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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Fwd: [Foundations] She's Geeky invite for women
Date Thu, 10 Dec 2009 10:45:10 GMT
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From: Kaliya <>
Date: 2009/12/10
Subject: [Foundations] She's Geeky invite for women

So one of the issues that has been circulating in the tech world for some
time has been the issue of women (and other diversity) along with the
challenge of how to address it.

2 years ago I founded a women's technology unconference to support women
sharing and learning from one another with the ultimate goal of helping
those women who are geeky feeling more confident in their geekiness to
actually come out and express themselves more often in mixed settings.

We are having our 3rd Bay Area event at the end of January and I wanted to
extend an invitation to all the women on this foundations list to attend.
 Unfortunately this event is for women only - we have thought a lot about
this choice and why we made it - it is decidedly not about be being
"anti-male" and mostly about creating a safe space for women who have been
shy to express themselves. If this makes you feel uncomfortable you can read
more about this nuance and what we are about here.

Please consider passing this along to your over all FLOSS communities or
just women you know who participate - knowing about it and attending it
could make a big difference for women in your communities.


*She’s Geeky: Connecting Women in Tech*
 Returning to the Bay Area January 29, 30 & 31, 2010
@ the Computer History Museum in Mountain View

*She's Geeky is just 7 weeks away!   *
*Early Bird Tickets are available for just 2 more weeks until December
20th. *
www.shesgeeky. <>org

*This event is for:*

   - Women Working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic
   - Women into their gadgets and SciFi Fan’s.
   - Women students of the sciences, those training to be engineers,
   aspiring mathematicians and technology professions.
   - Women who are kernel hackers and all those who aspire to deepen their
   geekiness by learning how to code the php on their blogs.
   - Daughters, Nieces and mentees of all of the above
   - Women who are retired used to work in tech related fields.

*What happens?*

   - All the women who attend are invited to create the agenda live the day
   of the event.
   - Women can present/share about their area of professional expertise.
   - Women learn from one another.
   - Women discuss critical issues affecting them in the digital age.
   - Women talk about work place and community issues they face.
   - Women are inspired to follow their passion and believe in their own
   - Women find connections and support for their work and vision.

*About The Format*
She’s Geeky is an unConference <> ( where the agenda is created by all
participants live the day the event happens.  This format supports peer to
peer learning, dialogue about the issues that are top of mind and
networking.  In this women’s only environment attendees have the opportunity
to see their contribution to their field in a new light and gain confidence
to step forward in their lives and careers.

Click here<>
for a dip into the Twitter Stream from the November 13 & 14, 2009, sold out,
Washington, DC She’s Geeky Event to get a sense of the experience from those
who attended!  Or to read answers to the end of day question: ‘As a result
of today…’ click here <>. (

*About She's Geeky*
She’s Geeky convenes to inspire women for the future, providing a gathering
space to create enduring communities that foster collaboration and
innovation, while promoting initiative and leadership among women tech
professionals. Beginning with its resoundingly successful 2007 unConference
in Silicon Valley, She’s Geeky attracts women from a broad spectrum of
technological specialties, diverse social groups, generations, and levels of
expertise. The inclusive quality of She’s Geeky events promotes discussion,
furthers cooperation, and encourages learning. She’s Geeky advances systemic
change in tech culture by disseminating effective practices to address the
challenges of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics.

She’s Geeky isn’t a “women in tech group” and we don’t have chapters around
the country. We are an unConference event that works to connect and promote
existing tech groups. Currently  we work with DevChix, LinuxChix, Women 2.0,
Women Who Tech, Digital Sistas, Girl Geek Dinners, Gaming Angels, the Anita
Borg Institute for Women in Technology.

*We hope you will join us! *
If you want to post about the event you can find graphics here along with a
PDF flyer.

If you have questions we can be reached via

You can find us on Twitter at -
Our website is

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Ross Gardler

OSS Watch - supporting open source in education and research

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