We have moved!

With the help of the lovely team at Merj, we have our very own new site! From now on, visit us at http://www.girlgeeksofjhb.co.za to keep up with all the latest Girl Geek events and news!

This will be our last post from this site. Hope to see you at our new home!

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Join us for our April Girl Geek Dinner!

Join us for our next Girl Geek Dinner!

Event Details:

Date: 18 April 2013

Venue:  The Oak Leaf, 61 Rivonia Road, Sandhurst

Time: 18:30

Cost: R170, which includes dinner, a welcome drink and a stunning goodie bag.

RSVP: click here

Please note that due to the limited number of seats available, only proof of payment secures your place.

Guest Speakers:

Nozipho Mngomezulu  

Partner, Webber Wentzel

Nozipho will be talking about “Social Media and the Law.” 

Nozphio is a partner in the Technology, Media and Intellectual Property Practice at Webber Wentzel. She has six years post qualification experience in the field and obtained her LLB degree from WITS in 2005.

Follow her on Twitter @mngomezulu_n
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Rachel Laycock

Lead Consultant at ThoughtWorks

Rachel is a lead consultant at ThoughtWorks with 10 years experience in systems development. She has worked in a wide range of technologies including web based and rich client applications.

Rachel is passionate about developing women in the field and her talk will be on “Women and Tech – a look at the changing industry over the past 10 years.”


Follow her on Twitter @rachellaycock

 Thanks to our sponsors:

 

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Event Review – February Girl Geek Dinner

Our 1st Dinner for 2013 was a wonderful success!

We had two lovely speakers for the evening – Dr Julie Taylor from Google and Melanie Minnaar founder of the Twitter Blanket Drive.

Melanie Minnaar and Dr Julie Taylor

Melanie Minnaar and Dr Julie Taylor

Julie’s talk was around technology, women and Africa. She looked at the opportunities available and what Google is doing to help women enter the tech space. Melanie spoke about using social media for good and the impact that the blanket drive has had, as well as how phenomenally it has grown since inception.

Our venue was the beautiful Gwefey. With a gorgeous view & stunning food, they were wonderful hosts.

Our Stunning Venue - Gwefey

Our Stunning Venue – Gwefey

Once again, thank you to our fantastic sponsors. Without them our event would not be possible! Sponsors for February were: Mowana Spa, Fred Felton, Fair Lady Magazine, Heavnly Handmade (they sponsored our stunning bags), Rainbow Nation, Shoe Candy, Capzi, Nescafe SA, Standard Bank, Vodacom and Ki Fit. Thanks to Melanie for arranging a host of amazing goodies this month!

A special mention to VW who sponsored a new Golf 7 and Beetle to be driven by two lucky Girl Geeks!

Leana & Mr Shai Guy from VW

Leana & Mr Shai Guy from VW

Lastly, thanks to BrandsEye for sponsoring our tracking report.

Our next event will be in April – look forward to seeing you all then!

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Get ready for our February event!

You are cordially invited to our February 2013 Dinner!

Event Details

Date: 19 February 2013

Time: 18:30

Venue: Gwefey, 3 Lower Road, Sandton 

Cost: R170, which includes a 2-course dinner, a welcome drink and a stunning goodie bag.

Join us for an evening of fun, inspiring talks and great networking.

Drinks are for your own account.

RSVP click here

Please note that due to the limited number of seats available, only proof of payment secures your place


Guest Speakers 
DSC_0019 - Version 3Julie Taylor
Google Sub-Saharan Africa

Julie Taylor is Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google Sub-Saharan Africa. Julie joined Google’s London office in 2007. Since arriving in Africa, she implemented a programme to train journalists on how to make the most of the internet & Google’s tools. Julie is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, earning a doctorate and MPhil in Development Studies. In addition, she has produced numerous academic papers and her book “Naming the Land” was published in 2012.

 

Melanie Minnaar 

Multiplicity
Melanie is the founder of Multiplicity, a social development marketing consultancy. The focus is on NGO sustainability programmes, SMME marketing effectiveness and competitiveness.
Four years ago, Melanie founded the Twitter Blanket Drive, which donates blankets to the needy during winter months. Follow her on Twitter @MelanieMinnaar
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Event Review: Our 1st Birthday Bash!

With the festive season well and truly behind us, we thought it was time to review our last event – our 1st Birthday party!

IMG_6325As usual, our sponsors did not disappoint. We had a fantastic goodie bag and a plenty of prizes. A special mention must be made of Blackberry who kindly sponsored our welcome drinks. Thanks to all our other sponsors: @KiehlsSA  @RussellHobbsSA Apple SA Bobbleheads SA @TheCupcake_Lady  @CandiMakeup  EA Games @SKTheatres @DigitalSushiZA  @FinWeek Pulse DJ’s & @PrezenceDigital.

Our welcome drink sponsor Blackberry

Our lovely goodie bags :) 

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Our two lovely speakers for the evening were Lynette Hundermark and Tiana Cline. Lynette gave an interesting insight into the world of Mobile App development and her career journey, while Tiana shared some great gadget reviews.

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Thanks to everyone that joined us and has shared in the Girl Geek journey this far.

On that note, we are looking for AV equipment for our Girl Geek Dinners – if anyone has a contact for us, please get in touch.

Our next event will be held in February – look forward to seeing you all there!

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Join us for our 1st Birthday Bash!

You are cordially invited to attend our first birthday!
Event Details:                                                                                                                         

Date: 21 November 2012

Time: 18:30

Venue: Outer Limits, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cedar Road, Fourways 

Cost: R150, which includes dinner, a welcome drink and a stunning goodie bag.

There will be fantastic prizes to win at the event! Join us for an evening of fun, inspiring talks and great networking.

Drinks are for your own account.

 For more information, visit our blog

RSVP click here

Please note that due to the limited amount of seats available, only proof of payment secures your place

Guest Speakers
Lynette HundermarkHead of Product Strategy at Prezence Digital, Lynette works to produce the best possible strategic long-term mobile solutions to meet client business needs.Her passion to create market-beating mobile solutions is underpinned by technical qualifications in the computer-science field.Most recently, Lynette played an integral role in the creation of a suite of mobile apps for Ster-Kinekor, which are among the most downloaded, successful apps in the country. Follow her on Twitter @LynetteAnthony
Tiana Cline 

Tiana is the online editor of GirlGuides.co.za, a website that talks tech, gadgets and gizmos to women in South Africa. Working with a large group of dynamic ladies, GirlGuides publishes daily news, reviews, features and helpful how-tos.
Tiana is also editor for a number of other publications including Connect Magazine. Tiana will be talking about “Girls and Gaming”. Follow her on Twitter @tianatweets

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A Fantastic Geeky Event

The Girl Geek Dinners have proved to be extremely popular in Jozi, and our September event was no exception. Tickets were quickly sold out for the event and what a night it was!

Girl Geeks were welcomed with a stunning drink provided by The Reciprocal Wine Company. They are importers of a stunning range of international wines. Later on in the evening, there was an opportunity for wine tasting. They also offered up a fantastic prize!

Leigh-Ann (Event Organiser) & Tarryn (Reciprocal Wines)

We have to thank our venue – the fantastic Moemas for supporting us! The menu was absolutely amazing – if you are looking for a fab spot for dinner (or lunch, or any food really!) you won’t be disappointed.

Our speaker for the evening was the lovely Sarah Britten (or @Anatinus as she is known on Twitter). She shared her insights into being a brand ambassador for Land Rover in SA and on social media in general, as well as her amazing lipstick art!

Our goodie bags were once again full of awesome things. Thanks to our sponsors: Moemas, Reciprocal Wines, Glossybox, Wireless Wipes SA, Brainstorm Magazine and Cadbury Bubbly chocolate. A special mention to those that sponsored prizes too: Glossybox gave three lovely boxes away & Reciprocal Wines for their wine decanter.

In November, Girl Geek Dinners in Jozi turns one and we plan to celebrate! Save the date for our last dinner for the year – 21 November 2012.

Until then!

Leigh-Ann 

Event Organiser

Girl Geek Dinners JHB

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