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).
Unbelievably, Manchester Girl Geeks have now run 100 events in Manchester and online to provide support, training and fun activities for geeky people of all kinds. We're making Tea Party #100 an afternoon of celebration to mark the occasion.
We'll be joined by Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We'll also spend some time reflecting on our successes so far, and enjoy some party games and networking, to meet other cool people. The event will be on Zoom and the link will be sent out close to the event - register to get your free ticket!
If you've been to MGG events in the past and would like to share a story about how you found them helpful, enjoyable or otherwise inspiring, we'd love to hear from you - drop us an email and we can read out your message at the event, or give you a chance to share it on the call.
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.
People of all genders are welcome to attend our events – they are organised and run by our team of 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, or make exclusionary jokes - not even "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.