Upcoming event: MakeFest 19-20th August , 10am-5pm, Museum of Science & Industry

soft electronicsMakeFest is the Museum of Science and Industry’s annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making. Artists, makers, crafters and coders will take over the museum for a whole weekend to show off their skills and encourage everyone to have a go at making something for themselves.

Entry is free and booking is not required, though some activities may be chargeable. MGG will be there both days, making soft toys using conductive thread, electrical components and felt.

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Event review: Noise Party!

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For our July event, we organised an audiovisual extravaganza called the Girl Geeks’ NOISE PARTY (capitals obligatory)! We held it at TwentyTwentyTwo in the Northern Quarter, which had a fantastic room we took over for the duration.

First up was Dan Hett, a senior game developer for BBC Children’s, who livecodes visuals in his free time. He did a fantastic talk about using Cyril, an environment he’s developed, to make some awesome glitchy visuals.

Videos courtesy of Zoe Breen.

During the coffee break we had a chance to play with some awesome things. Firstly, Ruth Perkins from Science Made Simple brought along a Theremin and a voice changer, which was a lot of fun!

Photo courtesy of Dan Hett

We also had Tobin from Manchester Science’s Festival’s Hooked On Music project, with tablets for us to play their music game, which explores what makes music memorable and catchy. The results will be used to explore the science and therapeutic effects of catchy music. The game is at the link above if you want to have a go!

After the break there was a fascinating talk by Nick Donovan, otherwise known as DEAD BEAR. Nick showed us how he uses found sounds and samples, layered on top of each other to make unique tracks.


Finally we had an audiovisual mashup, courtesy of Dan and musician Davydd Pattinson:

Videos courtesy of Zoe Breen.

The performance included ambient sounds, white noise and glitchy screaming, all to the backdrop of Dan Hett’s live coding. This part was totally unrehearsed and amazing.

All in all it was a fantastic afternoon. Thanks to everyone who braved the downpour to come out and join us for this event!

Girl Geek Dinner #12 in association with ThoughtWorks @MadLab, Wednesday 19th June, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 6pm to 9pmthoughtworks-300x91
MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN
Tickets: £3, including dinner

“Shaping the future of IT – Female Leaders”

ThoughtWorks are a global software company with a base in Manchester, and they’ve kindly offered to sponsor our Girl Geek Dinner for June.

Come along for a chance to meet other Girl Geeks in Manchester, to hear the speakers and join in the discussion, and to network and make new friends.

ThoughtWorks’ mission is to better humanity through software and we strive to build and grow a diverse workforce to help us do this.

We are proud to have lots of talented female ‘ThoughtWorkers’ on board, but it is still hard to ignore the lack of senior female role models in the technology space – something that is vital to the continued growth and success of the industry.

Join us to hear from a variety of female leaders in different roles across the technology space and learn about different approaches that will help you to become a successful leader.

Schedule for the evening:
6.00pm – Arrival and registration
Jackie (ThoughtWorks Global Leadership Development) and Isabella (Senior Developer on ThoughtWorks leadership programme) share their experiences
 – Q&A/Panel Discussion with a range of women who currently work in the technology space, talking about their experiences around Leadership
 – Food, drinks and networking

Purchase your £3 ticket for the dinner on our Eventbrite page.

For more information about ThoughtWorks, visit www.thoughtworks.com.

ThoughtWorks are kindly sponsoring the event and covering all the costs, meaning our ticket takings will be put towards future Manchester Girl Geeks events.

Tweet about this event: @mcrgirlgeeks @thoughtworks #twuknorth #ggd

Okay Computer Workshop, 19th February 2011

On Saturday afternoon Manchester Girl Geeks got together with Okay_Computer and Manchester Free Software to run a workshop on Free Software Philosophy and Ubuntu. Of course, we didn’t forget to bring along plenty of tea and cakes for our colleagues and friends, new and old!

Mother and daughter smiling at something off-camera

Anna of Okay_Computer kicked things off with a fantastic presentation on the history of the free software movement and what it means for us all today. What could have been a very dry and boring subject was transformed into a fantastically fun talk, covering the 4 software freedoms, the history of GNU/Linux and why Richard Stallman *really* hates going upstairs (don’t ask).

After a break for tea & cakes and for new users to try their hand at installing Ubuntu on the handily supplied computers, Charlie of the Girl Geeks took everyone on a whistlestop tour of Ubuntu, covering all the basics of what Ubuntu has to offer. Breathlessly showing how to install new software, play movies, organise music and edit documents, she was unfazed by Anna’s temperamental computer and some technical surprises along the way!

After yet more cake, JP of Manchester Free Software took a question and answer session from the audience, showing how to accomplish everyday tasks with Ubuntu and even how to use free software for designing websites!

The only shock of the day came from the audience when it was announced that the computers being used to demonstrate and install UBuntu on were being given away to whoever wanted them. Those who came on public transport were happy at the gifts, but may have acquired a weight-induced bad back by the time they got home!

Everyone had a great time and all three groups may have gained a few new members!

Charlie’s photos of the event can be found here on flickr.