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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #4: Sponsored by LOLapps
Thursday, June 11, 2009 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Event is FREE for girl geeks. If you are a guy geek interested in attending, find a girl geek to register you as her guest.
Sarah Mei, Senior Software Engineer, LookSmart
Leah Culver, Software Engineer, Six Apart
Dori Smith, Author, Programmer
Amanda Wixted, Game Developer, Zynga
Opening Speaker from LOLapps:
Annie Chang, Co-Founder and Head of Product, LOLapps
|Sarah Mei has spent ten years doing interesting things with code and data. For the last three years she's been working in Ruby on Rails, which she loves for how it handles the tedious problems, freeing her to focus on the interesting ones. Sarah is a Senior Software Engineer at LookSmart. Sarah also heads the Open Workshop project at RailsBridge, runs introductory Ruby on Rails workshops for women, and supports people running their own by releasing workshop tools. She has, among other things, a CS degree from UC San Diego, a blog, a husband, a preschooler, a baby, a weakness for puzzle games and pirates, and an apartment with way too many computers in it.|
|Leah Culver was a co-founder and the lead developer of the social network and micro-blogging website Pownce, which was acquired by blog juggernaut Six Apart in November 2008. Now a software engineer at Six Apart, Leah uses her experience with Pownce to develop large scale social applications for future Six Apart projects. While creating the Pownce API she co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications and now maintains the popular Python OAuth library. Leah promotes open source, APIs, and the Django web framework on her blog at leahculver.com. In her free time she likes to play around with new technology and try new restaurants near her home in San Francisco.|
|Amanda Wixted has been developing games for mobile devices since 2005 and has worked on many platforms, mainly focusing on J2ME devices and the iPhone. She has worked for Octopi and Namco Networks, and was the first iPhone developer hired at Zynga, where she currently works. Some of her credited titles include Mafia Wars, Live Poker, Shuffleboard, Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, Pac-Man Arcade Golf, JellyPOP, and PoxNora. She lives in San Francisco where she sings in the band Delivery Is Possible and enjoys shopping and starting side project apps with friends.|
|Annie Chang is Co-Founder and Head of Product at LOLapps, one of the largest companies in the social application space, reaching over 44 MM monthly unique users. LOLapps offers tools that allow anyone to create, personalize and share customized applications on social networks. Prior to LOLapps, Annie was a product manager at BitTorrent and an engineer at Adobe. Annie holds a B.S. in EECS from UC Berkeley.|
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.