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Last night I attended the first {?} Ladies Wot Tech evening organised by the fantastic Emma Cooper and hosted at the last minute by the Forum. Now, I like to think of myself as a bit of a geek at times, but last night my geekiness and levels of knowledge of anything were put massively to shame by all the speakers who were not only ridiculously diverse, but were all pretty cool and had some fabulous jobs too. The night coincided with it being International Women’s Day too, so you know, we had some girl power stuff serious wine drinking going on too.

We learnt about the amazing things that Zebrafish can do for medical science, {and saw some Disco Fish} from Caroline. Seriously, these fish can be used for what seems like an unlimited number of uses – and they grow so fast {I think the video was 3-4 days and the fish went from egg to fish!}you can see! Then Stella talked us through her journey to her position as a social media manager, and showed us the importance of telling a story to hook your audience. Libby at S1 Chiropractic brought along a spine and showed us the different ways everything in your life impacts on your body. Helen Miller introduced me to the UK Online Centre’s scheme that helps get people online and raised some really interesting points about how not being able to use the internet causes a schism in society. Chella raised some laughs {and made one attendee I saw look aghast} with her discussion about ‘that time of the month’, her zine Adventures In Menstruating  and brought everyone’s attention to the ugly bin’s in loo’s. And finally, Tracey from Creative Barnsley spoke to us about the Geek Girl Dinners {#ggdsoyo} that they host in Barnsley.

But, and maybe this is more important, we all had a few hours out with like-minded, slightly geeky ladies, drinking wine and discovering that the Chinese bakery up the street do amazing cakes that ‘don’t taste weird like French cakes do’. 

If you'd like to find out any more about the Ladies Wot Tech group there is a facebook page, or the events of last night can be seen {including some phone pic's from us all} by following the #SheffIWD tag on twitter. 

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