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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #25: Sponsored by ThoughtWorks

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Girl Geek Dinner ThoughtWorks SF

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #25 will be hosted by ThoughtWorks on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ the Don Soker Gallery in downtown San Francisco!

Meet Chief Technology Officer, Rebecca Parsons and discover how her passion for technology has made her one of the most sought after sources of innovation today. Take the opportunity to discuss with Rebecca domain specific languages, technology in the developing world, big data, agile principles, the science of diversity and much more!

There will be lightning talks featuring ThoughtWorks’ own girl geeks on various topics, including: creative thinking and user testing in software development for great user experiences and how to write automated tests for iOS applications.

Event Hashtag: #GGDTW
ThoughtWorks Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:

6PM-7PM : Registration and Mingling over Refreshments

7PM-8PM: Talk by ThoughtWorks’ CTO - Rebecca Parsons followed by Lightning Talks.

8PM -9PM: Breakout for Q&A and More Networking

Speakers Bios:

Rebecca Parsons ThoughtWorks
(Chief Technology Officer, ThoughtWorks)

Talk: Opportunities and Challenges for Technology in the Developing World.

Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks' Chief Technology Officer. She has more than 20 years application development experience, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent internet services. Rebecca has published in both language and artificial intelligence publications, served on numerous program committees, and reviews for several journals.
Hiyasmin Dimaranan ThoughtWorks SF
(CodeBreaker, ThoughtWorks Professional Services)

Lightning Talk: Writing Automated Tests for iOS applications with Cucumber and Frank.

Hiyasmin is a Tester at ThoughtWorks that hugely focuses on Test Automation for Web & Mobile applications. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in Computer Science and has been working for ThoughtWorks for 3 years in various offices (US, Canada, Australia, India, and China). Along with being a CodeBreaker, Hiyasmin is also the SF Social Impact Program (SIP) representative.


(Business Analyst, ThoughtWorks Studios)

Lightning Talk: User Testing On ThoughtWorks' Studios product, Mingle.

Melissa is a Business Analyst for Mingle, an agile project management tool developed by ThoughtWorks Studios. She graduated with a degree in the History of Art from Yale University and is a Fulbright Scholar. Before joining ThoughtWorks Studios, Melissa supported a travel start-up in Rome, Italy and worked as consultant in the non-profit sector in New York.
Nancy Chu ThoughtWorks SF
(User Experience Designer, ThoughtWorks Professional Services)

Lightning Talk: Creativity, Programming, and Aardvarks

Nancy has a Psychology and International Studies double major from Northwestern University. She is a UX Designer at ThoughtWorks and has also played BA and QA roles. Her love for art and design, self taught front end development, and academic background in human behavioral research, has helped her become a successful polyskilled technologist.

Suzie Prince ThoughtWorks SF
Suzie Prince (Event MC)
(Mingle Product Manager, Thoughtworks Studios)

Suzie is the PM for Mingle, an agile project management tool developed by ThoughtWorks Studios. She studied Biodiversity and Plant Science at university but dabbled in IT on the side. She loves travelling, hiking, eating, going to new places and being outside. Pretty much all of which are supported very well by her career at ThoughtWorks which has allowed her to visit different parts of the world, experience new cultures, foods and sights.
Annie Conn ThoughtWorks SF
(People Champion, ThoughtWorks Studios)

Annie is a Creativity champion, knowledge junkie and third culture kid. She’s the Talent Scout for ThoughtWorks and is dedicated to recruiting efforts for: the West– Calgary and San Francisco. She’s passionate about finding and making excellent hires... and keep the bar high.

Bonna Choi ThoughtWorks SF
(Senior Consultant - BA, ThoughtWorks Professional Services)

Bonna is an Agile Business Analyst & an advocate for better ways of building software. She works as a senior consultant to enable the client team with Agile while delivering a working software. She joined ThoughtWorks twice with the belief that ThoughtWorks is the place where she can dream and work hard to make it come true. She's worked in various countries (Australia, China, India and United States). She values diversity, creativity and leaving footprints where she goes, what she does and who she meets.

Special Guest:

Black Girls Code - Abby Bobe
BlackGirlsCode was founded in April 2011, by Kimberly Bryant as a vehicle for introducing girls of color from underrepresented communities to computer programming and technology. At BlackGirlsCode our mission is to increase the number of young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology by providing them with skills in computer programming, exposing them to role models in the technology space, and increasing their self-confidence by teaching them the skills required to become tech creators and entrepreneurs.

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When & Where

Don Soker Gallery
80 Sutter Street
San Francisco, 94104

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners

Google hosted the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner in January 2008, inviting 400 girl geeks to enjoy sushi, an open bar, Google schwag, great conversation and even better networking at Charlie’s cafe on the Google Mountain View campus. Events sponsored by Facebook and Yahoo! soon followed. Startups like LOLapps and Polyvore followed suit.

Today, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners have been hosted by a diverse set of companies including Genentech, Palantir, Microsoft, Citrix Online, Electronic Arts…

The ask is simple — buy dinner and drinks for girl geeks, and give away a piece of co-branded schwag (to extend the lifetime of the event). Invite female speakers in areas of their expertise, from well-known names to the up-and-coming. Encourage networking amongst the girl geeks and recruiting by the sponsoring company. Everyone wins.

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Meet the BAGGD Team!

Sukrutha Raman

Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)

After earning her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC, Sukrutha now works as a Sr SW Engineer at salesforce.com. Sukrutha is involved in Girl Geek Dinners because she wants to change the world for girls, one geek dinner at a time. Follow her on Twitter at @sukruthasays.


Angie Chang

Angie Chang (Founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)

Angie is currently working as a Director of Growth at Hackbright Academy. She enjoys running the mentor program and finding partner companies for Hackbright. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. She has held positions in product management and web/UI production at startups in the Silicon Valley. Angie started organizing Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in January 2008 and was thrilled when Sukrutha joined the one-woman team at BAGGD in 2011. She holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie

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