what is big data?
i loved how the conversation went: we went from gathering data toolsaÂ nd visualization.
personal data – thinking about it from the opposite ends of corporate vs
breaking into programming (from qa)
to join some open source projects, such as wikipedia or mozilla.
there’s a really big community on irc. those groups will help you workÂ most important: find a project you’re interested in; that will helpÂ you jumpstart.
resources both online and local for supporting young geeks – posted on blog!
wide-ranging conversation. melanie swan is teaching a class on digitalÂ art at the university commons. waht is digital art? where does itÂ touch art history and philosophy?
should ux be learned via apprenticeship?
behond a college credential, is there value in orking with another peoerson skilled in this to get better at it? how to form it intoÂ something more concrete like a how to communicate with difficult people? / advice for young women
if you get known as a hard worker, all you’re gonna get is a lot more work. LOL
bug reports for mozilla newbies
essentially, liz focused on the process of “a bug has been filed” toÂ “closing a bug.” also suggestions on where we can look on the websiteÂ for broken links and making comments for bugs
how do i learn to be a good mentor?
we discussed tips for being a mentor / mentee, came up with goodÂ resources for that (see notes). one piece of advice from margaret:
society of retired executives that you can go to to seek mentorshipÂ they have sf and silicon valley offices.
how do brainstorm big ideas
we talked about tips on how to brainstorm effectively. shared thingsÂ that worked and haven’t. one: give people opportunity to vote on ideasÂ anonymously, to help figure out which one to move forward with.
trust on the internet. how you feel. how you will be able to get your
data cloud secured for you. different oportunities to actually make
teh government and different companies do what we want them to do with
our data or not. k came up with a new insight in this session: let’s
say there are 500 companies and they give the people involved 75% of
5000 who get 10% of their attention. balance out their attention.
create some balance between the big companies and regular people.
nymrights.org – organizing withing nstick to not be forced to use real names.
objectivy male tech writer day and other efforts
leah alexander, who is a writer/game journalist, invented this idea.
on feb 1, if your’e linking an article on twitter or facebook and it’s
a male writer, mention something about how they look along with the
rest of their link. so instead of “title by this person” say “here’s a
title of this article by the very handsome john smith” “look at the
awesome beard on blah. and also, he wrote this” that’s really what the
whole thing is about. there’s a link to the atlantic wire article
about it. if you look up the hashtag #objectify on twitter, you’ll see
all the stuff you need to know about it.
what to learn: tech in wildlife environmental policy and education
wildlife nature and evneonrmental geeks talking about ways technolgoyÂ can hep to serve the wildlife whove benen giving a hard time with tech
and development. sustainability and education.
tips for getting started speaking at conferences
first thing to remember: you don’t have to be an expert to speak aboutÂ something. you can also go and speak with al ist of questions to poseÂ to the audience. grace hopper conference might be a good startingÂ point, all women–safe enviornemnt. panel disucssion with otherÂ people. find a mentor who already does confs and speaking to help getÂ you started.
unconference at work and at school did not happen; maybe tomorrow.
pick our brains: recruiters for tech hiring networking tipsÂ microsoft, groupon, resume tips, information, advice, interview tips.
teach me how to start a business: entrepreneurship
case studies: two women started great businesses. margaret and lauren.Â great startups. and a mentor to startup. coached them, talked aboutÂ problems, lots of exchange of business cards. excellent session.
starting a kid- and female-friendly hackerspace
very small little group, but we talked about what’s gone well for ourÂ group’s kidfriendly hackerspace in la. bay area has some: one inÂ oakland/berkeley – mothership hackermoms. then there’s hack the futureÂ does programming stuff for kids.
personal cloud+hack your data with APIs
example with hacking period data, then people chimed in about how theyÂ recorded dataÂ important things like how they’re starting a personal cloud to hostÂ peoples’ data collected from different sourcesÂ talked about how google is better than pge about freeing the dataÂ instead of selling it to other people and not letting you view itÂ resources: singly.com, withings.com to track your own health and other data
being the only chick
conversational technique: different words mean different things toÂ people. turns out we had a lot fo wome who were technical or geeky notÂ just in computer space but in other ways. sometimes, often are theÂ only woman there, and how those experiences go on.Â humor and playfulness can diffuse that sense of othering.Â talk about how you stood up for yourself; sometimes, when you’reÂ standing up for yourself as a woman, your’e Â tanding up for other
people too who don’t feel empowered.
social norms: what is reasonable vs what do people expectÂ long discussion about conscientious thought and diversity. not justÂ women: have to be cognizant about dealing with multicultural, crossÂ cultural, global communities. diversity and knoweldge of someone’sÂ cultural background can help you understand how someone may not haveÂ intended offense. how different people take different things inÂ different ways.Â subtle sexism when people say things like “oh, you’re not like mostÂ women” or “i don’t think of you as a woman”
lightning talks – bunch of cool talks!
augmented reality bugs (learn all about insects without having to kill them and pin them to things don’t have to code to be in tech. sysadmins do all sorts of interesting things rating artworks according to how green they areÂ tech writing + smartwomen.com (with tshirts to promote smart womenÂ heroes so that kids don’t have to wear einstein — can wear women)
brainstorming session on quality of lifeÂ history of underwear!
reaching out to young women in tech
stem outreach resources that people could share to get involved inÂ stem as volunteers. how to encourage more participants and activities.Â how to find time to do it. resources to go volunteer with kids in csÂ or stem activities.
what does it mean to be she-geeky and what men need to know about us
at the open source conference, saw the table for women in tech as aÂ tech thing next to the rails table. negative reaction – why am iÂ different? this isn’t a “tech topic” — so i wanted to start theÂ discussion of when is it good for us to be separate women in tech, andÂ when is that actually a negative “putting us in the corner” typeÂ thing. good in terms of bringing people in. if it’s to say that we’reÂ different, then maybe not so good. conversation about discriminationÂ (where we had, or hadn’t been discriminated against). sometimes it’sÂ personality. extroverted/confident might not have that experience thatÂ someone that’s introverted or needs to be invited to feel included.Â reality: not all tech is alike. the gaming industry has different
cultural aspects. certain open source communities have a differentÂ culture. corporate culture is different. there’s no one way to talkÂ about women in tech or what men need to know cuz each individualÂ brings their own baggage. how can we even bring a conversation aboutÂ this to a panel?
cohousing/coworking/hackerspaces best practices
hacker dojo, noisebridge, different models
kalia was the only one. got four notes up!
if someone wants to put up one set of notes, come up to kaliya and kasÂ tonight when we close up and we’ll get you on the blog.
how to learn faster
strategies for overcoming that inner critical voices that keeps youÂ from doing things. how to keep track on things. how to be your ownÂ compass.
thank you google! make sure
thank you groupon for being so resilient today! were the wonderfulÂ sponsors of the barista.
we have a menu printed up (humor team). tomorrow, read up on theÂ different items that you can get there.
thank you for bringing the great purple swag
community sponsors usenix, lab126, blazing cloud!
going to seattle
will create the official she’s geeky facebook page. lol
thank you kas!!!! took on most of the burden of organizing this.
kaliya and jennifer are going to the tide house for dinner about this.
will also have a session tomorrow about that with kas.
tide house is at:
shoreline, over two overpasses, turn left. downtown mountain view.
tomorrow: will start on time!
sunday: may start at 9:30