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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #71: Sponsored by Zendesk

28.08.2014 (11:47 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Zendesk and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on September 3rd for a Girl Geek Dinner!

Come enjoy an evening full of mingling, food and drinks, speakers, and more at the Zendesk office in downtown San Francisco!

Our line-up will include an awesome girl geek panel on the power of mentorships and your career path!

We hope you can make it and look forward to meeting you soon!

Zendesk Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Check-in, Networking, Demos, Food & Dessert
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion: You can only go so far on your own: The power of mentorships and your career path
7:30pm-8:30pm: More Networking!

Twitter hashtag for the event: #ZendeskGirlGeekDinner
Twitter handles for the hosts: @BayAreaGGD @Zendesk

Speaker Bios

Rose Auravide Trujillo (Software Engineer)

Rose is a software engineer who has been with Zendesk since January 2013, working with technologies such as Ruby, Rails, Backbone, Ember, javascript, CSS, you get the idea. Aside from work, some things she loves are making music, learning, and teaching. She fell in love with programming a few years ago, attended App Academy in 2012, and never looked back. Reach out to her at @roseleafx to ask questions or say hi!




Ana Martinez (Senior Software Engineer)

Ana Martinez is a senior software engineer at Zendesk. She recently move to the security-development team but worked in the internationalization team for 2.5 years. Before Zendesk, Ana graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Masters degree in Information Technologies. In her spare time, she likes to harass her wiener dog.





Heather Wells (Senior Manager, Zendesk’s Global QA Team)

Heather Wells has been in the software industry for 17 years. After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a BA in history, she got a job in publishing just as “electronic publishing” started to take over that industry, inspiring her career change to software. She started as a software tester for a stock trading startup with no previous experience in either software development or the stock market. Since then she has survived the first dot-com bust, worked for web shopping companies, online auctions, medical software companies, and defense contractors in various capacities including QA, CM, build automation and release management. In 2013 she attended a Bay Area Girl Geek dinner at Zendesk and submitted her resume that evening. She is currently the Senior QA Manager for Zendesk’s global QA team.




Stephany Varga (Software Developer)

Software Developer by day, guitarist and motorbiker by night, Stephany has been building pages and features on since November 2012. Her career in web development began with a little pet sitting website built in Frontpage Express and has advanced into a Graphic Communications degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a stretch at Experts Exchange as a web designer, front-end development agency contracts for Cisco, Bethesda Softworks and Research In Motion’s Blackberry team, an escapade in Spain maintaining a company’s expatriate community website built from HAML, CoffeeScript, and Ruby, and a brief poaching stint at a very large software development company in South San Francisco that helped her realize how she desperately needed to return to Zendesk’s awesome full-stack shop. Her day to day work on Zendesk’s four person webteam requires local development on a LAMP stack, extensive use of CSS3 (SASS + Compass), HTML5, PHP, and Javascript (Node.js + jQuery), automating with gruntjs, running selenium tests with the Browserstack API, leading their mobile optimization project, and performing daily deploys to our Heroku servers. In addition to being code-inclined, she carries a strong passion for beautiful interface development because of her background in design.


Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #70: Sponsored By Indiegogo

11.08.2014 (9:43 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners #70 is sponsored by Indiegogo on August 20, 2014 (6:30pm-10pm) in downtown San Francisco!

Come enjoy an evening full of mingling, speakers, food and drinks, and more at Impact Hub SF!

The night will feature a fireside chat with Indiegogo founder Danae Ringelmann as well as a number of lightning talks by our awesome female developers on everything from mobile development to Elasticsearch.

Enter to win a free ticket to the Indiegogo Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is August 14 -

We hope you can make it and look forward to meeting you soon!

Indiegogo Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

6:30pm – Doors open
7:00pm – Fireside chat with Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo founder
7:30pm – Lightning talks from Indiegogo Girl Geeks

Judy Tuan:

Jen-Mei Wu:
Git visualization w/ JavaScript and node-webkit

Siena Aguayo:
A high-level overview of how iOS and Android development differ

Stella Cotton:
Breaking up the Monorail: payments as microservice

Amanda Robinson:
Graph DB basics

Olivia Muesse:
Designing for mobile

Zhyliana Garcia Valdez and Yolanda Yeh:
Stretching Elasticsearch

8:15pm – Networking
10:00pm – Doors close

Social media hashtag for the event: #IndiegogoGirlGeekDinner
Twitter handles for hosts: @Indiegogo @BayAreaGGD

Girl Geek Speaker Bios

Danae Ringelmann
Danae co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Development Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives. Danae was listed on Fast Company’s “Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology” in 2011 and was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ in September 2013, and was featured in San Francisco Business Times’ “40 under 40″ in 2014. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including TEDx, Le Web and CeBIT.

Siena Aguayo
Siena is a software engineer on the mobile team at Indiegogo, working on both iOS and Android applications. Prior to Indiegogo, Siena was a fellow at Hackbright Academy, a selective programming bootcamp for women.

Stella Cotton
Stella is a software engineer at Indiegogo and Hackbright alumna. When she’s not wrangling code for the Payments Team, she’s hiking trails, reading bad genre fiction, and brewing beer.

Olivia Muesse
Olivia is a Mobile Designer at Indiegogo. From web to iOS and soon Android – mobile offers the fast-paced, hands-on, and hyper-collaborative design I love. I am thrilled to be part of Indiegogo’s awesome mobile team and to build great products together everyday.

Amanda Robinson
Amanda holds a Master’s in Computer Science from New York University. She was a Software Engineer at Google for 4 years before starting at Indiegogo in October of 2013.

Judy Tuan
Judy is a Software Engineer at Indiegogo.

Zhyliana Garcia Valdez
Zhyliana is a Software Engineer at Indiegogo.

Jen-Mei Wu
Jen-Mei is a Lead Software Engineer at Indiegogo.

Yolanda Yeh
Yolanda is a Data Analytics and Engineering Intern at Indiegogo this summer and has been having a blast! Next month, she will be finishing up senior year at Princeton University studying electrical engineering and computer science.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #69: Sponsored by Intel

20.07.2014 (10:47 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Intel and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on July 29th for an Intel Girl Geek Dinner!

Come enjoy an evening full of mingling, food and drinks, speakers, demos, and more at the Intel Robert Noyce Building – 2200 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95054!

Our line-up will include an awesome girl geek panel on how Intel is enabling the future! We’ll also have an extended demo area with smart devices such as wearables, Internet of Things, All in Ones, 2 in 1s, Tablets, and more – all with Intel inside. We’ll wrap up the night with a chance for you to win one of our great raffle prizes. We hope you can make it and look forward to meeting you soon!

Intel Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm*: Check-in (Government Issued ID is required)
6:30pm – 6:45pm: Networking, Demos, Food & Dessert
6:45pm – 7:45pm: Panel Discussion: Enabling the Future
7:45pm-8:30pm: More Networking, Demos, Food & Dessert, and Raffle Prizes
*As a courtesy to our Speakers, check-in will close at 6:30pm

Twitter hashtag for the event: #IntelGGD
Twitter handles for the hosts: @BayAreaGGD

Important Notes:
(1) Please bring your Government Issued ID. We’ll be checking at the door.
(2) Disclaimer: Girl Geek Dinner may take photographs and/or video activities at the Girl Geek Dinner event for many purposes. By attending the Intel Girl Geek Dinner, you consent to your image being captured and used.

Enter to win a free ticket to the Intel Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is July 22nd 10am. -
(Intel employees should only sign up internally via WIN-SC.)

Speaker Bios

Diane M. Bryant (Senior VP/GM, Data Center Group)

Diane M. Bryant is senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group for Intel Corporation. Bryant leads the worldwide organization that develops the products and technologies that power nine of every 10 servers sold worldwide, generating more than $11 billion in revenue in 2013.
In her current role, she manages the data center P&L, strategy and product development for enterprise, cloud service providers, telecommunications, and high-performance computing infrastructure, spanning server, storage, and network solutions. Bryant is building the foundation for continued growth by driving new products and technologies–from high-end co-processors for supercomputers to high-density systems for the cloud, to solutions for big data analytics.
Previously, Bryant was corporate vice president and chief information officer of Intel. She was responsible for the corporate-wide information technology solutions and services that enabled Intel’s business strategies for growth and efficiency.
Bryant received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from U.C. Davis in 1985 and joined Intel the same year. She attended the Stanford Executive Program and holds four U.S. patents.



Aicha Evans (Corporate VP – Platform Engineering Group, GM – Wireless Platform R&D Group)

Aicha Evans is corporate vice president and is general manager of the Wireless Platform Research and Development Group in the Platform Engineering Group. She is responsible for driving wireless engineering for multi-comm products and Intel platforms, including modems, RF, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, LTE, WLAN/WWAN as well as emerging wireless technologies to lead this industry going forward. Prior to PEG, she held the same title and role within the Mobile and Communications Group.
Previously Evans was the general manager of the Mobile Wireless Group where managed the engineering, software, hardware, strategic planning, and product test teams responsible for providing wireless connectivity ingredients and solutions for all Intel platforms.
Evans joined Intel in 2006 as a software integration and test manager. She held a number of management positions responsible for Intel’s wireless efforts including software engineering and support for customers deploying WiMAX networks in multiple geographies. Additionally, she worked in Israel managing WiFi engineering and product lines. Prior to Intel, Evans spent 10 years in various engineering management positions at Rockwell Semiconductors, Conexant and Skyworks.
Evans received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The George Washington University in 1996.



Clare Lawson (VP – New Devices Group, GM – Hardware Engineering)

Clare Lawson is vice president of the New Devices Group and general manager of hardware engineering at Intel Corporation. Lawson and her team are chartered with developing hardware solutions that will enhance and extend Intel’s product portfolio into new areas of computing, and to position the company to compete and lead new growth markets.
Prior to joining Intel in 2013, Lawson managed hardware engineering teams in the consumer electronics space, including at Apple, Dell, and Amazon. She managed hardware platform engineering for Kindle products at Amazon’s Lab 126. She was a founder of ZING Systems, acquired by Dell, which designed portable wireless music devices for Sirius Satellite Radio and Yahoo!. At Apple, she ran the Consumer Mac Systems team, and was responsible for the development and delivery of several desktop Mac products, including the first Mac Mini.
In addition to her work in consumer electronics, Lawson previously managed system design teams at several semiconductor startups and even was responsible for program management, e-commerce software development, and customer service at, a wine-tasting startup.
Lawson earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.



Peggy Irelan (Sr Principal Engineer & Director of IoT Analytic Products and Technologies Solutions)

Peggy Irelan is a Senior Principal Engineer and Director of IoT Analytic Products and Technologies solutions organization in Intel’s Internet of Things Group. Irelan leads an interdisciplinary engineering team that defines, develops and delivers End-to-End IoT analytic products and advanced technologies.
In this role, which she assumed in October of 2013, she manages the Internet of Things Group analytics strategy and product development for IoT edge analytics infrastructure, edge and cloud analytic applications, and the analytic algorithms that turn the customers’ data into trusted actionable intelligence to solve their business problems and accelerate their business transformation.
Irelan defines IoT analytic product and technology success as delivering a full solution that sits perfectly at the intersection of four areas: existing technology, business problems, business & technology cultural practices, and the technology users. Irelan collaborates with business and technology experts, from sensors & devices to servers, to understand customer landscapes to continuously update Intel’s IoT analytics product and advanced technology roadmaps.
Previously, Irelan initiated and led Intel’s Architecture for Monitoring Initiative focused on creating an innovative, reliable, and easy to use IA software and hardware platform monitoring technologies, such as CPU utilization, thermal temperature, and hundreds more. The hardware and software framework solution enables IA platform monitoring based software & services.
Irelan has over 16 years of experience in monitoring-based technology solutions that started with software engineering, development and system integration work in Motorola’s sensor and cellular product divisions. She integrated sensor systems for everything from cell phones to run-flat tires to air bags including smart home prototypes. This sparked her passion for advancing ‘smarter software and services’ through monitoring and analytic technologies which has driven her career path at Intel. Irelan has a B.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.


Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #68: Sponsored by Amazon Lab126

10.07.2014 (12:02 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

On Thursday, July 17th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, the 68th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner will be hosted by Amazon Lab126 in Sunnyvale, California!

The event will take place poolside at the Moffett Towers Club in Sunnyvale. We will get to know one another with Amazon trivia and hear from Lab126 engineers behind two of Amazon’s groundbreaking new products, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Phone.

Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices like the Kindle family of products. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of Since then, we have worked to produce hardware and software for best-selling devices, including Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon Fire TV, and the newly-released Amazon Fire Phone.

Amazon Lab126 Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Networking
6:20pm – 6:40pm: Fire Phone Dynamic Perspective Tech Talk by Flora Yang, Software Quality Assurance Manager at Amazon Lab126
6:40pm – 7:00pm: Amazon Fire TV Tech Talk by Jaee Patwardhan, Senior Software Development Manager at Amazon Lab126
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Games, networking, and product demos

The Amazon Lab126 Girl Geek Dinner will take place poolside at the Moffett Towers Club located at 1080 Enterprise Way in Sunnyvale, CA.

Use hashtag #Lab126GirlGeekDinner to interact on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Enter to win a free ticket to the Amazon Lab126 Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is Thursday night at MIDNIGHT (PST) on July 10, 2014 -

Speaker Bios

Flora Yang, Amazon Lab126 Software Quality Assurance Manager

Flora Yang is a Software Quality Assurance Manager at Amazon Lab126. Flora currently manages quality for Dynamic Perspective on Fire Phone. She also manages the quality for a variety of framework and system areas for Kindle devices. Prior to joining Amazon Lab126, Flora worked on webOS devices and Treo devices at Hewlett-Packard and Palm as a QA Manager. Flora holds an MS degree in Information Systems from University of Maryland College Park. She is the sole inventor for a US patent and has another US patent application filed, both for mobile devices and mobile applications.

Jaee Patwardhan, Amazon Lab126 Senior Software Development Manager (Fire TV project)

Jaee Patwardhan is a Senior Software Development Manager on the Fire TV project at Amazon Lab126. Jaee is a seasoned engineering leader in software development, validation, and test, with experience building top-notch groups. Before becoming part of the core engineering leadership for Fire TV, Jaee held positions at Hewlett-Packard, Palm, and Hughes in a variety of leadership roles, from software development to field and customer support engineering. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Telecommunications from the University of Pune and a Master’s degree in Engineering – Wireless from North Carolina State University. Jaee is a passionate technical leader who believes that everyone should strive to achieve their full potential, and helps build this environment as an advisor for Bay Area Women at Amazon Circles mentoring.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #67: Sponsored by HP

22.06.2014 (10:33 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

HP Software is excited to host Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #67 on Tuesday, July 1 (5:30pm-9:30pm) in Sunnyvale, California!

Join leaders and innovators from HP and your fellow Bay Area Girl Geeks for an evening of good food, drinks, and networking. Our esteemed presenters are passionate about innovation and will share their insights on topics ranging from idea generation to the road ahead in technology.

Girl geeks will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters during a speed networking session, so come prepared with questions!

We hope you can join to hear these technology leaders share their inspiring experiences and views on innovation in technology, their do’s and don’ts for a successful career in the tech industry, and what it’s like to be a woman working at one of the biggest tech companies in the world.

Use hashtag #HPgirlgeekdinner to interact on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Sign up for a chance to win a ticket to the HP Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is Wednesday night at MIDNIGHT (PST) on June 25, 2014 -

HP Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration and Dinner

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Speed Networking

7:30pm – 9:00pm – Presentations by HP Girl Geeks

9:00pm – 9:30pm – Desserts and Mingling

The HP Girl Geek Dinner will be held at 1140 Enterprise Way (Building F) in Sunnyvale, California.

Speaker Bios

Janice Zdankus (Vice President of Knowledge Management, Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Group)

Janice Zdankus is the Vice President of Knowledge Management for Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Group. In this role, Janice and her team define, create, and share information experiences to ensure successful customer interactions with HP’s products and support. She was previously vice president, Solutions Enablement & Quality, where she and her team led the planning, design, integration and release of HP Converged Infrastructure solutions. Janice also served as vice president of worldwide software support in Technology Services, where she was responsible for the software services portfolio and profitable revenue growth. Janice’s career experience in the Commercial and Enterprise business units includes senior director of engineering of systems software, strategy planning, product marketing and engineering for systems software management products, and customer support, quality and warranty. Representative of her passion to increase the interest and representation of youth and minorities in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, she serves as the HP liaison to the board of directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Janice is active in sponsoring diversity and inclusion projects in the industry and community. She earned bachelor of science degrees in computer science and in industrial management from Purdue University, and a master’s of business administration degree from Santa Clara University in California.

Chandrakant D. Patel (Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories)

Chandrakant is an HP Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. A keen observer of technological and societal inflections, Chandrakant has been a pioneer in the design of information technology infrastructures and in the application of information technology to drive energy management at the scale of cities. He has a proven track record of delivering innovations in servers and data centers – from conception and breakthrough technical contributions to business creation and commercialization. In addition to his multi-disciplinary technical depth, Chandrakant has held a breadth of management and leadership roles, and has extensive experience in communicating with customers, investors, analysts and media. He recently managed HP Laboratories – HP’s central research division – where he led the delivery of innovations in storage, networking, print engines, and software platforms. Earlier, Chandrakant was amongst the first to foresee the need to reduce energy consumption in data centers. He subsequently founded the Smart Data Center research program at HP Laboratories. His mantra—“data center is the computer”—led to the design of an ‘operating system’ for IT infrastructures, and his vision—to reduce energy consumption through need-based dynamic provisioning of IT, power, cooling—has led to a rich portfolio of patents, publications, and products. Later, he charted new directions for the industry in the application of IT to manage Internet-connected physical systems (also known as “cyber physical systems”). Chandrakant holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University, and is registered as a professional mechanical engineer in the state of California.

Stacy Hong (Vice President of Engineering, ArchSight, HP)

Stacy Hong earned her Bachelor degree in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. She is a high energy, goal-driven executive, with a passion for technology, solving tough problems, and building great teams. She is technically savvy and approaches each new challenge with an intrinsic flair for innovative thinking and pragmatic business acumen. Stacy Hong’s professional careers at Novell, Camstar, VMWare, ArcSight, and HP, enable her to pursue her career in technology, follow her passion of making a difference, and leave “her mark”!

Genefa Murphy (Senior Director, HP Application Delivery Management, HP Software)

Genefa is a Senior Director of Product Marketing and Go-to-Market strategy within the HP Application Delivery Management group in HP Software. She leads a team of leads a team of product marketers, business development leaders and technical enablement specialists who are responsible for creating market awareness for HP Software’s solutions within the Application Delivery Management space. Genefa has worked for several years in the Software and Services space, starting as a IT and SAP consultant and progressing to work as a Project Manager, Management of Change Practitioner, Product Marketing Manager and Product Manager. Within HP Software she has held a number of roles and successfully led releases of the HP Application Lifecycle Management and HP Anywhere platforms, both part of HP Software’s $2bn IT Management Portfolio. She has also incubated new solutions and won industry awards for her work in User Experience. In addition to working in industry Genefa completed her PhD investigating what factors influence adoption of new technologies and IT methodologies in large scale organizations. Genefa continually leverages her findings and hypothesis for practical use in the business community and works with customers on a daily basis to understand how they can leverage IT to remain competitive in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Genefa is a goal-orientated, passionate individual who is a technology enthusiast and is always looking for new opportunities to break the mold and push herself, her products and her team to the next level.