Speakers and Topics for Dinner #9

Here are the bios of our speakers and their topics for our upcoming dinner on 1/13, sponsored by Microsoft Windows Server and Cloud division.

Shannon Loftis
Studio Manager, Good Science Studio
Shannon Loftis has been has been making games since 1995 and is currently the Studio Head of Good Science Studio. Good Science has led the way in innovating for Microsoft’s Kinect on Xbox 360, starting with its first published game, “Kinect Adventures,” which introduced the world to controller-free gaming on Kinect this holiday.

Prior to this, Shannon spent two years in the United Kingdom establishing Microsoft’s European-based game publishing subsidiary. Her most recent games include “Fable II” and “Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts,” in addition to her contributions to more than 30 games since joining Microsoft.

Shannon graduated from Duke University in 1987 with degrees in Computer Science and Math. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc. When not working, Shannon loves to spend time with her husband and two sons, aged 7 and 9, either travelling, running, or flying.

Speaking topic: Disruptive Creation: Breaking Down Barriers to make Kinect

Kinect’s main goal from the start is to break down barriers between people and technology. Many rules and norms had to be discarded in the process of bringing this technology to market. Shannon will discuss the changes to approach, success factors, lessons learned, and what to do in order to have a creative technical career, based on her experiences building games for Xbox360 and for Kinect.

Erin Chapple
Group Program Manager, Windows Server
As part of the Server and Cloud Division, Erin Chapple’s team is responsible for driving the Management Experience and Automation Platform for Windows Server. Common across these deliverables is the goal of providing our customers rich, cost effective solutions to manage their environment. Erin joined Microsoft in 1998 and has held several roles focused on delivering solutions for IT. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 2005 she completed a Master’s in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. In 2007 she was recognized by her Alma Matter with a UW 50th Anniversary Alumni Award for her work supporting women in technology. In this same year her peers at Microsoft presented her with the Outstanding Mentor for Women Award. Most recently, Erin was recognized as one of ten “Microsoft Woman Worth Watching” on Mary-Jo Foley’s ZDNet Blog.

Speaking topic: Why Every Women Needs Her Own Board of Directors
One of the strongest means of support for your career advancement and overall job satisfaction are women. Yet we often find excuses as to why not to invest in building these relationships even though the pay-off is huge. As a founding member of the Server and Tools Business (STB) Women’s Leadership Council, Erin will talk about her experience developing her own Board of Directors and the impact a strong women’s community has had personally and professionally across the women in STB.

Event: Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #9

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (PT)

116 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004

Reserve your seat at Eventbrite!

Dinner #9 on January 13, 2011

Happy Holidays Ladies!

The Microsoft Windows Server and Cloud division has decided to sponsor SGG dinner #9! The dinner will be held at the new Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square. Shannon Loftis, Partner Studio Manager of the Microsoft Gaming Studios will talking to us about Microsoft Kinect! I will be sending out her bio and more information on her talk closer to the date.

We will have great food, an amazing speaker, and a Kinect tournament. So, come ready to learn and play!

Also, please bring a business card, as we will be raffling a Kinect!!

Please park in the Nordstrom parking lot area for easy access to the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square.

Space is limited, so please sign up at Eventbrite.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season! See you in 2011.

Liz, Stevi and Vanessa

Date: Thursday, January 13th
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Microsoft Store, 116 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA
Guest Speaker: Shannon Loftis, Partner Studio Manager of the Microsoft Gaming Studios
Registration: Eventbrite

Dinner #8 on August 18

Happy summer, everybody! We’re excited to announce that Mantis Technology Group, Inc. will be sponsoring a barbeque-style dinner at Marymoor Park in Redmond on August 18. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers will all be available.

Space is limited for this event, so be sure to sign up via Eventbrite!

Date: Wednesday, August 18th
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA
Guest Speaker: TBD.

Parking details will be sent the day of the event.

Liz, Stevi, and Vanessa

Cloud Storage FUD (Failure, Uncertainty, and Durability)

The topic for tonight’s Seattle Girl Geek Dinner has been announced, it will be Cloud Storage FUD (Failure, Uncertainty, and Durability). Our speaker will be Alyssa Henry, General Manager of Amazon Simple Storage (S3). Her overview:

Failure and uncertainty play a key role when engineering a general purpose online storage system to be durable, available, scalable, and cost effective. I’ll share some of the uncertainty we’ve encountered and the impact of that uncertainty on the design of the system. I’ll also cover some of the hardware and network failures we’ve encountered, others that we anticipate occurring, and how we’ve engineered Amazon S3 to be resilient to them.

Parking information:

There are two types of paid parking: short-term for up to 2 hours and longer-term for up to 10hours. Some of the 2-hour parking will also be signed for Residential Parking.

In the Cascade neighborhood where there are many older buildings, some streets will be signed for RPZ parking. Residents with RPZ permits may park for free on the designated streets and are not subject to the two-hour time limit.

Event Location

Van Vorst Conference Center (building has a yellow V in front, and is in the center of the courtyard).

PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE RIGHT SIDE of the conference center.

Address: 426 Terry Avenue North, Seattle 98109

And don’t forget, our generous hosts, Amazon.com, will be giving away a Kindle, so please bring your business cards!

Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #7 — June 24th

Happy Spring,  ladies!

Amazon has graciously offered to sponsor the next Seattle Girl Geek Dinner. More information will be coming soon about the speaker and topic.

Hope to see you all there!

Liz, Stevi, and Vanessa

Date:  Thursday, June 24th

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location:   Amazon Headquarters – 426 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 (Van Vorst)

Speaker:  Alyssa Henry – Director, SW Development, S3

Title of Presentation/talk:  Coming soon!

Be sure to sign up on the Eventbrite page to reserve your spot! We usually fill up quickly!

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Seattle Girl Geek Dinner is December 3rd at UWashington

The University of Washington has graciously offered to sponsor our next dinner event! Our speakers and topics will be the following:

Yoky Matsuoka

Bio: http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/yoky/bios/

Topic: Understanding human movements

Neurobotics is a new field that lies at the intersection of Robotics and Neuroscience.  In Neurobotics, robotic models and environments are used to understand the neuromuscular control and biomechanics of human limbs.

In parallel, robotic systems are developed to augment, replace and rehabilitate damaged sensorimotor functions.  In this talk, a girl geek will talk about using a robotic tool to understand human level dexterity.

Magda Balazinska

Bio: http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/magda/

Topic: handling humongous amounts of sensor-originating scientific data.

Our dinner will be held in located in the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.  Directions to campus (and the building) may be found here:  http://www.cs.washington.edu/news/maps.html

Date: December 3rd, 2009

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: University of Washington, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. The dinner will be in the atrium.

Sign up at our EventBrite event page!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Liz and Stevi

SGGD No. 5 announced for Sept 17

We know it’s been a while, but we’re very excited to announce Seattle Girl Geek Dinner #5.

Microsoft’s Corporate Research Development will be hosting us on September 17, 2009 at the Microsoft WestCommons in Redmond.

Find all the details and sign up on our Eventbrite page. This event will fill up fast!

Can’t wait to see you on September 17!

Registered But Can’t Make It? Please Let Us Know!

We’re very exited about the huge response for next week, when Dinner 4 will be hosted by Google. In fact, as you have surely noticed, we’ve already filled up our available spaces and created a waiting list.

For those who do have a spot via EventBrite, if you discover you can’t make it, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer that space to someone on our waiting list. Send Stevi the email you used to register.

Thanks to everybody for helping us make sure as many people who want to come can, thanks to Google for sponsoring us, and we look forward to seeing you!

Seattle Girl Geek Dinners now on Twitter

Follow Seattle Girl Geek Dinners on twitter at http://twitter.com/ggdseattle. And don’t forget, we’re on Facebook, too!

January 28 dinner sold out!

All the spaces we have available for the January 28 dinner have already been claimed! If you haven’t had the chance to register via Eventbrite yet, please email Stevi to get your name on the wait list.

If you have registered but won’t be able to attend, please email Stevi to let us know, so we can give your space to someone on the wait list!

We’re really excited at the high level of interest in this Girl Geek Dinner!