Upcoming event: GGTP#65 – Wikipedia Edit Tea Party UPDATE

We have now merged our event with the Voting for Change Edit-a-thon event on November 20th.wiki.png

Sunday 20th November 2016, Working Class Movement Library 10:00am – 4:00pm, free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voting-for-change-edit-a-thon-tickets-25968895666

Practically everyone uses the free encyclopaedia to find out about the world – but have you ever tried adding to it? Women are sorely under-represented in editing and contributing to Wikipedia articles, and we aim to shift the balance.

We’re teaming up with PHM and WCML to acquire material related to the fight for the vote, and then share this knowledge on Wikipedia. Helpers from Wikimedia UK and Manchester Girl Geeks will be on hand to help you learn and develop editing skills. There will be support on hand for beginners and for those who already have some editing experience.

Feel free to bring along your favourite sources and add to the body of knowledge together!

The library is opposite Salford uni, a short distance away from Salford Crescent train station. There are many bus links, including the number 8 from Shudehill. The day runs from 10am-4pm.

What to bring:

  • A laptop / computer, on which to edit; if you don’t have one you can bring, please get in touch beforehand and we can sort something out.
  • We’re not able to supply lunch this time, but there are a few places to buy food nearby – if you bring a packed lunch there’ll be somewhere to eat it.

To book your place, visit the Eventbrite page.

Upcoming Event: Girl Geek Dinner: Space Rocks On Ice – Part of MSF16

Tuesday 25th October 6.30pm- Tickets £5 including dinner

NoHo, Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1FB

Join us for our Manchester Science Festival 2016 event, with a talk from Dr Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester.

Meteorites shed light on the origin of the Solar System and on the geological history of different planetary bodies. Antarctica is unique collection ground for meteorites – it very cold so preserves them well, the black meteorites are easy to spot against the white ice, and meteorites samples are often concentrated together on the ice along the Transantarctic mountain range. Katherine Joy will outline her experience in travelling to collect meteorites with the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites Programme, and talk about the scientific reasons we go and collect these stones from space.

Katherine Joy obtained her PhD in studies of lunar evolution from University College London in 2007, where she combined data from the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 mission and studies of lunar meteorites. She then held a postdoctoral research position at Birkbeck College where she studied data from the X-ray instrument on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission. In 2010 Katherine took up a postdoctoral research post in Houston, Texas where she was based at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Centre as a NLSI postdoctoral research fellow. She studied samples returned by the Apollo 16 mission in order to study the Moon’s impact record. In 2012 Katherine returned to the UK to work at the University of Manchester where she investigates the bombardment history of the Moon and inner Solar System. She has twice joined the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) programme, spending two field season’s on the ice collecting meteorites.

Tickets: http://sciencefestival.seetickets.com/event/girl-geek-dinner-space-rocks-on-ice/noho/1011326/

Please note this is an over-12s event only

 

Upcoming event: GGTP#64 – Geek Mental Help Tea Party

Sunday 9th October 2016, Autotrader, 10:30am-4pm, tickets £4.50 including lunch

Geek Mental Help WeekGeek Mental Help Week is a week-long series of articles, blog posts, conversations, podcasts and events across the web about mental health issues, how to help people who suffer, and those who care for sufferers.

As part of Geek Mental Help Week, we’re holding an all day event on 9th October at Autotrader, on First Street, near Home.

We’ll be running talks and interactive workshops, as well as having spots for lightning talks and smaller discussions. As with all our events there will be tea/coffee and cake, and we will also be providing lunch.

We have some fantastic speakers, covering a number of subjects including suicide, sleep management, and apps to help manage your mental health.

Tickets are £4.50 including lunch, and can be found at mancggtp64.eventbrite.co.uk.

We’re on the ground floor at Madlab, which is wheelchair accessible. Please get in touch if you have any other access needs.

Upcoming event: Girl Geek Dinner – Big Data with Timandra Harkness

Monday 5th September 2016, 6.30pm-9pm. Tickets: £6 including dinner.

Twenty Twenty Two, The Basement, 20 Dale Street (entrance on Little Lever Street), Manchester M1 1EZ

Stand-up comedian, author and broadcaster Timandra Harkness, whose latest book is Big Data: Does Size Matter?, will be joining us for an entertaining overview of big data, from the very first time a caveperson carved a tally of how many beasts they’d killed, right through to the modern gigantic science experiments churning out hundreds of terabytes of data every day.

We’ll also have a delicious dinner, and the usual chance to meet and network with other Girl Geeks. Tickets cost only £6, and include your meal. Drinks will also be available.Big Data Book

And, of you’d like to buy a copy of Timandra’s book, Big Data: Does Size Matter? we’ll have a small number of copies available to buy for £15 (for the hardback) – you can even pre-order when you buy your ticket, to save bringing cash on the night.

Timandra Harkness is a writer, presenter and comedian. She presents BBC Radio 4 science shows FutureProofing and Human Zoo, hosts and chairs live events, and writes columns for print and online publications. She’s performed several different comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, and her book, Big Data: Does Size Matter? came out in spring 2016. In her spare time she enjoys opera, motorcycles, and talking to strangers.

Tickets: ggd-bigdata.eventbrite.co.uk

Accessibility: Although Twenty Twenty Two is on the lower ground floor, step-free access is possible via the entrance on Dale St. Please let us know when booking if you require this so we can provide full details.

Please note this is an over 18s event only. We’re really sorry, but to venue licensing restrictions, we’re unable to open this particular event to under 18s.

GGTP #63: Coding Workshop

Sunday 14th August 2016, 2pm-4pm, SSR, Downing Street

Manchester Girl Geeks will present a 2 hour introduction to coding. With the help of www.codecademy.com, we will walk and talk you through the first steps to writing your own code in a programming language called Python. This short intro class is aimed at absolute beginners, who have little or no knowledge of programming, as well as people with experience of programming who would like to refresh their coding skills – for example, if you already program in another language but would like to learn a new one!

What to bring

You will need to bring your own laptop or tablet. The Codecademy website should work in most browsers, but we recommend that you create an account beforehand and try a couple of lessons to make sure that everything works OK for you.

There will be cake and biscuits available, but please feel free to bring your own creations.

Venue information

The venue is wheelchair accessible. if you have any other access needs, please get in touch.

It is located about half a mile from Piccadilly Train station – if you need to get a bus, the 192 runs regularly from Piccadilly Bus station.

Tickets are £3 for adults, free for under 16s