Manchester Girl Geeks, Ladies of Code and the Women Techmakers Scholars Program @GooglePublished: Monday, 06 November 2017
Opportunities for Women in Technology
Manchester has a vibrant technology community and there are two particular groups you should know about, if you don't already:
- Manchester Girl Geeks (MGG) is a not-for-profit group which organises networking events, talks and hands-on workshops for women and girls with an interest in STEM. Their last event was a geek dinner on Sunday 5th November in Rusholme followed by fireworks in Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield. MGG is currently organised by Katie Steckles (former PhD @ManUniMaths) having previously been co-ordinated by Sam Bail (former PhD @csmcr). It is also part of the global girlgeekdinners.com movement and they always welcome new members.
- Ladies of Code (LoC) Manchester are a community of professional women developers. Their next meetup is scheduled for the end of November, join the meetup.com group to find out details. LoC Manchester is organised by Laura Ionescu, a senior software developer @ThoughtWorks, and is part of the international LadiesOfCode.com.
Both LoC and MGG host a fantastic series of events throughout the year which are either free or very cheap. They aren't just for women, but provide an alternative to tech events in Manchester which can be male dominated. They are ideal for friendly networking and making contact with key people in the local tech community and beyond. The LoC and MGG are both looking for new members and volunteers to help organise and host future events.
AnitaB.org - Women transform technology
You might also be interested in the Women Techmakers Scholars Program, which is furthering Anita Borg's vision of creating gender equality in the field of Computer Science by encouraging women to excel in Computing and Technology and become active leaders and role models in the field. The program consists of:
- An academic scholarship award of €7000
- An invitation to an all expense paid retreat at a Google office
- Access to a global community of Women Techmakers Scholars
Scholarships are awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership. The deadline for scholarship applications is 11th December 2017, you can email informal queries about the scholarships to WTMscholars@google.com.
But wait, there's more!
This message is an opportunity to remind you that:
- IT's not just for the boys is accepting applications for their upcoming events at Bloomberg L.P. and Blackrock headquarters in central London, on November 20th 2017 and February 16th 2018.
- The IBM lab in Manchester have a Women in Technology event in the Manchester office on Tuesday 20th November, sign up by this Wednesday 8th November.
- BP have have one ticket up for grabs for the sold out WeAreTechWomen conference on Thursday 30th November in London!
- Unilever are bringing together the top female engineering students in the UK for a 2-day intensive up-skilling and leadership enhancement program. Apply online at womeng.org before 12th November, applications open to female engineering students in final or second-last year of their studies. Event takes place 5-6th December, Port Sunlight, near Liverpool.
- Amazon are holding a Women Code @ Amazon event where you can Build an Amazon Video Streaming App in 2 hours on November 21st from 17:00 - 20:00 at the Amazon London Office (Principal Place, EC2A 2BA) Sign up with your CV online. Deadline: November 19th
- The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) are hosting a Women in Technology event on the evening of 29th November at 151 Deansgate, Manchester. Guest speakers include Lynne Makinson Head of Culture at Dreamr, Helen Walker CTO at the Department of Education and Karen Alty an Oracle Development Manager at Lowri Beck Systems. Registration is free, what are you waiting for?
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