Monday, November 7, 2011

Last Girl Geek Dinner for 2011

The last Girl Geek Dinner of 2011 took place last week Thursday at the fabulous Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street. The dinners began early this year by Marketing Engineer, Mariska Du Preez who realised a need for a more girly geek event in Cape Town. 

The dinners have seen close to 100 girls (and guys) attend who look forward to networking and meeting like-minded people in the industry. The past dinner was an incredible success. Within a few days of the invites being sent out the RSVP list has reached its maximum and the excitement starting building up. We chose to do something different this dinner and instead of a sit down dinner, we had a sexy cocktail event. The ladies seemed to love it as it gave them a chance to talk to multiple people throughout the evening.

speaker for the night was Johanna Kollar, Programme Manager leading startup support programs across emerging markets for GoogleJohanna shared some insights with us regarding Google's Umbono Program and encouraged more women to enter. She also pointed out that about 25% of technology startups in Africa are done by women compared to the 8-11% in the UK and US. This led Johanna to start a "coding club" for women on the spot. The club sparked so much attention that 2012 will see many girls gathering together to learn basic HTML, CSS and Java skills.

An event is not complete without good food and a great goodie bag. The Grand Daddy outdid themselves with amazing vegetarian platters for starters, fish and chips and stir fry noodles for mains and delicious chocolate brownies for desert. Our sponsors have truly been amazing in making the goodie bags special this month. A very big thank you to Steri Stumpie, Cosmopolitan, Over Indulgence Cupcakes, Annique, Ruby Box, Bow Peep, Style Society, Ruslamere and Old Mutual.
Geeky cupcakes made by Kerrith Coleman from Over Indulgence
Seeing that this was the last dinner for 2011 we had something special for the girls that have attended every dinner thus far. These lucky girls received a fabulous 2011 Girl Geek Mug, making those coffee drinking moments even more girly and geeky.
An incredible thank you goes out to Mariska for never failing to make the Girl Geek Dinners super special. Without her vision and dedication the Girl Geek Dinners would never have been possible. I look forward to hosting the dinners in 2012 and look forward to receiving the support the geeky girls of Cape Town have shown during 2011.

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