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GGDOttawa March 2015 Event – The Tales of Journalism: the good, the bad and the future

Riddle me this: who has two legs and chases politicians around Centre Block, types fast enough on a smart phone to live-tweet a committee meeting, has over 18K followers on Twitter, and spends their free time watching loads of Netflix?

Payton-CBCOn March 26, 2015, Girl Geek Dinners Ottawa uncovers the life of political journalist Laura Payton.

From Saskatchewan to Ottawa, to Vancouver then back to Ottawa, Laura’s journalistic adventures have taken her from crime and animal stories, to chasing politicians down hallways and covering some of the most prolific scandals and election shenanigans.

Known projects:

Abortion debate may come back in 2014 – January 2014

Robocalls immunity deal struck with ex-Tory worker – January 2014

Conservative campaign database fiasco costs party millions – October 2013

Since completing a master of journalism at Carleton University in 2007, Laura has spear-headed her career to become one of Ottawa’s prolific political journalists, as well as a social media influencer with over 18,000 followers on Twitter.

But, we can all agree success does not come without risks, setbacks or competition.

Join us for a candid presentation on a “day in the life of a Laura Payton,” her experiences and lessons learned as a woman in political journalism, the shifts of technology and social media in journalism, and how she became a key influencer on the Hill and online.

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Where: Maxwell’s Bistro (340 Elgin St. – private room upstairs)

Time: Doors open 5:30 PM | Presentation (including food order) 6 PM | Event ends 7 PM

Cost: $10 (does not include meals or drinks)

CLICK HERE to register.

Thank you to our community sponsor Ottawa Digital Marketing Meetup

Thank you to our door prize sponsors:




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!


Thornley Fallis

Open Data Ottawa

The Lemon Kitchen

Media Miser

The National Arts Centre

Swing Dynamite

Ottawa Girl Geeks on Twitter

Someone suggested that we post all the Girl Geek’s Twitter addresses on the blog so we can all connect with each other. I had started this list a few weeks ago, but as you’ll notice never got around to finishing it and posting it here…

Well sometimes procrastination pays off because since that happened Twitter has released its ‘Lists’ feature. Mel has put together a GGDOttawa list on Twitter. Here you can find all the women interested in #GGDOttawa.

If you’re not already on the list, leave a comment here, or contact @MelGallant to get included.