I went to my first Girl Geek Dinner last week at the Intel Museum, and it was loads of fun.
I enjoyed the chance to play with some of the new laptops that use Intel chips. They were showing off all the laptop-tablet crossovers, including models with sliding screens and the flip-screen. These mostly felt too clunky to me, with the exception of the Sony. The Sony Vaio was starting to be lightweight enough to feel like a tablet rather than a laptop. This was also my first time playing with Windows 8, which I didn’t find immediately intuitive.
The speakers talked a lot about how they became leaders at Intel. It was inspirational, and a few points have really stuck.
- It is okay to make mistakes. You do not need to be perfect all the time.
- Stress is good – it is your body preparing for the next big thing.
- The career ladder is not a ladder. It is okay to make lateral moves, and to end up somewhere you never imagined.
And, I got to try a locked down Google Glass. As my friend said: “True nerd happiness.”