Posts Tagged ‘women and tech’

NEW DATE! GGD Ottawa presents: SuperSHEroes of Tech, March 19

On Wednesday, March 19, Girl Geek Dinners Ottawa welcomes long-time member Diana Cantú to discuss the SuperSHEroes of Tech! Diana will discuss the unsung ‘sheroes’ of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and introduce members to some of history’s women pioneers and leaders.

Diana CantuDiana describes herself as a woman who “works in high-tech and grew up in a world where Linda Lovelace is better known than Ada Lovelace.” By sharing stories and reconquering our history, she feels that women can look forward to a future where we are all just PEOPLE in tech.

Diana is a career technology evangelist, currently responsible for international business development at Newtec, a Belgian satellite broadband infrastructure company. A specialist in the intersection of art, culture, and new technology, her professional background features a mix of tech and the arts including: pioneer satellite broadband networks (for digital broadcasting, IPTV, digital cinema, and distance learning), a 3D technology company in Montreal, running an arts-oriented graphic design practice in NYC, commercial and non-profit art galleries… and even a small opera company.

As an enthusiastic long time social media “netizen”, she is found blogging, Tweeting, networking and hanging out online in a variety of places — cataloged here: www.about.me/dianacantu. Her passions span geek culture, street & graffiti art, travel, hacking (the creative/good kind), languages, food, wine, technology, dance, social media, 3D, social justice, mentoring, all things nerdy, and art.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Where:  Fox and Feather Pub (283 Elgin St., upstairs)

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)

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.

 

Thank you to our door prize sponsors!

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GGD Ottawa presents: Data for Mental Health – November 20th

Shelley McKayOf the 6.7 million people who have a mental health problem, about one million are children and teenagers between nine and 19 years old. The high cost of treatment and care of teenagers with mental health concerns and the lack of available services is a serious problem in Canada. Emergency room visits often occur when youth are in a crisis state and outcomes for these youth are poor. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth. Suicide is influenced by social media as well as social and environmental factors.

Can social media data serve as an effective early warning system to help prevent such tragedies?

Join us on November 20th as strategic consultant Shelley McKay answers this question as she discusses the pilot project she is leading that will use social media, analytics and predictive models using keywords and phrases associated with known risk factors to identify suicidal behaviours/ideations at the earliest possible point. This project is a first in Canada and the outcome objective of the project is two-fold: proactive rather than reactive support for our youth and reduce the pressure on our region’s emergency rooms by proactively identifying youth in crisis and directing them to appropriate treatment.

Shelley is a strategic consultant living with PTSD, working to integrate mental health into National Health Strategy and to raise funds to deliver more mental health services.  She is a former Canadian National Team athlete and Woman of Distinction Award winner. Through keynote addresses and lobbying, Shelley shares her personal experiences and challenges in an effort to inform the public, media, employers, government and healthcare communities about the urgent need to build a more coordinated national healthcare strategy by including initiatives and strategies to meet the needs of people impacted by mental illness.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Where:  SideDoor (18 York Street) NOTE NEW LOCATION

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)

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot for Wednesday, November 20th. We hope to see you!

 

Thank you to our door prize sponsors!

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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 Datalibre.ca.
  • 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> gmail.com. 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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GGD Ottawa gets some local airtime

Girl Geek Dinner (GGD) Ottawa was featured last night on CTV Ottawa’s Tech Now segment of the Sunday 6 o’clock news. The interview provided us the opportunity to explain why we founded a chapter in Ottawa and to discuss opportunities for women in social media.

Paul Brent of CTV Ottawa's Tech Now discusses the new Girl Geek Dinner chapter in Ottawa

Paul Brent of CTV Ottawa's Tech Now discusses the new Girl Geek Dinner chapter in Ottawa

Also featured in the interview is Ian Capstick of MediaStyle who gives his perspective on why he thinks women are more naturally adapt as social media strategists.

To watch the video, visit the CTV Ottawa website. FYI: I can’t find a way to link directly to the video, so once you navigate to the page, click the CTV News Video Player to the right of the page.

You can also read the accompanying article here.

On a final note, we would like to thank the community for supporting our chapter launch event scheduled for tomorrow night with guest speaker Tara Hunt. The event has sold out and is an indication that Ottawa women working and/or interested in high tech want these kind of networking and learning events.