What is GGM?
GeekGirl Meetup is a feminist network for people interested in all things tech, design, and startups. Our ambition is to highlight female role models in the industry, create networks for knowledge exchange, mentoring and sharing ideas – and, of course, to have fun!
We talk regularly at events in order to encourage others to do so. We can also provide a list of other great women within talking in the industry. If you're looking for a great speaker, look no further; get in touch.
We arrange monthly breakfast meetups and a yearly conference thus creating a platform for all participants to share their knowledge and inspiring stories with other GeekGirls.
How it all started
The network started in Sweden in 2009 by two ladies who were missing female participation at tech conferences. They decided that a tech conference with only female speakers were the way forward and the GeekGirl movement was born.
Today you can find brilliant GeekGirl communities around the world, locations include Sweden, Mexico, Singapore and Denmark. For more information about global GeekGirl activities, please visit GeekGirlMeetup.com.
Meet the GGM Team
Ania Kubow is co-founder at Nimbla – a fintech app for Small Business for protecting their invoices. Ania already has one exit under her belt in the form of an ecommerce business she started at the age of 23, whilst working on trading floors of London. She loves to be the voice for entrepreneurs all over the world, and has frequently been featured by the likes of Daily Mail, Telegraph, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc, Buzzfeed, 11:FS and many more.
Can help with advice on technologies and ways to cut down unnecessary costs - as well as what to avoid! There are a lot of traps out there when you are first starting out. Many people don't realise how much of it you can do yourself. If I had someone like that when I first started my own business, I would have saved buckets of money.
Chloe is a proactive problem solver passionate about innovation and growth. She’s a multidisciplinary professional who marries strategic thinking, research and explorative design.
Chloe wants to re-invent the future and launch ground-breaking services, but she’s also pragmatic enough to know when it’s more helpful to just get less exciting stuff done. She loves a good challenge, big or small, and firmly believes that given enough time and resources, she can achieve any goal.
Can help with small and large organisations developing a portfolio of innovations, finding the best way forward through experimentation while merging user and business needs. Also expert in change management, defining new internal cultures and implementing upskilling strategies to empower all internally for greatest impact externally.
Danni works for a Media agency in an innovation team. Her job is to build partnerships between start-ups or tech companies and large organisations, to help them collaborate on projects together and experiment with new technology. She’s previously worked in FinTech and before that studied for a degree in Physics.
Can help with advice if you're interested in start-ups and corporate innovation, or marketing and media technology. She is also really keen to make sure that GeekGirl Meetup is relevant for as many people as possible, so if you have any ideas about how we can be even more inclusive, then let her know!
Emma moved from working in business development to being a developer via a Camden coffee shop basement, where she learnt to code with Founders and Coders. She works at the Guardian as a developer although she recently took a six month sabbatical to cycle the south to north of Japan. She will buy a matcha for anyone who wants to talk about cycling in Japan or Scala!
Can help with learning to code, career changes in to tech, cycling haikus.
Magdalena Krön is one of the original co-founders of GeekGirl Meetup UK. As she fell in love with startups, tech and innovation she has made it her personal mission is to inspire and empower more women to build a career in technology. As a day job she’s heading up Barclays’s FinTech platform, Rise, where she is building a network of the most transformative technologies in financial services today. Magdalena has been named as one of the 40 coolest people in FinTech, been featured on the Innovate Finance Powerlist 2017 and won the Women in Finance Awards for Finance Rising star of the Year and FinTech Champion of the year (2018).
Can help with connecting with corporates, startup advice, building communities, partnerships, growth strategy etc.
Mergime is currently a UX Designer at Publicis.Sapient London, but started out working in Finance back in her native Zurich. That was half a life ago though. Since then, she’s spent three years in Barcelona getting her Design Degree (and drinking wine), and has been in London for the past 6 years, moving slowly from Information & Graphic Design into User Experience Design. She’s always been a massive fan of technology, so is definitely always up to geek out. :)
Can help with any questions around career change, but also UX and Design related as she completely changed careers in her early 20s, and moved from Finance into Design.
Sarah works for tech PR agency CCgroup as Deputy Head of Mobile and Telecoms, where she helps technology companies tell stories driven by data, insights and market specialism. After moving to London from Spain in 2012, Sarah caught the tech bug through volunteer work with the Web Summit, before helping to launch non-profit CoderDojo in the UK. She’s passionate about social entrepreneurship and technology’s capability to shape the world around us in a positive way.
Can help with PR, storytelling and marketing, content and events.
Cathy is the founder of CEW Communications. She works with startups and the organisations that support them. Cathy was previously head of communications for Tech City UK, an organisation to accelerate the growth of digital startups and skills in the UK, and previously communications and marketing manager for Seedcamp, the first round fund that invests in pre-seed and seed stage tech startups.
Can help with press, marketing, and general advice on speakers and events.
Georgia is an analyst at MIDiA Research, producing consumer insights and tactical reporting for the technology x culture space. Formerly she was Brand Partnership Director with Boiler Room, where she looked after True Music Africa, Google VR and programmed + hosted the Forums (music industry discussion days). She co-runs a music community, locodia, which investigates the financial fortunes of the independent music sector via a radio show and event series. Georgia's on the London board for women in music network, shesaid.so, and women in tech network, Geek Girl. She blogs about intersections between Technology, Money, Power, Identity and Creativity: Interregnum.
Can help with contacts and knowledge of the MusicTech space.