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IRL is a collectively run independent community space and infoshop. We are an eclectic mix of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests but we all believe that what is happening in our lives and all around us needs to be challenged. We want to create a space where we can make connections with other people and find ways to do this.

We live on stolen land, in a place where Indigenous ways of knowing and living are constantly attacked. Many First Nations peoples are living in poverty, many children are taken from their families and police harassment and violence for some people is a common experience. The waiting list for public housing is ridiculous, community housing barely exists, rent is rising constantly, leases are insecure and short and homelessness is increasing. People are imprisoned indefinitely by the Australian government for trying to find safety here. Trauma and mental health affect many people, and suicide is too common. Family violence happens across all communities at astonishing rates and many women (particularly trans women and First Nations women) and children are hurt by those closest to them. The oceans are filling up with plastic, the western grasslands of Victoria are being destroyed by urban sprawl and animals and plants are going extinct. The world is heating up in a scary way. Many of us spend so much time working, doing things that mean very little to us until we can't even imagine what it is we would actually want to be doing. For some of us it's hard to meet people and easy to feel isolated and alone.

These are just some of the things that affect us in deep and different ways. We don't have answers, sometimes everything feels overwhelming and it's hard to know what to do. However we want to create a space where people can learn, challenge and disrupt the systems that maintain oppression and imagine other possibilities for how the world could be.

We are interested in learning through stories of people and communities, from various theories, from perspectives based on histories that explore self-determination, collective care and organising. We hope to create networks of solidarity and support people experiencing and resisting oppression. We hope that at IRL, people will come together, organise and run things themselves. We want the space to be used to discuss ideas, challenge each other and our understandings of ourselves and the world, learn through these experiences, and share skills and thoughts but also be a place to meet people, have fun, relax, laugh, hang out, and do things that are exciting.
december 2018 by pfctdayelise
Yoga and a healthy breakfast to get women hacking
Interview with Tammy Butow, organiser of Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne, about the upcoming She Hacks hackathon taking place in Melbourne and Sydney.
geekfeminism  ggd  melbourne 
march 2014 by pfctdayelise
Women's Rights Petition: Support Women Start Ups |
Petition by Jes Lowry, the organiser of Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne, for Start-up Weekend Melbourne to add a woman to their judging panel (currently 6 men).
geekfeminism  startups  melbourne  ggd 
june 2012 by pfctdayelise
Role models are important | Tammy Butow
Tammy Butow is collecting photos of women who work with technology (in Australia) for a video that will be showcased at the 'Go Girl' event on June 18-19.

"Wondering what kind of roles we are looking to showcase? The girls that are attending Go Girl are in years 8-11 and most do not know what careers are available. Did what you do exist when you were in year 8? I make HTML5 mobile apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.. that sure didn’t exist when I was in year 8. Let’s showcase a range of different careers…any roles where students could study a course or degree in technology and it would benefit them. It can be something you do for money, or something you do for fun or as part of your volunteering. If having knowledge of technology helps you in what you do – then please send in your photo!"
women  melbourne  ggd  geekfeminism 
june 2012 by pfctdayelise
York Butter Factory Tweet Aftermath, Gender and Technology in Australia’s Tech Start-up Scene: Technology
So which of Australia’s tech start-up hubs are doing well when it comes to female representation and which could do better? We’ve picked out seven of the leading incubators and accelerators to assess their gender equality credentials.
startups  melbourne  geekfeminism 
april 2012 by pfctdayelise
The Golden Rule of Social Media Marketing: What is Said Can’t be Unsaid |
York Butter Factory, a Melbourne coworking space, tweeted: "Techs are the pussy of the startup scene, fill the club with them and the business guys will follow. Got tech chops? @YorkButter wants you!"

Cue twitter outrage, initial response: "Apology to everyone for the wayward tweet. Didn't mean to offend anyone, the employee acknowledges it was in poor taste. Thanks everyone."

Then a longer response:
in part: "The individual responsible for the actual tweet has been relieved of his duties representing YBF via its social channels. We are reviewing whether this employee will need to be let go. "

and a later tweet:
"Employee has offered his resignation. I hope you forgive us if we refuse and put this down as an important learning experience for all"
fail  melbourne  geekfeminism 
april 2012 by pfctdayelise
Skimmers hit Brighton ATM - Local News - News - Bayside Leader
ANOTHER ATM skimming device has been located in Bayside.

The card-skimming mechanism, which allows offenders to steal details for later withdrawals, was found at a National Australia Bank ATM in Church St, Brighton, on June 1.

Detective Sen-Constable Luke Walsh said the machine could have been there some time.

He said anyone who had unauthorised bank activity should contact their branch immediately.

Anyone who saw suspicious movement around the ATM should contact Bayside CIU on 8530 5225 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

It is not the first time scammers have struck Bayside.

Skimming devices were found in Brighton in December and Sandringham in April 2009.
banks  fraud  melbourne 
june 2011 by pfctdayelise
Melbourne Soils
Elwood must be 6 - Dark loams, clays, local sands or 7 - Deep sands free of lime.
soil  melbourne 
april 2011 by pfctdayelise
One man's venture on a Melbourne BikeShare Bike.... (4)
One of the many added benefit's of being part of the Tri-alliance squad is the wonderful social side where you fully immerse yourself in the lifestyle that is Triathlon.

On one of these nightly catchups with friends in our usual joking manner the idea was born of someone being daring enough to take on a Gatorade Triathlon race using one of the infamous blue Melbourne Bikeshare bikes. Well not being backward in coming forward and as I am preparing for my first Hawaii Ironman 70.3 in June I figured why not be the first. Also if we are going to do it, let's do it right and ride it on the longest bike leg of the Gatorade Triathlon calender, the Melbourne Triathlon held in Sandringham this Sunday 9 January, Melbourne's only Olympic distance event. 1.5km Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run. It sounds scary but there is never an issue with the usual outstanding management of a SuperSprint event.
melbourne  triathlon  bikeshare 
january 2011 by pfctdayelise
Go Girl Go for IT 2010
A FUN, FREE interactive IT careers showcase for Secondary School Girls Years 8-11
Deakin University, Burwood - 27th or 28th October 2010
The day includes a series of interactive presentations, and features a tradeshow where girls can talk in person to company representatives.
Entertainment is provided during lunchtime.
Who Should Attend?

The event is open to all secondary school girls from years 8 to 11. We encourage all students to attend, regardless of the subjects they are currently studying. It is also recommended that the following teachers/advisors attend:

* Year 8, 9, 10, 11 Year Advisors
* Careers Advisors IT Teachers
* Business Teachers

Attendance at the event is free. Regional schools may also qualify for a grant to cover transport costs.
geekfeminism  australia  melbourne 
october 2010 by pfctdayelise
A new helmet to bring riders into the fold?
funny looking "collapsible helmet" - looks like it's a paper decoration!
melbourne  bikeshare 
october 2010 by pfctdayelise
Where there's a wheel there's a way
sounds good, but a $500 bond! students! At least the Melbourne Bikeshare scheme just takes your credit card details.
cycling  melbourne 
august 2010 by pfctdayelise
No Excuse Zone • No Excuse Zone Cities • Australia • Sydney
Based on a series of test rides, this map shows the distance a healthy person can cycle within half an hour, to or from Melbourne's city centre. If you live in the "no excuse zone" and work in the CBD, try cycling to work a few days a week and enjoy the benefits.
melbourne  cycling  maps 
june 2010 by pfctdayelise
RiderLog — Bicycle Victoria
Welcome to RiderLog the free app that turns every bike ride into a vote for better bicycle facilities.

About RiderLog
Your RiderLog app records basic details of your trips and anonymously uploads them to the Bicycle Network. All the travel logs are then aggregated to show when, where and why we are riding.
This information is used to improve the planning of bike infrastructure and convince authorities to invest more in the locations where people ride.
The Bicycle Network is an outreach activity of Bicycle Victoria in Australia, one of the worlds biggest bike rider organisations, with the purpose of More People Cycling More Often. More at
melbourne  cycling  bicyclevictoria  cool 
june 2010 by pfctdayelise
Pre-briefing for Govhack Melbourne
Open data enables amazing things for everyone – that is what drives Govhack and Mashup Australia.

GovHack is a free, intensive day and a half exploring ways of creating mashups and applications with government data and services, and most importantly building some new mashup applications.
government  mashups  melbourne 
october 2009 by pfctdayelise
OSV - Welcome
unfortunately doesn't seem to have been updated for a couple of years.
opensource  melbourne  australia 
november 2008 by pfctdayelise
P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Participatory consultation on the future of Melbourne
As part of One Web Day, the City of Melbourne held a breakfast event to share the experiences of the participatory consultation process used to develop the Future Melbourne Community Plan. Dr Mark Elliott (Collabforge) gives a presentation (part 2) covering how the City of Melbourne used a wiki-based collaboration environment to host a month long open access, collaboration session on the City’s ten year plan. He also covers some of the initial concerns and how they were dealt with, along with key engagement stats.
melbourne  wiki  video 
october 2008 by pfctdayelise
The OpenHub - Coworking in Melbourne
"Coworking" space - kind of like office sharing, in a cooperative way.
melbourne  work  geeky 
july 2008 by pfctdayelise
Continuous Integration and Testing Conference | Open Space
test-driven development related. free unconference-style event. yearly (?) in late June. 2008 was Melbourne.
melbourne  conferences  programming 
july 2008 by pfctdayelise
PubCamp - The Web 2.0 Media Day
I'm so annoyed I didn't hear about this until after it happened!
melbourne  web2.0 
june 2008 by pfctdayelise
Documenting life in Melbourne's north. woot, wiki
melbourne  wiki 
march 2008 by pfctdayelise
Image:Melbourne railways map.gif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Map of Melbourne's railway network, geographically accurate, to approximate scale. Shows all stations. Licensed CC-BY-2.5.
melbourne  maps  useful  trains  filetype:gif  media:image 
february 2008 by pfctdayelise
Stay Human
ethically produced and sweat-shop-free badges, clothes, stickers, bags, candy (!) and magnets. Based in Melbourne.
melbourne  stickers 
january 2008 by pfctdayelise
Melbourne's Online Digital Media. monthly meetings.
digitalmedia  melbourne 
september 2007 by pfctdayelise
BarCamp / BarCampMelbourne
More useful than the "official" website.
barcamp  melbourne 
august 2007 by pfctdayelise

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