Core Programme for 2017

In 2017 we have eight events that have been designed as an integrated programme to inspire and initiate new business, and sign-post our delegates to access to finance. These include four panel events, a Short Course (two ½ day workshops and online support), and a Hackday (two ½ day events and remote team work).

You can see a visualisation of the participant journey through the Core Programme here


Key Growth Sectors

We have identified four key sectors that we anticipate will be high growth over the next few years. These are CivTech, Fintech, the Legal Sector and Cyber Security. Our first two panel events focus on opportunities for entrepreneurs withing these sectors. These feed into a short-course in Blockchain, which provides an introduction to the technologies that we expect to drive developments in these sectors. This in turn feeds into a Hackathon where entrepreneurial developers and business developers can work together on innovative prototypes for these emerging markets. Teams will be encouraged to develop a prototype application, and business model in response to a project brief around these three topics. We finish up with two more panel sessions that provide start-ups and SMEs with insights into access to finance.


While all of our events are stand alone, the programme has been designed to take people from a standing start to a business (and technical) innovation and direct them to further support to take their idea to market. Each step of the way delegates will be sign-posted to further information in the startup ecosystem and in particular to access to financial support.


All our events are designed to attract people (especially women) who are under represented in technology and enterprise. A good deal of thought has been put into the structure of the events so that women will feel welcome and valued, and able to fit these activities around a busy schedule.


Programme Schedules

You can read about our Core Programme schedule here.

In addition to the events above we will be developing our mentoring programme which is focussed on supporting women in their careers.


Estimated Budgets For 2017 Core Programme

We have estimated the Full Cost of Recovery for our 2017 Core Programme as £106,446.39.The estimate below excludes hospitality, and the costs of our Mentoring Community (which appears in this page).


Core Operations £20,676.39
Panel Events £19,420.00
Short Courses £14,900.00
Hackathon £20,050.00
TOTAL £75,046.39

(based on GGS Estimated Budget 2017 – FCR.xls for more info)


A significant proportion of FCR costs is in volunteer support, as we are expecting to have 32 volunteers working on GGS in 2017. This leaves a much smaller sum of £40,000 required to cover cash expenses.


We have secured £10,000 in Core Funding from LINC Scotland, and our Appeal For Annual Subscriptions aims to raise the additional £30,000.00 to meet our target across the full programme. The subscription model will raise money for cash expenses from private businesses and will be tiered to enable large and small organisations to participate with regular donations.


Volunteer & In Kind Support

It is only possible to meet the needs of our ambitious programme due to the large number of volunteers we have who donate their time, and organisations that donate in kind support and venues to GGS. This reduces cash expenses very considerably across the programme. You can read about them on our Team page.


Benefits to Subscribers

Girl Geek Scotland joins the dots, connecting government, industry, schools and education like no other organisation in the sector.


The key benefit to sponsors is to make a public commitment to actively engage in solving the gender equalities issue in Digital Technology. By subscribing businesses will be giving funding directly to an organisation that offers structured, practical support, and that will help attract more women into Digital Technology roles and keep them in the industry.


Benefits include promotion of the sponsor logo and blurb on our website and all our marketing materials including our newsletters, all printed materials for our events including a pop-up banner, regular mentions on all social media outreach and advertising and recognition on all our educational resources.


In addition we will video our panel events for online delivery and capture feedback and testimonials from delegates on the Short Course and Hackathon. Like all other outputs from this programme these will include funder and sponsorship information.


We currently have four people working in Admins, Comms and Marketing, who have been recruited to help manage our ambitious 2017 programme. In addition we have two Educational Development Officers covering the Short Course and Hackathon events, and another who will develop resources based on our Panel Events. The responsibility for production and editing of videos is to be shared with Napier University, and partners such as CivTech.


Outreach Metrics

2016 saw impressive growth in our event outreach with 88 tickets sold at our last event and a waiting list that almost as long. Our newsletter currently goes out to over 500 people, our list of Influencers, Partners and Sponsors tops 110 and our mentoring community has 135 signed up members. We operate three mailing lists as follows:

  • GGS Newsletter (For General Event Announcements)
  • GGS Mentoring Community
  • GGS Influencers, Partners and Sponsors

We experienced impressive growth in our website and social media impact and engagement in 2016 (For a full breakdown please refer to GGS Engagement Stats Log.)


Added Value

We have been successful with PR in the past due to our excellent relationships with universities press departments. We have had guests featured on BBC Radio, ITV Good Morning Britain, and had excellent coverage in a range of national and local press. Spin-out events are common and GGS makes every effort to support business development, through useful meetings with our guests, as well as a range of talks normally hosted at universities, and networking groups throughout Scotland.


Learning Output

It is our intention to capture all learning resources and post these online to engage the widest possible audience. Events will be carefully structured and recorded, and key learnings will be extracted, and supporting learning materials developed for online distribution.


Equate Scotland and Scottish Institute for Enterprise are our dissemination partners that support us by ensuring our educational resources have the widest possible reach into across schools, colleges and universities throughout Scotland. Learning materials will be packaged for online delivery and also for delivery via downloadable pdfs. All learning resources provided by GGS will carry funding and sponsors logos and information.