Girls in new technologies are the avant-garde of innovation

Who we are

Geek Girls Carrots is a global grassroots organisation focused on women in tech and female entrepreneurs. We gather to inspire, learn from each other, share knowledge. We believe that girls in new technologies are the avant-garde of innovation. We want to overcome stereotypes by bringing more diversity into tech world. Find out what we do, where and when you can join and start coding!

What we do
What we do
Through meetups and workshops we encourage girls to inspire and support one another.
Our history
Our history
Geek Girls Carrots were born in Poland in 2011, now we operate all over the world!
Our team
Our team
Get to know our amazing team willing to inspire new female entrepreneurs... Join them!
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Active volunteers
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Mentors
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Speakers
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Alumni
We bring together female admins, analysts, application architects, developers, graphic designers, IT managers, programmers, social media specialists, system architects, project managers, women with startup ideas, computer science students and many more. If Geek Girls Carrots are not present in your city, you can become an organiser in order to inspire girls in your region!

We organise meetups

We organise tech meetups, which are events where people gather to share their knowledge and experience. We love inspiring stories, strong female role models and brave career choices. We believe that network is the key, so we focus on connecting people through networking sessions at the end of each meetup.

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We organise tech workshops

We bring tech females together and organise programming workshops.

Carrots workshops are a great chance to learn what’s hot in tech. We motivate you to discover Python and machine learning, UX trends, Agile and Scrum methods, Java, JavaScript and more. Every workshop has a different level and form. Our participants are both men and women.

We organise special events

We initiate projects like the publication of “Women in IT report”, hackathon or mentoring program. Carrots’ ambition is to change the way women are perceived in IT world. We are eager to raise a public debate about the role of women in new technologies and encourage girls to overcome the stereotypes.

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Organisation was founded by Kamila Sidor
Organisation was founded by
Kamila Sidor
Kamila is a social entrepreneur and a co-founder of Geek Girls Carrots. She is a founder of the school of public speaking called Speaking Carrots. She is also an angel investor in tech startups. In 2017 she took part in International Visitor Leadership Program organised by the U.S. Department of State. Kamila was listed as the most creative Poles by “Brief” in 2016 and on the list of “New Europe 100” (Google, Financial Times) of young innovators in 2014.
How it all started
Kamila participates in a startup weekend and notices that from 100 participants only 2 are women.
 How it all started
First Meet-up in Warsaw
The first meet-up for women attracted to new technologies in order to create a network and inspire each other.
First Meet-up in Warsaw
First city that joined the organisation
First Geek Girls local meeting is initiated in Wrocław. Carrots start growing!
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First city that joined the organisation
First event organised with big, corporate partner
Our first event with an important corporate partner: Facebook. We have learned a valuable lesson about employer branding strategies.
First event organised with big, corporate partner

Managing team

Małgosia Ratajska-Grandin
Małgosia is a President of Carrots Foundation. She co-founded a mobile health startup Yagram Health. In 2017 she was rewarded with a title Innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review for the the mobile app dedicated to mums-to-be. She received his M.A. in Political Sciences from Warsaw University, she studied at Sciences Po Paris and received a French Government fellowship for her second Master at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne. Małgosia is a mother of two wonderful girls Zofia and Julia.
Małgosia Ratajska-Grandin
The President

Paulina Ołtusek
Paulina is battlefield proven project manager with over 3 years of experience. She joined Carrots Foundation as project manager in September 2017. Previously to this role, she was a general office manager at Modern Poland Foundation, a non-governmental organization promoting media education, active participation in culture and disseminating cultural goods. She coordinated several projects related to new technologies. She received a Bachelor Degree in scientific information and library studies at the University of Warsaw, so as an early school education diploma from The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw. In her free time she likes to listen to indie music, read books and ride a bike.
Paulina Ołtusek
Project Manager

Ilona Skarbowska
Ilona is an experienced UX Designer, former CEO of Carrots Foundation. She managed to gather the biggest women’s IT community in Poland at age of 23. She received her a degree in New Media Art from Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, where currently she continues her post-graduate studies at SWPS in human-computer interaction field. She has been involved in building strong women IT community in Poland for over 4 years now. Thanks to her engagement, over thousand people started their programming career. She is inspiring public speaker and she encourages young women to take action and start tech career in press articles, through mentoring and during the workshops. Her work has been valued by the Polish E-skills Association in 2017, recognizing Ilona as a one of 100 most influential people developing e-skills in Poland.
Ilona Skarbowska
Former CEO & Business Developer

Board team

Kamila Sidor
Kamila is a social entrepreneur and a co-founder of Geek Girls Carrots. She is a founder of the school of public speaking called Speaking Carrots. She is also an angel investor in tech startups. In 2017 she took part in International Visitor Leadership Program organised by the U.S. Department of State. Kamila was listed as the most creative Poles by “Brief” in 2016 and on the list of “New Europe 100” (Google, Financial Times) of young innovators in 2014.
Kamila Sidor
Founder

Maria Połońska
CEO in Kreatik | Mentor in Google Launchpad Program
Maria Połońska
Board Director

Zuzanna Pacholczyk
I am a senior software engineer in Wrocław. I'm passionate about sharing my IT knowledge mostly as Carrots Foundation and company's Craftmanship community member. I'm a coorganizer and trainer during local workshops. Beside programming I take photos, do yoga and experiment in the kitchen (mostly successful :))
Zuzanna Pacholczyk
Board Member

Sylwia Kobayashi
I am passionate about helping NGOs to be financially independent and therefore fulfil their dreams. I build with them long terms fundraising strategies and help them in their implementation. I also enjoy to work with top NGO managers on their managerial challenges and love to support them in organizational and personal transformation.
Sylwia Kobayashi
Board Memeber

Central team

Anna Grabarczyk
Anna is a HR and Administration specialist. Passionate about evidence-based HR and Total Participation Management. Trying to find compliance between simplicity and new technologies. In Carrots’ team she is responsible for mentoring and onboarding programme. In free time fully dedicated to climbing.
Anna Grabarczyk
HR specialist

Sara Elnemr
She has a background in Public Relations and specialized in social media management. Since 3 years she supports SASA Foundation, NGO helping young film producers. Sara graduated in neuroscience (USWPS). In Carrots she is helping in creating social media strategy and brings support in social media channels management. In her free time she learns Arabic and goes to the gym.
Sara Elnemr
Social Media Specialist

Wiktoria Tomzik
Javascript, Django & cats.
Wiktoria Tomzik
Head of Social Media

Magda Maliszewska
Magda has graduated from University of Fine Arts in Poznań, currently she lives in Wrocław and works as a graphic designer. Huge bird lover, strongly addicted to snowboarding. Her dream is to live in Australia with hundreds of parrots. We are really happy to have such a creative person in the Carrots’ Team.
Magda Maliszewska
Graphic Designer

Magdalena Cymerys
Magda has recently graduated from University of Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris specialized in economic development of Latin America, currently living in Warsaw. She has experience in sales, teaching in multicultural environment (English, Spanish, French, basics of Chinese and Arabic), also in translation and interpretation.With linguistic and economic background, she is fascinated by the world of new technologies, gender equality, social entrepreneurs and startups. Magda loves reading books in French, dancing and singing in Spanish and Italian. Her dream is to travel the world and fight for social justice.
Magdalena Cymerys
Content Manager and PR Specialist

Magda Terefenko
Magda on a daily basis seeks to combine her experience in finance with her passion for innovation and business development. In Carrots she is responsible for HR and improvement of internal processes. She loves Italy and its cuisine, with particular weakness for Sicilian sweets.
Magda Terefenko
Head of Carrots HR

Local team

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Paulina Szczerbak
Paulina is a highly motivated and hardworking individual, who recently became an engineer. She loves new technologies and learning new things. Her biggest passion is volleyball and art. Cat and coffee lover. She's trying to be the best version of herself every day.
Wroclove
Paulina Szczerbak
Wroclaw organiser

Zuzanna Zborowska
Zuzanna studied Computer Science at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. She believes that Augmented Reality is THE future. Her biggest passion is doing improvised comedy because there is never enough laughter in the world (and women in IT). Joined Geek Girls Carrots to fight stereotypes and promote diversity in teams of professionals.
Wroclove
Zuzanna Zborowska
Wroclaw organiser

Sara Pstrowska
Sara graduated from Russian Language and Literature and for a long time thought she's too dumb for IT. She couldn't be further from the truth! These days she submerges herself in the fascinating world of Front-End development every day. She also loves learning new human languages, hitchhiking, taking pictures she likes thinking are very artistic, and flying with her drone :)
Wroclove
Sara Pstrowska
Wroclaw organiser

Anna Czoska
She is leading Geek Girls Carrots 3city community since January 2015. She is the co-owner of the company rezumey.pl and founder of VRapp. She finished studies at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities with faculty of Psychology. Moreover, she is in love with new technologies, possibilities, applications and internet. Nowadays she is working for startup “Dynatrace” as TA Hero. On daily basis attract candidates to deliver perfect software experiences with real-time intelligence into customer satisfaction and behavior, applications, and the performance of hybrid multi-cloud.

"I'm proud to be a part of this big global grassroots focused on attracting women to tech. Together we're creating an incredible thing which influences many people. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out with us and start creating!"
Trójmiasto
Anna Czoska
3city Organiser

Asia Jackowska
Asia is a graphic designer and front-end developer based in Amsterdam. She studied Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. She loves new technology, using programming in art projects, UX and photography. Asia is a big fan of cheap flight tickets, hitchhiking, meeting new people and hearing their stories www.asiajackowska.com
Amsterdam
Asia Jackowska
Amsterdam Organiser

Karolina Majewska
Karolina is an artist, educator, a cultural entrepreneur living and working in NYC. She
is the co-founder of the Mimoto collective, a program director of New York Dance Camp;
Arts Innovations Inc, and a graduate of both the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Among other concerns, her work
investigates how technology is manipulating human perception; she is particularly
intrigued by the possibilities of VR and 360-degree cameras.
NYC
Karolina Majewska
NYC organiser

Olesya Kostrykina
Main philosophy: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover" (Mark Twain)

My Mission: to create working and examined systems for effective work locally and globally.

Experimentalist, blood donor. Interested in innovation, environmental health, sustainable living.
Moscow
Olesya Kostrykina
Moscow Organiser

Anna Granacka
Anna is a multi-tasker with a technical and artistic background. An architect, industrial designer, exhibition designer, illustrator, entrepreneur and artist. A graduate of Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Warsaw University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Product Design and Visual Communication. Laureate of international design competitions. Anna gained her experience in various architectural and multidisciplinary offices in Europe and United States. Currently works as an exhibition designer in C&G Partners in New York. She is also a Co-founder of Mimoto Design collective and cooperates with the New York Dance & Arts Innovations. Besides that Anna develops her vision about educational programs focused on design and architectural problems.
NYC
Anna Granacka
NYC Organizer

Paulina Rosin
Berlin
Paulina Rosin
Berlin Organizer

Aleksandra Torbé
Aleksandra has joint Szczecin local team recently! Welcome on board Aleksandra.
Szczecin
Aleksandra Torbé
Szczecin Organizer

Ewa Kłosowska
Ewa is a tester at large corporation today. Before that, she was working as a pharmacist. She is an example that everything is possible if you want it very hard.
Wroclove
Ewa Kłosowska
Wrocław Organizer

Paulina Bagińska
Paulina has economic background with hotel industry specialization. Loves travels, social media and new technologies. In past few years was gaining experience in Hospitality and Retail. She was working for Berlin startup “Zalando”. Today she is founder and CEO at Train&Benefit.
Berlin
Paulina Bagińska
Berlin Organizer

Ula Skiepko
Ula is a local organiser, doing amazing work in Cracow. Fascinated by technology and its interaction with human body. Don't hesitate to reach out Ula if you share her passion for the subect of cyborgs!
Kraków
Ula Skiepko
Cracow Organizer

Dorota Szczęsna
Dorota studies Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems at the Warsaw School of Economics. She supports Carrots by making graphic design and organising meetups. She claims that volunteering for Carrots enables her to meet inspiring women and discover leading-edge technological news. She is a culture vulture and an enthusiast of data visualisation. She dedicates her free time to swimming, reading books and learning programming.
Warsaw
Dorota Szczęsna
Warsaw Organizer and graphic designer

Sylwia Paczuska
Sylwia is a graduate in Maths. She's been a Python/Django developer for a few years. She loves adventures of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist in the novel written by Strieg Larsson and David Lagercrantz. Apart from reading books, she loves riding a bike, standing on the head and learning swimming in her free time.
Warsaw
Sylwia Paczuska
Warsaw Organizer

Weronika Rosowska
Weronika is a French Studies and International Business Communications graduate, originally from Tychy. She worked on Social Media for a major European airline, then felt for digital marketing which she continued to discover at Google. Currently Business Development Manager at a marketing agency and business models enthusiast. Works on her own marketplace platform, loves a good sweat at the gym and Italian food.
Tokyo
Weronika Rosowska
Tokyo Organizer

Karolina Grudzińska
Karolina studied geography and Latin-American cultural studies. She worked in a marketing department for British financial institution and tested and localized Xbox games. Currently she works as a solution consultant for paper industry in Finnish IT company. She loves traveling, visiting museum shops and well designed marketing gadgets. Her motto is: one can learn anything. Passion is what counts. We couldn’t agree more.
Ostrava
Karolina Grudzińska
Ostrava Organizer

Aleksandra Rzewuska
Ola graduated in sociology, but also in journalism and social communication, as a hobby. She loves traveling, especially by train. She believes that she should be a happy owner of a lifetime discount for regular customers at PKP. Professionally active in the two cities: Wroclaw and Lublin. An advocate of gaining experience through volunteering and practice.
Wroclove
Aleksandra Rzewuska
Wrocław Organizer

Katarzyna Wrzałka
Katarzyna started her adult life with a typical for our generation dilemma: „what should I do in my life”. After finishing Applied Mathematics on Gdansk University of Technology and friends’ suggestion, she dared to start learning programming. On her way to become programmer she had taken one stationary and few online programming courses. Now she is Python Developer working on international projects. Being thankful for a chance she has got, she wants to return the favor by co-organizing events and mentoring for newcomers. In her free time she likes to play board games, watch tv series and walking in the forest.
Trójmiasto
Katarzyna Wrzałka
Trójmiasto Organizer and Code Carrots mentor

Justyna Wasilewska
Justyna, a woman who decided to change her life and became a programmer during maternity leave. WOW. Passionate about creating websites and helping other women make the first steps in the IT industry. A mother of three daughters who teaches that sky is the limit.
Szczecin
Justyna Wasilewska
Szczecin Organizer

Daria Matyszewska
Student of management on the University of Szczecin. Social media lover. She has bachelor degree of Journalism and Social Communication. She works in social media & marketing agency. She likes challenges and new experiences. Her head is full of ideas. In her free time she likes playing the guitar and reading books.
Szczecin
Daria Matyszewska
Szczecin Organizer

Aleksandra Misiura
Aleksandra is a student of pedagogy (last year) and computer science (first year). She decided to find something to connect this different fields. That’s why she is now a junior marketing manager. She has a quite active life, she does sport activities like: running, cycling and aerobics. She loves learning new things, visiting interesting places and simply enjoying with life!
Szczecin
Aleksandra Misiura
Szczecin Organizer

Iwona Gruszka
Founder of Iwona Gruszka Consulting, Iwona is an online business, brand and technology strategist for passionate entrepreneurs who want to overcome the fear of technology and build a strong and cohesive online presence. Iwona has also been involved in the startup scene since founding her first startup in 2013. A women empowerment advocate and international speaker. Iwona has graduated from Grand Valley State University, Cracow University of Economics and Sklodowska-Curie University. She is a two-time marathon finisher and an avid traveller. Before starting her entrepreneurial journey she had worked for international companies both in Europe and in the US. We love having such inspiring girls with us!
Kraków
Iwona Gruszka
Cracow Organizer

Natalia Kapłańska
Natalia has a M.A. in Psychology, but professionally she is an IT Recruiter. So is she an Ex-chairperson of the non-profit organization Forum Młodych Lewiatan in Lublin. Natalia started her career in international start-up. Actively working in ICT industry since 2013. Purely, she’s interested in human resources, recruitment and employer branding. She’s a Carrot par excellence because she is an enthusiast of social meet-ups. She coordinated several social projects, mainly focused on self-development or employer branding. Coordinator of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 in Lublin. Privately, she is couchsurfer who by constant curiosity discovers world with passion. Her aim is to facilitate women’s start in technology, testing and programming. Let’s code girls!
Lublin
Natalia Kapłańska
Lublin Organizer

Flora Barriele
Flora obtained a MSc in Computer Science at the University of Paris. She worked for 6 years as an IT operations engineer in a very big telecommunication company. Then she moved to the lovely city of Lausanne in Switzerland to work as an Oracle Database engineer for the local government. She is passionate about new technologies and she loves not only learning, but also sharing her passion. Her mission is to encourage women in technology by promoting diversity in IT sector. In the free time Flora enjoys dancing, traveling and listening to music.
Geneva
Flora Barriele
Geneva Organizer

Monika Ambrozowicz
Monika is a technology nomad: originally form Rzeszów, she spent 7 years in Kraków and recently moved to Geneva. Previously a community manager of the Philippine and South African markets at Brainly, then a manager of the remote team of freelancers. Now she works as a global marketing & growth manager at Synerise, marketing science & automation cloud with omnichannel suite. Graduated in Polish language and litterature (Editing, UJ Cracow), taken post-graduate studies in information architecture (UP Cracow) and e-marketing (AGH Cracow). Star Trek fan, bookworm and cat lover, she doesn’t deny being an internet addict.
Geneva
Monika Ambrozowicz
Geneva Organizer

Asia Poziemska
Asia is a passionate about statistics with the education background of a financier. Trainer and coach, who loves imparting her knowledge and skills. PhD student at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. The owner of ECD Consilis. She knows how to combine multiple disciplines in one mission, giving her enthusiasm and positive energy to others. Her dream is become a programmer. She is full of passion: addicted to diving, books and world traveling in search of best coffees and wines.
Bydgoszcz
Asia Poziemska
Bydgoszcz Organizer

Kasia Stempniak
Kasia is coordinating Geek Girls Carrots Bialystok since 2012. She works as PR Manager in interactive agency Infinity Group, she’s also co-founder and CEO of GoPoland foundation. Kasia loves technologies that connect people and that’s why we love to have her in our team.
Białystok
Kasia Stempniak
Białystok Organizer

Aleksandra Wolosz
Aleksandra, our dynamic Lublin co-organiser, graduated from UMCS with Administration degree. Currently she works at eduLAB as Administrative & Event Specialist. EduLAB is the first edTECH accelerator in Poland. Her interest in Edge One Solutions is constantly growing, where she is improving administrative processes for about 4 years.
Lublin
Aleksandra Wolosz
Lublin Organizer

Alma Karalic
Alma trained as a Linux System Administrator (Linux Professional Institute) back in 2008 and started to work in IT for small companies, mainly in Open Source field. She is enthusiastic about methods that allow computers to process and understand human languages. Her both interests in language and technology have led her to a very original academic path: she is a student both in Mathematics and Italian Language & Literature at the University of Zurich.
Zurich
Alma Karalic
Zurich Organizer

Angelika Pacek
Angelika is currently a Junior Software Engineer. Programming mainly in C++ for the Automotive industry and playing the role of Scrum Master in a team. With the Master degree of Science in Civil Engineering, her constant need to learn new things led her to become a programmer. She enjoys spending time on solving analytical problems and she loves to challenge herself. In free time, she finds pleasure in concerts or good plays in the theater. By becoming a volunteer at Carrots and organizing workshops, she wants to overcome unfair stereotype that programming is not for girls.
Szczecin
Angelika Pacek
Szczecin Organizer

Barbara Pobłocka
Barbara is a UX Designer & Researcher with background in Architecture and Design. She has more than 5 years of experience in creative fields. She possesses a postgraduate diploma in User Experience Design from Warsaw University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Realised UX projects with companies such as Pictet Asset Management, PwC, Siemens, AON.
She has been working in startups, medium sized organizations and also at an international consulting company. This brought her a whole variety of experience to users from different industries (banking, health, insurance, engineering). She ensures often very specific needs of users and stakeholders, which are required during projects.
Zurich
Barbara Pobłocka
Zurich Organizer

Jahlela Hasle
Jahlela is a software engineer with a background in product management and entrepreneurship. She has a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. Before switching to engineering, she founded two companies in the health and social sectors. She moved from San Francisco to Zurich in 2017, and currently works as a full-stack developer at Kingfluencers AG. She is passionate about photography, snowboarding, and helping women attract to tech.
Zurich
Jahlela Hasle
Zurich Organizer

Kate Rageth
Kate is an UX expert and an agile product manager. She started to work in IT with interactive TV concepts back in the 90’s and and has a broad experience as product owner for business enterprise projects as well as for mobile apps. Kate’s main focus is usability, she loves to be a bound different worlds of users and developers. Kate holds an MAS in Human Computer Interaction Design. She currently runs her own startup called OPcheck in order to make second opinions in Swiss medicine easier.
Zurich
Kate Rageth
Zurich Organizer

Maryam Zaheri
Maryam is a scientific software developer with a PhD in computational biology and a MS in computer science. She has worked as a software developer in Roche and ETHZ. Her main interests are Bioinformatics, Machine learning and Algorithm design.
Zurich
Maryam Zaheri
Zurich Organizer

Olga Rosik-Rosinska
Olga studied Computer Science at University of Wroclaw in Poland, moved to Zurich in 2016. Software developer. Passionate about programming, learning new things and board games. We are more than happy that she wants to share her knowledge with us.
Zurich
Olga Rosik-Rosinska
Zurich Organizer

Monika Rozwałka
Monika is an active and passionate events’ coordinator. Since 2011 associated with the NGO sector in Lublin, where, among others she organizes the international photo contest „Teatr w Obiektywie”. Open-minded, interested in photography, graphic design, social media, marketing and broadly understood new technologies. Not yet professionally connected with the IT industry. Proactive attitudes supporter.
Lublin
Monika Rozwałka
Lublin Organizer

Susanne Müller
Susanne has a PhD in microbiology. Pretty impressive, but what she has in common with new technologies? After graduation, her interest in data analysis and coding pulled her towards bioinformatics and software development where she is active today. Susanne is enthusiastic about learning and sharing knowledge, what makes us proud to have her in our team.
Zurich
Susanne Müller
Zurich Organizer