Women && Tech: Strategies for Commending the Awesome

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June 13, 2013

Women && Tech: Strategies for Commending the Awesome

This was presented on June 13, 2013 at North by Northeast Interactive.

We’ve pledged to post 50 in-depth interviews about women in tech doing awesome things on our blog, womenandtech.com. Along the way, we’ve learned a few strategies for building a personal project that kicks ass and engages a worldwide audience.

Yes, we’re going to talk about the women in tech issue, but we promise: no pink, no curly script typefaces, no bullshit. This is a topic that affects everyone in our industry, and we’re going to share what we’ve learned from talking to heavyweights like Nora Young and Amber Mac as well as young women just beginning their careers.

We plan to share all our secrets:

- How to build a committed team with volunteers from around the world
- Why we would interview men for a women in tech series
- How to build relationships and create opportunities
- Negative feedback and what we’re doing about it

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June 13, 2013
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    “” I don’t want to be the token woman speaking

    at a conference, but I do want to be a woman speaking at a conference to show other women it’s not scary. – Pearl Chen
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    For me, the way in to technology was not through

    science and math, it was through making. It was through art, it was through design. “” – Martha Ladly Beginnings
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    Gender issues are so often just under the surface that

    they aren't visible and therefore fester or change dynamics in unseen, indescribable ways. “” – Ayla Newhouse What is Women && Tech?
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    You just get so much more out of a project

    by having a network effect, rather than just working alone on something. It’s nice when collaboration makes something better. “” – Pearl Chen The team
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    40 OUT OF *** Audrey Kuo *** Brenna O'Brien ***

    Brett Bergmann *** Cassie Kaiser *** Cassie McDaniel david waldman *** Ivonne Karamoy katrina keilhauer keith loo kelly seagram *** Lucia Mariani-Vena 22 volunteers
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    Twenty years from now, it would be great to say

    that we built this thing and it had a positive impact in the world. “” – Dessy Daskalov Building a committed team
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    My stance towards technology is engaged; it's critical but not

    fearful. “” – Nora Young Feedback
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    I'd prefer a slightly different slogan. [...] I feel like

    "We're really not complaining" is a bit insulting to those who really are highlighting the problems with sexism in technology fields. “ ” @gilrain Thanks! We think you're right and we're already looking at changing that bit. @cassiemc “ ”
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    Sharing stories from startup women is great, although I’m not

    a fan of the reverse sexism. “ ” @mibbitier We do have several men on our team (more men than women, in fact) and don’t at all intend “reverse sexism”. @cassiemc “ ” Reverse sexism? Check your privilege. “ ” @mediacrisis “Privilege?” Check your cultural Marxism. “ ” @NotMyMorals
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    WomenAndTech.com – I wholeheartedly approve of this message. Awesome. Now

    how do we New York this? – Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit “”
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    It seems so obvious to me, [science is] how the

    world works! Why wouldn’t you be fascinated with the mechanisms that create everything? “” – Ariel Garten The process
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    Design-centric Free-flowing Beautiful Inefficient Time-consuming Unicorns make babies here Humans,

    elves and dwarves live happily together. There are trolls, though. Must work with rules Efficient use of time Limited set of beauty Inflexible Beauty = loss of data sharing Unicorns are for hippies Middle Earth CMS Heavy
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    Design-centric Middle Earth CMS Heavy Where we live is outside

    in another dimension, timeline and reality. x “ ”
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    If you don't have the confidence and the courage to

    take risks in your own career you're not going to get very far. “” – Martha Ladly Funding
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    Income Microsoft Camp Tech Supplies Food Marketing/promotion Domain and hosting

    Parking Tickets 4000 500 427.68 282.84 112.56 66.95 21.50 Total Total Expenses $4500 $911.53
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    People talk about having it all, but I just said

    I’m not gonna think about that anymore. I’m just going to do what I do. “” – Lucia Mariani-Vena Think lean
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    Think lean Scope Events Scholarships Art-directed templates Podcasts Swag School

    presentations Poster series Infographics for every post Pay writers & photogs Animations World’s best app Connect mentors T-shirts Chapters around the world
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    Think lean Scope Events Scholarships Art-directed templates Podcasts Swag School

    presentations Poster series Infographics for every post Pay writers & photogs Animations World’s best app Connect mentors T-shirts Chapters around the world
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    Will we be around forever? No. I think once the

    industry is more equal, we’ll stop having the need for groups like Ladies Learning Code. “” – Heather Payne Next Steps