Free tickets for DevOps Days!

Hi everyone!
The organizers of DevOps Days have the following message for you:

After our inspiring Girl Geek Dinner at Krasnapolsky, we thought it was a wise thing to organize a very last minute Girl Geek Lunch at next week’s DevOps Days at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

The organisers of DevOps Days want to support the female tech community by inviting you to attend the conference free of charge. You can use the special code DOD_LOVES_GIRLSGEEKDINNER to register at The

With this code you can attend all of – or just part of – the DevOps Days Amsterdam conference. DevOps Days Amsterdam runs 19-20-21 June and the Girl Geek Lunch takes place on Friday the 21st at 12:15.
During this lunch we can eat, network, share ideas and experiences, have fun, plus hear from Leslie Hawthorn, a very inspiring tech lady.

Before and after the lunch you are welcome and encouraged to join the open spaces and the conference sessions. The program has been finalized and they have managed to secure some terrific speakers. With both local and international content covering all the CAMS angles, they are bringing you a Devops extravaganza: talks, ignites, open spaces and a BBQ with local beers from Brouwerij ‘t IJ to top it all off.

We hope you will join us!

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Jenn Lesser and Christine Abernathy love their work and tell us why

On May 29th we had our 17th Amsterdam Girl Geek Dinner.

Jenn Lesser and Christine Abernathy talked about their career paths and what triggered their interest in programming (we got an Oregon Trail shout out) and management. Jenn told us how she whipped a security team into shape and got them to think more strategically and be prepared for questions about budget or headcount. She told us that someone took a chance on her and how that influenced her career.
Christine told us she gets bored easily and loves learning new stuff. Someone from the audience said she also “hops, skips and jumps” and asked if she should focus more and go deeper into one thing. Christines advice: Do what you do best. If something moves you, then don’t stifle it.

Jenn and Christine went on to talk about startup culture, cyberbullying and diversity in the workplace. This entails getting more younger people interested in the field, but also retaining the people that already work in it. They talked about inappropriate interview questions (Are you married and do you have kids?).
There was an audience question about mentors. There’s a difference between mentors and advocates. Sometimes you need someone to bounce ideas off, but you also need people that actively take an interest in your career, that sit in the passenger seat and navigate that roadmap with you.
So, all in all, an interesting evening with some good advice!

Photos were taken by Tom Verstraat.

He also made an audio recording of the talk.

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AMS GGD #17 • GGD @ HITB • A chat with Facebook

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 18:30-22:30
Location: Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam room (Dam 9, Amsterdam)

On the 29th, you will get a chance to chat with some of the leading women from Facebook. Their experiences range from security operations to developer platforms.
They will talk with you about what they do, what they love about it, and what they are doing to bring diversity to Security and Facebook.
You can submit questions in advance via this form

Panel members

Jenn Lesser (Director of Security Operations)

Jennifer Lesser is the Director of Security Operations at Facebook. In her current role, Jenn is responsible for organizational management, roadmap and budget for the Facebook Security Team, along with Program Management for major initiatives within Facebook and for the community. A jack of all trades, she also coordinates awareness campaigns, most notably Facebook’s popular “Hacktober” events for National Cyber Security Awareness Month that capture the company’s attention each October.
Prior to her employment at Facebook, Jenn was Chief of Staff for the CISO at PayPal. She has over 15 years of industry experience, holds her PMP certification and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California where she received a B.A. in Communications.
More on Jenn Lesser.

Christine Abernathy (Developer Advocate)

Christine has a passion for developers and mobile technologies and has yet to come across a mobile OS she didn’t like. This has naturally led to her role as a Developer Advocate working with Parse. At Facebook, she’s worked primarily on the iOS and Android SDKs and in supporting strategic Open Graph partnerships. Prior to Facebook, Christine headed up engineering at Mshift, a mobile banking software provider, delivering iOS apps and mobile browser-based products. Prior experiences include co-founding Clickmarks, a mobile and enterprise middleware provider.
Christine has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
More on Christine Abernathy.

More information

We organize this evening in collaboration with HITB / Haxpo.
About Facebook:
Diversity at Facebook:
Careers website:

HITB / Haxpo.

Click on poster for printeable version (designed by Coline Pannier).


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It was great seeing you all at the European Conference on Information Retrieval! The photos of our Women Networking Event (with ice cream) can be found here.
More pictures can be found here and here.

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Ice cream!

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 17.15-18:00
Location: Hotel Casa 400 (Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4 Amsterdam, the Erasmus room)
Subscribe: This event is part of the 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval. You can register for that here.

On Monday, April 14 there is a women networking event at Erasmus, sponsored by the Amsterdam Girl Geek Dinner, who will provide ice cream. This meeting intends to connect women in Information Retrieval from all stages of their career, to foster a strong network of women in Information Retrieval.

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The next Amsterdam Girl Geek Dinner will be on May 29th

Hey everyone, mark your calendars! We will have our next Girl Geek Dinner on May 29th (Hemelvaart/Ascension Day) alongside ‪#‎HITB‬ ‪#‎Haxpo‬ ‪#‎HITB2014AMS‬. More info will follow later on…

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The riddle of literary quality

On November 26th, we had our 16th Amsterdam Girl Geek Dinner.
Karina van Dalen-Oskam showed us the link between literary science and computation. This territory is for a large part unmined. Quality reading is still the leading method for analysing texts but things are changing. Interestingly, a lot of tools are available for analysing newspaper texts, but they are not always working for literary works. A lot of manual labor is still needed to analyse literary works with these tools.

Karina talked about her project of analysing the use of names in novels. Children’s books use more personal names than any other genre.

The styles of different authors are distinguishable. Karina told us about the medieval book “Roman van Walewein” that had two authors and two scribers. At one point, one writer took over from the other. You can see this happen in a graph of word usage per line. Interestingly, the moment where the second scriber took over from the first can also be seen clearly.

Literary quality may be indicated by the number of different words used, and by the number of syllables. There is debate of how literary quality must be defined; is it in the eye of the beholder or is it a characteristic of the work itself?

Just 2 months ago, “Het Nationale Lezersonderzoek” was held, a big survey in which people could rank books and judge whether they were literary works or not. Unsurprisingly, 50 Shades Of Grey was at the bottom of the list ;)

Karina’s slides are here. On the last slide, Karina added some interesting links.

Post written by Marjon Wiendels.
Photos were taken by Coline Pannier.

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