February 03, 2006

LIFT06, fashionable women in technology


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Anina, speaking on the women and technology panel at LIFT06, mentioned that she'd been invited to speak at 3GSM. When asked by the 3GSM organisers what she needed in order to do that, she requested a stylist. Anina says that as a fashion model, being styled for public appearances is important to her credentials. Apparently it was other women who opposed the request.

(I don't know if the LIFT06 organisers agreed to a stylist but she did look fantastic yesterday in her colourful poncho.)

Working across fashion and technology is proving challenging for Anina. Her model agency recently told her to give up the tech stuff, arguing that fashion and technology do not go together.

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November 07, 2005

Women invited to Design Engaged 2005

And here's another nice list of women speakers.

Design Engaged 2005: Who's coming to Design Engaged 2005?

Anne Galloway, Design in the Parliament of Things
Caterina Fake
Michele Chang, Public by Design?
Nurri Kim, TOKYO BLUES: the city seen through one material
Elizabeth Goodman, Seeing fit
Regine Debatty, Artists and Designers Giving New Meanings to the “Internet of Things”
Maribeth Back
Christiane Woodley, Cyber-babies and Single Moms: How Social Software Is Shaping
the Future of Marginalized Communities
Molly Steenson, Spaces Outside and In-Between.
Louise Klinker, Bad Consciousness
Anab Jain, A yellow chair and other strange behaviours. 

Design Engaged is a small, invitation-only, participatory conference in Berlin. Not only has the conference organiser, Andrew Otwell, managed a more representative list than you'd expect from such an event, there were a few names that were completely new to me. I can't wait to hear what they have to say.

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collective conference action (women invade SXSW)

Last year, Hugh from SXSW made a conscious effort to include women at the conference. He also became an active supporter of Blogher and encouraged attendees to propose topics and attend. He worked with bloghers to devise manageable and interesting topics. And wow did the community respond. Blogher itself is sponsoring four panels:

  • Debate: Public Square or Private Club?
  • We Got Naked... now what?
  • Meet Judy Jetson: How technology is transforming 21st century teens
  • Respect Your Elder Bloggers

There are also numerous other panels being organized by women and *tons* of women speakers. So far, i know of the following women who will be speaking:

It should be an amazing event full of wonderful female energy. I suspect there will be lots of women bonding so i strongly encourage everyone to plan on coming and causing a little bit of feminist trouble!

SXSW2006 :: Austin Texas :: March 10-14.

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October 06, 2005

if you were tim o'reilly...

...(or his web 2.0 organizing committee--I don't know who they are, but I'd venture a guess that they're all white men), who would you have invited to speak at web 2.0?

Here's my list to start things off:

  • AJ Kim
  • Foe Romeo
  • Kathy Sierra
  • Molly Steenson
  • Dori Smith
  • Judith Meskill
  • Molly Holzschlag
  • Janice Fraser
  • Elizabeth Churchill
  • danah boyd
  • Lili Cheng
  • Linda Stone

Who would you include?

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speakerwatch: web 2.0 redux

Last July, I wrote my first "speakerwatch" post, in response to the preliminary web 2.0 conference--which listed 3 women out of 43 speakers.

Here we are, over a year later, and web 2.0 is in its second incarnation, riding high on the new tech bubble. It's a lot bigger this year--107 speakers listed.

How many women?

Seven.

So, I guess I should be grateful that they've more than doubled the number of women speaking, right?

Plus ça change...

h: web 2.0

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July 01, 2005

Dr Lizbeth Goodman on SafetyNET

Dr Lizbeth Goodman will be speaking at Open Tech 2005 about 'Wireless, Seamless, Discreet' mobile platforms for the SafetyNET Project.

SafetyNet is a global cyber cafe project that uses the power of new technologies to help stop violence against women and children... SafetyNet quietly links women and children to information about domestic violence through online access. In the "safe spaces" of secure, moderated chat rooms, participants communicate with domestic violence specialists, volunteer attorneys, survivors of abuse, and mentors. SafetyNet also provides women with opportunities to develop computer skills and to start e-commerce businesses.

Sponsored by backstage.bbc.co.uk, Open Tech is "an informal, low cost, one-day conference" that's shaping up to be a really interesting, balanced tech event.

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March 21, 2005

A woman talks about ETech

Kathy Sierra talks about her first experience at ETech. She acknowledges the scarcity of women and is at a loss to explain it, but she is not convinced by some of the explanations she's read:

I think one of the most damaging things is when people spread this meme that "women don't go to these conferences because they aren't made to feel welcome." The more we say this, the less likely it is that women will go. (Self-fulfilling prophecy and all that.) We need a serious reframing. And often the same people who make this claim (and for very good intentions, and based on their own passionately-held beliefs), would bristle at the notion that women can't get out there and kick ass. If women need to "feel welcome" before they'll attend a conference, then what does that say?

Worth reading, both for the ETech news and the participant's perspective.

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February 26, 2005

Guide to Black and Hispanic Women in Web Design

Web developer Tiffany Brown is putting together a guide to black and Hispanic women in web design in response to the choice of speakers on a SxSWI panel Where Are the Women of Web Design?, which includes three women and one man.

Panel organizer Molly Holzschlag said in regards to who she invited to be on the panel, "I had a very difficult time finding an African-American or Hispanic woman who has skills in web design / blogging to join us."

Kudos to Tiffany for making it easier, who also writes:

I’m not saying this panel had to include a black or Hispanic woman. But since [the panel organizer] brought up the diversity point, and specifically said it was “very difficult” I have to take Ms. Holzschlag to task. It’s hard for me to believe that it was so much harder to find one of ‘us’ than it was to find a 50-something woman in the industry.

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February 04, 2005

Women in games conferences

The Women in Games 2005 call for papers is up, with proposed themes ranging from issues facing women in the games industry, to motivation and activism in gaming.

In related news, game girl advance has 'curated' a women-in-games track for the 2005 Game Developers Conference, including quality of life and diversity discussions, a round table about sexuality in games, and a casual games summit.

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November 01, 2004

We invited 4 women and they couldn't come...

Fortunately the other nine could make it.

Caterina writes about the surprising gender balance of a Nokia-sponsored symposium on the subject of Play:

The invitees were nearly half women (9 women and 11 men), something of an achievement in and of itself, if you've been paying attention to who gets invited to these things. And 4 women were invited who couldn't make it, which, had they been able to attend, would have put women in the majority. Imagine that!

Well done to Nokia's Matt Jones, and his co-organisers at Ludicorp. (Disclosure: Matt Jones is my husband. I think I just wanted to say that ;-)

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