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Hackbright Girl Geek Dinner (December 5)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
Add yourself to the wait list - we will be releasing tickets in the days before the event so there may be a chance to attend.
Mingle with fellow girl geeks over dinner and drinks, check out cool demos by students of Hackbright Academy, and hear inspiring stories from different women who learned to code.
Want to start a career as a software developer? Apply by January 15 to attend Hackbright Academy.
For details on Hackbright and to apply for your spot, click here.
Are you hiring engineers? Join us for Career Day on 12/4, register here.
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration, Food/Drinks & Networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Lightning Talks -- Women Learning To Code
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Hackbright Academy Q&A, Then More Networking!
Speaker Bios for the Hackbright Girl Geek Dinner:
Talk Topic: "Lessons Learned from Finding (and Firing) Mentors"
Julia Grace (Software Engineer, Tindie)
Julia is a mentor at Hackbright Academy and the engineering lead at Tindie. Previously, she was the CTO of WeddingLovely, a 500 Startups company. She has held engineering roles at startups, large companies, and is on the board of several non-profits. She is lucky to have many fabulous mentors, and she'll tell you how she found them! She holds both a BS and MS in computer science, is an active member of the Python community and writes code everyday. Follow her on Twitter at @jewelia.
Talk Topic: "3 Pages from the Diary of a Software Engineer"
Letitia Lew (Software Engineer, Hipmunk)
Letitia is currently a software engineer at Hipmunk, which makes travel search easy and fun. Prior to that, she worked at Flixster / Rotten Tomatoes, where she built their Windows 8 application. Letitia will talk about her first programming course at Stanford helping Karel the Robot turn right, how she ended up on a panel at Microsoft as the only developer with three product guys, and how being a female programmer has affected her dating life. Letitia holds a M.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and no high school programming experience. In college, she raced a solar car across the continent of Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @LetitiaLew.
Talk Topic: "Becoming an Engineer"
Renee Chu (Software Engineer, Twilio)
Renee is currently a Software Engineer at Twilio. She attended a liberal arts college and knew nothing about programming until earlier last year. She had taken a computer science online for fun. When her tech-savvy friends Sutee and Ben started giving advice on her code that she had posted on Facebook, she realized that by taking the class alone, she was missing out out on the best part of learning how to code. Her blog is Renee's attempt to recapture that classroom interaction and get friendly feedback. Follow her on Twitter at @reneighbor.
Talk Topic: "Becoming A Web Application Developer"
Ashley Lorden (Web Application Developer Intern, SurveyMonkey)
Ashley was a student at Hackbright Academy and is currently a Web Application Developer at SurveyMonkey. Prior to Hackbright and SurveyMonkey, she was Head of Operations and Customer Service for Emerge, an employee benefit company that offers a workplace-based financial wellness program. Before she earned a degree in Economics from Brown University, Ashley became an active supporter of social benefit programs in her hometown of Longview, Washington. She spent time in in Argentina where she worked with the Clinton Global Climate Change Initiative. Ashley has founded several websites, and due to her weakness for afternoon cookies started a bakery in Buenos Aires.
Talk Topic: "The Life Of A Hackbright Academy Student"
Margaret Morris (Student, Hackbright Academy)
When & Where
Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners
Google hosted the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner in January 2008, inviting 400 girl geeks to enjoy sushi, an open bar, Google schwag, great conversation and even better networking at Charlie’s cafe on the Google Mountain View campus. Events sponsored by Facebook and Yahoo! soon followed. Startups like LOLapps and Polyvore followed suit.
Today, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners have been hosted by a diverse set of companies including Genentech, Palantir, Microsoft, Citrix Online, Electronic Arts…
The ask is simple — buy dinner and drinks for girl geeks, and give away a piece of co-branded schwag (to extend the lifetime of the event). Invite female speakers in areas of their expertise, from well-known names to the up-and-coming. Encourage networking amongst the girl geeks and recruiting by the sponsoring company. Everyone wins.
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Meet the BAGGD Team!
Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)
After earning her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC, Sukrutha now works as a Senior SW Test Engineer at Citrix Online, where she is responsible for maintaining the high quality of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar. Sukrutha is involved in Girl Geek Dinners because she wants to change the world for girls, one geek dinner at a time. Follow her on Twitter at @sukruthasays.
Angie Chang (Founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)
Angie is currently working as a Director of Growth at Hackbright Academy. She enjoys running the mentor program and finding partner companies for Hackbright. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. She has held positions in product management and web/UI production at startups in the Silicon Valley. Angie started organizing Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in January 2008 and was thrilled when Sukrutha joined the one-woman team at BAGGD in 2011. She holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.