Geek Girls Carrots is a collective “get together and make fun things" group focusing on women in STEM originating from Poland and, more recently, spreading to Seattle via event organizer Kamila Stepniowski.
Having run into Kamila on numerous occasions around the Seattle maker and hacker community, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend their very first Maker Party event hosted in the Seattle Central Library. Seeing as Intel (Mashery’s parent company) is deeply involved in the maker-community, I brought along a stack of Intel Galileo boards.
Overall attendance was around 50 local makers and hackers as well as representatives from the Seattle Pacific Science Center and the Jigsaw Renaissance maker space.
Aside from giving a 7-minute lightning talk, I ran a small “Mashery Challenge” to encourage developers to answer tricky API questions in order to win two Intel Galileo boards. I also manned a table with Galileo boards to discuss the possibilities between Mashery APIs and IOT devices. Some of the APIs I demonstrated included JamBase and Rotten Tomatoes with Node.js.
Jigsaw Renaissance ran a workshop teaching kids how to build robots using Lego Mindstorms. Budi and his collaborator Richard from Hack-E-Bot have done a fantastic job making technology approachable to kids by creating a teachable robot kit.
On the second day, people showed off their Hack-E-Bot creations.
The challenge was a success with 17 participants creating around 20 different applications using APIs from Beats, USA Today and JamBase. Budi Mulyo from Jigsaw Renaissance and Sarah Guermond both took home Intel Galileo prototyping boards.
While Geek Girls Carrots is a new group to the Seattle region, they are off to a great start and I always enjoy seeing the local community turn up to build fun “stuff” together!