My Grand Experiment: A Portland Women-focused Tech Group.

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Accepted Session
Short form
Beginner
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 11:20am – 12:05pm in Burnside

Excerpt

The idea for Code-n-Splode grew out of the Women in Open Source BOF at OSCON 2007. I'll talk about my original reasons for starting a women-friendly tech group, how the group is evolving, and what I've learned.

Description

The idea for Code-n-Splode grew out of the Women in Open Source BOF at OSCON 2007. Leading a women-friendly tech group continues to be an exciting ride, and I’m going to share it with you! The talk will be a “case study”-type format, featuring the following:
- why I felt a woman-focused group was necessary
- how the name came about, if it’s not completely obvious
- what belonging to the group has done (or in some cases, not done) for its members
- touchy subjects, such as issues we encountered with having men in the group
- how my reasons for continuing the group have changed over time

There will be a BOF-type get-together to go with this talk for an even less-formal discussion period/recruiting session. (Free toaster!*)

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