She's Geeky unconference-- Bay Area, USA

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
WALK-IN REGISTRATION.

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

Southern California Linux Expo

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!

ShesGeeky: A Women's Tech Unconference

She's Geeky
She's Geeky is a great unconference for and by women in technology.

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.

For more details, go to ShesGeeky.org or check out the detailed PDF flyer.

LinuxChix is a media sponsor for this excellent women's unconference ... check it out if you can!

Sydney, Australia: upcoming LinuxChix events 31st October and 8th November

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:
http://au.linuxchix.org/content/linuxchixaussiedevchix-meeting-sydney-li...

Portrait session in Centennial Park, Saturday November 8:
http://au.linuxchix.org/content/sydney-chix-portrait-session

Movie night, Saturday November 8, following the portrait session (you
can choose to attend either or both of the two events):
http://au.linuxchix.org/content/sydney-movie-night-0

Ten easy ways to attract women to your free software project

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

Portrait: LinuxToday managing editor Carla Schroder

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...

Read the rest of the story.

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