The Gizmodo Guide To What’s On In July

Wondering what’s happening in your city? Look no further – here’s our guide to everything geeky happening around town.

This is the first month of putting together a guide like this, so it is by no means comprehensive. We hope to build on it every month, giving you more and more options. If you spot an event that you believe belongs here, shoot me an email


Code Like A Girl @ Microsoft

What: A series of free coding workshops aiming to address the need for skilled female information communications technology (ICT) specialists, working to empower and inspire young girls to get involved in coding and encourage this skill for potential future careers in IT industries.

Code Like a Girl is an Australian organisation with the goal to reimagine the future for girls and women in the technology industry. The workshops at flagship Microsoft Store Sydney will be conducted by instructors with practical experience in the field, giving girls the opportunity to get hands on with technology, learning an array of skills from how to build websites, to how to create digital art and games, all using coding techniques and programs.

When: Monday July 9 to Sunday July 15 at various times throughout each day

Where: Flagship Microsoft Store Sydney (Pitt St Mall, 188 Pitt St, Sydney)

Duration: the workshops run for two and a half hours

Recommended age: varies per workshop type, approx. 6-15 years old

Skill level: beginners – no prior learning needed

Workshop types:

  1. Design and Build a Website: this workshop will cover how to create and edit your own website from start to finish including HTML coding and styling using CSS3
  2. Girls and Games: in this beginner coding tutorial participants will learn how to create their own personalised game from scratch
  3. Coding Up a Storm: in this workshop participants will mix playing with learning and use Lego Mindstorms to learn core computational logic and concept
  4. Creative Coding: this workshop will allow participants to draw and decorate their own digital art using data structures, selections and loop

Sign up: Free.



The Battle of Hamel in Virtual Reality

What: Produced by the Australian studio Start VR, the Battle of Hamel experience was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial Museum. Launched for the centenary of the First World War,the 1918 French countryside will be brought to life in VR in the Memorial’s Theatre. Audiences will hear how General Sir John Monash meticulously planned the battle, before they choose to witness the battle from the first-person perspective of an airman, infantryman, or tank crewman.

When: Now – 22 July

Where: The Australian War Memorial Museum (The Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell)

Get tickets: Free



Museum Lectures

What: Covering the gamut of science, history and Indigenous culture, Museum Lectures will take a deep dive into a range of fascinating topics including a recent Antarctic research voyage, the problem with plastics, and key works in the museum collection by female First Peoples, in honour of the 2018 NAIDOC theme “Because of Her We Can”. Kimberley Moulton (Senior Curator of South Eastern First Peoples Collections) will highlight key works in the collection by female First Peoples.

When: 18 July, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Get tickets: Free-$12


Got a cool geeky event coming up? Email me and I’ll pop in in the guide.