September 22, 2007

She's Geeky in One Month

Below is information on She's Geeky (http://www.shesgeeky.org). This will be a great unconference for women in tech. Register here.

I've been talking with a lot of great women who are planning to attend. Read below for info:

She's Geeky
A Women's Tech (un)conference
October 22-23 in Mountain View, CA.

This event is designed to bring together women from a range of technology-focused disciplines who self identify as geeky. Our goal is to support skill exchange and learning between women working in diverse fields and to create a space for networking and to talk about issues faced by women in technology.

If you are a women coming or hope to come to the (un)conference, you could also talk about:
* what it means to you to be a geek?
* why you are excited about meeting with other women geeks?
* the skills you can offer others at the event
* the issues you hope we can talk about

If you can't make it we would love it if you could blog about it anyways.
You could comment on what you hope we can talk about the issues you think are alive or important to women in technology and the industry generally.

Please pass on information about the (un)conference to any other women who would enjoy attending, and contributing to, the event.

If you are planning on attending now is a great time to register before prices go up at the end of September there is a two step process
registering on the wiki & paying via paypal.

We are still looking for sponsors. If you or your company would like to contribute, please contact us at shesgeeky@gmail.com

Posted by Mary Hodder at September 22, 2007 05:17 PM | TrackBack
Comments

I'd love to come if it were possible for me to travel out there. Meanwhile I'll give some thought to writing a post on what I'd want to talk about. :)

Posted by: Vera at September 25, 2007 08:42 PM

I would love to go to this but it's little too pricey and why is it in the daytime?

Hope there are good writeups afterward, look forward to reading what happened.

Posted by: AF at October 5, 2007 12:34 PM

Wouldn't this be a conference, not an unconference, given the cost?

Posted by: AF at October 5, 2007 02:37 PM

Hi Alison,
Actually, I don't think a conference that is 1.5 days is too pricy at $175. It's what it costs to rent space and buy breakfast and lunch and pay insurance, etc. There is no profit in this conference.

Most conferences, like the ones O'Reilly puts on such as ETech or OSCon cost $1500 to attend for 3 days. Most executive conferences like Web 2.0 Summit cost around $4k, and the D-Conference costs more like $6k to attend.

She's Geeky is an unconference because the format is one where everyone makes the sessions on the morning of.. it's not preprogrammed in advance.

I would say that some companies have offered to sponsor people, so contact Kaliya at the url above, because she can probably hook you up.

Ideally, there are enough sponsors so that the $175 isn't required for future She's Geeky events, but it's still just as expensive to put it on as a scheduled conference. Scheduling and cost are really two different things.

mary

Posted by: mary hodder at October 5, 2007 04:42 PM