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


Event review: Tea Party #62 : Blogging Workshop

Following on from our successful event back in January, Tea Party #58: Meet the Bloggers, our May event picked up the theme of blogging again, with presentations from bloggers, followed by some practical hands-on sessions to try out some blogging platforms and set up a beginner blog on Medium, get some useful hints & tips on using platforms such as Blogger, and on sourcing copyright-cleared images to use, and even have a go at adding a post to the Girl Geeks site (yes, this very post!)

The presentations covered various blogging platforms, and our presenters shared the things they’d learned from doing their blogs, from images to metrics to managing comments. First up was Olivia from Liv’s Recovery Kitchen who told us all about the site, which she set up using Weebly, a good platform if you want a visual site and the option to have different layouts. The site used different sections and index pages, and also included recipes which present more of a challenge to format. Olivia also spoke about the Blog On conference, where bloggers come together to network, which she found very valuable.

Next up was Katie @stecks, showing us how we add content to the Manchester Girl Geeks site, hosted on WordPress. Katie explained how we use it to advertise our events, using “sticky” posts (which always appear first, good to draw attention to upcoming events!). Natalie @natcliberty followed with a look at her Blogger blog, Engineer with Unique Style, including how she could keep track of stats, and also some useful tips on using images and photos.

Our final speaker Karen @kpudner took us through the blogging platform Medium, a straightforward platform that would make a good entry level blog as it is very simple to add content and images, and also has a “feed” feature to help you follow other blogs on there – similar to Twitter (although with much longer posts, of course!).

After a quick break, we began our interactive sessions, with attendees free to choose a group to join in – either getting practical advice on sourcing free-to-use images, setting up and having a go at blogging using Medium, working on a tutorial on Blogger, sharing tips and having some time to work on their own blogs, and also the chance to contribute to this very post on the “help us write an event review” table, where this post began!

Attendees that visited the table had the following observations on what they’d seen on the other tables…

Writing reviews proved fruitful for one of the bloggers, with lots of freebies sent to her to review for her blog.

There were many different platforms to appeal to different bloggers and different topics – in fact, something for everyone!

As is tradition at Girl Geek Tea Parties, there was a selection of tasty home-baked cakes – Gem @gem_hill‘s ginger cake and Katie’s apple cake were particularly popular – both had completely “disappeared” by the end of the event!

Review collated by Emily @emilylovedhim, with lots of input from the attendees who visited this table. Thank you! I didn’t manage to make a note of names, so if you were one of them, please do put your name in the comments so I can credit you properly.

BarCamp 2016



For our fourth year running, Manchester Girl Geeks will be holding another all-day #bracamp (cheeky hashtag alert), on Saturday 9th July 2016.

Previous BarCamp events run by MGG have attracted over 400 attendees, and this year we’ll be at the AutoTrader Offices, No.1 First Street, for a whole day of chatting, playing, meeting, talking, listening, questioning, coding, doodling and making friends.

A BarCamp 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.

autotraderlogo_tallBarCamp 2016, and the rest of our events this year, are supported by our two lovely sponsors: SSR, and AutoTrader (who are also providing our venue).

We’re still looking for community groups to run stands in our community area, and donations of swag and goodies for our freebie swag bags. If you’re a company, a community organisation, or have swag to send, please take a look at our sponsorship document (PDF).


Visit bracamp2016.eventbrite.com to secure your place.

We’re using a ‘waiting list’ system this year – add yourself to the waiting list by putting in your name and email address, and when we open tickets – on 1st July, around a week before the event – you’ll have 72 hours to confirm your place.

The ticket release process will be as follows:

The actual tickets will be released on 1st July, when the first 100 people on the waitlist will receive a notification to register for your ticket, which you’ll have 72 hours to reply and claim your ticket.

After that, any remaining people on the waitlist will get a chance at tickets, and will also have 72 hours to reply and claim your ticket.

If there are any remaining after that, then these will go on general release to anyone, whether you were on the waitlist or not.

Tickets are free and include lunch, and tickets including t-shirts too will be available for £3 – due to past issues with people registering and not turning up, we always end up with leftover t-shirts so this year 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 tshirt on the day, Barcamp 2015, 2014 and a small number of 2013 tshirts will be available to buy on the door for £2.