New! Spark Ideas Channel
Fri, Feb 15th 2013 6:09a Gabriella New! Spark Ideas Channel
Introducing our new Spark Ideas channel on Vimeo. View the latest Sparks talks from IBM Connect 2013 and catch up on earlier talks from user groups around the world. We’re gradually getting all the historical ones uploaded and here is where we’ll keep adding new ones including upcoming Sparks from the Benelug User Group in March and IAMLug in May.
Big thanks to Spiked Studios as always for the video recording and management. If you are interested in doing [read] Keywords: ibm
Spark Ideas – The Line Up
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 1:14p Gabriella IBM Connect 2013 is nearly upon us and our Spark Ideas are ready to go. We have some fantastic talks again this year and really hope to see you in Swan Mockingbird 1 & 2 on Tuesday morning at 11.15am.
Our host will be Francie Tanner. Thank you to everyone who submitted, in the end it came down to having as broad a range of talks as possible but please submit again, we’ll be repeating this event at user groups all year. Here are the topics – I think you’ll agree we [read] Keywords: ibm
Update on Nerd Girls at IBM Connect 2013
Tue, Jan 15th 2013 7:12a Kathy Brown Lotusphere is almost here! (Yes, I’m still calling it that. I know it’s IBM Connect now, but that doesn’t rhyme).
Once again, the Nerd Girls will be hosting Spark Ideas -
Spark Ideas is a chance to bring together a group of our colleagues to discuss what inspires us. We’ll share our experiences, inspiration, challenges, etc., during this compilation of five minute talks. Talks could range from how you were inspired by your math teacher to go into computing, how you ju [read] Keywords: connections
Nerd Girls At Connect 2013
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 7:08p Gabriella Well that went quickly. 2012 is almost over and we have a lot of activity to squeeze in already for 2013. Connect 2013 is fast approaching and this year there are more new Nerd Girl speakers than ever, from Social to Development to Training and Administration – we’ll be there on stage and up with the Gurus at Gurupalooza. Come and say hi.
Hopefully we’ve had a chance to meet some of you this year and maybe you’ve made it to one of our Sparks sessions at user groups [read] Keywords: administration
BLUG – Sparks on Tour!
Fri, Feb 24th 2012 6:28a Femke Goedhart After a very successful Sparks session at Lotusphere NerdGirls is proud to announce that we are taking it on the road!
Our first stop is BLUG, the Belgium – Luxembourg User Group event held on March 22-23 in Antwerp where we are hoping to present some more Sparks. And that means it’s open for new submissions
Are you going to inspire the audience?
So if you are going to BLUG and have an inspirational story to share let us know. And who knows, maybe your spark will be on center stage i [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Spark Ideas Lotusphere 2012 – The Videos
Thu, Feb 16th 2012 5:09a Gabriella If you didn’t manage to make it to our Spark Ideas session at Lotusphere this year, we have a treat for you. Thanks to our friends at Spiked Studios we have video of each of the 6 sessions and thanks of course to all of our Sparks speakers, the feedback was amazing and we’ll definitely be doing this again.
Each of the video clips below runs about 6 minutes so take a coffee break and get ready for some inspiration!
Mitch Cohen – Get Cancer Get Social
Francie Tanner – The Art [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Final Great Geek Quiz Winner
Wed, Jan 11th 2012 10:56a Kathy Brown So here we are! Lotusphere is next week! Our final winner for the quiz is none other than Carl Tyler! Congratulations! Don’t forget to come to the Great Geek Challenge on Tuesday at 8PM in the Dolphin Fountain restaurant!
Now here are the answers to the last round of questions:
What is the name of the giant tree destroyed in the movie Avatar?
Home Tree (not tree of life, as I responded)
Who should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque?
That would be none other than Bugs Bunny
What [read] Keywords: ibm
Spark Ideas – Ready For Some Inspiration?
Mon, Jan 9th 2012 5:11a Gabriella Nerd Girls are back at Lotusphere 2012 (and if you’ve been at a user group or conference this year you may have noticed we never went away). At this year’s Lotusphere we’re changing things around and bringing you a brand new concept called Spark Ideas. It’s January, it’s Lotusphere and time to be inspired and Spark Ideas is a series of 6 minute talks aimed at doing just that and encouraging you to think differently about your world.
We had lots of great submission [read] Keywords: collaboration
First Great Geek Quiz Winner of 2012
Tue, Jan 3rd 2012 2:12p Kathy Brown Congratulations to Steve Mullen! He is our first winner of 2012! Only a couple more weeks until Lotusphere!
Here are the answers to the last round of questions:
Who was Doctor Who’s first companion in the 2005 relaunch?
Either Rose Tyler or Billie Piper was acceptable
Which sci-fi movie series features the warring factions Vampires and Lycans?
Underworld (I answered “The movie with the woman in leather who’s name I can’t remember”. Apparently that did NOT co [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Round 3 of the Great Geek Quiz
Thu, Dec 29th 2011 12:25p Kathy Brown Congratulations! Our third round of the Great Geek Challenge quiz is over, and William Eberle was selected as our prize winner!
Here are the questions from the last round, along with the answers (you all are getting better, or the questions are getting easier!):
1) Which TV series was based on Charlene Harris’ novels?
2) Whose theoretical cat was famously both alive and dead at the same time?
3) What planet is Superman from?
4) There are 32 chessme [read] Keywords: email
Speakers selected for LS12 Spark session!
Thu, Dec 29th 2011 12:16p Femke Goedhart All abstract submissions were shown to a panel of men and women to decide on the topics for this years Sparks session. To ensure choices weren’t made based on names we anonymized the abstracts before putting them in front of the panel.
It was a tough choice as there were so many great abstracts submitted but we eventually narrowed it down to 6 topics we feel will give you an exciting and broad range of ideas!
To join Kristen Lauria for the NERD101: Spark session will be:
Mitch Cohen: R [read] Keywords: facebook
The Round 2 Great Geek is…
Tue, Dec 20th 2011 6:02p Kathy Brown Congratulations! Our second round of the Great Geek Challenge quiz is over, and Simon Peek was selected as our prize winner!
Here are those (slightly less) tricksy questions from the last round, along with the answers:
1) What is Striders real name?
Aragorn. Son of Arathorn if you want to get technical.
2) On a camera, what does a larger f-stop mean?
A larger f-stop means a smaller aperture. This means letting in less light, also a deeper depth of field where more things are in focus. It can a [read] Keywords: email
Spark Ideas: Submissions closed and already a success!
Tue, Dec 20th 2011 3:11p Femke Goedhart Yesterday was the last day for submitting abstracts for the Nerd101: Spark Ideas session. So far we can say it was a sounding success! We got lot’s of really good submission ranging in topics from …… Well, that I’m not going to tell you! you’ll just have to wait and see What I am going to tell you is that the ratio Male/Female submitters was almost equal and the topics were very diverse.
What happens now is that all submissions will be anonymized and put in fron [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Junior Nerd Girl!
Mon, Dec 19th 2011 4:12p Femke Goedhart We received this great picture today from proud dad Norman Cox showing his daughter Laura Beth who dressed up as a Nerd Girl for Halloween:
“Here are my two daughters getting ready to head out for Halloween this year. As usual, they were on far ends of the spectrum in their choices.
My 13 year old decided to be a geek. I was a little put off that she went through my stuff for her costume.
Her name is Laura Beth Cox, she is 13 and in the 7th grade in Columbia, MO, USA.
In my completely bia [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Spark = Inspiration! NERD101 Spark Ideas – New this year at Lotusphere 2012
Fri, Dec 16th 2011 7:47a Marie Scott Spark Ideas is a chance to bring together a group of our colleagues to discuss what inspires us. Led by Kristen Lauria, Vice President Marketing for IBM Social Business, speakers will share their experiences, inspiration, challenges, etc., during this compilation of five minute talks.
Want to participate? There’s still time to submit your abstract! The topic can be anything that you feel is relevant. For example, how you were inspired by your math teacher to go into computing, a unique p [read] Keywords: ibm
And The Winner Is…
Tue, Dec 13th 2011 1:04p Kathy Brown Congratulations! Our first round of the Great Geek Challenge quiz is over, and Handly Cameron was selected as our prize winner!
Here are those tricksy questions from the last round, along with the answers:
1) How old is Captain America?
Captain America is 94, he was born in 1917 and served in the second world war before being frozen and woken up again in the present day.
2) When did Domino Administrator first appear as a client?
3) What is a milliard billiard?
10 to the power of 24 (milliard [read] Keywords: domino
Spark Ideas – Brought To You By Nerd Girls
Wed, Dec 7th 2011 9:14a Femke Goedhart Do you know how some stories can be really inspiring? Stories and ideas that you never heard or thought of before and that really hit you right in the heart? Ideas that spark…..
Can you tell such a story?
Then we are looking for you. We are proud to present the Sparks session. A Lotusphere session brought to you by Nerd Girls where up to 6 people will have a chance to share their awesome experience with the crowd in a short 5-6 min presentation.
The topic? Anything you think is relevant, from [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Lotusphere 2011 and The Great Geek Challenge
Tue, Dec 6th 2011 10:48a Marie Scott In Lotusphere 2011 the Nerd Girls introduced The Great Geek Challenge! What exactly was the Great Geek Challenge? Months prior to Lotusphere a team of wizards, scientists, and geeks were locked in a room without food and drink and tasked with preparing a list of fiendishly clever questions to quiz those Lotusphere attendees who dared to match their wits against each other at the Great Geek Challenge.
On Tuesday evening, teams met up at the Fountain restaurant at the Dolphin hotel. Quiz Maste [read] Keywords: lotusphere