Well, she’s back in the spotlight and working on passing an open data bill about disease clusters being mapped and made public. Does this mean a sequel?!
  • Another great quote is from the lovely Jane Jacobs, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
  • If you loved the past Hackfest and want to take part again, Mary Beth is hoping to start a Mother’s Day Hackfest in May. Feel free to contact her for more information, maribethbaker <at> You can also check out photos from the last Hackfest on behalf of Edward  Ocampo-Gooding.
  • And last, but not least, open data is not about sharing personal information with the public.  In order to share public information we have the right to know and to answer public policy issues that affect us and our communities.

Thanks again to our sponsors for their continued support.  We hope all the door prize winners enjoy their prizes!


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Open Data Ottawa

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Recap: Sept. 15 2009 with Tara ‘missrogue’ Hunt!

I don’t think Mel, Kelly or myself could have asked for a better kickoff to our Ottawa Girl Geek Dinner chapter.  A packed room, great food and an exciting, passionate entrepreneur and author as our speaker.  We hope you guys had as much fun as we did and that you got a chance to meet at least one other amazing woman.

So the night started around 6pm at the Black Tomato as old friends and new started to arrive.  First thing was first…we put in our food orders!  Once we got that covered we gave the mic to our speaker, Tara Hunt.  As anyone within a mile of her can tell, she is an entrepreneur at heart and she wishes that for everyone.

Tara Hunt at #GGDOttawa

Tara speaks to Ottawa's geeky girl community about her career experiences in high tech and interactive marketing

Tara told us she started her first company while a single mom to a preschooler.  She began to attract clients through speaking gigs, attending events and just good old fashioned networking.

She had big goals and during her first attempt to take over the world, or at least Toronto, she took some big risks that didn’t work out and ended up having to put her entrepreneurial dreams on hold.

Tara is a firm believer that taking big risks isn’t a bad thing.  When she set out she wanted to “change marketing.”  Why marketing? Like most of us, she spends a great deal of her time being a consumer and wants to be informed. Making informed decisions doesn’t only apply to buying great products and services, but also applies to buying from companies that (and while Tara put it a different way) lets just say “don’t suck.”  We all work hard for our money and we want it going to a good place.

Inspired by The Cluetrain Manifesto Tara set-out to start her second company in San Francisco.  With a smart blog, a great partner, and a mentor she could relate to, Tara stuck to her beliefs and continued to take risks making it all come together for the launch of Citizen Agency in June 2006.

Tara’s message to us:

Going into business is risky, you will fall on your face, you will be broke, you will wait for clients to pay…BUT…it is the most rewarding thing you can do.”

Her hope is that more women entrepreneurs will answer the call that has been put out by VCs and Angel Investors.

“There is money available and we need more women entrepreneurs, especially in the technology sector.

So there’s the secret.  Find your passion, work hard, network, take risks, stick to your beliefs and find a way to turn your passion into your business.

I can’t end the post without thanking the people that made our first Girl Geek Dinner in Ottawa happen:

  1. Social Media Breakfast – who brought Tara to Ottawa and introduced her to us.
  2. Thornley Fallis – who sponsored 10 hard working students so they could attend our dinner.
  3. CanvasPop – who have offered all our attendees a discount and a $100 gift certificate for one lucky lady.
  4. Scott Lake – who donated a hot looking AND talking ipod shuffle.
  5. Natasha D’Souza – for sponsoring our blog and helping us move our content over here.

Of course we also owe thanks to the Ottawa Girl Geek community for making the event such a success! We’d love to hear  your feedback. Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts on the event, Tara’s experiences and what advice / message she had that struck a chord with you.

OK, I just have one more thing for you guys.  Don’t forget to follow Tara’s dog Ridley on Twitter who is not only very cute, but also wears a hat.