The 2nd Girls Geek Dinner last Tuesday at the Barley Works in Waterloo was another fantastic evening of sharing stories and meeting fellow Girl Geeks. Our group included ladies finishing off their degrees to industry experts. We range from engineers to web designers, to social marketing experts and IT professionals.
Our speaker for the evening was Joanne McKinley from Google. Joanne has worked on the Mobile Gmail application for several years. She discussed the history, challenges and lessons learned from developing an application that most of us use on a daily basis. Joanne took some of us on a walk down memory lane, and for others it was a great history lesson. It was fascinating to see (and remember) the different versions of Mobile Gmail. It is amazing to see how far mobile technology has come in such a short time.
A huge shout out to Google for providing wine glasses and massage “thingies” for the draw. Thanks to Barley Works for providing the room and great service.
Girl Geeks dinner is the brain child of Cate Huston, Pj Lowe, and Michelle Kostya. For us “Geek” Girls, we are always the minority in our industry. Cate, PJ and Michelle have provided us with an opportunity to hang out in an estrogen dominant environment. Girls communicate differently than our male counter parts and it is nice to be able to share ideas with other women in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
I and the other Girl Geeks will be looking forward to our next gathering in the near future.