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.
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) are holding a speed networking evening in the City Hotel on Tuesday 9th August.
It should be an interesting night as Fiona Floyd will be talking about how: “networking has helped her to achieve career success in the IT industry”. (- and yes, this is the same Fiona who arranged for Suncorp to sponsor the last GGD in conjunction with Google!!)
The official sign up page is here, and there is a cost of $15 or $10 for ACS members.
What is girl geeks? why do it? and what do we get from it?
Last year, Mun (@MKotadia) gave me a well earned telling off because he wanted to make us a video, and I never gave him enough warning of our up and coming GGD’s. Mainly because Mun is very scary when angry , and because I didn’t want to get told off again, the team managed to get him along to our last GGD (Google & Suncorp).
The end result turned into a promo/intro type of vid, and I reckon is a great vid to show around at work, and to friends and families to help explain why you are part of Girl Geeks.
(…and a massive thanks to Mun. ITS AWESOMESAUCE!!)
“As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce the 2011 Google Australia and New Zealand Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders. ”
Google will give you $5,000 towards your next academic year, plus an all expenses paid ‘network retreat’ held at Google Sydney.
For more information about who can apply, how to apply and to read about the amazing Anita Borg click here.
Closing date for applications: 31st July 2011
See if you can spot our girl geeks in this photo from 2009.
Do you use Python and want to go to the Python Conference on Sat and Sun 20-21st August 2011?
The organising committee of PyCON AU have secured some extra money so they can offer two ‘gender diversity grants’ this year. What this means is that two awesome female Python devotees can head to the conference for free, and one of the two will also have their travel and accommodation costs covered! Good deal for us!
The organisers have extended the deadline for entries to noon on Wednesday so if you are interested, please complete this form today. This is an opportunity to increase the representation of women in the open source community and we all know from the last GGD how important that is.
Please pass this information on!
I spoke with Tim (one of the organisers today) and he said that only had a handful (literally 5) people had applied and that he would leave the application site open until noon on Wednesday 13th, incase there were others that had missed the cut off.
We have an upcoming YOW! Night on Tuesday 5 July here in Sydney. Our invited speaker is Udi Dahan aka The Software Simplist, an internationally renowned expert on software architecture and design. A solutions architecture and connected systems MVP, 5 years in a row, Udi is also one of 33 experts in Europe recognized by the International .NET Association.
He is speaking on Hidden NServiceBus Gems: Although NServiceBus has been around for a while, many developers are only familiar with the top-level public API. Join Udi Dahan for a look into some of the lesser known capabilities of NServiceBus that just might save you from having to reinvent the wheel.
YOW! Nights are an opportunity for the developer community to get together regardless of which user group you ‘belong’ to. The talks are generally cross platform appealing to a wide audience and always vendor neutral. We take advantage of International speakers who are in Australia working or training and invite them to speak to the developer community. Add to this food, drinks and a relaxed pub atmosphere and you have a formula for a great night. It’s a unique opportunity to meet other developers, network and maybe even find a new job (if you’re looking).