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Girl Geek X

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #13 sponsored by Microsoft

Microsoft Silicon Valley proudly welcomes you to join us for Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #13 on Thursday, October 13, 2011 (5:30-9pm) at our Mountain View campus!

and mingle with women in technology while enjoying awesome refreshments, fantastic speakers, and great fun.

You get the opportunity see demos and interact with some of our brilliant women and men

working in gaming, speech/natural user interface, social search and more.

Check out a preview of Windows 8 and have a chance to win an Xbox 360 Kinect combo. We at MSV know how to throw one heck of a party and look forward to having you join us!

This event is FREE for all girl (and guy) geeks who successfully register. Girl geeks may register a guy geek as her “plus one” when she registers here.

About the Microsoft Girl Geek Speakers:

Megan Wallent is General Manager of Client Management Team within the Management Security Division (MSD) within the Server and Tools Business (STB). In this capacity Megan Wallent is responsible for client-focused management and security solutions, including System Center Configuration Manager, Windows InTune, Forefront Endpoint Protection, the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, Microsoft Application Virtualization and Enterprise Desktop Virtualization. Megan joined Microsoft in 1996 and worked on Internet Explorer versions 4, 5, 5.5 and 6. Megan graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1991 with a B.S. in Computer Science.

Talk Topic: Scaling Up and Out. Microsoft’s enterprise client management business touches hundreds of millions of computers a day, and generates nearly $1B of revenue. While Microsoft in the past has been a “Redmond Centric” development company, Megan Wallent’s team is distributed across more than six major development centers in Redmond, Cambridge (MA), Europe, Israel and Australia. Scaling this group effectively has taught her many lessons on scaling across regions and cultures, while focusing on people and culture as much as architecture and technology. Megan will discuss some of the lessons hard won through the process of scaling her team up and out.

Shannon Loftis has been has been making games since 1995 and is currently the Studio Head of Good Science Studio. Good Science has led the way in innovating for Microsoft’s Kinect on Xbox 360, starting with its first published game, “Kinect Adventures,” which introduced the world to controller-free gaming on Kinect this holiday. Prior to her current role, Shannon spent two years in the United Kingdom establishing Microsoft’s European-based game publishing subsidiary. Her most recent games include “Fable II” and “Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts,” in addition to her contributions to more than 30 games since joining Microsoft. Shannon graduated from Duke University in 1987 with degrees in Computer Science and Math.

Talk Topic: Disruptive Creation.
Kinect for Xbox 360 launched on November 6, 2010, and quickly set a Guinness world record for sales momentum. More importantly, Kinect has changed the way that people interact with technology, and Kinect has inspired hundreds of creative experiments that are continuing to evolve human-computer interaction every day. The creation and continued development of Kinect for the Xbox 360 and beyond has required the rethinking of most aspects of software development and innovation. Shannon Loftis will share the key decisions, thought process, and divergent development techniques that defined the Kinect innovation map, and that continue to define the way that Microsoft is thinking about innovative consumer experiences moving forward.

Tara Roth is Corporate Vice President of Testing and Operations for the
Office Group, responsible for the Microsoft Office system, an integrated suite of information worker applications, servers and services. Tara is directly responsible for test teams, test engineering, and operations in the Office Group. She has additional responsibility to drive engineering standards and methods with other leader-partners across the broader Microsoft community. Tara joined Microsoft in 1992 as a software test engineer for the Microsoft Project team. After six years, she moved to the test manager role for Microsoft FrontPage, which had been recently acquired. Her next role was to lead the SharePoint testing team. Tara joined the Office Shared team in 2006. Roth is also a member of the Microsoft Test Leadership team, where she has been able to drive companywide some of her personal passions around growing the senior individual contributor community of software design engineers in test (SDETs), improving the engineering efficiency of how Microsoft builds software, and rethinking the company’s engineering approaches for the software plus services world. Tara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She spends her free time with her husband and two children and enjoys boating on the beautiful Pacific Northwest waters.

Keynote: Tara Roth will share a personal account of her journey in technology, as well as valuable lessons learned along the way.