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Girl and Not Girl is a voluntary organisation based in Manchester, UK that runs semi-regular events for people who want to meet others who work or have an interest in tech, science, maths and general geekery. Find out more about our upcoming events below!

Next Event

Banner reading 'Snowflakes and Symmetry with Katie Steckles and Hana Ayoob', with some line drawings of snowflakes

GA!G2: Snowflakes & Symmetry Maths/Art Workshop

Saturday 16th December 2023, 2-4pm, Manchester Central Library

Many beautiful designs and patterns are based on underlying mathematical principles of shape and symmetry. Snowflakes, with their detailed and seemingly random patterns, are actually based on underlying geometrical rules. Using a ruler and compass, shapes can be constructed on paper that follow these rules.

In this workshop, mathematician Katie Steckles and illustrator Hana Ayoob will talk you through the process and give you time – and inspiration – to design your own mathematically accurate snowflake artwork, also incorporating design ideas from traditional shapes and patterns.

All materials and equipment will be provided for the session, and you can take away whatever you create. There'll also be tea & cake available from the Library cafe.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of £5. (You'll need to make a separate booking per ticket so we know how many people are coming!)

About G∧!G

GirlandnotGirl (formerly Manchester Girl Geeks) is a group of people based in Manchester who work or are interested in science and tech, and who organise events to meet up, participate in workshops and watch talks, enjoy science and technology and network. We have a focus on empowering women and non-binary people in tech, and while our events are open to everyone, they're organised by a group of non-binary and female volunteers.

Previously, Manchester Girl Geeks was under the umbrella of Girl Geek Dinners, organising networking events for women in tech and creating a space to meet others and share ideas. Our chapter specifically started a tradition of running other kinds of events - hands-on workshops, events for families, and our famous 'Girl Geek Tea Party' events, including everything from building PCs to making QR codes and pixel art from beads, as well as our 'Show & Tell' and 'Crafternoon' staples.

We'd love to continue this ethos under our new brand, which has been chosen to be inclusive of everyone who wants to join in - whether you're a girl or not a girl (whatever that might mean to you), you're welcome at our events. The feeling of needing to somehow simultaneously be a girl and not a girl might be familiar to female participants in the tech sector, and we'd love to provide a space where people can navigate this and other aspects of identity, tech, science and belonging.

Photo from a past MGG event
Photo from a past MGG event
Photo from a past MGG event
Photo from a past MGG event

Get Involved!

We’re always looking for volunteers to run workshops, give exciting talks, give us a hand at events, update our website, or just help us promoting G∧!G activities – please do get in touch! We’re friendly and more than happy to welcome new members and ideas.

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Code of Conduct

We have a code of conduct that applies to all of our events. The full version can be found by clicking here.

The short version is: We want to be inclusive; do not engage in behaviour that is homophobic, racist, transphobic, ableist, sexist - against persons of any gender - or otherwise exclusionary, or make exclusionary jokes - not even "ironically".

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event and will not be welcome back to our events in future. If you are subject to, or observe any harassment, or have any other concerns - please speak to a member of the GirlandNotGirl team, who will be wearing branded teeshirts and/or will be introduced at the start of the event, or email us afterwards at Reports will be dealt with discreetly and in confidence. We want everyone to have a great time, and treat each other with respect.