Posts Tagged ‘Girl Geek Afternoon Tea’

MCRGameJam / MCRGirlGeeks games weekend

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: GameJam
Location: MadLab
Description: A weekend-long game jam, open to anyone and everyone interested in all things game
Start Date: 24-08-2013
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 25-08-2013
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Eventbrite, £5.00 (plus fee)

This August’s GameJam brings together the Girl Geeks and Ludum Dare to create a mega-jam! If you want to come along for the full weekend Jam, register for a ticket at Eventbrite - but if you’d just like a gentle introduction, come along for the one-day Girl Geeks event!

Girl Geeks Summer Gaming Tea Party

Girl Geek Tea Party for August – in association with Manchester GameJam
Sunday 25th August, 10am-5pm, Madlab, Edge Street

For August, we’re holding it in association with the MCR GameJam, who’ll be having a full game jam event upstairs while we fill the downstairs with Girl Geek Tea Party action. We’ll be there all day from 10am to 5pm, and we’ll have plenty of activities going on, so you’re welcome to join us for some or all of the day!

Girl Geeks activities include:

  • Game character sprite making using Hama beads – we’ll have designs for you to work from, or bring your own and make key rings, magnets, badges or coasters from plastic beads.
  • Board games to play - if you attended our recent board games tea party, you’ll know we had a large range of geeky games to play, and you’re welcome to try them out!
  • Computer games to play, including multiplayer Nintendo DS – bring yours if you have one, plus any multiplayer games you’d like to play with others. We have Tetris and Bomberman! If you don’t have a DS, you might be able to ask someone nicely and borrow one.
  • Cakes and biscuits, including a computer games themed bake-off – bring the most awesome game-themed bake as judged by our panel, with prizes to be won!
  • Lightning talks - we’d like you to come and tell us about your favourite computer game or board game. What’s the story, how does it play, and why do you like it? You can also show off games you’ve made yourself, as the GameJam attendees will be doing towards the end of the day. Talks will take place informally, as and when people want to give them, and we’ll have a laptop and projector if that’s useful.
  • Scratch programming – drop-in informal workshops, for anyone from complete beginners up, where you can spend a few minutes or as long as you like learning to write your own simple computer games using Scratch. Bring your laptop if you’d like to join in, or please get in touch if you don’t have one you can bring and we will see what we can do.

The game jam

We’ll be running our usual weekend-long game jam alongside the MCRGirlGeeks festivities, so anyone taking part in the Ludum Dare can use the space to build their games and bounce ideas around with like-minded folks. For those who aren’t doing Ludum Dare, we’ll also be running some one-shot jam themes open to absolutely everyone, so join us!

Some frequently asked questions:

I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on.

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our jam. Obviously if you’re taking part in the Ludum Dare then they have their own rules, but for our mini-jams it’s anything goes.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then ideally yes: we do have machines but they’re basic Linux boxes. We always have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine. If you’re up for making boardgames or similar, then be sure to bring your crayons and materials with you!

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!

Contact info

MCRGameJam on Twitter

Email the MCRGameJam

MCR Girl Geeks homepage

MCR Girl Geeks on Twitter

Girl Geeks Tea Party

Saturday, May 25th, 2013
Girl Geek Tea Party

Girl Geek Tea Party

Title: Girl Geeks Tea Party
Location: MadLab
Description: Soft Electronics Maker Session
Date: 28-07-2013
Start Time: 14:00
End Time: 17:00
Book tickets: You can get your tickets here.


As part of this session, you will learn how to make your own soft electronics toys, making circuits to light up your cuddly animal friends.

Girl Geek Tea Party v21 review

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Sun in a Whole New Light with Dr. Lucie Green

Most days in Manchester are grey and rainy, but last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Lucie Green who brightened up our day with her talk on our planet’s closest star – the sun.

Dr. Lucie’s work is specifically on coronal mass ejections (CME) which are eruptionscaused by immense magnetic fields that occur on the sun. She showed us some extraordinary videos of the activity between pairs of sunspots which act as opposite poles of magnetic fields where these CMEs occur. These activities on the sun have an impact on us. Disruptions in our electricity grids, pigeons getting lost and the northern lights are just some of the examples of the effects these CMEs have on our planet. (more…)

Girl Geek Tea Party v21

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Girl Geek Tea Party

Title: Girl Geek Tea Party v21
Location: MadLab
Description: Talk by Dr Lucie Green, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2012-01-22
End Time: 16:00

In the depths of darkest mid-winter, our January tea party will be a nice lecture about solar physics to warm you up! Sun expert Dr Lucie Green, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, will be coming to talk to us about the sun and how lovely and warm it is.

“I have been fascinated by the workings of our local star for almost 15 years – ever since a chance view through a telescope in the Ukraine showed me the Sun in a new way. The telescope I visited was equipped with a filter which allows you to see a narrow region in the Sun’s atmosphere; a region where a startling amount of detail and activity suddenly became obvious. From this point on I wanted to understand this activity and I do this by using telescopes in space that allow us to see the X-ray and ultraviolet light given off by the Sun’s hot atmosphere.

During my years in research I have helped further our understanding of how magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere evolve and drive violent activity and have had some fascinating times working with ESA, NASA and the Japanese space agency. This talk will cover my journey into solar physics, my current research and why working within an international team of space scientists is such a rewarding job to do.”

We will of course be having our usual tea and cakes, so feel free to bring along some sun-themed (or otherwise) goodies you have made – perhaps a lemon drizzle cake, or sun-shaped biscuits?

This is a free event, but admission is by Eventbrite ticket. Click here to book yourself a place!

The Sun

Dr Lucie Green

Science Jamboree with Manchester Girl Geeks and Teawitter

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Science Jamboree

Title: Science Jamboree with Manchester Girl Geeks and Teawitter
Location: MadLab
Description: Manchester Girl Geeks and Teawitter team up to bring you a full afternoon of fun, food and Science!
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2011-10-30
End Time: 17:00

Science Jamboree (upstairs)

Enjoy talks, stalls, science busking shows, hands-on activities and much more! Explore everything from kitchen chemistry and mathematical origami to brush bots and cake!

Science-themed Teawitter (downstairs)

The teawitter party is an excuse for Manchester’s lovers of things tea (and coffee!), cake and twitter related to get together and swap tales, put names to faces and enjoy the best in home made confection!

It’s a social gathering, a way to meet friends old and new, and build on the thriving tea party twitter community!

The format is simple, make something to share, bring it along, we’ll keep you in tea, coffee and whatever else you want to drink. Come meet friends old and new and put a friendly face to the online crowd!

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make arrangements.