Nerd Soiree: Lady smarts unite

Nerd Soiree is a collective of lady geeks who enjoy a chat and the occasional social glass of wine.

Nerd Soiree is a collective of lady geeks who enjoy a chat and the occasional social glass of wine.

Last issue we told you about ScribblAKL, a get-together for creatively minded individuals. Well you could’ve knocked us down with a feather when, just a few days later, we came across Nerd Soiree, a collective of lady geeks who enjoy a chat and the occasional social glass of wine.

nerd soiree auckland idealogDigital divas Anna Rose Kerr and Jen Corbett started Nerd Soirée after both had been tweeting about Auckland’s need for a female- focused internet community.

“I’d been complaining to my boss [ad agency Droga5 owner Mike O’Sullivan] that after moving back from Sydney I really missed regular tweet-ups, and he challenged me to start one,” Kerr says.

“At the same time Jen, who obviously has a track record with social media events, was thinking about how to encourage and meet more women in this industry. We had a glass of wine together with the Gather & Hunt crew and Nerd Soiree was born.”

The group has been meeting on the first Tuesday evening of each month since February and has never been back to the same bar twice. Instead, the organisers leave it up to the community to democratically decide the location each time.

Who’s on board?

“There are developers, designers, marketers, creatives, bloggers and all sorts who turn up. It’s been amazing making lots of new female friends and contacts,” Kerr says.

“Nerd Soiree has been growing steadily, to the point where we are now rethinking when and where it will be held. We’re also soon to announce our first official sponsor.”

Visit the blog or RSVP here for the Nerd Soiree Christmas party this Saturday.