July 2013 meeting announcement

The Disreputable Order of Hopperites runs a monthly get-together for women, girls, or anyone who identifies as female, to come and talk about tech topics. At each meeting we have a variety of short presentations on subjects including computing, science, and other technical pursuits. You can find out more about our meetings on our meetings info page.

Our July 2013 meeting will be held on Monday the 8th (the second Monday of the month, as usual) at Infoxchange‘s office in North Richmond. It’s right near North Richmond station (on the Hurstbridge/Epping/South Morang lines), or easily accessible from the 109 tram, or with a bit of a walk from the 75 tram or Richmond station.

We’re excited to have Asher Wolf talking about Cryptoparty, and are still seeking other talks. If you’d like to give a short (~15 mins) talk on any technical subject, let us know by commenting here or tweeting at @hopperites. See Talks for more information or check out slides and notes from previous talks if you want ideas.

To register: use the form below, or head on over to Eventbrite.

You’ll note that registration is either for “Hopperites” or the “Gentlemen’s or Non-Binary-Identified Auxiliary”. If you identify as a woman/girl/female, please register as a Hopperite. If you would like to bring a guest who does not identify as a woman/girl/female, you can register them as a member of the Auxiliary.

May 2013 meeting announcement

The Disreputable Order of Hopperites runs a monthly get-together for women, girls, or anyone who identifies as female, to come and talk about tech topics. At each meeting we have a variety of short presentations on subjects including computing, science, and other technical pursuits. You can find out more about our meetings on our meetings info page.

Our May 2013 meeting will be held on Monday the 13th (the second Monday of the month, as usual) at Infoxchange‘s office in North Richmond. It’s right near North Richmond station (on the Hurstbridge/Epping/South Morang lines), or easily accessible from the 109 tram, or with a bit of a walk from the 75 tram or Richmond station.

Two talks are planned: a talk about Cryptoparty by Asher Wolf, and Lillian Ryan talking about early female pioneers in electronic music and how she’s building her own theremin.

Sorry, but due to personal circumstances (on the part of speakers and organisers) we’ve had to cancel the May meeting. Our apologies, and see you in June!

Talks for tonight: mapping VicRail and WordPress Multisite

We’ve got two presentations lined up for tonight (and room for one more if anyone’s got something they’d like to talk about for ~15 minutes).

Mapping VicRail

Hannah Commodore will talk about “Mapping the Victorian rail network. Using basic tools, we will give a live demonstration of how to scrape the ACMA web site and convert license data to geographic information suitable for input to Google Maps. The same ideas can be applied to many such websites providing useful information you might not expect, and which don’t have public APIs.”

WordPress Multisite

Skud will give a brief overview of how to install WordPress Multisite, some tips and gotchas, and most importantly why you should be using WordPress Multisite if you manage more than one WordPress blog/site.

Want to give a talk? Drop a comment here or tweet at @hopperites.

Also, I just remembered that there’s $20 left over from the dinner last month and that I promised to buy snacks for the meeting. Any requests?

April 2013 meeting announcement

The Disreputable Order of Hopperites runs a monthly get-together for women, girls, or anyone who identifies as female, to come and talk about tech topics. At each meeting we have a variety of short presentations on subjects including computing, science, and other technical pursuits. You can find out more about our meetings on our meetings info page.

Our April 2013 meeting will be held on Monday the 8th (the second Monday of the month, as usual) at Infoxchange‘s office in North Richmond. It’s right near North Richmond station (on the Hurstbridge/Epping/South Morang lines), or easily accessible from the 109 tram, or with a bit of a walk from the 75 tram or Richmond station.

Two talks have now been announced: Mapping VicRail and WordPress Multisite.

To register: use the form below, or head on over to Eventbrite.

You’ll note that registration is either for “Hopperites” or the “Gentlemen’s or Non-Binary-Identified Auxiliary”. If you identify as a woman/girl/female, please register as a Hopperite. If you would like to bring a guest who does not identify as a woman/girl/female, you can register them as a member of the Auxiliary.

We’re also still looking for another speaker or two for the April meeting. Our format is to have 3-5 short talks on any technical topic, in any format you like. See Talks for more information or check out slides and notes from previous talks if you want ideas. If you’d like to give a talk, drop us a note right here on the blog, or tweet at @hopperites.

Skud’s pair programming/timezones talk from the March Hopperites meeting

Pear programming

“My main project, Growstuff, tries to do pair programming for as much of our work as possible. The problem is, we’re an international open source project with devs all over the world, in a variety of timezones and with differing availability. Pear is our app to help people find someone to pair with. It’s a work in progress, so I’ll just give an overview of what we’ve done so far, and where we’re heading with it.”

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 8th. Register at Eventbrite or learn more about our meetings.

Maia’s “skulls and robots” talk from the March Hopperites meeting

This is Maia’s talk from last month’s meeting.

Irradiating skulls for fun and profit

Dr. Maia Sauren will present her research on the effects of anatomic variations in the human head on the safety of using mobile phones. Her work focused on creating an accurate and adjustable computational model of the human head, but there was also some playing withs skulls and robots.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 8th. Register at Eventbrite or learn more about our meetings.

Talks for March, 2013 meeting

Here are some of the talks we have lined up for this month’s meeting:

Digital chat using HF radio

Ivy Jane Gardener will give a talk about narrow band digital modes with HF radio, mainly covering PSK31, “a popular computer-generated radioteletype mode, used primarily by amateur radio operators to conduct real-time keyboard-to-keyboard informal text chat over the air”.

Irradiating skulls for fun and profit

Dr. Maia Sauren will present her research on the effects of anatomic variations in the human head on the safety of using mobile phones. Her work focused on creating an accurate and adjustable computational model of the human head, but there was also some playing withs skulls and robots.

Pear programming

Skud (Alex Bayley) will present “Pear”, a matchmaking tool for remote pair programming. “My main project, Growstuff, tries to do pair programming for as much of our work as possible. The problem is, we’re an international open source project with devs all over the world, in a variety of timezones and with differing availability. Pear is our app to help people find someone to pair with. It’s a work in progress, so I’ll just give an overview of what we’ve done so far, and where we’re heading with it.”


We’ve still got room to squeeze another talk or two, if they’re short, so if you’re interested drop us a line (or just show up on the night and we’ll try and fit you in). Otherwise, come along and hear these awesome speakers and geek out with us.

When: Monday 11th March, 6:30-8pm (followed by food/social time afterwards)

Where: Infoxchange, 33 Elizabeth St, Richmond, Victoria 3121

Who: Anyone who identifies as a woman/girl/female, and their guests, are welcome.

To register: use the form below, or head on over to Eventbrite.

Our first meeting: March 2013

Sisters, it is time for us to come together in sisterly sisterhood and prostrate ourselves at the sensibly-shod feet of the Real Admirable Grace Hopper.

Our first meeting will be held on Monday, March 11th (the second Monday of the month, which will be our regular schedule from now on) at Infoxchange, who have graciously offered us a meeting space at their office in North Richmond. It’s right near North Richmond station (on the Hurstbridge/Epping/South Morang lines), or easily accessible from the 109 tram, or with a bit of a walk from the 75 tram or Richmond station.

We’re looking for speakers! Our format is to have 3-5 short talks on any technical topic, in any format you like. See Talks for more information. If you’d like to give a talk, drop us a note right here on the blog, or tweet at Hopperites. We’ll either post again soon with speaker details, or we’ll fall back to holding our first get-together as a meet-and-greet, and use it to brainstorm topics we want to talk about or hear about at future meetings. A viewing of the video of Grace Hopper on Letterman will also be part of the proceedings (just try stopping us).

To register: use the form below, or head on over to Eventbrite.

You’ll note that registration is either for “Hopperites” or the “Gentlemen’s or Non-Binary-Identified Auxiliary”. If you identify as a woman/girl/female, please register as a Hopperite, and get yourself down to our meeting pronto! If you would like to bring a guest who does not identify as a woman/girl/female, you can register them as a member of the Auxiliary. Please make sure your guest arrives with you!