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Ubuntu Women: How I Discovered Ubuntu Contest

Feb 01, 2010 GMT

Elizabeth Krumbach wrote a blog post about the Ubuntu Women contest – How I discovered Ubuntu – in honor of International Women's Day. The winner will be announced on International Women's Day, March 8, 2010. In her blog post Elizabeth also discusses the community longevity meme and how intimidating or discouraging it can be to someone who is newer to the open source community. She says, "I seek to encourage all women to contribute to this contest, even if they don’t feel like they have enough “geek cred” or whatever. Oh, and stories from hard core geek girls are completely welcome, those stories are inspiring too!"Check out Amber Graner's Ubuntu User blog for...
Video Interview with Mozilla Foundation's Mitchell Baker

Feb 01, 2010 GMT

  My colleague Mathias Huber recently interviewed Mitchell Baker when she was in Munich. We posted the video online today for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Google ACM MM 2010 Conference Grant Announced

Feb 01, 2010 GMT

  Female computer scientists interested in multimedia are encouraged to apply for the newly announced Google ACM MM 2010 Conference Grant. The 2010 event will be held October 25-29 in Florence, Italy, and two grants will be awarded. Deadline to apply is September, 27, 2010.
Liz Henry Report from and DrupalSouth

Jan 27, 2010 GMT

If you missed the recent Linux Conf in New Zealand, which was followed by DrupalSouth, you might have seen a lot of chatter about it on Twitter and various blogs. Check out the write-up Liz Henry posted over on the Geek Feminism Blog. Liz includes some nice photos with some familiar friendly faces. (Rub it in, Liz, rub it in.)
SCALE 8x: Women in Open Source schedule

Jan 25, 2010 GMT

The SCALE 8x schedule is finalized, including the Women in Open Source conference sessions. The WIOS conference will be a nice mix of talks, introductions, and interactions. At the end of the day, Danese Cooper will lead a session on how to give Ignite talks, which is then followed by time set aside for Ignite talks.I'm excited that my talk was selected for the conference:Pretty in Print: 10 Tips for Getting Published Would you like to see more female authors online or in the printed pages of your favorite tech magazine? Whether you want to write for fun, to impress your parents, or to rev up your resume, you'll learn some practical tips for intriguing editors, ironing out your writing...

Jan 22, 2010 GMT

On OStatic today Kristin Shoemaker wrote about GNOME's revamped outreach program for women. Kristin links to a post on Marina Zhurakhinskaya's blog, which provides more details about the program. Marina writes, "GNOME Outreach Program for Women will allow more women to learn how exciting and approachable the free software is and to gain the necessary qualifications to work in the free software industry, contribute to and create free software projects."Planning notes for the Outreach Program for Women are available online and include background, a list of projects and mentors, and resources. You can contribute to the program online at the Support women participation in GNOME page.
A Rant About Job Hunting

Jan 19, 2010 GMT

This morning I had coffee with a former colleague from my days (gasp! more than two decades ago?!) as a young record store employee. We talked about how times have changed since our afternoons spent thumbing through cassettes and LPs, reminisced about the first few CDs that trickled into our store, reflected on where we went after we quit pushing The Pretenders on vinyl, and shared stories about how we stumbled into the wonderful world of open source. (And then we got into a discussion about how cool we really are even if our kids don't know it, but that's an entirely different blog post.) My friend is job searching. He's looking over his resume with years of Linux experience and...
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