Manchester Girl Geeks is a not-for-profit group which organises networking events, talks and hands-on workshops for women and girls with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Our events are different every month, but as a general rule, in odd-numbered months we run Crafternoon events - meet people and make things at informal meetups or hands-on workshops. In even-numbered months, we have Show & Tell events - share your passion, and/or watch others do the same.
We're also open to other suggestions - please get in touch if you have an idea for an event!
We're putting our regular monthly events on hold in April and May, and our next event will be BarCamp in July. Save the date, and watch this space for updates!
We initially started as part of the Girl Geek Dinners movement, which currently has more than 60 groups in over 20 countries. These events provide opportunities for women in STEM to get together in a relaxed environment, network and meet like-minded people.
Our Girl Geek Tea Party sessions in Manchester started in December 2009 as an activity oriented, family friendly addition to the dinners. The workshops are held monthly on Sunday afternoons in locations around the city, and have involved activities ranging from web development, hands-on crafts, and “Build your own PC” sessions, to science talks, Show & Tells, museum trips and even litter picking. All our events are run by volunteers and tickets are free or cheap.
Although we are called 'Girl Geeks', people of all genders are welcome to attend our events – they are organised and run by our volunteers, and the majority of attendees are female. We also work with other groups and organisations in Manchester and elsewhere to develop and promote events.
We’re always looking for volunteers to run workshops, give exciting talks, give us a hand at events, update our website, or just help us promoting Manchester Girl Geeks – please do get in touch! We’re friendly and more than happy to welcome new members and ideas.
We have a code of conduct that applies to all of our events. The full version can be found by clicking here.
The short version is: We want to be inclusive; do not engage in homophobic, racist, transphobic, ableist, sexist –against persons of any gender -or otherwise exclusionary behaviour. Don't make exclusionary jokes. Don't even make them "ironically".
Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event and will not be welcome back to our events in future. If you are subject to, or observe any harassment, or have any other concerns - please speak to a member of the Girl Geeks team, who will be wearing girl geek teeshirts and/or will be introduced at the start of the event, or email us afterwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports will be dealt with discreetly and in confidence. We want everyone to have a great time, and treat each other with respect.