So last night, more or less on a whim, I popped to the Geekup that was on in Manchester. I was slightly alarmed when I enquired at the bar where the event was and was told there was nothing like that booked for that night ... anyway I wandered outside and found 30 or so people looking likely ... predominantly t-shirted white males standing around slightly awkwardly, with an above-average ratio of laptop rucksacks :)
It was only after an hour or so when I properly looked around me, I realised I was the only woman there. The only one?? You can't tell me there are no female geeks in Manchester, I refuse to believe it! Manchester is one of the most vibrant and happening cities I think I've ever been to in my life. Seriously, what's going on? I can only think that either there really are no female geeks in Manchester, or there are - in which case they're either oblivious to geekup or they're avoiding it.
So, for what its worth I had a perfectly nice time and chatted to some interesting people (thanks guys!) but I would love to know which scenario above is actually the real explanation. If you have a theory then please post a comment!