Introducing speakers for Big Data meetup

We are happy to introduce the speakers of our next event On Big Data - what is it all about? at Shoreditch House on 15th April. Hope to see you there! 

Kriti Sharma - Barclays 

VP, Data Strategy and Product Owner, Real-time Big Data Analytics at Barclays where she also drives group-wide Open Source adoption. Recently led Product Management for the Mobile Payments app Barclays Pingit. Award winner for leadership and innovation in technology. Kriti is also a Google Grace Hopper Scholar, Govt. of India’s Young Leader in Science, has served on a Research and Leadership Programme initiated by the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India and currently sits on the Google Anita Borg Panel to promote Computer Science.

Merici Vinton - IDEO OI Engine

Merici is a co-founder of Ada's List, a forum for women in technology in London and globally. As an MBA grad with a passion for change, she sees technology as a means to solving problems -- not an end to itself. 

After working on the Obama New Media team, Merici moved to DC because she wanted to help bridge the gap between government and people -- and figured websites and citizen-centric technology was a great place to start (nothing like picking an easy battle, eh?). Merici built the web team for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and led the successful and praised launch of Her work at the CFPB was featured on the cover of Businessweek, as well as in the New York Times, CNN, and the L.A Times.  

Merici now works at IDEO's SaaS innovation platform, OI Engine. At OI Engine, Merici leads business development and is a client lead who brings a wealth of experience in online engagement and scaling organizations. 

Anna Gruebler - Altviz 

Anna is the Head Data Scientist at Altviz. She has a PhD in artificial intelligence and first worked on big noisy data analysis while working on high frequency biosignal classification from multiple sources for facial expression recognition. She's now been lured away from academics and joined Altviz and is working on machine learning solutions using Big Data.

Anna will bring her academic experience and show the opportunities for big data analysis that are out there for small companies!

The Magic of Machine Learning @Swiftkey

On Wednesday 3rd September we teamed up with the fabolous people at Swiftkey to teach our ladies all about the Magic of Machine Learning. We had no less then 4 speakers lined up for the breakfast meetup. For you who doesn't know, Swiftkey are the guys behind the handy swipy keyboard that predicts what you are going to write.


First up was Swiftkey's Language Engineer Cătălina Hallett covering the basics to get everyone up to speed - A basic intro to Machine Learning. You can enjoy the presentation here.  The slide that got the best break-through was the below on question whether Hello Kitty was a cat or a girl? What do you think? 

Next up was SwiftKey's senior UX designer Anna Alfut presenting her thoughts on design for Machine Learning technologies, her best tip - think about the context when you design! Her presentation can be found here

We then had Chloe from EDITD sharing how the fashion data tool uses machine learning to match up their categorisation with their clients stocks. 

Finally Mital Kinderkhedia a Machine Learning Research Student at UCL who told us all about what we can expect from the future of machine learning. She explained that the next big thing in machine learning is deep learning, aiming to bring machine learning closer to Artificial Intelligence. Presentation here

All talks were excellent and the GeekGirl (and actually there were some GeekBoys too) trylu enjoyed this GGM breakfast meetup and so did we!

/Josie and The GGM UK Team


GeekGirl Meetup presents Get Up for Startup Stories & Breakfast @ Shoreditch House

Hello all, It's about time for some early morning inspiration again ladies!

The GeekGirl Meetup breakfast is coming to Shoreditch House to inspire with startup stories. Three inspiring female founders will take the stage and share experience on how they got off the ground, the challenges they faced when scaling their business and what to think about when launching in other countries.

Members of Shoreditch house are invited to join so we have a limited amount of GeekGIrl tickets so sign up straight away to make sure you secure a place! 

It’s going to be an hour full of learnings and inspiration. Speakers will be announced shortly - watch this space!


Speaker's Announced for API Breakfast Meetup!

We're super excited to announce our lineup of speakers for our API breakfast meetup this Wednesday. We're sorry to say that we have sold out of tickets but we're looking in to recording the talks in the future so no one has to miss out. 


Camille Baldock

Camille is a software engineer whose favourite challenges are scalability, security and good API design. She is currently a Ruby contractor. When she isn't coding, she enjoys coaching aspiring developers, volunteering as a STEM ambassador and studying for an Open University law degree.

She is interested in tech policy and law, open source, and getting more women in tech.



Chris O'Dell

Chris is a Lead Developer at 7digital, one of London's premier digital download companies, where she heads up the API team. She has nearly ten years experience working on the back-ends of web based services, primarily in .Net, most recently focussing on Web APIs.

Chris has a keen interest in Test Driven Development, Continuous Delivery and Agile development practices. She lives in London and in her spare time has begun learning to play the Cello.

Sara Gozalo


Sara is a Software Engineer at BBC Radio & Music. She has been working on the new Playlister team, developing the Playlister Spotify App and working on the development of the Playlister website. She also helps to organize hackdays and innovation events related with Music&Tech inside the BBC. She has been involved in some startups in the last two years and tries to go to as many hackathons as possible in her spare time. 

Sara moved to London 2 years ago to study a Master in Businness, Telecommunications and Music; since then, she has been trying to mix her two big passions: music and technology. She plays the clarinet and piano, and she is a member of the Basement Orchestra in London. If there is a Music Hack Day anywhere around Europe...she will be there :).