Girl Geek Scotland hosted a series of workshops to complement our Speaker Series 2010 on ‘Creativity, Computing and Entrepreneurialism’. The workshops, which were aimed at women who are thinking about starting, or have recently started, a Scottish business, will work around themes that will target what we believe are existing weaknesses in female business culture, namely: Negotiation, Funding Strategies, and Creativity in Business.
The workshops took place in the beautiful city of Stirling in Autumn. They were aimed at women with an interest in technology – background was less important than enthusiasm – and a desire to follow a tech/creative project through. A diverse range of people attended, from crafts practitioners to programmers to hardware developers to geneticists. A common theme united them: the desire to build a business that could help or provide a service to, and to become financially independent. Each of our participants brought an idea or exisiting project with them. Through the use of skills and techniques introduced throughout each workshop these ideas had the potential to grow and develop into viable businesses.
These events were fully funded by Informatics Ventures based at the University of Edinburgh, and all costs for those meeting the funding criteria were met.
* Free if they met the criteria as detailed in the call for participation
With additional support from the Instititute for Capitalising on Creativity
Our most recent event (a special summer double event) “Conversations with Silicon Valley” and the “Summer Start-Up Party” held on 30 August 2013 was a rip-roaring and terrific success. We had a great night, and we hope everyone else did too.
We’d like to give special thanks to:
- our terrific and thoroughly inspiring panel guests from Silicon Valley: Heidi Roizen, Ann Winblad, Wendy Lea, and Karen White
- our extremely capable panel chair: Suzanne Doyle-Morris
- our wonderful event sponsor and friend of GGS: Scotland IS
- our sound engineer for the evening: Dorothy Le Grove (NLP Coach)
- our fabulous venue sponsor: Summerhall, Edinburgh
- and very importantly, all the wonderful girl and boy geeks who came along to really make the event an incredible evening
We always welcome feedback and will be shortly sending out a short and sweet survey to those who attended.
SPECIAL NOTE: We acknowledge there were some avoidable and unavoidable issues with the time and quality of the catered dinner. We apologise for any disappointment there. There was an oven breakdown in the kitchen as dinner was being prepared. But we also have feedback for the caterer on the design and quality of the courses on the menu.
Nina Baker has been commissioned by the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau to develop the content for a “Geek Guide to Glasgow”. This will be a predominantly online resource with some hard copy downloads too and will offer some offbeat ideas for the technically-minded tourist in the City of Glasgow. The concept is similar to The Geek Atlas www.geekatlas.com, but very locally focused.
Nina would be glad of any ideas relating to any area of pure or applied sciences/technology, which might include such things as:
- A building that was the first (or very early adopter) to use a new technology/materials
- A building that is the last known standing of its type/use
- Location of a discovery or where a well known person (or unsung hero) lived/worked (even if the original building is now gone)
- Stories, myths even, relating to people or locations, in relation to technology
The first draft has to be ready for end of March, so any ideas that come to mind – please get in touch asap, so that she can get the research and photography done quickly