The first Girl Geek Dinner in Auckland for the year kicks off this month, starring former Idealog designer Su Yin Khoo, Air NZ CIO Julia Raue and Amnesty International Aotearoa ICT/database manager Vivian Chandra.
(Being male doesn't rule you out from attending, but it might pay to get in early as ticket numbers are organised so that womenfolk will always be the majority of the guests).
Relaunched in Auckland in November, Girl Geek Dinners take place in more than 50 cities worldwide. The events provide an informal opportunity for women working in all sectors who care about technology to get together, hear from role models, and grow their networks.
Organisers Amanda Wood (AA online manager) and Sacha Judd (Buddle Findlay partner) say their primary goal is to hold a tech-focused event highlighting top-calibre speakers from wide-ranging fields.
“Our first event in November sold out within a week, so we’ve had to look for a much bigger venue for 2013. The feedback we got was that women really enjoyed meeting up with other women in the industry, and hearing from a range of speakers with diverse views.”
And given the lack of women speakers at industry events, it's an opportunity to create a pipeline that other conferences can draw on.
“We hear too often from event organisers that they haven’t been able to find women to join panels, or give keynote speeches. We want to give women in the industry a chance to show exactly what they’re capable of.”
When: March 26, 6pm
Where: Monte Cristo Room, Toto
Tickets are available for $20 from auckland.girlgeekdinners.com.