November 11, 2009
So while many will be attending the Barcamp DC this weekend, the rest of the tech crowd is going to be heading to the DC version of She’s Geeky. I wonder if the attendance at Barcamp will be all males and all the ladies at She’s Geeky 😉 In any case She’s Geeky is a great organization that celebrates technology and women and the intersection of the two. They hold these un conferences across the country to bring together women in the area. According to their web site, here is a little info on the background of the organization
In early 2007 a group of women working in the high-tech sector in the San Francisco Bay Area recognized a need for a gathering space where women who self-identify as geeky could meet in person to support, educate, and share experiences with each other. Although many organizations already existed for women in different areas of technology and as well to encourage girls to pursue careers in such fields, there was no commons area that:
- brought all interested individuals and organizations together;
- supported peer-to-peer learning exchange;
- built connections and established relationships across diverse communities and disciplines to support women technologists; and
- specifically attended to retaining women in technology fields through community.
This coming weekend in the DC area, a small but influential group that spans the local DC technology community has help organize a She’s Geeky event. The group includes Andrea Baker, Kety Esquivel, Allyson Kapin, Amy Senger, Shireen Mitchell along with the She’s Geeky home base organizers – Kaliya Hamlin & Heidi Nobantu Saul.
Based on the Barcamp style, this is an un conference. Each day the agenda is a blank slate and the sessions are decided upon by the attendees, guaranteeing that the audience hears and learns what is important to them. As I took a look at the registration page, I notice they even have special ticket prices for daughters ! What a great idea to include them and get our youth some great exposure to great examples in the community to be role models as they grow and develop into our next set of thought leaders.
Friday, November 13, 2009 at 9:00 AM – Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 5:00 PM (ET)
Raul Yzaguirre Building
1126 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Make sure to head over and REGISTER for your spot.
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