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So were the female speakers really better than the male ones at DDD4?
I was reading Simon Middlemiss' blog post on his experience of the developer day talks, and it made me smile. In short he found that the three talks by the only three female speakers stood out to him better than the other 2 by the guys. I am just wondering whether the girls are beginning to get better at tech talk or whether they are finally getting the recognition they deserve! Either way it's all good! On my side I am slowly getting to feel more comfortable talking on technical subjects, but I ......

Posted On Monday, December 4, 2006 7:35 PM

DDD4: A quick overview
Well I was at DDD4 and it was a fun day! There was a little last minute preperation the night before, just polishing off the slides and placing all the links in them. It's just a shame that the Microsoft internet let me down. I ended up talking for an entire hour about web 2.0 technologies for business rather than being able to show the full power of what you can do with them. All the same I think it went well under the circumstances, and I don't think I totally fluffed it. At least the feedback ......

Posted On Monday, December 4, 2006 7:26 PM

Mike Hall Exclusive Give Away!!!

Mike Hall, will be autographing Windows CE 6.0 evaluation CD's at the Windows Embedded Booth at 12:00... there will also be an exclusive give away of Mike's speakers shirt!  Which will be autographed by the Embedded team that are out here today!!!

If you are interested or know someone who will be desperate to get it then you HAVE to be there!  Flog it on e-bay... do what you like with it... ;)

See you there...

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 8:52 AM

TechEd Europe 2006 Day 2!
OK it's day 3 and I'm a little behind on the details for what went on at TechEd yesterday... so much to do and so little time. However this time I managed to escape for a bit and go to a few sessions. The first session that I attended was Anders Hejlsberg's session on .net 3.0, the session was totally over subscribed with an overflow room that had the presentation projected onto it. The scores from that particular session's feedback are the highest so far!!! (yes the speakers in the speakers lounge ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 8:07 AM

TechEd Europe 2006... Day 1
OK so I am sat here in the speakers lounge at TechEd Europe 2006 and have been talking to all sorts of people from Microsofties to independent Consultants. I was chatting away to Mike Hall and we were saying that we should do some sort of little chat or question and answer session on mobility so if anyone has any burning questions that they would like Mike to try answering I will see what i can do... just post them here and we will go through them. The other thing is I have the access to all the ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 1:19 PM

Developer Developer Developer Day 4 Registration now open!
As you can see from the title the 4th DDD Day is now open for you to sign up and attend! I will be speaking at it on ways of utilising web 2.0 technologies within a business environment as a communications enabler. I hope you find it informative. I look forward to seeing some of you at the event! You can sign up here: The Sign Up Page! Have a great day! BTW there is a geek dinner after it but spaces are limited. You will find the sign up for that here ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 9:45 PM

TechEd Europe and ITForum 2006
I'm off to TechEd Europe and ITForum 2006 in November and I'm wondering who else is off over there! From what I understand the two events have very different audiences, the geeks and the techies will be at TechEd and the IT professionals and architects will be at ITForum... Hmmm... so what is the difference between the ITPro and the Ubergeek? Surely they have the same aims? Who knows... maybe I will find out more when I am there! Look out for the girly geek dinners that are going there both weeks, ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 12:52 PM

A new blog just for the girly geeks
It was pointed out to me that my "mobile blog" has a lot of "girl geek" stuff on it and is becoming interlaced... as such a friend suggested that I should have an additional blog just for the girl geek stuff. Well I sat and thought about it this evening and it does make a lot of sense. I am hoping that it won't stop as many people hearing about the girl geek stuff and this is my only concern with splitting them apart as 2 seperate blog sites. For now however the new site is Girly Geekdom and for ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 10:40 AM

Barcelona Girl Geek Dinner & London Girl Geek Dinner in Planning
I just thought I should give people advanced info about the up and coming girl geek dinners that are in their planning stages. Firstly we have London Girl Geek Dinner No 8 in planning for 31st October... Venue, & Speakers are confirmed... details can be found on the wiki. This event is sponsored by Microsoft Cambridge Labs as such entry and nibbles will be free. Secondly I am in the planning stages of arranging the very first girl geek dinner in Spain, in Barcelona. This dinner will be in conjunction ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 4:59 PM

DDD4 The Voting is Now Open!
The voting is now open for the sessions that you would like to see presented at Developer, Developer, Developer Day 4.  Please go and vote for the sessions that you would like to see if you are going to go along to the event! 

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 4:56 PM

Barry is media wh*re and loves B*ndage! (apparently!)
As some of you may know Barry Dorrans, my honourary girl geek friend, has been pimping himself out to Microsoft (again... this time) for a Channel 9 video here in London. The video features Barry, Dave and Ian along with Dave's lovely wife and was released online yesterday evening on Channel 9. I thought I would just embarrass the guys a little and spread the fun by telling everyone who knows Barry and also Dave Oliver (from right here at GeeksWithBlogs) to go and watch the video... it really does ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 4:49 PM

10 Reasons for Girl Geeks to go to Conferences and 10 reasons why they don't!
You don't have to queue for the bathroom… the guys do! He he he! You get noticed. You can get away with asking those questions that all the guys are desperate to ask but daren't in case they look stupid. There are no expectations placed on you re: level of technical depth. (other than probably doesn't have a clue… which is always good coz you can make the idiots who think that change their minds in seconds ;) ) You can get the best of the freebies by being a cheeky girly geek! Make the ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 12:26 PM

Last Minute Geek Dinner Announced!
Calling all London Geeks! There is a geek dinner on tonight... v. short notice, just got a mail about it from Ian Forrester who is organising it. This one is with Howard Reingold from Smartmobs.com. More details will be found on the geek dinner website in due course, venue details to follow as they are announced. Please contact Ian if you would like to attend (all details on geek dinner site!) ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 9:52 AM

Why you should talk at Developer Developer Developer Day No 4!
Developer, Developer, Developer Day (DDD) is all about technology and the community! As a valued member of the technology community it is your duty to participate and shape the community as you see fit (assuming you are available on the 2nd December and are near Reading in the UK!). This means that you should take the opportunity to teach others and learn from those others around you. (Are you listening Mr Dave "SOA" Oliver!) Many people who do talks at DDD are nervous about talking in front of ......

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 10:04 AM

London Girl Geek Dinners key sponsor for 2006 Announced!
I am happy to announce that Microsoft are London Girl Geek Dinners core sponsor for the final quarter of 2006 to the early part of 2007. With a lot of work from Nicole Mathison, HP and Abigail Sellen, Cambridge Labs Microsoft we have finalised sponsorship. It couldn't have been done without these two ladies and it means that our events can remain free for a while! Originally I wasn't sure about Microsoft being a core sponsor of ours because I don't want the event to be taken over by Microsofties, ......

Posted On Friday, September 15, 2006 6:09 PM

Women, Technology, Blogs and Conferences
OK I will probably get lynched for even considering to write this particular post and I am not trying to cause controversy at all, however I have been looking around at some of the recent blog conversations that have been popping up on the various blog sites such as here and here. And we had a discussion at BarCamp London on the same subject. The thing is we can talk about why women aren't going to these events amongst the bloggers but to be honest I see the bloggers at the events, they actually ......

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 9:10 AM

London Girl Geek Dinner 7 Announced!
DATE : Tuesday 29th August 2006 7:00pmWHERE: Balls Brothers Wine Bar, 6-8, Cheapside, St. Pauls, London, EC2V 6AB Map and DirectionsHOW MUCH: £5 per head (But if someone would like to sponsor it that would be great, just get in touch!)SIGN UP: http://www.thehughpage.com/... Speaker: Abigail Sellen Featuring Abigail Sellen (http://research.microsoft.... Senior Researcher in Microsoft's Cambridge Lab in Socio-Digital Systems, a new interdisciplinary group with a ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 8, 2006 2:13 PM

Barcamp London 2nd & 3rd Sept
Hey People, The wiki is now open for attendees to register for BarCamp London. You can sign up on the wiki here! It is being held in the Yahoo office on Shaftesbury Avenue and is looking like a good event. Also look out for the geek dinner the night before on Friday 1st September and on the Monday there is the Women in Science and Technology meet up organised by none other than Sarah Cook. And not to mention the next girly geek dinner coming up just before that... wow... it's going to be a busy few ......

Posted On Monday, August 7, 2006 2:24 PM

Exclusive: London Girl Geek Dinner Short Film by Angela Saini of ITN
The London Girl Geek Dinner short film has just been released. Here is an exclusive first look at it prior to it going on FourDocs. It was filmed about a month ago by Angela Saini of ITN who was just fantastic at both directing the video and setting everything up. I hope you enjoy the video and feel free to let anyone else know about it! I hope to see other short video's and films from the girls over at BlogHer after the conference. :) The next London Girl Geek Dinner is to be announced at a later ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 10:16 PM

San Diego... and stuff!
As some of you know I am out in San Diego at the moment and rather than filling this blog with personal stuff I have decided to create a side blog here which details some of my little adventures whilst I am out here. I will be keeping my .net mobile blog site for more tech related stuff. Things to expect on this blog site over the coming weeks are stuff on XP embedded and Windows CE 6 beta... as I am looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the two OS's and where they are appropriate for use. I want ......

Posted On Saturday, July 8, 2006 5:11 PM

San Diego & The Girly Geeks
OK so I have a question... where are the San Diego Girly Geeks? Not heard from them yet and I am off over there towards the end of next week! I don't believe that they don't exist... I want to have a girly geek dinner party with them... see how they actually work over there. It must be a bit different to over here and would love to get a few discussions going. If you are a girly geek in San Diego, or know one then do let me know and I will try to sort out a San Diego girl geek dinner... same rules ......

Posted On Saturday, June 17, 2006 8:39 AM

Thinking about San Diego Girl Geek Dinner?
Well with going over to San Diego some time around 20th June to 20th August for work I am wondering if there are any other tech females over there up for getting together at some point during that time for a San Diego Girl Geek Dinner. I don't know how hard it is to book a restaurant area etc over there or even which ones are good restaurants… so am up for ideas & suggestions. Also if anyone over there would like to talk on a subject… see if we can get it going in a similar format ......

Posted On Thursday, June 1, 2006 3:25 PM

WideOpen Magazine on London Girl Geek Dinners
I just thought I would put up the web URL of wide open's article on London Girl Geek Dinners. I was plesantly surprised by the article. It looks good and gives a pretty clear overview of the evening at the P & P where we did the 4th LGGD. Do I really look goth like at those things?! Hmmm... will have to work on that.. :S Anyway I will be looking out for other articles and write up's of our events and see what has been written about them and will post them here. Wide Open Article on LGGD4 ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:03 PM

Round-Up: London Girl Geek Dinner 6
Last night gave way to our 6th London Girl Geek Dinner. It was a lot of fun and there were some really interesting people at the event. We had Celia Francis the CEO of WeeWorld.com talking and she was fantastic. Un-beknown to me when I asked her to talk was the fact that she is pregnant with a baby girl. :) Fortunately I had already decided that the event this time was going to be non-smoking.... mainly because it was an enclosed room and smoke would have made it quite uncomfortable for some of us ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:59 AM

London Girl Geek Dinner 6! (Including Venue Detail!)
London Girl Geek Dinner 6!Date & Time: Tuesday 16th May 2006 7:30pm - lateWHERE: The Polar Bear, 30 Lisle St, London, WC2H 7BA map gmap HOW MUCH: £5 per head (But if someone would like to sponsor it that would be great, just get in touch with me!)Speakers: Celia Francis, CEO WeeWoldSign up to attend the event: Here!Content: Celia Francis is the CEO and founder of WeeWorld, the lovable personalisable characters that you see all over the web. She will be talking about how she started this ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 3, 2006 11:24 AM

Round-Up of London Girl Geek Dinner 5!
Firstly I have to apologise for not posting this sooner, I have been in my very own world of chaos this week. I am now catching up with it all and as such have finally got round to doing this! So here goes: I knew from the sign-up pages that the fifth London Girl Geek Dinner was going to be big and it really was quite busy. We had about 150 - 175 people there at this event but fortunately it didn't feel quite that busy because the venue (pitcher & piano, Bishopsgate) has a lovely big downstairs ......

Posted On Monday, May 1, 2006 12:13 AM

London to Brighton 2006!
Please Sponsor Me for the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride on the 18th June 2006! Once again I am doing the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride. It's 54 miles of cycling across country with 2 big hills and one really big one! I'm just starting to train for it now, as I really want to get up all the hills first time. No stopping and no walking. Unlike last year where I didn't have a choice coz people kept stopping in front of me. I would really appreciate any ......

Posted On Monday, April 17, 2006 11:36 PM

London Girl Geek Dinner 5 (it's a big one!)
Well with Women in Technology sponsoring our 5th London Girl Geek Dinner and Helen Duguid speaking, the event seems to have mushroomed out and hit London by storm! So far we have 110 people signed up to the event and almost all of them are females. It's amazing that so many women are in IT and are meeting up and chatting about life, technology and all things geeky! It does make me wonder how big Girly Geek Dinners will get. Just recently I have been in touch with someone in Nottingham who asked if ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 11:08 PM

Technokitten hosted The Carnival of the Mobilist on Friday!
Helen Keegan (Technokitten) hosted this week's Carnival of the Mobilists which is a round-up of this week's writing on mobile from the blogosphere. There have been a couple of entries included about Mobile Web 2.0. I was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen articles! There is also a whole lot of other information on there so if you'd like to take a look, then you'll find the post and the links to the various articles here. If you're interested in contributing to the Carnival in the coming weeks, ......

Posted On Monday, April 10, 2006 12:38 AM

Avoiding the Easter Bunny!
Well every year Easter comes around and every year I suffer at the hands of this rather odd tradition of chocolate Easter Egg giving. This year I have told my parents I will ONLY go up and see them IF they promise NOT to give me an Easter Egg... And fortunately for me they have promised that they won't give me any this year! Last year I had 5 eggs... it took me 3 months to eat them. I know... you all probably think I am mad, however I am one of those few people that don't particularly like chocolate ......

Posted On Monday, April 10, 2006 12:24 AM

My Top 10 Developer Priorities
Here are my priorities as a developer: Solving the technical problems (solutions creation) Ensuring quality (including reliability and security) Having the skills to work efficiently and effectively Design for re-usability User centric software designs (HCI) Deliver software on time (where humanly possible) Using the best language to do the job Having the right tools available to do the job Avoid internal orgainsational politics as much as possible Working with intelligent & intellectual people ......

Posted On Thursday, April 6, 2006 12:23 PM

Socialtext launched Miki (mobile wiki)
Just been looking through my rss feeds and I HAD to let everyone know about Miki! The new mobile wiki solution from SocialText. Why... because I was only talking to some people on Monday evening about mobile wiki's not yet really being here. I think that is one step closer to web 2.0 hitting the mobile! What do you say Mobile Monday people! Ross and I chatted quite a bit last time he was in London at wiki wednesday about this and it looks like he finally managed to get a workable solution so I have ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 9:11 AM

Mobi-Mashup (Anyone in the UK fancy it?)
Hi people.. I was at Mobile Monday earlier this week and something that came up was that devs here in London would quite like to get together over a few drinks and do some mobile dev stuff and work together to solve issues in the industry and maybe bypass some of the issues that the OS and the network operators cause. If you fancy catching up over a drink, with your laptop this weekend in London or know somewhere really good that would work as a venue that is free and doesn't mind us hooking upto ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 12:59 AM

London Girl Geek Dinner V
Hi Everyone, Well I think I am just about there with organising this months Girly Geek Dinner. The sign-up pages are now up and I will post this onto the website this evening! Please sign up on the wiki: http://www.thehughpage.com/... I look forward to seeing you there on the 24th! Sarah Details DATE : Monday 24th April 2006 7:30pmWHERE: Pitcher and Piano (http://www.pitcherandpiano... Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NRMap (http://www.multimap.com/ma... MUCH: ......

Posted On Sunday, April 2, 2006 11:46 PM

Prove that you are a geek! (if you dare!)
Go on... prove it! I'll start... I can prove that I am a geek because... I code in my spare time. I don't hate watching a computer screen 24/7... I love gadgets! I adore the latest and greatest softwares! I want to own my own software development company one day! Did I happen to mention that I loooooove coding... I am a problem solver I love challenges You struggle to drag me away from my computer or mobile! Oh and by the way I love coding! I have used Linux (I can't say it's my favourite OS but ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 11:10 PM

London Girl Geek Dinner 4 Podcasts here!
Hi everyone, well I have now posted the podcasts on the web from the last London Girl Geek Dinner. They are up in both MP3 format and their raw wav format. Feel free to download them. You may find that they are off line for a while in the next few weeks or so as we are changing ISP at the moment. The photos from the 4th event can be found here: Katy's flickr pics The podcasts!!!! London Girl Geek Dinner 4 Part 1 Podcast (MP3) (23.4 Mb) London Girl Geek Dinner 4 Part 2 Podcast (MP3) (26.3 Mb) London ......

Posted On Monday, March 20, 2006 10:57 PM

DDDIII talk - Choose my subject & title!
If you would like to see me do a DDDIII talk at Developer Developer Developer in Reading in the summer then this is your chance to suggest a subject and title for me to talk on. Bear in mind it must be technical and ideally on a subject matter that I know well (or one that I could learn well in that time!) Please post your suggestions. The one that I think will be most suitable I will put forward in a weeks time. (or the one that everyone says yes do that to I will put forward) ......

Posted On Saturday, March 11, 2006 12:35 PM

How to plan a Girly Geek Dinner!
People sometimes wonder how I manage to plan, manage and arrange our London Girl Geek Dinners. All I can say is what I do and why. Hopefully this information may be helpful to other people who want to organise their own events, or maybe even other girl geek dinners around the world. Firstly I choose a date that I think will be a good one for an event, i.e. a date that doesn't conflict with any other developer or techie type events in my case. Then I start figuring out a venue that has the required ......

Posted On Friday, March 10, 2006 8:00 AM

Show your support for London Girl Geek Dinners ;)
Over the weekend I updated the LGGD website and added a new funky little extra... a click through image for all those people who love and support the London Girl Geek Dinners events. All you need to do is copy the code into your blog and you will automatically link through to our website. :) click on the picture below to get your very own London Girl Geek click through ......

Posted On Sunday, March 5, 2006 10:09 PM

Developer Developer Developer Speakers Needed!
It is coming back to that time of the year where the developer developer developer day speakers can put themselves forward to talk on technical subjects. Now I am going to go out on a whim here and suggest specifically to the female technolgists and professionals out there with experience to come out and put themselves forward as speakers. Now the reason I say this is that at the last event there were very few female speakers and something that is apparent is that the females in IT are very good ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 7:33 PM

Female Role Models
I was talking with Sam Sethi yesterday about who the strong female role models are in the world and how many of them have a strong online presence. We came to the distinct conclusion between us that there isn't a single female that you can categorically say is the technical role model for men or women to look up to. I can think of a few key women that could have the potential to do this but I'm not sure that they realise that they have the potential to influence and encourage others to venture into ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 1:52 PM

Women in Technology: Flexible Working
The theme for the Women in Technology event last night in London was all about flexible working. Now the first thing most people think about when talking about this sort of thing is children and families. However flexible working is much more than that. It is all about working the hours and in a manner that suits you and the team that you work with. For example think about co located teams... You need to have the flexibility to work late at night and early mornings in the UK to catch the US online. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 10:31 AM

March London Girl Geek Dinner Announced!
Well another month and another London Girl Geek Dinner has been organised, and this time the hostess is Katy Pearce! (Well done Katie for taking the initiative!) She has managed to get Cory Doctorow to come and do a talk on all things techie, sci-fi and geeky! There are already 25 people signed up to the event and it is looking like places are getting filled fast The rules of engagement for this event are the same as all the rest... guys, bring a girl with you (after all it is only polite considering ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:05 PM

London Girl Geek Dinner III Round-Up
Well I am finally getting round to writing about what happened at the third London Girl Geek Dinner. And I have to say it was really cool. I was a little worried at first about the slow sign-ups but in the end we made it to the 45 people that I had hoped would make it to the event. There were a few last minute sign-ups and a few last minute drop outs but all in all it was good. There were a few more guys at this event than I expected but they did all have invitations from girls. I think us girls ......

Posted On Monday, January 23, 2006 5:50 PM

London Girl Geek Dinners Website is Launched!

Well I finally got round to sorting out the website and getting the details of the London Girl Geek Dinner up on it. It's taken me a while to get round to it, and there are no links and very little info on it at the moment, but as time goes by information will get added to it so keep your eyes open. I hope everyone likes it!

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:11 PM

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