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From: Rachel L.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:19 PM

Hey there lovelies (includes you chaps),

This is probably our last mailout (booo) before the holidays (woo hoo) and possibly of 2012 (OMG), but we have a few links to share before we let down our hair, take off our glasses (no clichés here) and head to the bar.


Last week - still Vexed in the City

Following up on our last event "Vexed in the City", check out Sacha's awesome sketchnotes.

It seems everyone has a lot to say on the matter (thanks for your comments!) and we'll try and collate related thoughts for our blog.

Coincidentally this is quite an interesting article.


TOMORROW night - two reasons to love Thursday 

If you're free tomorrow night (Thursday 28th November), we have two fabulous options for your spare time.

1) Miriam's  workshop on public speaking "Stand Up and Share: Public Speaking for Web and Game Makers". At a bargain price of just ten buckeroos, it's a great investment in you.

2) If the workshop doesn't float your boat, then get yourself down to the Gladstone Hotel and give Cassie and team support, as they pitch for Awesome Foundation funding for Women&&Tech. Sign up to give them a mighty roar here:


This weekend - come in from the cold and huddle around a warm laptop

If you're not ready for the holidays and you can't stand the crowds downtown, there are still a few tickets left for angelhack this weekend. Even if you're breaking out into a cold sweat wondering how to contribute, you could sign up for the presentations, or join a team to contribute what knowledge you have. It is largely about code (obviously), but not completely about code. There's room for every talent. Don't be shy now.

For those of you who just want to watch and learn, there's also FITC's Spotlight event on Responsive Design this Saturday.

Who would have thought one single weekend could contain so much wholesome goodness.


Next week - come out and play!

We're back with our holiday partay and are partnering up with DevTO AND Hackernest for an evening of festive fun and frivolity on Tuesday 4th December. Never before have these three meetups joined forces, so please join us for an incredibly historic moment… and a drink or two …. or three.

Tickets are available online here or you can click on the kitten.



Hannah is leaving Extreme Labs and abandoning her career in tech to become a singer/songwriter.

Actually no, not really, though if she did, we were wondering if this would actually be a great way to encourage more girls into tech.

Anyway… yes, my point where was it?

Hannah has an app, no wait a widgetDownload it, play with it and send her lots of feedback. You can also click on the kitten below...



Venus Ventures and community collaboration

So as briefly mentioned last week... we have a lot of resources aimed at women in tech in Toronto, albeit with slightly different agendas:

Girl Geeks Toronto

Ladies Learning Code

Girls in Tech

Women && Tech



Women in Biz

Dames Making Games

But there's got to be more scope for helping each other, cross-promoting events and making sure we're filling gaps and not duplicating effort. These meetups, events, workshops and websites are a ton of work and are we actually doing what we should be doing, which is getting more women into tech (including software, engineering and gaming) and higher up the ladder. And critically, measuring this impact!

This is beyond the scope of Girl Geeks Toronto and others, but we would like to stress our complete support for all of the above groups AND direct your attention to a fantastic new initiative called Venus Ventures, designed to support women across these spaces and provide the practical resources to pull women into tech, giving them the support they need throughout their (ad)venture. You can find out more information here.

Venus Ventures are also looking for a website partner and are keen to create a new website that supports the scale and depth of the initiative. If you can help, please reach out to a member of the team.


The survey

I know we've mentioned this before, but if you haven't completed our really awesome survey already, would you mind? Treat it like an exciting game, where we tap your knowledge and opinion and don't give you any points at the end.


Other stuff:

I'm sure there was something else I've neglected to mention, but if I have, it's too late for this message and we'll add it to our website. We'll be back in 2013 with an update on our next event, please reach out if you have anything relevant for the network that you'd like us to promote then. If we don't see you before January, have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah or religious/cultural event of your choice. And if you don't celebrate anything, have a wonderful non-celebration too.


Live long and prosper and drink responsibly.


Rachel (Caroline, Emma and Breanne)






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