Christmas Tea Party – Sunday 16th December

Join Manchester Girl Geeks for an afternoon of relaxed festive fun at our Christmas Tea Party! We’ll have board games, crafts, soft electronics and other things to make, along with our legendary selection of home bakes and hot mulled juice!

Your ticket includes entry, games, activities and refreshments.

We’ll also have a few extra optional activities for a small fee payable on the day, to cover extra materials:
Soft electronic toys – create your very own soft felt toy with LED light £2
Binary keyrings – write your name in binary to make a personalised keyring £3

We’ll also have a laser cut gifts stall, by the wonderful Qwirkshop.

You can pay on the day for these activities, and buy gifts, so don’t forget to bring payment if you’re interested!

Sunday 16th December, 2-4pm, Fan Boy 3, Hilton Street, £3.50 (including refreshments and activities)

Book your ticket here

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GGTP#76, April Data Showers

Sunday 29th April 2018, 2 – 4pm, Madlab

Tickets free – book here

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Are you excited, worried or just plain bewildered by the way big data is increasingly affecting our everyday lives? Join us for an afternoon of discussion on all things data related. Talks will include:

Alexia Sampri @alexiasampri, PhD student in health informatics at the University of Manchester
Why does healthcare sector still struggle with Data Integration?
This talk will focus on what data integration is, why we need it in the healthcare sector, what are the issues and how we could solve them.

Danya Shoemaker from Matillion
Harnessing the power of the cloud for big data processing
More and more small to large enterprises are moving their ever growing ‘big data’ to the cloud. This data ranges from customer behaviour, financial analytics, and even DNA sequencing data. We will discuss what the cloud is, the benefits an organisation can gain from using a modern cloud-based data warehouse and how partner solutions are helping business work better, faster. We will conclude with a real use case and take a look at a cloud warehouse in real time.

Bethan Turner @HoneycombBethan http://honeycomb-analytics.com
Demystifying big data
Bethan shows that big data doesn’t have to be as intimidating as everyone seems to think. She explains how it can be used alongside other types of research data to help companies and customers really understand what’s at the heart of their problem, and more importantly, how to harness big data to help solve their problems.

Karen Pudner @kpudner
Data and Ethics
And our very own Girl Geek volunteer Karen, will be leading a discussion on data and ethics. Can decision-making algorithms reduce the effect of human prejudice or can they actually accentuate existing biases?

This event is free, including tea and cakes/biscuits (although you’re welcome to bring your own bakes if you’re feeling inspired!).

We will be on the bottom floor of Madlab, which is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets free – book here

Upcoming event: GGTP#75

Girl Geek Tea Party #75 – Show and Tell
Sunday 18th February, 2-4.30pm, MadLab

Tickets Free – book here

Do you have a passion for technology? What brilliant gadget did you get for Christmas? What wonder of science do you think the world should know about? Come to the next Manchester Girl Geek Tea Party and share your knowledge with people who want to know more.

We’re having another of our famous Girl Geek Show and Tell tea parties, 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.

We already have a session confirmed from Zoe Breen reporting on her fab Care Labels for Humans project, as previously presented at our January event.

If you don’t have anything to share then just come along for the talks, a cup of tea and some cake. Feel free to bring some homemade cakes if you want to share the love, too. There’ll be a relaxed atmosphere where you can share your thoughts and ideas with friendly people. If you’re new and just want to learn more, then come to listen and meet some great people.

This event is free, including tea and cakes/biscuits (although you’re welcome to bring your own bakes if you’re feeling inspired!).

What To Bring
A short talk/presentation (optional) plus laptop/slides/objects to show if needed (remember it’s only 10-15 minutes!)
Your friends, family, colleagues etc who might be interested in joining us! As with all our events, people of all genders are welcome.

On the day the first 20 minutes will be set aside for tea, biscuits & working out what order people’s talks will go in.

Register for your free ticket here: https://mggtp75.eventbrite.co.uk/

Upcoming event: GGTP #74: Blue Sunday

Sunday 14th January 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Virgin Money Lounge, King Street, Manchester

 

Tickets £3 – book here

To ‘celebrate’ Blue Monday (the so-called most depressing day of the year), we’re holding a mental health related event on ‘Blue Sunday’ (the day before).

We’ll have Zoe Breen presenting Care Labels For Humans, which you’ll be able to use and give feedback on, and we’ll be holding a session loosely based on lean coffee, where we’ll discuss mental health topics that are chosen by you, the attendees! You can share stories, get support, ask for advice, whatever you wish.

We’ll also have our usual Girl Geek Tea Party tea and cake.

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!