Join us for Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #5: How to Succeed in Mobile on Thursday, February 4th at Google (Tunis Tech Talk) in Mountain View. Learn from heavy-hitting women developers, designers, and entrepreneurs as we talk about all things mobile. Event is FREE for all girl geeks. Girl geeks can register a guy geek as her "plus one" above.
Sarah Allen, CTO, Mightyverse
Mary Ann Cotter, Founder and CEO, Smart Capsules
Corinne Chan, CTO, Chictopia
Angana Ghosh, Product Manager for Android developer tools, Google
Karyln Neel, Design Manager, eBay
Moderator: Kris Corzine, Content Strategist, eBay
|Sarah Allen is CTO of Mightyverse, a mobile startup focused on helping people communicate across languages and cultures. The technology is still being incubated, but parts of it are emerging at Mightyverse.com. Currently, Mightyverse is primarily self-funded, so Sarah is paying the bills with independent consulting and training at Blazing Cloud. She is writing a book about cross-platform smartphone development which highlights the Rhomobile and PhoneGap frameworks. She also has done some native mobile development development and is currently gaining real-world experience submitting to Apple's App Store. In her spare time, she works to diversify the Ruby on Rails community with a focus on outreach to women. An industry veteran who has worked at Adobe, Macromedia, Aldus, Apple, Laszlo Systems and CoSA, Sarah was named one of the top 25 women of the web by San Francisco Women of the Web in 1998.|
|Mary Ann Cotter is the Founder of Smart Capsules, Inc., the creators of the popular cooking app, Cooking Capsules. Cooking Capsules was awarded Top 20 status in the first Android Developer Challenge which won her international development team a collective $125,000 from Google. One of the first programs to grace the Android Market, Cooking Capsules was featured in articles by WIRED, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and others as a top pick for indie Android apps, praised for it's innovative design and unique style.|
|Corinne Chan has over 12 years of experience in software development using Java related technologies. She has worked in various environments ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, she served as Wells Fargo's Mobile Banking Lead Applications Systems Engineer and prior to that served as one of the team's Systems Architects. In her years with Mobile Banking, she has navigated through the challenges encountered when evaluating and developing mobile applications in the progressively changing mobile industry. Corinne's current venture is a fashion social media website called Chictopia. Chictopia has entered the mobile space with an iPhone app where users can browse the latest top photos from Chictopia's Editor's Picks. Corinne has a Bachelors of Science Degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering Computer Science.|
|Christina A. Brodbeck is currently the co-founder and CEO of Pickv, a relationship and dating site that matches people based on their interests such as music, movies, books, and tv shows. Prior to Pickv, Christina most recently worked at YouTube where she joined as an early employee in 2005 and was the company's first UI Designer. In her last two years at YouTube, she led UI Design for YouTube Mobile and was responsible for creating an interface that brought YouTube to cell phones. Christina enjoys helping young start-ups, is an angel investor in Heyzap, and sits on the advisory board for Achron. Before joining YouTube, she worked at MRL Ventures, NASA Ames Research Center, and Keynote systems. Christina holds a Master's Degree in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.|
|Angana Ghosh is the Product Manager for Android developer tools at Google. In addition, Angana manages the Android Open Source Project and Open Handset Alliance partnerships. Ever since she joined the mobile industry 10 years ago, she has been in love with the industry: helping handset manufactures create great devices and developers create content that’s changing how people interact with mobile devices. Prior to Google, Angana worked at Sun Microsystems and Ericsson as a Product Manager developing mobile platforms, apps and ecosystem around it.|
|Karyln Neel is a currently a design manager at eBay. She was the design lead on the eBay iPhone application, a top shopping app that to date has brought in over $500 million in sales. She has in-depth understanding of the mobile industry publishing her first white paper, The future of mobile, in 2000 while at Quidnunc, a UK based digital consultancy. Some of the clients filling her extensive retail and financial sector portfolio include: Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual, MBNA, Providian, Natural Wonders, Macy’s, Mervyn’s, Musicland, WebEx, HP and Sprint. Karlyn received her degree in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Her certificate of Graphic Design, as well as additional MFA graphics courses, were obtained from the Academy of Art, San Francisco and UC Berkeley Extension respectively. As a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Graphic Artists Guild and former member of The San Francisco Design Museum Board of Directors and the Western Art Directors Club, Karlyn has had the opportunity to become a significant contributor to the evolution of her design community, thereby making her work particularly comprehensive.|
|Kris Corzine (Curator and Moderator of this Girl Geek Dinner on "How to Succeed in Mobile") fell in love with mobile in 2000 when she picked up a disposable phone in London and started getting texts from friends. Kris has written mobile channels for 80108 Media and Go2 Network but it was her time at Japanese startup MobaMingle that really enabled her to push the limits of mobile design. While wearing several hats including content manager, interaction designer, social game designer and virtual good market manager, she pushed the limits of the WAP site and garnered kudos for "beautiful mobile UI" while creating a "bizarrely charming package". Most importantly, users loved the site. Kris is currently honing her skills in ecommerce and user experience as a Content Strategist at eBay.|
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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 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.