Shes Geeky http://shesgeeky.org The unConference for women geeks Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:33:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Career Changes + Learning to Code http://shesgeeky.org/career-changes-learning-code/ http://shesgeeky.org/career-changes-learning-code/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:33:34 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2716 Convener: Haley/Kylie Notetaker: AR Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.) Code Chix How to Think Like a Computer Scientist – different editions, including python Taproot foundation Discussion Notes: Every day try a new project – graphic design, small piece of code, anything new Create a blog to document project – […]

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Convener: Haley/Kylie
Notetaker: AR

Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.)
Code Chix
How to Think Like a Computer Scientist – different editions, including python
Taproot foundation

Discussion Notes:
Every day try a new project – graphic design, small piece of code, anything new
Create a blog to document project – show the breadcrumbs to a potential employer to demonstrate your diligence.
Don’t say I want to do…say I am doing…
Don’t say I’m going to become…say I am…
Make your passion known by telling everyone what you’re interested in and people will come to you/share articles with you/get on touch
Ask contacts for recommendations for other people that you should talk to.

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Everyone is a Mentor – Mentoring 360 http://shesgeeky.org/everyone-mentor-mentoring-360/ http://shesgeeky.org/everyone-mentor-mentoring-360/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:32:22 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2714 Convener: Ronni E. Notetaker: Karen M. Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.) Looking for places to be a Mentor or Mentee if you want more formal pairings http://Glassbreakers.co http://mentoringwomensnetwork.com/ http://www.pathbuilders.com/ http://www.womantowomanmentoring.org/ http://theclubsv.org/mentoring/ More on Everyone is a Mentor http://www.liveinthegrey.com/can-become-a-mentor/ http://www.management-mentors.com/resources/june-2010-mentor-mentoree-habits http://www.businessinsider.com/you-can-have-more-than-one-mentor-2012-11 http://www.masteryworks.com/newsite/downloads/Article3_EightTypesofMentors-WhichOnesdoyouNeed.pdf http://nevillechristie.com/how-many-different-types-of-mentoring-are-there/ (LOVE his way of presenting the ‘New […]

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Convener: Ronni E.
Notetaker: Karen M.

Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.)
Looking for places to be a Mentor or Mentee if you want more formal pairings
http://Glassbreakers.co
http://mentoringwomensnetwork.com/
http://www.pathbuilders.com/
http://www.womantowomanmentoring.org/
http://theclubsv.org/mentoring/

More on Everyone is a Mentor
http://www.liveinthegrey.com/can-become-a-mentor/
http://www.management-mentors.com/resources/june-2010-mentor-mentoree-habits
http://www.businessinsider.com/you-can-have-more-than-one-mentor-2012-11
http://www.masteryworks.com/newsite/downloads/Article3_EightTypesofMentors-WhichOnesdoyouNeed.pdf

http://nevillechristie.com/how-many-different-types-of-mentoring-are-there/ (LOVE his way of presenting the ‘New Way’

https://www.score.org/blog/2014/tim-davis/mentoring-through-story-telling-inspiring-small-businesses-one-story-time

And how to Active Listen

6 Listening Skills Exercises To Promote Stronger Communication

Just some really awesome sites I have collected
http://www.fastcompany.com/3042664/hit-the-ground-running/the-five-types-of-mentors-you-need

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Discussion Notes:
Question to everyone – Who was/is your favorite mentor for you? And Why?

What were their strengths?
(From Group)
Gave Platforms for mentee to work
brought mentee to the table
Create connection
furthering mentee’s careers
able to help with difficult advice in a palatable fashion

Anyone can be mentor above, even if in different field
What you share, tell, show – and what can they share, tell show
Can they Listen

Exercise – What is my specialtiy (without naming the specialty)

Good approaches to finding out – Present a problem, feelings, a day in the life. Personalize the environment and topic.

Always make your mentee feel safe (That does not mean you have to hold back feedback, just make sure you’re being empathetic, and supportive in presentation.

List to the story, always thank and acknowledge their sharing before diving in. personalize your response/story back – show empathy.

How to be a mentor/mentee

Find anybody.
Don’t be afraid to reach out – For folks offering to be mentors, offer to be a sounding board, a neutral ear, sharing experiences.

Let them share the problem, getting the energy out, apply EQ -(Emotional intelligence (EI) or emotional quotient (EQ))

Question: How do I show passion at work – very quiet person – Awesome answer “I leave my Karma Sutra @ home but the way I show my passion @ work is x, y ,z)

Ted Talks – How to Share an “I” story – failure is a very good one with lesson – “I screwed up and this is what i would have done differently”

Question: I thought you had only one or two mentors. It sounds like you can have as many as you want — Answer YES, we all have different needs form an alliance group – 2-4 people with different levels of experience in both life and business.

Mentors helping /managing VENTING.

Let the person vent – (set the stage to ‘let it all hang out’ once’ Get that energy out and off the person. Then after venting – deep breath and have the person find a ‘good moment’ about that person to help them now focus on what they want changed in a pro-active way.

Mentees can be Mentors = Everyone has a different perspective and those that are higher up the ladder may not be so connected to the day to day. Providing that experience knowledge helps those who are above you make better decisions and choices..

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Building/Rebuilding Your Network – Business and Social http://shesgeeky.org/buildingrebuilding-network-business-social/ http://shesgeeky.org/buildingrebuilding-network-business-social/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:31:18 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2718 Convener: Yazmin/Susan Notetaker: Denise J. Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.) LinkedIn.com Twitter.com Discussion Notes: January 30, 2016 Session #2 Convener Yazmin/Susan Topic: Building/Rebuilding Your Network – Business and Social 1. Attend meetups to enhance both business and social networks. Google your specialty and look for a meetup group that […]

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Convener: Yazmin/Susan
Notetaker: Denise J.

Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.)
LinkedIn.com

Twitter.com

Discussion Notes:
January 30, 2016 Session #2 Convener Yazmin/Susan

Topic: Building/Rebuilding Your Network – Business and Social

1. Attend meetups to enhance both business and social networks. Google your specialty and look for a meetup group that interests you. The number of planned attendees is posted on the meetup page. This avoids you from attending a meetup with few people.

2. UC Berkeley, Stanford and your alumni are great sources for networking.

3. LinkedIn is great for business networks. Connect with second tier contacts through referrals from your first tier contacts. To network with LinkedIn connections, post useful links as Harvard Business articles. Search on specific jobs.

4. Mentorship. Betsy Burroughs – 1st of every month betsyburroughs.net 695 5th street #2, San Francisco ph: 415 350 8014

5. Alumni groups are useful. So are Codechix, Pyladies, and Glassbreakers.

6. Twitter is a great resource for networking. Connect with more people.

7. Hack-a-thons are great resources for networking.

8. Concern of going to a new group where you know no one. Most people in the groups are friendly and want to meet new people. Do not take it personally if you do not hit off with some people. Move on until you find good people.

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Share your IoT recipes http://shesgeeky.org/share-iot-recipes/ http://shesgeeky.org/share-iot-recipes/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:29:55 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2720 Convener & Notetaker: Jen T. Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.) – A video about Jen’s NodeBot recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RjfoNnxKGA – firebase-arduino – used by Jen’s esp8266 recipe – https://github.com/googlesamples/firebase-arduino Discussion Notes: A session about sharing our hardware + toolchain recipes for Internet of Things hacking. Jen shared her two favorite […]

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Convener & Notetaker: Jen T.

Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.)
– A video about Jen’s NodeBot recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RjfoNnxKGA
– firebase-arduino – used by Jen’s esp8266 recipe – https://github.com/googlesamples/firebase-arduino

Discussion Notes:
A session about sharing our hardware + toolchain recipes for Internet of Things hacking.
Jen shared her two favorite recipes
### Raspberry Pi + Johnny-Five + node.js -> Firmata + Arduino -> breadboarded components
– Can program with JavaScript, for faster software work
– Great for building 1 of something
– Costs about $100 per project

### ESP8266 + firebase-arduino
There’s lots of interest in Arduino, but much less hacking on Internet connected devices
– Can program with Arduino style C and toolchain
– Great for building 10-100 of something
– $3 to $10 per project

No one else had recipes to share, so we broke into a discussion of cool projects we’ve seen

##Open source laptop
Bonnie Kline.
He used an fpga
Open sourced components
Recipe for fpga stuff and tool chain
Ran Linux on a Freescale imx processor
Little Spartan fpga hanging off the memory bus, handling the north ridge and south bridge

## There are fpga kits
Software is still hard
But this is likely the next frontier of makers and hackers
Chinese manufacturers are repurposed old 11n routers for IoT stuff
used to be in routers, now in Linux on a chip boards

## Real time operating systems
They’re still hard
have to change Linux kernel
free rtos
zephyr Linux foundation. think it’s been announced

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HTML5 http://shesgeeky.org/html5/ http://shesgeeky.org/html5/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:29:01 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2712 Convener: Doris C. Notetaker: Ashley H. Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.) presentation slides on blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dorischen/ https://dev.windows.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/testdrive/demos/3dtransforms/ http://lostworldsfairs.com Discussion Notes: CSS3 • New features: o 2D trasnforms o gradients o media queries • change results for different media (screen size)=revolutionary feature • Key tech in HTML5 family • (a […]

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Convener: Doris C.
Notetaker: Ashley H.

Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.)
presentation slides on blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dorischen/

https://dev.windows.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/testdrive/demos/3dtransforms/

http://lostworldsfairs.com

Discussion Notes:
CSS3
• New features:
o 2D trasnforms
o gradients
o media queries
• change results for different media (screen size)=revolutionary feature

• Key tech in HTML5 family
• (a lot faster than other coding with features)

• web fonts
o can use weird fonts now instead of images (making design more fun) to have it be actual text
o @font-face{
• font-family: MyFont;
• src: url(http://mysite/fonts/MyFont.ttf)
• format(“embedded-opentype”)
• http://lostworldsfairs.com
• all just css
• could be done with javascript more complicated way

• media query example
• @media screen and (max-width: 600px)
o size of medium
o then font size percentage
• easy infrastructure to display on different sizes

• border-radius
o can change width and style in many different ways
• in style=”
o border-radius: 77px;
o border-style: dashed;
o border-width: 17 px;
• “
• parameters easy to change things like that quickly

• 3D transorms allow you to manipulate in 3D and make appear horizontal, etc.
• 2D transforms move in 2 dimensions and change scale, etc.

• makes a lot quicker and easier, even for inexperienced developers
• flex box helps you align things correctly, with other boxes or parts of window, which is very challenging generally
• flex-direction: row-reverse, column, row, column-reverse
o very cool that it does it for you
• if container size gets smaller, will adjust boxes for you
• can play with centering, etc.
• know what to expect when change screen size from laptop to phone-feature takes care of change for you

• multi-column layout
o changes columns for you-adding into text
o can make bigger or smaller gap between
o draw lines in between with different styles and change text color
o can change alignment within columns to right or left or center justified

• front end engineer need to know how to use css to make a website look professional and pretty-so know the tools that are available to you
• Microsoft edge-windows.com to get sample code
o https://dev.windows.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/testdrive/demos/3dtransforms/

• Positioned floats
o to put image with text (behind, left or right)
o Need css to achieve

• Filter effect
o One is edge detection so just lines of outside of forms-cool

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Pinkwashing / Feminist Hacker Barbie http://shesgeeky.org/pinkwashing-feminist-hacker-barbie/ http://shesgeeky.org/pinkwashing-feminist-hacker-barbie/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:26:42 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2722 Convener: Kathleen T. Notetaker: Sophia Computer engineer Barbie came out 4-5 years ago. Feminist hacker Barbie, trended on twitter • Book was released in 2014 Period tracking apps made by men….!? Teams of women should make products for women! Women are 50% of the population Trying to apply one idea to all of them is […]

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Convener: Kathleen T.
Notetaker: Sophia

Computer engineer Barbie came out 4-5 years ago.
Feminist hacker Barbie, trended on twitter
• Book was released in 2014
Period tracking apps made by men….!?
Teams of women should make products for women!
Women are 50% of the population
Trying to apply one idea to all of them is destined to fail
Where do we draw the line of what’s problematic? Maybe it’s too soon to draw a line. Maybe that pits us against one another
Little girls will wear their princess stuff while playing in the mud – bending role expectations
Products should blur the line. Don’t market to girls – market to kids!
Parents should be open to camps, introducing kids to things that anyone could be interested in – not introducing them to “boy stuff” or “girl stuff”
The other side is the self esteem issue.
Meeting children of any gender at where they are is really critical
Young kids don’t want to code because it’s “doing math” but when you tell them that it’s doing magic tricks they’ll get excited
Saying “you’re a girl but it’s ok for you to do this male-dominated thing” almost can reinforce the thinking that “hm I’m a girl and things are gender-based and some things are not designed for me”
Are the designers of products women? How involved in the end product are they? Huge push right now to bring in end users into the development. Empathizing with someone about their problems and designing for their problems.

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Reverse Engineering http://shesgeeky.org/reverse-engineering/ http://shesgeeky.org/reverse-engineering/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:25:41 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2710 Convener: Jen C. Notetaker: Kathleen T. Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.) http://challenges.re/ http://www.ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie_Liberation_Organization ——————————- Discussion Notes: star trek game – wanted klingons, had to reverse engineer the game on the cpm alkazar hack hacking, what is the definition now ~ just programming basically other ~ trying to understand […]

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Convener: Jen C.
Notetaker: Kathleen T.

Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.)
http://challenges.re/
http://www.ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie_Liberation_Organization
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Discussion Notes:
star trek game – wanted klingons, had to reverse engineer the game on the cpm
alkazar hack

hacking, what is the definition
now ~ just programming basically
other ~ trying to understand a system and be able to change it
other ~ malicious?
other ~ quick fix, hacky

hardware reverse engineering
arduino could be a good place to start
hello barbie – jen
http://challenges.re/

tech now
buy a couple different platforms, add some sauce, cobble together, lots of stuff pushed to backend server
not thinking about security
easy to undo it because once we’ve figured out one part (from adafruit or whatever)

toys
epoxy on the chip
not so much

hello barbie
not much interesting happing on the barbie
all the holes are on the server

chip whisperer

talking barbie 1992
“math is hard”
barbie liberation organization
apple dog
made it meow and it did this on stage
magic hat
steven tyler bought all the tickets to aerosmith concert so he didnt have to perform

everything is a lot smaller
small to solder
small enclosures
harder to access

buying old electronics on ebay, giant beautiful transistors

teardown on miniband

finding parts

geocaching with old newton computers

500 mile email – http://www.ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail.html

reverse engineering meetup in san jose wednesday night back of bbq place
reverse engineered tomagachi
Tamagotchi ROM dump and reverse engineering
virtual model of tamagotchi – hive of them, iot device, creature on badge
tomagatchi singularity is official
Building the Infinite Matrix of Tamagotchis

performance art of woman hacking old nes games to have cool glitches

hacking toys – so much fun
speak and spell, reason you cant find one…
commodore 64 harvested for some kind of chip

fix it clinic
got to take apart oscilliscope from 70s
first little nudge, how does this work

manuals for many devices, need to know where to look, or call a person and tell them the make and model (e.g. of refrigerator) and get walked through the troubleshooting
the wiring from the control board to the heating element
so satisfying to fix the toilet! so easy

youtube is great for teaching you how to fix stuff

bought a backup camera for a 2002 tacoma

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Hardware for Computer Access http://shesgeeky.org/hardware-computer-access/ http://shesgeeky.org/hardware-computer-access/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:24:41 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2708 Convener: Aldona Notetaker: Cyndy E. Aldona is a software engineer at Google working with the accessibility team. 2 years ago she was diagnosed with ALS. She currently cannot walk or talk. Originally when she lost the ability to use her left hand, she used the Half-Keyboard software. When she lost use of her right hand, […]

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Convener: Aldona
Notetaker: Cyndy E.

Aldona is a software engineer at Google working with the accessibility team. 2 years ago she was diagnosed with ALS. She currently cannot walk or talk. Originally when she lost the ability to use her left hand, she used the Half-Keyboard software.
When she lost use of her right hand, she used a trackball with her feet.

She currently uses the software Dasher, a software created 15 years ago for speaking. She uses a headMouse (infrared technology that works in both daylight and in the dark). Development on the Dasher application was abandoned 5 years ago.

The code is available on github. Aldona cloned it and hacked it with a friend. A new version of Dasher for Windows and Linux should be available shortly.
She would love an iOS version to be released, but needs iOS engineers.

It took Aldona about a half an hour to learn to write using Dasher.
Dasher is written mostly in C++
She knows of at least 5 other people using it.
You can use Dasher with a normal mouse or touchpad.
On a phone, you can tilt to steer.

Another useful program that she uses is Autoclicker.

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Mansplaining and Manspreading http://shesgeeky.org/mansplaining-and-manspreading/ http://shesgeeky.org/mansplaining-and-manspreading/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:21:10 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2699 • -Finding our space and way to report bad actors in the workspace without reprisal • -Would a website help? How would that work? • -Strategies: o Hyperfeminine o Just one of the guys • How to move ahead? o Boosting  Combat feeling dirty after  Finding allies to help boost o Cheryl Sandburging […]

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• -Finding our space and way to report bad actors in the workspace without reprisal
• -Would a website help? How would that work?

• -Strategies:

o Hyperfeminine
o Just one of the guys
• How to move ahead?
o Boosting
 Combat feeling dirty after
 Finding allies to help boost
o Cheryl Sandburging it: Is leaning in right for me?
 Doesn’t apply to all of us in the same way, if at all.
o Fight for your space
o Self-love and care
• Difficult conversations –book
• Practice

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How to start a podcast/vlog http://shesgeeky.org/how-to-start-a-podcastvlog/ http://shesgeeky.org/how-to-start-a-podcastvlog/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:17:42 +0000 http://shesgeeky.org/?p=2695 Convener: J. Costillo Notetaker: J. Costillo Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.) embedded.fm “works for women at work” – book http://www.speechskills.com ——————————- Discussion Notes: -Podcasting • Equipment o Software  Open broadcast system  Xsplit o Hardware  Yeti Mic  Portable mics • Topic o What is your topic? […]

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Convener: J. Costillo
Notetaker: J. Costillo

Specific resources to share from session:  (links, books, organizations, articles etc.)
embedded.fm
“works for women at work” – book
http://www.speechskills.com
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Discussion Notes:
-Podcasting
• Equipment
o Software
 Open broadcast system
 Xsplit
o Hardware
 Yeti Mic
 Portable mics
• Topic
o What is your topic? Is it broad enough to keep going?
• Format
o Length: 15? 30? 1h? depends on context
o Frequency: weekly but also depends on depth of topics
 Monthly could break into serial
 Cliffhangers: could cause backlash
o Warm up your guests with an outline and talking before
o Find a quiet space
• Finding Guests:
o Meetups
o Conferences
o Have backups

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