The Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan wants to kick off the Fall by sponsoring September’s Girl Geek Dinner.
The evening will kick off at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept 25th and include a Ukrainian dinner, a short speaker session, and lots of opportunities to mix and mingle.
Tickets are $15.00/person, and come with a complimentary drink ticket. Current students can attend for free, but ensure you sign up for a ticket, as space is limited.
The dinner has a capacity of 40 attendees, so get your tickets early!
Marli Bells and Brittany Melnyk
Marli and Brittany are going to share their escapades of overcoming procrastination and developing an entire iOS app in one short weekend. Will they valiantly succeed or miserably fail? Will they learn anything or have any golden advice to pass on to their fellow female tech tribe? Will the boy finally get the girl of his dreams? Just wait and find out!
They will also share their plans for bringing Ladies Learning Code to Saskatoon.
I think it’s now safe to say that spring is here, maybe even summer. Time for the next gathering of women in the Saskatoon science and technology community. On June 18, we will be holding a potluck dinner at Point2 (3301 8th Street E) in their recreation room in the lower level.
Our speaker is Janice Tranberg, Vice President of Western Canada at CropLife Canada. She’ll speak about this:
Science education teaches us to ask questions. Do we bring this knowledge into our everyday lives? In today’s world of Facebook, Twitter, Google, The Doctors, The Star-Phoenix – are we asking ourselves the tough questions? Where do these people get their information? Are they credible? And still further, are we teaching our families and friends to ask these important questions?
After working in a field fraught with contention – agriculture biotechnology – I have learned to question everything I hear and read. As a woman in science, I believe it is critical to use the 5 steps of the scientific method to make decisions in our daily lives.
Plan to arrive by 6:00 to set up your potluck dish and mingle. We’ll start eating around 6:20, and Janice’s talk will start no later than 7:00. We should be wrapped up around 8:00-8:15.
If you didn’t receive the registration form via email, you can sign up here. We are limited to 40 attendees, and each person must sign up separately.
Men and nursing children are welcome. Men must be invited as a guest of one of the attendees, and must also register at the link above.
Hope to see you there for good food and fascinating discussion.
- 6:00 PM – Arrive, connect, introductions
- 6:30 PM – Colleen Hardie, a developer at VendAsta, will briefly introduce her later talk.
- 6:45 PM – Dinner
- 7:30 to 8:15 PM – Colleen’s talk: I Could Never Do What You Do: Well-educated Ladies’ Perceptions of Computer Science. “One of the most common comments I get when I tell my girlfriends about what I do for a living is ‘I could never do what you do’. These are smart, successful, well-educated women. My equally smart, successful, and well-educated male friends, on the other hand, tend to ask me a lot of questions and engage me in conversations about my career. I’ll be investigating this further and discussing some of the potential reasons behind and implications of this observation.”
YWCA of Saskatoon’s Women of Distinction Awards have extended the deadline for nominations for the Women of Distinction Awards to Friday, March 8th, 2013.
A volunteer member of the organization contacted me to reach out to my network to garner interest and nominations for the Science, Technology & Research category.
“The Women of Distinction Awards recognize women in our community who have made contributions through their careers and/or volunteer work, women who are leaders and mentors, often in quiet ways, but who are paving the way for young women and girls to pursue their passions and fulfill their potential. “
So, go nominate someone today!
Please join us at 5:30pm Mar 5, 2013 for an evening of technology and science mingling with fine food at the amazing Boffins Club at Innovation Place.
Innovation Place is providing the venue and a sponsored dinner. Attendees need only to bring $15 for their meal and cash for drinks.
Can guys come? Girl Geek Dinners are not exclusively female! Guys are welcome at a 1:1 ratio with a female guest so feel free to bring your spouse or work buddy.
I’m a student, can you sponsor me? There are a few sponsored spots for students. Please indicate if you are a student on your RSVP and we will contact you about sponsorship.
What are we going to talk about? Saskatoon’s dinners generally follow this format:
- 10 minutes: Arrive and connect
- 10-20 minutes: Introductions (Who are you? What do you do? What skills are you developing? What do you hope to achieve through attending these events?)
- 30 minutes: Dinner
- 10-30 minutes: Screening: Cheryl Sandberg “Why we have too few women leaders” & Discussion
- 10-30 minutes: Brainstorming: Growing mentorship in your industry
Can I present? Presentations are open to all attendees, but we do like to have at least one person lined up to speak before hand.
If you have any questions or are interested in speaking please contact me at melanie dot cey at gmail dot com or drop a comment on this page.