Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp


On 23rd June 2018, Manchester Girl Geeks will be holding our 5th all-day BarCamp event!



A BarCamp (cheeky hashtag: #bracamp) is a conference organised without planning any talks ahead of time – so all the talks are given by attendees who sign up on the day (sometimes even halfway through the day!) and topics can be anything – coding, tech, science, making, games, and anything you’re passionate about. It’s like one of our Show & Tell tea parties, but it lasts all day and there’s a choice of talks across three different rooms. Previous BarCamp events run by MGG in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 have attracted over 400 attendees.

Swag from 2016 BarCamp goody bag
Photo by @MadeWithGlove

All attendees will be getting our sought-after Swag Bags packed full of goodies and freebies! Want your logo and company name or promotional message to appear in there and be seen by 100 cool people from Manchester and around? We’re looking for cool items to fill the bag – whether that’s a classic pen, some funky stickers, USB sticks, keyrings, notepads or other cool stuff, our swag bags are always popular with attendees. It’s a great opportunity to get your business known and make our attendees happy! Please email us with details:

We’re also looking for community groups and local organisations to run stalls in our Sponsor/Community space – if you’d like to come and run something fun that people can participate in during the breaks, let us know (email above) and we’ll see if we can fit you in!

We’ll be adding more details to this page about the event as it progresses, but please email if you have any questions in the meantime, or spot anything here that’s missing.

TicketingVenue InformationThe DayFood and DrinkCare Labels


If you signed up to the waitlist, you should have now received your email to confirm how to claim your tickets. You have until 9am Tuesday 19th to complete your order, after which the tickets will be on general release.

If you didn’t sign up to the waitlist, remaining tickets will be available after 9am on Tuesday 19th, so you still have a chance to book on!


Tickets are free and include lunch, and tickets including lunch and a MGG/BarCamp t-shirt are available for £5 – due to past issues with people registering and not turning up, we always end up with leftover t-shirts so we’re not providing them free to everyone, but at a small cost to encourage turning up to collect them. If you change your mind and want a t-shirt on the day, they will be available to buy on the door.

Venue Information

AutoTrader offices

The venue, AutoTrader’s offices are at Number One First Street. The address of the building is on Tony Wilson Place, although the entrance isn’t on the main road. If you go to HOME, the theatre/cinema/restaurant complex that’s at the corner of Whitworth Street West, the entrance to the building is directly opposite through a revolving and accessible door.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, and has accessible toilets and a shower (which you probably won’t need to use). There are power sockets in the walls and floor of all the talk rooms, and wifi is available throughout the venue.

We’ll be running our plenaries and keynotes in a big room, and talks will run across four spaces – the big room, two medium sized rooms, and one small room for discussion type sessions. We’ll also have a quiet space available for people to get away from the conference if needed, and a central area with tea/coffee available.

The Day

Wall of talk cardsWe’ll be open from 9.30am with tea, coffee and breakfast snacks, and the opening plenary will begin at 10am (don’t be late!). There’ll be 9 talk sessions across four rooms, a comedy keynote from a special guest, and a closing plenary that finishes at 5pm.

Once you arrive, you’ll need to give your name at the desk so we can tick you off our list, then head up to the fifth floor in the lift. Stairs are also available. Once inside you’ll get a lanyard, a BarCamp goodie bag, and your t-shirt if you’ve bought one.

We’ll have a wall of talks, where you can suggest a talk you’d like to give in one of our rooms/time slots, and there’ll be time at the start of the day, after the opening plenary, to put your talk on the board. Before the opening plenary, we’ll be giving priority to anyone who’s never spoken at a BarCamp before, so if that’s you, come and find us on arrival to put your talk on the board.

During the day, free movement between sessions and talks is allowed and encouraged – speakers won’t be offended if you leave or arrive in the middle, as they know there will be other cool stuff going on you might want to go and see! We’ll also have a sponsor/community area with fun activities to check out if none of the talks take your fancy, and during the breaks.

We’ll have a coffee break in the morning, lunch, and another coffee break in the afternoon, and talk slots will be 20 minutes each – but you don’t need to talk for the whole 20 minutes, as Q&A usually happens after and can be even better!

bec hillWe’re going to be joined for our closing keynote by comedian Bec Hill, who will finish the day with some of her award-winning stand-up comedy. Originally from Australia, Bec lives in London and has gained a cult following for her unique and nerdy style. Her work includes guest spots on numerous TV and radio shows including Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit, as well as writing, acting, presenting and directing for TV, radio and film, and appearing as a voice actor in PS4 game Mass Effect: Andromeda. She’s won a number of awards for her jokes and performances, and is known for incorporating arts and crafts into her stand-up routines.

Food and Drink

We’ll be providing tea, coffee, squash and water all day, as well as a table of cakes from our bake-off, which will be available for general consumption from the first coffee break onwards (once the judge has had chance to make a decision).

Lunch will be provided, and all the food will be vegetarian/vegan – so it’ll all be meat-free, and at least one non-gluten option and one non-spicy option will be available. Please note, the food is in the form of a buffet, so we won’t be able to guarantee nothing gets cross-contaminated – but we’ll provide plenty of serving implements and arrange the buffet to reduce the chance of this. AutoTrader are also happy for you to bring your own lunch, if you’re not sure you’ll be able to eat anything we’re providing.

Care Labels

clfh_square.jpgWe’ll be using GG regular Zoe Breen’s Care Labels for Humans at BarCamp, as a way for attendees to identify themselves and their interests/preferences easily to others. We hope it’ll be useful to attendees, but will be entirely optional. You’ll receive your Care Labels on arrival, and during the post-plenary talk-submitting phase, there’ll be materials and space set aside for you to personalise your Care Labels for the day.

As with all our events, you don’t have to be a girl to attend, people of any gender are welcome. People under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The building also has a strict Child Safety Policy which parents/guardians of under 16s must read and follow.

Our BarCamp event this year is taking place thanks to our wonderful sponsors: