Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who became annoyed and frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events.
She was tired of being assumed to be marketing, tired of constantly having to prove herself and decided that she just wanted a change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside. After all to be geeky is to be intelligent, have passion for a subject and to know that subject in depth.
It’s not at all about being better than others, or about gender, race, religion or anything else. Those things just detract from the real fun stuff, the technology, the innovation and the spread of new ideas. You don’t need to work in IT to be part of Reading Girl Geek Dinners but simply have a topic that excites you that you can share with others.
Reading Girl Geek Dinners is a chapter of the Girl Geeks Worldwide and is located in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom. We serve Reading and the surrounding areas along the Thames Valley corridor. The first Reading Girl Geek Dinner ran on the 22nd October 2008 and there were around 20 girl and guy geeks at the event from all sorts of different backgrounds. The conversations were wide and varied, the food was excellent and all in all it was a fun and enjoyable first Girl Geek Dinner.
The event was co-hosted by Stuart Stoter and Sarah Blow. Reading Girl Geeks continues to hold interesting events in the Reading and surrounding area with talks of geeky subjects, great food and most of all, great company.
Girl Geek Dinners mission:
• To break down old fashioned social stereotypes.
• To identify routes around barriers to entry for anyone to get into STEM careers.
• To encourage and nurture those interested in STEM.
• To work with local schools, colleges and universities to encourage more women into STEM careers.
• To support those currently in the industry and work together to figure out the issues and the solutions.
• To provide a mentoring facility for those looking to enter, progress or change in STEM careers.
• To socialise, have fun and make new friends in a friendly and relaxing environment.
We do not exclude men from our events and welcome them to attend when invited as the guest of a Girl Geek.
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However you choose to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and would be thrilled to see you at our events.