Robin Raskin ‘the internet mom’ has a site called Raising Digital Kids and blogs for Yahoo! Tech. She lead the ‘What is web 2.0?’ panel. She did a great job of helping orient the mostly ‘I work in large corporate IT’ folks. The woman who worked for Microsoft highlighted that it was a way of thinking in response to the people who wanted to ‘get the tools.’
Apparently it is a way of thinking the folks at WITI (Women in Technology International) have not picked up on yet. There is no wifi here except for ‘in the lobby’ that you have to pay $10 for and it has no outgoing SMTP [Why do you pay $10 and still not have working outgoing email tell me that tmoblie].
I knew the sessions here would be marginally interesting to me but that I would have a fine day listening while I kept up with e-mail, blogged and did my every day stuff. I also sort of naively thought their might be opportunities to interact with and connect to the women here but it seems to be all talking heads panels (it makes me long for an unconference). I will get my fix of those in the next two weeks as I facilitate both Startup Camp and Ruby on Rails Camp. Johannes and I are going to lead a session at Startup Camp on Identity on Friday morning in the second session.
During the session:
NO one has a computer open….
and No one cares there is no internet
These were the statistics for usage of the following tools in a room of 100.
- Flickr (3),
- Wikipedia (3) 1/2 use it to look stuff up
- Del.icio.us (6)
Anyways. This group has a ways to go to get hip with the latest in technology. I just spoke with Robin Raskin and she said the audience is 1/2 corporate types and 1/2 independent both of which need to know about the lastest stuff because it is changing everything rapidly.