A Special One Day Convening
of women in
science, technology, engineering, math and design
January 28, 2017
The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, Ca
- Doors open at 9am, Agenda Creation 10-11am, Final Circle 5-6pm
- Space for 50+ one hour conference sessions during the day
- Continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and drinks included.
When the new She’s Geeky core team realized that our ‘usual’ January date falls the weekend after the Presidential Inauguration and Women’s marches around the country, we knew what we needed to do.
It’s a special time. Requiring for a different response. To match the emergent responsibilities – and special vulnerabilities – of which we’re all suddenly aware.
Please join us for a special one-day She’s Geeky, Saturday January 28, 2017.
- Give yourself the time to regroup, reframe and reconnect AFTER the events of the week before.
- Be present with other women in technology- across networks, across fields, cross industries, across politics, across generations, and across regions. (Folks always fly in!)
Go deep, be surprised, learn cool stuff, meet awesome ideas and people, bask in the buzz that is women making the future, and have fun.
Regroup. Reenergize. Redirect.
You can bring your daughters! Girls as young as 9 years old have attended past She’s Geeky events with their mothers, aunts, sisters and/or mentors.
You can bring your mothers! One of the changes we’re noticing is that it’s no longer unimaginable that multiple generations in a family have or currently call Tech or STEAM their industry.
Even before Election Day, 2016 was shaping up to be a momentous year for women in, of, or from Technology.
- A woman running for President. A female US CTO. Adding the A to make STEAM.
- Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning. Battles of the Mega Platforms. Rise of the Unicorns.
- The 3rd Machine Age literally materializing in our hands, our kitchens, our cars, our fitness trackers.
- The gig economy. The non-profit industrial complex. The corporate-job-as-military-mission economy. The if-I’m-lucky-I-get-to-interweave-work-and-family economy.
- Images of glamorous, gritty, smart women entrepreneurs, engineers and executives. (Even if under-funded and under-promoted.)
- Open discussion of implicit bias, shifting the focus from pipeline to retention, parental leave .. Oh, and, “The Elephant in the Valley.”
- Tech in the hands of dedicated people fueling movements of a new scale and speed.
- Education Tech that just as often reinforces outdated teaching and leaves the schools to prison pipeline in place.
- Trolling. (Enough said)
An almost steady drumbeat of data about us. And dozens if not hundreds of conferences, networks, and institutes clamoring to talk to, about or for us.
After ten years of great bottoms-up She’s Geeky unconferences, it felt great. And time for a rethink.
Then came the wake up call. No matter who you voted for:
- What does it mean for misogyny, racism, sexual and verbal assault, and trafficking in lies to not be politically disqualifiying?
- What new responses are called for in this unprecedented time ? What new forms of action – personal, professional or collective. (Everyday acts of feminism, anyone? )
- What can we be doing together to influence the future direction of technology development and policy?
We’ll gather at 9am with coffee, eats, and Organizing Questions. Beginning at 10 AM with a blank wall and in less than an hour, with facilitator guidance, attendees create a full day, multi-track conference agenda that is relevant and inspiring to everyone who attends. All are welcome to put forward presentations or propose conversations.
*For the conference-geeks amongst us, it’ll be OpenSpace meets Unconference.
- Communication, Social media, Trust, Values (2/1/2017)