20th – 22nd July 2018
Jodrell Bank, Cheshire
Manchester Girl Geeks are very excited to be going to the Blue Dot Festival again this year. It’s a wonderful festival of music, science, arts and culture, and we will be in the Star Field, building paper rockets to launch into space*. Design and build your craft, add tail fins, a nose cone and draw on a pilot, and then launch it yourself using our stomp launcher. Who can get the highest?
*rockets may not actually go into space!
If you’re going to Blue Dot, make sure you drop by. Lots more details and tickets for the festival here: https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/
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, 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. The event is free to attend, including lunch, refreshments and goody bags for all attendees.
Go to our BarCamp page for more info and to find out how to register!
Sunday 29th April 2018, 2 – 4pm, Madlab
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.
Sun 11 March 2018 2:30pm– 5:00pm, The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Bloody heck! For everything you never knew you needed to know about periods, there’s #periodpositive science comedian and sex educator Chella Quint. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, Chella joyfully deconstructs menstrual stigma with wit, craftivism and brute force, uses song and dance to challenge period poverty, and joyfully invites audiences to hang ten on a crimson wave in this five-star show. Delightfully taboo-breaking period comedy for menstruators and non-menstruators of all genders.
Comedian and activist Chella Quint is coming to Manchester to perform her award-winning sell-out comedy show, alongside a workshop of hands-on activities including crafts and jewellery making, and a launch of Chella’s new research project That Bloody Think Tank, which will include citizen science, data hacking and discussion.
We will be collecting donations of menstrual products, both disposable and re-usable (including pads, liners, tampons, cloth pads, period pants and menstrual cups) to be distributed to schools to create menstrual product kits for teachers and exam invigilators this spring. These will be collected by the #periodpositive schools project that Chella Quint will talk about at the event.
That Bloody Think Tank is the new menstruation research wing of #periodpositive. Aiming to provide an alternative to research conducted by menstrual product companies, That Bloody Think Tank encourages citizen science to find out more about periods and menstrual taboos.
It will be a relaxed performance in an accessible venue.
http://www.periodpositive.com @periodpositive #periodpositive