For Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #3, we are going "no-host" and asking everyone to chip in $20 for dinner. You must buy your ticket online by 3PM on Tuesday, January 27th -- NO WALK-INS. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner starts at 6:30pm at Ming's just off 101 in Palo Alto with your fellow Silicon Valley girl geeks!
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Check-in
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Dinner
7:30pm - 7:45pm: Introductions from women in tech groups represented
7:45pm - 9:30pm: Networking, including the opportunity to contribute to session idea brainstorming for She's Geeky unconference
The first 200 women to register will receive a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner mug! Not to worry, we have schwag for everyone — make your office co-workers jealous with your girl geek schwag!
Never been to an unconference or camp?
This one provides an amazing opportunity to learn from a range of geeky women in a peer-to-peer participant driven event. Check out proposed She's Geeky unconference topics on the wiki, and have the opportunity to contribute your own session ideas at the dinner!
What happens at a She's Geeky unconference? Beginning at 9am each day, we start with a blank wall and create a multi-track conference agenda that is relevant and inspiring to everyone. Rooms are assigned to each topic and participants attend sessions they are interested in. Notes from each session are collected and a book is compiled with all the notes from the conference and distributed to everyone who attends. For a 3-minute peek at last year’s unconference, click here.
She's Geeky (January 30-31, 2009 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View) unconference tickets can be purchased for Friday or Saturday or both days. Join She's Geeky Friday evening after the unconference for a showing of a film about Ada Lovelace, the "first programmer" according to Wikipedia.
When & Where
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 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 (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.