Date: 14th March 2008
Time: From 11am
Location: Maroubra, RSVP for street address
In honour of International Women's Day, albeit slightly late, AussieChix
in Sydney are meeting for a gaming hackfest: participants will be
building a small game in the Python programming language. Check out
http://www.pyweek.org/ for small games already built in Python.
What about non-programmers and non-Pythonistas? If you'd prefer to work
in another language go ahead, we're encouraging Python only because of
the toolkits and because many of us know it.
The video footage of the January *2008* LinuxChix miniconf (ie, the one
that was held a year ago at linux.conf.au 2008 in Melbourne) is now
Talks with available footage are:
- Heroes (Pia Waugh):
- So you want to be a sysadmin (Joh Clarke):
- Not-common-enough code optimisations (Jacinta Richardson):
Join us as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Bay Area Girl Geek
Dinners and kick-off of She's Geeky unconference with a Bay Area Girl Geek
Dinner on Thursday, January 29th, 2009. For Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #3,
we are going "no-host" and asking everyone to chip in $20 for dinner.
You must buy your ticket online by 3PM on Tuesday, January 27th -- NO
The first 200 women to register at
http://bayareagirlgeekdinner3.eventbrite.com/ will receive a Bay Area Girl
Geek Dinner mug! Everyone will get Girl Geek Dinner schwag -- registering
Adapted on January, 2008 from: http://scale7x.socallinuxexpo.org/
SCALE 7x, the premier Open Source Community conference in the southwestern United States, returns to the Westin LAX Hotel, site of the 6th Expo!
For 2009, the main weekend conference at SCALE 7x has been expanded. In addition to the three main tracks, a Beginner's track and a Developer's track have been added.
SCALE will be February 20th - 22nd, 2009. Mark your calendars!
There's still time to register for the conference in New York City on December 5th to 7th, 2008!
And there will be a SF Bay She's Geeky on January 29-31. A Linuxchix discount code is available (see the grrltalk mailing list for details) and there are even cheaper rates for students, and scholarships available for those who need them.
LinuxChix is a media sponsor for this excellent women's unconference ... check it out if you can!
There are three upcoming AussieChix events in Sydney. Please check them
out and let us know if you're coming along. RSVP email addresses are
available at the links.
Pre-SLUG meetup, Friday October 31:
Portrait session in Centennial Park, Saturday November 8:
Movie night, Saturday November 8, following the portrait session (you
can choose to attend either or both of the two events):
The gender inequality among developers and supporters of free software is stunning. Less than 2% of us are women, according to studies conducted for the European Commission. Why? The evidence says we’re driving them away. There are even some pretty good published guidelines on how not to drive them away. What’s missing is a practical implementation strategy: here I present ten relatively simple changes in how you run your project, to make it more attractive to would-be contributors—especially women. Read the rest here
Carla Schroder says she just "kind of wandered into" her current life as a free software advocate and well-known IT journalist. "I don't have much in the way of formal education. But I've always been mechanically inclined - your classic ripping things apart and figuring out how they work. I think that makes open source a natural fit for me."
Schroder didn't study computers or programming in school...
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Linux.com has a wonderful article about our very own Michelle Murrain:
"Michelle Murrain is a great example of what the FOSS community is all about. She's complicated: she calls herself a "scientist turned technologist turned theologian turned writer," all blended into one person. She's also an active supporter of and contributor to open source software projects. She's not a developer, however, and Murrain would really like to see more space for people like her, with different gifts to share, in the open source community."
BANGALORE: With a name like LinuxChix-India, you might think its mission is trivial, but their goal is serious: creating equal access for women to enter the world of technology.
Archana Raghupathy of Chennai started LinuxChix-India in 2005. It is the Indian chapter of the global women techies' network Linuxchix.org, and "tries to empower Indian women to use, develop and contribute to the world of free and open source software (FOSS)."
Globally, LinuxChix is a community for women who "like Linux and Free Software" and for women and men who want to support women in computing. Its members range from novices to experienced users and include professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.
It also works to bring together women around India involved in various FOSS projects, foster participation and share knowledge in a geeky world where males usually dominate...
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