I didn’t get that much of a vacation between christmas and New Years because I was working on She’s Geeky. We are doing it a gain the women’s technology conference – this year I think we have better timing January 30-31 (not being a week off from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing).
We had a lot of fun last year and I think this year we will have even more. The Computer History Museum is going to show us a movie they have about Ada Lovelace (the first programmer).
So why this conference? A few reasons:
When the first BlogHer came a long I was soooo excited because I thought it was going to be all girl geeks – cause all the bloggers I knew worked in technology. Well, it wasn’t it was full of wonderful women but they were, fashion models, and horse back riders, and cooks and just lots of things but no where near a majority of them were geeky women.
I love the identity community. I would say some of my best friends are among you. At the same there are very few women, so few I can almost count them on two hands. This is ok, it isn’t going to change and I am not complaining. I did think about once in a blue moon I thought it would be a lot of fun to hang out with just women working in techie fields and learn about what they do. When you get out into more specialized and niche areas the number of women seems to go down. Last year (fall 2007) a woman who works in firmware came to the conference who thought she knew all the women who worked in her industry – turns out she met two more at the event. These new contacts have been really important to her. Supporting women finding women working in or in near by fields is one of the reasons for this conference.
Eugene Kim wrote a great post last year about She’s Geeky and the patterns that it embodies for collaboration.
Last year we had women arrive after reading the article that was in the SJ Mercury News who were retired. This year we hope to reach more of these women out reaching via the Computer History Museum. It was amazing to meet these women and hear their stories.
We are working with almost all the different women in technology groups to spread the word – Women 2.0, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, Gaming Angels, LinuxChix, DevChix, Anita Borg Institute….The number of them is amazing – She’s Geeky is NOT a women in technology organization – we are just an event an unconference for peer to peer learning amongst women from a whole range of technology communities.
WE have a ton of links for different useful things about the event – today and tomorrow Tues and Wednesday are our blogging days so if you feel inspired these are the days post about it happening :).
Video from last year‘s event.
In physical paper form Posters 8.5×11 & Post Cards
Links to images for blog posting.
Little Rectangle – http://www.kaliyasblogs.net/shesgeeky/SGlittle.jpg
Big Bubble color – http://www.kaliyasblogs.net/shesgeeky/forwebcolor.jpg
Big Bublbe black and white – http://www.kaliyasblogs.net/shesgeeky/ShesGeekyforweb.jpg