Auckland event | 9 July 2014 at Toto’s Montecristo Room

The next Auckland Girl Geek Dinner will be held in conjunction with Nethui – it’s on Wednesday 9 July 2014, and presented in conjunction with our sponsors InternetNZ and Catalyst!

SPEAKER LINE UP CHANGE: Jodi Mitchell has regretfully had to withdraw from the evening – we are excited and pleased to announce that Tanya Gray will be speaking on the night in her place!

Wednesday July 9 2014, 6 – 8:30pm
Toto’s Montecristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets $25 – open to both women & men

Note: you do not have to be attending Nethui to buy a ticket; your attendance at Nethui does not allow access to the GGD.

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Megan Whelan | The Wireless, RadioNZ
Megan is a senior journalist with RadioNZ. She’s changing the face of public broadcasting, one crazy hair colour at a time. Megan works on The Wireless – RadioNZ’s site aimed at bring insightful, educational, and entertaining public service media to 18-30 year olds. She joined The Wireless after working for Radio New Zealand International, covering news and current affairs across the Pacific. Since then, she has written about voting, start ups and her own appalling savings habits.

Kirsti Grant | Vend
Kirsti is a huge advocate for finding that thing you love and never having to work another day in your life. She’s worked in technology for over 7 years, mainly in the recruitment space. Kirsti is an expert on using social media and technology for recruitment – she was running her own social recruitment consulting business when she herself was recruited to join the Vend rocketship. Since joining Vend in April 2013, Kirsti has overseen the team growing from 39 to 122, many of those in Vend’s new offices in Melbourne, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Tanya Gray | Gather workshops
Tanya is the lead presenter on the Gather Workshops team, and she’s on a mission to increase the uptake of programming in secondary schools. With a professional background in web development, she is now applying her real-world experience to classroom learning and bridging the gap between schools and industry.

Ellen Strickland | InternetNZ
Ellen is Collaboration and Community Lead with InternetNZ, a non-profit organisation which works to promote the Internet and protect its potential for the benefit of New Zealand.  She is currently completing a PhD on regional ICT Policy formation in the Pacific Islands; she’s worked as an advisor, consultant, and academic in the area of the Internet and ICTs since 2000, in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Australia and the UK. In her spare time, Ellen’s interests include cute pictures of cats and Scrabble.

What your ticket buys

Tickets are $25 – the ticket price includes a light dinner and a drink. Please note that the dinner is not a sit-down dinner but there is plenty of Toto’s famous pizza, finger food and sweet treats. There are limited vegetarian and gluten free options available.

The speakers will start at about 6.45 and we encourage you to stay for another drink afterwards or move on somewhere else to continue the conversations if you’re keen. A cash bar operates for the evening.

We use Lil Regie, a NZ-based online registration system. They’ll take your payment securely by credit card. Buy tickets now → 

Men are welcome to attend

Although our name suggests this event is only for women, our speakers are so great that everyone will want to come.  We’ve  got a limited number of tickets available for our male colleagues and friends as well, but you’ll have to be quick!


Toto’s Montecristo Room is downstairs from the fantastic Toto’s Restaurant in Nelson Street. It’s across from TVNZ, just up from Pastis and 5 minutes from Queen Street. There’s heaps of parking nearby.

Thank you







Catalyst IT



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