Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIn’

Maker Faire UK 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

So in the middle of March I was panicking about whether I would get everything ready in time for Maker Faire UK. Like last year Maker Faire UK was held at the Life Science’s Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne as part of the Science Week there. Unlike last year, this year I had been accepted as an exhibitor and was going to display a variety of projects, so I took the Friday as vacation for final preparation and I needed it. (more…)

DPC – Dutch PHP Conference 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Rather belatedly I am delighted to announce that I have been accepted to speak at the Dutch PHP Conference in Amsterdam this June. DPC is the premier European PHP conference and is sponsored by iBuildings.

I will be running a tutorial Writing a PHP extension in C and speaking about Web Sevices for Consumer Devices. I look forward to seeing you there.

Manchester Geek Girl Afternoon Tea

Monday, January 11th, 2010

While I’m announcing appearances I am excited to announce that I am presenting an Arduino workshop at Manchester Geek Girl Afternoon Tea this month at Madlab, Manchester’s Hackspace in the Northern Quarter.

I will be bringing a long several Arduino-a-likes together with a variety of components and CDs of the IDE so that we can get together in groups, code and play.

Newcastle Maker Faire 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I am delighted to announce that I have been selected to exhibit at Newcastle Maker Faire. The theme of my display will be crafty geekery.

I am intending to take along items which are a mix of traditional crafts such as knitting and jewellery making combined with tech. For example programmable earrings, a temperature sensing hat and a bag that has a proximity detector and RFID tag so it can detect its owner.

I am also going to show off a couple of my other projects like an ethernet adapter for a BBC microcomputer and a “Mood Wall” (It analyses twitter tweets for the mood of the content displaying patterns and colours which reflect the prevailing mood).

Hopefully I will see you there!

Announcing LinuxChix North

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009


LinuxChix is a global community of women (and their supporters) who are fans of, users, or just interested in Linux and Open Source Software. LinuxChix has various chapters around the world. Currently there is only one in the UK, based in London, but I am proud to announce the LinuxChix northern chapter, LinuxChixNorth.

LinuxChixNorth is a chapter for LinuxChix members, or potential members, based in and around the M62 corridor in the north of England. This covers the cities of Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York. It is intend the first meetings will be held in Leeds and Manchester but there is no reason why members shouldn’t organise meetings in other cities. The first meeting will be in Leeds at the beginning of December. I am finalising arrangements for a venue and will announce the date as soon as I know it.

Apart from the website we are on twitter as @linuxchixnorth if you want to follow us. You can also e-mail the current organisers at uberchix at linuxchixnorth dot org dot uk.

Encouraging women to attend your conference

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I have just come back from an excellent PHP NW 2009 conference. Yes it was great because of the content, the atmosphere, and the people; but it was also great as I considered it a very female friendly conference. I’ll be blogging about the conference elsewhere. This post is about how conference organisers can support and encourage women at their conferences using the conference as an example of good practice. (more…)

The power of social networking

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Yahoo! Open Hack Day Taiwan started October 17, 2009. This is an event held for members of the Yahoo! Developer Network (not Yahoo! employees). As part of the entertainment they employed lap dancers at the event! (more…)

Life with T-Mobile, a 3G Modem, and a G1

Monday, October 19th, 2009

A few months ago I bought a PAYG T-Mobile 3G USB dongle. I have to say it hasn’t been the smoothest ride ever. My good friend Sara, visiting the UK from the States, also got one recently to use while over here and she had even bigger problems than I did as it breaks Snow Leopard. (more…)

The rise of Geek Feminism

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

My first degree was in Physics. There were only two or three women on the course. After University, partly to keep my father happy, I became an accountant. Again women were in the minority. It was not like science as at least two of my managers were women, but it still had a boys club feel to the industry. I returned to University to study a Masters in Computer Science and again I was one of the minority. And so on…


Talk: Introduction to WordPress Plugins

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Last night I gave my first pukka pecha kucha talk at the monthly PHPNW. The talk is a lightning talk with 20 slides with 20 seconds a slide. I.e. 6 minutes 40 seconds in total. Since I hadn’t even decided I was going to talk until last Friday and I had no talk prepared I was still preparing the slides on the train to Manchester where the meetings are held.

I didn’t have a VGA adapter for my MacBook and had to borrow one to connect it to the project. I think I need to buy one. I bought a DVI adapter when I bought the machine but not the VGA one as I thought who needs them with modern monitors. But of course most projectors have VGA only connections so such adapters are a necessary component of the presenter’s toolkit.

The talk seemed to go well and was appreciated by the audience and plugins seemed to be my topic of conversation for the rest of the evening. There was some interest in my WordPress Coppermine Widget plugin and techniques I had used in the Javascript for it. I think this will become the subject of another blog post.

I went a little awry with my mental arithmetic and ran over by about a minute. When Lornajane gave her talk she had the slides change automatically after 20 seconds so you know when the talking time for a slide is up. I will steal this idea!

My slides are available as a PDF download.