Our own Tina Gasperson has been recognized for her jewelry-making:
"Did you go to school for this trade or was it something self-taught?"
"I taught myself the actual craft of putting the jewelry together, mostly from reading books, online articles, and watching cool YouTube videos; then trying the basic functions myself, practicing over and over again to learn the right touch with the wire, to learn how to wrap a loop just so without nicking it all up, to figure out the right amount of pressure to put on the wire to make it bend smoothly without angles. The whole thing started when I decided it would be a great idea to hand make 50 tiaras for a women’s conference - and I had never worked with wire before and had no clue what I was going to do."
Aussie(Linux)Chix and AussieDevChix will have their regular joint
meeting in Sydney before the Sydney Linux User Group meeting this month.
Feel free to forward this message to any women you think might be
interested in coming.
Date: Friday 25th July 2008
Location: Lindt Chocolat Cafe, Shop 104–105, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling
Directions: The Lindt Cafe is on the ground floor of the Cockle Bay
Wharf building, between the two halves. Look for the
Brenda Wallace of LinuxChix NZ has founded geekspeakr.com, a global website where women who can speak on technical topics (not limited to Linux or Free Software) can list themselves, to assist conference organisers in finding women to speak at their conferences
If you are willing to give talks on technical subjects, create a profile at geekspeakr.com.
New Zealand Girl Geek Dinners started in Auckland in November 2007 as an offshoot of the London Girl Geek Dinners. We now have a group started in Wellington and coming soon, a group in Christchurch.
The aim of these get-togethers is to provide a welcoming atmosphere and a platform for learning in an informal environment, to make technology accessible and to be of interest to all age groups and all people, particularly women, whatever their background. It is an opportunity for like-minded 'girls' to talk about technology over food and drinks.
The excellent volunteers who maintain the Linuxchix website have added a new section, "What Linuxchix Are Doing." This is for interesting and useful activities by Linuxchix members that are not directly related to Linuxchix; for example, events in Debian-Women and Ubuntu-Women, conferences, jobs ("Foochixx0r was hired by Boggle as Open Source Maven!"), community volunteer activities, startups- the possibilities are legion.