Sunday, 21 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
‘What’s a CardiffGirlGeek?’ asked a bemused friend of mine when I said I attended the first CardiffGirlGeekDinners event on Thursday 6th Feb 2010.
Silver and pink balloons lift the atmosphere in a cornered section of Terra Nova Bar, Cardiff Bay. I am amongst the first few to arrive and am greeted warmly by the one of the hosts Chyrelle Rayman-Bacchus.
Having just completed a Creative Web Design Foundation (via Ffotogallery / Cardiff University) I’m keen to meet others in the field. CardiffGirlGeekDinners stems from the original GirlGeekDinners set up in London by Sarah Blower. She found that working in IT could be an isolating experience for women.
Certainly, I remember back to ’96 and being the first school year to take a computer O’level. Having vivid memories of the computer ‘geeks’ being a huddle of dungeon and dragon guys now taking up residence in the computer lab.* Fortunately 24 years later and the launch of CardiffGirlGeek bears no resemblance to my earlier memory.
Having interesting conversations with sociable women from a variety of backgrounds. From providing maths software to schools to being a ‘geek on the side” and part of Cardiff tweetups, to co-running a web design business to a company upgrading hardware for the NHS and a blogging radio journalist student
So, if happily talking about the intricacies of blogging, subtleties of twitter and the art of web design are geeky then it seems that I am officially a CardiffGirlGeek! Cardiff has officially joined the now worldwide GirlGeekDinner phenomenon throughout UK Canada, USA and Europe!
* For the record, I have only ever since ’96 met interesting guys in IT
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Savour the spoken word