Upcoming event :GGTP #73: Internet of Festive Things

Sunday 10th December, 1.30 – 4pm, Fab Lab Altrincham.

Tickets £0 – £28 – click here to book

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Want to learn some simple coding skills, and create a fab object that can decorate your house over the winter season? Come to our Internet of Things workshop – learn to write a simple program, and build a light-up Christmas tree which is internet-enabled and changes colour when you tweet it.

The workshop costs £28 including a Raspberry Pi Zero W starter kit (RRP £35) and all the parts for your tree, and we’ll talk you through the basics of setting up your tiny computer, building it into a laser cut Christmas tree and programming it to respond to input from Twitter. The workshop takes around 2 hours and will include all materials (you can take your finished project home with you) plus our usual tea/coffee/cake.

We’ll be hosted by our lovely friends at Trafford FabLab, which is directly opposite the tram stop at Altrincham, and parking is available in the shopping centre nearby. We’ll aim to start at 2pm, and will be open from 1.30pm so you can arrive and get a cuppa before we start. The FabLab is wheelchair accessible entrance and vegan/gluten free food options will be available.

If you’re keen to carry on with this kind of project, we’re aiming to run another workshop in the Easter holidays and another in the summer, both of which will use the same Pi Zero W kit, so you can bring your kit back and participate in those workshops using the same equipment.

Huge thanks to Pimoroni for their support with this workshop!

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Upcoming event: Girl Geek Dinner – Bonfire Show and Tell

Sunday 5th November, 5 – 8pm, Ziya Grill, Rusholme.

Tickets £9 (including meal) – click here to book.

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Do you have a passion for technology? What gadget could you not live without? What wonder of science do you think the world should know about? Come to the next Manchester Girl Geek Dinner and share your knowledge with girls (and guys) who want to know more.

We’re having another of our famous Girl Geek Show and Tell events, and you’re invited to come along, learn something new and teach us about the things you find fascinating. Science, engineering, technology, maths, or anything geeky – wherever your interest lies, you’re welcome to talk for 10-15 minutes (or less if you’d rather) on a subject of your choice. There’ll be a relaxed atmosphere where you can share your thoughts and ideas with like-minded geeks. If you’re new and just want to learn more, then come to listen and meet some great people.

This time, it’s a Bonfire Night special – we’ll be combining our event with dinner (a fiery curry, at Ziya Grill on Manchester’s Curry Mile, with non-spicy options available) and a bonfire afterwards – we’ll be heading over to the Platt Fields Park bonfire and firework display once we’ve finished with dinner.

If you’d like to give a talk, you can indicate this when you book your ticket – although if when you arrive on the day you’ve thought of something to talk about, that’s also fine and we’ll fit in as many talks as we can. We’ll try to arrange a projector for anyone who has slides, but talks without slides are also very welcome!

Tickets are £9 including dinner. For the bonfire/fireworks section of the evening, the park is often a bit dark and can be muddy, so if you want to come over with us after dinner, it might be good to bring a torch and/or wear wellies.

Upcoming event: GGTP#72 HTML/CSS workshop

Sunday 17th September, 2-4pm, MadLab (Edge Street)
Tickets £3 (including refreshments) – click here to book

For September we’ll be running a basic intro to HTML and CSS!

HTML is the basic language that makes up websites and web applications. It describes and forms the underlying structure of webpages: titles, lists, inserting images, forming links, all this can be done via HTML.

CSS is the basic way of styling a website. You can set the colour of not only the background of your page, but the colour and size of fonts, headers, set the way lists and bulleted lists look and much more

Using CSS and HTML together you can build a functional website. We’ll be going through some example code and then adding and modifying it to start you on your website creation journey

Optional advanced level:

Github is a popular platform for storing code in a way that is sharable. Github also has a free hosting option called Github pages. Depending on how we get on, we can upload your HTML and CSS files to your GitHub account and you’ll end up with a public facing, live website that you can then continue to learn to edit and grow, using free resoruces around the web.

Note: To do this section, please sign up for a Github account before coming to the event. 

You can only have one GitHub pages project per GitHub account. If you know that you already have a GitHub pages site, you will not be able to get another site on the same account.

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And on top of all of this we’ll have plenty of tea, coffee, and cake to keep those coding fingers fuelled! We will be on the bottom floor of Madlab, which is wheelchair accessible, and there will be some power sockets available.

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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Upcoming event: GGTP#71 Pokémon Go Litter Pick

pokemonSunday 16th July, 1-4pm, Northern Quarter
Tickets £3.50 (including refreshments) – click here to book

For our July event, we’re going out and about in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, with two goals in mind: to clean up the streets, and to Catch ‘Em All.

Yes, that’s right, we’re literally that stupid – our event will be a litter picking walk around Manchester city centre, while simultaneously playing Pokémon Go on our phones. We’re nearing the one-year anniversary of the game’s release, so even if you find you haven’t played on it for… just under a year, or if you never got into it in the first place, now’s your chance to give it a spin.

We’ll be meeting at MadLab on Edge Street at 1pm, with a half-hour intro to Pokémon Go for anyone who needs to learn how to play or would like a refresher, and heading off from there at 1.30pm for an hour and a half of picking and Pokéing around town. We’ll split into small groups, or you can choose your own route, as long as you join us at the finish – Travelling Man on Dale Street – at 3pm. We’ll then collect in all your rubbish bags, and head next door to Nexus Art Cafe for a cup of tea and some cake (included in your ticket).

We’ll provide rubbish bags, litter pickers and rubber gloves, but you’ll need to bring a smartphone with the Pokémon Go app installed – and make sure it’s fully charged, or bring a spare battery pack, as it uses up the battery pretty fast!

We’ll also be awarding cool prizes – generously donated by Travelling Man – to the attendee that catches the most Pokémon during the hour-and-a-half (in order to enter, make sure you’re at MadLab before 1.30pm and show us your current Pokémon tally – we’ll check again at the end) and to the attendee that picks up the most litter (to be judged as we collect in the bags).