Twin Cities Geekettes 2015 Recap

MobProgramming Event. Photo Credit: Kristen Womack

As 2015 comes to a close and we reflect on what a big second year the Twin Cities Geekettes has had, we immediately think of each of our members, sponsors and presenters — without them our community wouldn’t be as vibrant and our mission as successful. So this is not only a recap, but a giant, heartfelt THANK YOU!

2015 was another full year of events — from beginning programming workshops to hardware hacking, data visualization and mob programming. We also partnered with other organizations like Hack the Gap, Twin Cities Start Up Week, #FemTech, COCO, The Nerdery and Target to serve a broader audience in the Twin Cities’ community.

If it wasn’t for the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers, this community wouldn’t be what it is today. On behalf of our entire community, we want to thank the following organizations and individuals in supporting us and partnering with us to make these events possible in the Twin Cities. Some of you fed us, some donated space and product and some gave us money. Without all of these resources, we would not be able to host so many fun hacking events. I hope you look back on the year and feel proud of your part in uplifting this community of women in the Twin Cities.

Building a Single Page App with Instagram API event at Target. Photo Credit: Jenna Pederson

Supporting Organizations

COCO, Target, Frontend Masters, 612 Software Foundry, Twilio, Bluestem, Best Buy, Super Go Faster, Jamf Software, LeadPages, MN Cup, Nari Moxie, Sofia Fund, Prime Digital Academy, When I Work

Speakers, Presenters, Volunteers, and TAs

Kim Gerst, Kristina Durivage, Kevin Whinnery, Natalie Warnert, Amanda Swanson, Melanie Scherschligt, John Ryan, Caroline Karanja, Jasmine Russell, Jennifer Simon, Jenn Strater, Jenna Pederson, Kristen Womack, Alison Beattie, Aneela Kumar, Renee Landers, Abbie Tuckner, Maggie Mahan, Jenn Kaplan, Bridget Kromhout, Leah DeBruycker, Justin Cardinal, Jared Mehle, Allison, Karen Shaffhausen, Pam York, Cathy Connett, Melissa Kjolsing, Paul DeBettignies, Nora Helf, Angeliki Beyko

Speakers at the Everyday Geekette Event: (L-R) Bridget Kromhout, Jenn Kaplan, Maggie Mahan, Kristen Womack, Alison Beattie, Aneela Kumar, Renee Landers, Abbie Tuckner

Here is the year in review.

INTRO TO HARDWARE HACKING — December 9, 2015

HACK NIGHT — November 11, 2015

MOB PROGRAMMING — October 14, 2015

PITCH FEST FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS — September 11, 2015

PITCH CLINIC FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS — September 11, 2015

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GEEKETTE — August 12, 2015

BUILDING A SINGLE-PAGE WEB APP USING INSTAGRAM’S DEVELOPER API — July 21, 2015

HACK THE GAP: AN ALL-WOMEN HACKATHON — May 16 & 17, 2015

LIVE STREAM OF THE “WOMEN WHO TECH” TELESUMMIT — April 29, 2015

BEYOND THE AUDIENCE IN THEIR UNDERWEAR: PROPOSING A GREAT CONFERENCE TALK — April 8, 2015

DON’T LET THE CLI SCARE YOU: A COMMAND LINE CRASH COURSE — March 11, 2015

BYOP: BRING YOUR OWN PROJECT — February 11, 2015

TWIN CITIES GEEKETTES: DATA VISUALIZATION HACK AND DEMO — January 14, 2015

This year we supported #FemTech. Jenna telling the audience about TC Geekettes.

The Year Ahead

With the growth we’ve seen in the last two years, we are expanding the team in 2016. Earlier this year we welcomed Leah to the team of ambassadors and in January we will be unveiling 4 new ambassadors that will join the team — don’t miss this announcement at our January event.

We are also working on the programming for 2016. If you are interested in sponsoring an event, want to be a speaker/presenter or want to volunteer in another way, please contact us.

And finally, if you’re not a member, you can sign up here. It’s free and you are the first to get invited to the events.

Have a Happy New Year!