There has been a lot of interesting discussion in the blog comments, twitter, and personally over the past week about the Beauty and the Geek invitation. It has become clear that our attempt to let people decide for themselves has been interpreted as showing support for the program. This was not our intention, however after thinking about what all of you have said we agree this is true and that it was a mistake. Also, we should not have allowed ourselves to be pressed into secrecy about the name of the show, and should have edited the email sent out to those that were interested. Please accept our apologies for these mistakes.
In order to avoid this misunderstanding in the future while still allowing everyone the opportunity of making decisions for themselves, we have decided to add a forum to the website. The forum will be open for all to post too without implying support from the girl geek sydney team. We hope you see this as a reasonable outcome but if not, please let us know.
Again, please accept our apologies. This has not been our first mistake and will not be our last. We thank you for keeping us on the straight and narrow, whilst still providing encouragement.
PS: Any recommendations for WordPress forum plugins much appreciated!
We here at girl geeks sydney have a relatively open policy for our blog and twitter feed. Quite a few people have the ability to write a blog post or send out an email or twitter (though not many do) and we have only the “talking to each other” moderation process. Our basic premise is that girl geeks are both intelligent and diverse and therefore we will put most (NOT ALL) things out there and let you decide.
Over the past couple of days there has been some controversy about Beauty and the Geek. They approached us to find some girl geeks to show that girls can be geeks. We are not familiar with the show so had a look at the web site. Hmm, we said, looks a bit like objectifying women. So we asked a few girl geeks what they thought. Some said “sexist, don’t like”, some said “I like the idea of presenting another viewpoint”.
There are over 300 intelligent, opinionated, awesome girl geeks on our mailing list. We think it is presumptuous to filter your information and opportunities based on our personal opinions. So we put it out there to let you decide if you want to participate.
Anyhow, we are excited to have caused some conversation and would like to continue it. We’re guessing there are as many girl geeks wondering what the objections are as there are girl geeks objecting. So lets keep the conversation going on twitter, and start a conversation in the comments here, and talk amongst ourselves about it. Or if you want, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
We are girls. We are geeks. We are diverse. We are opinionated.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at tonight’s Girl Geek Dinners Sydney event at Google. But if you cannot make it, please note we will be live-streaming from 6pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (check the time in your local timezone here) at either of the following URLs;
We will also be uploading videos of the talk to YouTube shortly after the event to the GoogleFOSSSydney channel.
The system has twitter and IRC integration, so
• tweet with #GGDSydney
• join the irc://irc.freenode.org/#ggdsydney IRC channel
• webchat at http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=ggdsydney
Thanks to Tim ‘mithro’ Ansell for making this happen!
Girl Geek Dinners founder and general girl geek diva Damana Madden is looking for a group of four to six women who have always wanted to program or are looking to get back into programming.
Contact her at damana at gmail dot com for more information or to express interest.
Hold the date! The December party is planned for Friday, 3 December from 6 PM to 8 PM. We are planning drinks and a Secret Santa at a CBD bar/pub, exact location under investigation.
Let us know if you have any requests or ideas.
Our regular monthly networking drinks will be extra special this month as we are inviting you, yes YOU, to present a lightning talk on whatever you want. You’ve got 5 minutes, with or without slides, to tell us something about tech, something geeky, or something girlie. This is a great opportunity to share your expertise or practice your public speaking.
We have 7 speaking slots. Final sign ups on the night.
The talks mean we need some audio/visual support not currently available at the Aurora Hotel so we will be meeting at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts. Beer and snacks provided.
We are managing this with a Facebook event. Space is limited so RSVP and get there early.
After, we will adjourn to a nearby pub for drinks and networking
Date: Thursday, 21 October
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Did you know that haeksen is the feminine plural in German for ‘hacker’? Well now you do! And the haeksen are looking for people willing to give longer talks (20 to 40 minutes) as well as lightning talks, and people to be on expert panels, and to show off hands-on demos.
The CFP has been extended to Friday 22nd October.
Get over to the site to see more details and learn how to share your enthusiasm!