DigiGirlz Australia Roundup


covermockup_med_rgbI was fortunate enough to be invited by Catherine to be part of the first Australian DigiGirlz event, held at the Microsoft Office in Sydney, on 24th March.

DigiGirlz events have been held in multiple locations worldwide and a specifically designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.

The morning started with 120 girls arriving at the office and opening their gift bag containing a few items including a copy of Tech girls as chic! (not just geek!)   and a Bingo card that was a great ice breaker for the girls to talk to not only Microsoft staff but students and teachers from other schools.

I ran the Photosynth/Deep Zoom lab for the day. The girls really just “got it” straight away and seemed quite content browsing through the synths available online. A few who had cameras and cables managed to make their own synths and the rest were able to make synths from sets of photos provided to them. If you’ve ever been involved in one of these days you’ll know it’s VERY busy but I did manage to grab a few pics at the beginning and the end.

The girls made use of the wall…
















and some used each other.IMG_2055

















Finally sitting down for the opening.


















Each of the girls received a developer shirt.


One of the XBox360 winners


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Dinner 10 with Tammy Halter

This month we’re fortunate enough to have Tammy Halter as our guest speaker. Tammy Halter is the founder and sole Director of two technology companies, Absolute Data Group, and Broadcaster Media. Tammy has over 15 years experience in the information technology field, including SGML/XML publishing and document management experience with various software integration companies. Tammy has been a technical trainer, support engineer and project manager for several SG/XML software Distributors over the years, including the Frame Product Engineer, Asia Pacific & Latin America for Adobe Systems in 1997.

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The path to being a Geek, does not have to start with a Degree in Technology.

It’s never too late to get into the tech industry, more than 1/2 of my staff  (including myself), started out in another industry and "changed over" to a career in the dark side (I.T.)!

We need to encourage and educate young women and have them understand that there are many aspects to the Technology Industry’s, and you don’t necessarily have to be a Programmer or a Scientist to have a love for the industry and to be a geek at heart.

Who is invited?

If you are a geek and a girl or know of one who is willing to escort you then you are welcome and encouraged to come along. There is a technical focus with the intention of having fun and connecting with other women in IT.

Who pays for dinner?

This month is not sponsored so you will have to pay for your own dinner

Where + When

Date: Thursday 22nd April, 2010

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Coco Bella Shop 2-75 Welsby Street New Farm.

Menu: http://fs.eatoutadmin.com/Listings/1188/Menus/coco-bella-new-farm-brisbane-entree-mains.pdf

Windows Phone 7 apps are Silverlight, lets run some DeepEarth

johnWeeGo[1]At MIX10 yesterday Microsoft announced the developer story for Windows Phone 7, Silverlight and XNA. I couldn’t help but take an hour last night to see if I could could get Bing Maps Silverlight running. Unfortunately that didn’t get far, you see it is not the complete Silverlight 3 package we run in today’s browser. Notable:

  • No Browser, these are native apps so if you rely on Browser functions your DLL will not run. The current Silverlight Bing Maps control was not going to work today.
  • No pixel shaders and some other goodies.
  • Extra bits for interaction and cool phone functionality.

So after downloading the complete developer package to an old laptop I set to work to quickly see if I could get the DeepEarth map control and providers up and running.


The OpenStreetMap provider.



So we will need to do some cleanup of our code, mainly support for the new mousewheel event rather then use the browser events and removal of the design time check based on the html page. Lastly some integration with the users location and of coarse the new interaction model should make this a good environment to prototype until we see an update from the Bing Maps team.