Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2009 about Women and Community

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Wednesday 17th June 2009

  • My Grand Experiment: A Portland Women-focused Tech Group.

    by it's my klingon name

    The idea for Code-n-Splode grew out of the Women in Open Source BOF at OSCON 2007. Leading a women-friendly tech group continues to be an exciting ride, and I'm going to share it with you! The talk will be a "case study"-type format, featuring the following:
    - why I felt a woman-focused group was necessary
    - how the name came about, if it's not completely obvious
    - what belonging to the group has done (or in some cases, not done) for its members
    - touchy subjects, such as issues we encountered with having men in the group
    - how my reasons for continuing the group have changed over time

    There will be a BOF-type get-together to go with this talk for an even less-formal discussion period/recruiting session. (Free toaster!*)


    At 11:20am to 12:05pm, Wednesday 17th June

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Thursday 18th June 2009

  • Faking It Til I Make It: A Woman On The Fringe Of Open Source

    by Maria Webster

    This is a three-part presentation, beginning with an introduction of my personal experiences with open source:

    • early exploration of open source software
    • technical journey, from sales to support, administration and finally, engineering
    • the danger of "laying low"
    • challenges and successes
    • how failure led to the need for inspiration
    • how inspiration led to community

    The second section will explore the community I've discovered:

    • local groups for women in tech
    • vast resources on the web
    • support and recognition within the sub-community of women in tech
    • what's next?

    The last section invites the attendees to participate:

    • Q & A
    • Invitation to share women-in-tech events
    • Invitation to share additional experiences
    • Comments and suggestions

    The entire presentation gives voice to my own experience but more precisely how I believe it parallels that of many women in technology: we think ourselves on the fringe, but in fact, we are active participants in an ever-growing community.

    At 3:50pm to 4:35pm, Thursday 18th June

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