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

A session at Open Source Bridge 2009

Thursday 18th June, 2009

3:50pm to 4:35pm (PST)

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.

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Maria Webster

Musician, geek, writer, engineer, blogger, speaker, open source enthusiast, sci-fi nut, sysadmin, web admin... bio from Twitter

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Time 3:50pm4:35pm PST

Date Thu 18th June 2009

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