Film & QA Session, Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

The Frontline Club have a documentary film screening coming up in September
which we think sounds ace and very related to us women in tech.

On 11 September they will be showing Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, to be followed by a Q&A with director Robin Hauser Reynolds.  

At a time when the tech U.S. sector outpaces the growth of the country's employment market, Code asks an important question: Where are all the women? This revealing and empowering documentary examines the reasons why more girls are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play a role in widening this employment gap.  

You can view the trailer and book tickets here: http://www.frontlineclub.com/screening-code-debugging-the-gender-gap-qa/

Introducing Speakers for The changing face of advertising meetup

On Thursday night we'll be hosting an advent at Albion Drive  on the The changing face of advertising, 

Meet three women working in the advertising and media industries that are at the forefront of pushing new boundaries with technology and please get a ticket for Thursday.

 

Lynne Hamilton – Director European Partnerships, Intent Media

Lynne has dedicated her career to driving rapid growth in companies. She recently moved to London from New York City to serve as Director of European Partnerships for Intent Media, a fast-growing startup that helps online travel companies unlock their full revenue potential with innovative, high-margin advertising products powered by predictive analytics.

 Prior to Intent Media, Lynne was Director of Sales and Marketing at Moji, a Chicago-based startup specialising in recovery products for endurance athletes. She oversaw the development of Moji's go-to-market strategies and growth of their ecommerce and brick-and-mortar businesses.

 @hitchham / LinkedIn

Sadie Spooner – Commercial Manager, UnRuly Media

Sadie is Commercial Manager at Unruly, one of the UK's most prominent ad tech companies. After managing UK marketing for a leading regeneration company, she joined Unruly in 2014, successfully launching a new video analytics product that helps Marketers to understand and optimise online video performance. Sadie now oversees commercial projects at Unruly, with the goal of using their existing programmatic video ad tech stack to solve new challenges in new markets.

@sadiespooner / LinkedIn

Sofia Quintero – Founder & CEO, NomNom insights

The former Head of Growth at Geckoboard, Sofia founded NomNom insights, a customer feedback aggregator which enables users to make better product and marketing decisions, earlier this year. 

She has been mentoring startups at General Assembly, as Digital Marketing instructor, and for the Startup Institute the last 3 years. Sofia also writes at verysimplestuff.com.

 @sofiaqt / LinkedIn

Student looking for women in tech to interview

GGM'ers, 

We had the request below drop in from a student who would love to interview some women who work in tech. Would be great if some of you ladies could help out, after all this is a great way to get some more visible female role models out there. Don't be shy!


'Dear all, my name's Valentina and I am a journalism student from City University London. I'm currently working on my final project (a TV feature) about women working in technology and how it improves our chances to play an active role within the society. I'm recruiting women who would be happy to be interviewed about their personal story and professional experience. Possibly, they may be London based and available for interviews from 20 April. If you'd like to get in touch, you can contact me at: valentina_villa[at]hotmail.it.

Thank you for your attention!

Valentina'

Win yourself some smart erotica courtesy of Paola Kathuria!

Remember Paola that was one of our Sextech panelists at the September conference? (Hint - she was the one with blue hair) - she has written a collection of short erotica stories and we have 10 copies to give away to our dear GGM community!

All you have to do to win is to tweet @ggmuk using #ggmgiveaway telling us about your favourite thing from 2014 - we will pick our 10 favourites by 12pm on Monday and send you a DM if you won. 

“Fingers & Tongues” is smart erotica with men and women as sexual collaborators. Paola Kathuria’s book contains seven short sex stories specifically written to be hot enough to get you off but with a focus on female pleasure. The vanilla stories cover male-female, group, female-female scenarios.

Originally, written for an online forum with 250,000 readers, the stories have been professionally edited and reworked for the book. The editing, design and printing of the book was funded by a Kickstarter campaign in May 2014.

Features:

• appealing equally to men and women

• strong female characters

• a focus on the delight in giving pleasure

• descriptive but brief story introductions

• uninterrupted explicit sexual descriptions

• strong stories that can be enjoyed over and over

• well-written and with proper editing

Reviews:

Gillian Ashton on Goodreads:

The stories in this novel are an ideal size, straight to the nitty gritty which is what readers of this genre want. The mixture of tales is great, suitable for every taste and individual. I very much doubt that readers will not finish this book feeling titillated and stimulated. It’s definitely staying on my shelf to be read and reread!

Christina Harding Erotica:

What really struck me while reading the short stories in fingers & tongues was the vast variety between all of them. Paola skillfully transitions between writing heterosexual and homosexual encounters.

Frequently when I read a book of short stories they tend to feel formulaic; however, this was not the case with fingers & tongues. I would not have been surprised if this was an anthology of short stories written by a variety of authors. And so I am genuinely impressed with Paola's versatility as a writer. With this being said, I would suspect that there is something for everyone in this eclectic collection. If one story doesn't turn you on (literally) I'm sure you'll find another that would do the trick.

onherback.com on Reaching for the Moon:

Paola's erotica is well written and engaging, significantly better than some published erotica that I've read.

Paola told me that she wants her erotica to be more arousing for the reader, more pornographic. It certainly did the job it was assigned. 'Reaching for the Moon' doesn't mess around. A few sentences into the story the action begins and it doesn't slow down. There's no resolution, just a climax. A long, long climax that extends beyond the story once it's finished. The ending does something unique, it gives the reader the chance to finish the story for themselves and it stuck with me long after I finished reading.

Women's pleasure is highlighted in this story, something that is not prevalent in non-feminist porn.

Paola's erotica delivers what the author intended it to: a story to turn you on. Quality writing makes the story enjoyable to read and a brilliant imagination made ‘Reaching for the Moon' one of the hottest erotica short stories that I've read.

Get the first story - Reaching for the Moon - as a free download from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reaching-for-the-moon/id92050706