January 2018 Events for Women Techies in Phoenix

Yes, all tech events are for women, but here are some I found particularly interesting:

January 10, 2018, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Neuroscience of VR with Noah Falstein
Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Avenue · Tempe, AZ
Check our the Women in VR Facebook Group.

January 16, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Women. Power. Technology.
Allstate Technology in Partnership with Galvanize, 515 E. Grant St., Phoenix, 85004

January, 18, 2018, 4:30 PM
WiTI Phoenix–The Key to Being the Indispensable CTO
CONSCIENTIA CORP, 1820 E. Ray Road, Chandler, AZ 85225

January 19, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
LinkedIn Local Phoenix
Galvanize, 515 East Grant Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Northwest Valley – Arizona WordPress Group
2530 West Happy Valley Road (Shops at Norterra) · Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Women Who Startup #BasecampPhoenix
Deanna Montrose & Nate Curran Product launch
Galvanize, 515 E Grant Street Suite 150 · Phoenix, AZ

January 27, 2017, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
IoT Devfest Arizona
Galvanize, 515 E Grant Street Suite 150 · Phoenix, AZ

Check out these Meetups, too:

Girl Develop It Phoenix
Women Who Code Phoenix
Phoenix Mobile & Emerging Tech Group
Central Cybersecurity Meetup
WIGI PHX (Women in Games International Phoenix Chapter)



IXDA Phoenix Screens ‘The Loop’, IBM’s Design Thinking Transformation

IXDA Phoenix, with GoDaddy and InVision, hosts a free screening of The Loop, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, at GoDaddy’s Scottsdale Headquarters, 14455 North Hayden Road, Building C, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.  The Loop documents IBM’s adoption of design thinking.


  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Welcome reception w/free food & drinks (great for networking!)
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Introduction by Stephen Olmstead, VP Design Partnerhips at InVision + Watch the film (approx 25mins)
  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm – Group discussion & design thinking resources

Register here. Sign up for more information on IXDA events and workshops here.

THE LOOP: a documentary on IBM design thinking | InVision


Phoenix Freelancers Meetup: Sharpen Your Brand Workshop with Dani Cutler



Your brand represents what you can offer for a potential client. A strong visual brand will build trust and credibility. Through brand consistency and clarity, clients will know what to expect every time they work with you.

Eventbrite - Phoenix Freelancers Meetup: Sharpen Your Brand Workshop with Dani Cutler

Join guest Dani Cutler of Dani Cutler Content Creation LLC to discuss your personal branding: “It’s not just about advertising, it’s about connecting with your customers on a personal level. It means listening to their wants and needs, and responding to them directly.” Dani is a digital marketer, social media consultant, voice-over actor, writer and podcaster.

Dani Cutler

October SPARK will feature an interactive discussion and workshop on how to sharpen your brand. Whether you’re starting out, refocusing your business, or thinking about growth, you should ask yourself key questions about what your brand is communicating.

Together we’ll focus on:

  • Articulating your brand effectively and consistently
  • How to ‘sell you’ rather than your services
  • Where to invest in building your brand

There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips you hadn’t considered before. Join our Freelancers Union SPARK Phoenix Facebook Group. Appetizers, pizza and soft drinks 5:30-6PM.

Regardless of industry, we all share similar experiences as independent business owners! We try to ensure everyone leaves with insights and connections that will help their business thrive.

We host meetups for freelancers by freelancers: we invite you to bring your expertise, questions, and elevator pitches to the table to workshop and discuss.

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and to network.

SPARK is built on the premise that we’re stronger together than we are on our own.

Check out the national conversation at #FreelanceSPARK or send a friend to one of our events across the country!

Quick tips:

  • Yes, this event is for freelancers of all industries.
  • We’re all connected by our efforts to succeed in the gig economy.
  • No, this event will not be taped- it’s a meetup!

Mozilla Foundation Gigabit 101 in Phoenix

The Mozilla Foundation conducted their “Gigabit 101” Workshop on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Galvanize Phoenix highlighting the opportunities for STEM education in high-speed internet.The Gigabit Internet will come to Phoenix, but have we imagined the educational possibilities of a network 100 times faster than our current connections enabling virtual reality, 4K video and artificial intelligence community in school projects? The Mozilla Foundation Gigabit Community Fund, “in support of a healthy Internet where all people are empowered, safe, and independent online” has.

Gigabit 101

Mozilla Foundation facilitators Jenn Beard, Craig Wiroll and Janice Wait lead the Gig 101 workshop
Perform the Net workshop activity.

The Mozilla Foundation conducted their “Gigabit 101” Workshop on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Galvanize Phoenix. The workshop highlighted the opportunities for STEM education in high-speed internet. Mozilla Foundation facilitators Jenn Beard, Craig Wiroll and Janice Wait also described the education projects of the five Mozilla Gigabit Cities (Austin, Chattanooga, Kansas City, Eugene and Lafayette) and Mozilla’s desire to expand the network with future grants.

Smart Gigabit Communities

Cox Communications provided the grant for the Phoenix workshop, part of the “Smart Gigabit Communities” project of 15 communities nationwide designed to inspire “a living lab of testbeds for smart gigabit applications,” initiated in 2015 by US Ignite in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

Jenn and Janice lead the workshop participants in activities designed to visualize the scope of Gigabit technology including crafting an offline art project representing the internet, “Perform the Net,” and a sticky-note wall-to-wall team transfer competition demonstrating gigabit packet speed, “The Gigabit Difference-Speed Match.”


gig-106-1-e1496679747839.jpgAfter reviewing some of the Gigabit Cities education projects– CERN+KC Gigabit Challenge and Gigtank 4K: Scaling from Micro to Macro Microscopy among many others—attendees worked on Gig Idea storyboarding templates and Gigovate outlines imagining gigabit speed solutions to local challenges and opportunities. Further resources can be found here.

2017 InnovateHER Pitch-Off

The 2017 InnovateHER pitch competition highlighting Phoenix area female entrepreneurs happened June 1, 2017 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s downtown campus.


The Overall Winner was Mallory Dyer, GraphLock, a mobile and web-based application that transforms a smartphone, tablet or a laptop into a fully functioning scientific and graphing calculator with a unique LockDown mode. The Judges’ Choice award went to P.K. FieldsElderSense, a solution for finding high quality, senior living, assisted living homes and adult group homes.

Mallory Dyer of GraphLock at 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.
Mallory Dyer of GraphLock, Overall Winner, 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.

Sponsored and organized by Co+Hoots Foundation, ASU E+I, Maricopa Small Business Development Center and Women Who StartUp, female founders were invited to apply for the 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase in May. Applicants submitted a pitch deck and business plan.

Judging Criteria

The submissions were judged on: having a measurable impact on the lives of women and families; having the potential for commercialization; and filling a need in the

P.K. Fields, ElderSense, Judges' Choice award, 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.
P.K. Fields, ElderSense, Judges’ Choice award, 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.

marketplace. Finalists were invited to the present at a public event June 1st. The competition winner is then submitted to a national pool for a chance to pitch in Washington D.C. for $70,000 in grant funding.

2017 Phoenix InnovateHER judges were Donna Davis, Regional Administrator, US Small Business Administration; Annie Groth, CFBS, Financial Designs and Services, MassMutual-Arizona; Rick Stoddard, Partner, Coplex; and Kathy Sacks, Founder & CEO; COLEAP.


Finalists in the 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase included:

Women Who Startup–Phoenix

Women Who Startup plans more events locally. Their #BasecampPhoenix meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at Galvanize, Phoenix.

2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase