Jan. 25, 2010 What kind of wit and wisdom flourishes at She’sGeeky?
W.I.T. as in Women in Technology and also wit as in the funny, guffaw-level humorous antics of tell-it-like-it-is attendees. The wisdom? From top industry pros to young 9 year old tweens converging in leadership to create ‘The Girl Effect’ up close and personal…it’s powerful potion this weekend.
She’s Geeky is an agenda-free, supportive, intellectual haven for girls and women who embrace technology as a catalyst for world changing where you can goof around with the best and the brightest sans pretense, intimidation, or any semblance of not fitting in. Why? Because no one fits in and everyone fits in…The UNconference runs the gamut of über-geek techno-speak to esoteric thought leaders thriving on like-minded souls. (updated list of proposed topics here)
It’s the kind of room where you can let out one of those sitcom snort-laughs and not even blush a bit; despite the fact that you’re surrounded by bigwigs, students, startups, and seasoned serial entrepreneurs ready pay it forward for the next generation of STEM leading ladies. (science, technology, engineering, math) And laugh? Believe me, you WILL laugh.
You do not get this level of social clout in one small setting without the wit flingin’ fast and the commentary pithier than a Carville-Matalin debate…It’s rebel rules, baby. And these women rock. (Follow SG on Twitter here)
When I attended my first She’s Geeky and exerienced an UNconference I was concerned I’d be a mere geek wannabe since I’m not a techie. In fact, my relationship with tech is on a ‘need to know’ basis…I’m more of a curious discoverer-explorer in the new media wilderness, stumbling on cool pathways and getting entranced by the evolution out in the field finding new horizons and trails. (think Dian Fossey meets Christiane Amanpour if you can go with that mashup!)
At She’s Geeky I ended up meeting a range of engineers, gadgeteers, researchers, students, startups, mom-bloggers, entrepreneurs and ‘she-roes’ like Beth Kanter with her thorough nonprofit blog who I’d been following since Shaping Youth was ‘born’ a few years back.
Frankly, all the ‘not digital enough’ concern blew out the window when I walked in the door. In fact, I left with some amazing lifehacks and solid friendships that had nothing whatsoever to do with tech at all. (Beth is in NYC this year working, sniffle, so she’ll miss this weekend, but she’ll be a guiding light from afar, no doubt)
Anyway, to me, THIS is where thought leaders emerge, affiliate, exchange skills sets, team up in new co-ventures, get funded and kick back with a cup of tea, energized by a day of transparency sans guarded gamesmanship.
It’s refreshing to plop down at a table and share ideas without feeling like one of those carnival ducks that get shot down for points. (and yes, Lynn Langit of DigiGirlz for teens 13-19 via Microsoft will be there!)
As STEM’s leading ladies emerge to the forefront of candor and conversation, the weekend sessions will take shape and morph into ‘whatever it’s meant to be’ as Unconference.net pro Kaliya Hamlin (aka Identity Woman) says when she coaches on logistics and how-tos.
I’m thrilled to support this work as a ‘Community Sponsor’ and hope our relationship expands and grows as fast as the UnConference itself has blossomed.
I’ll also be eager to meet another ‘she-ro’ at She’s Geeky on Friday when SVMoms Group co-founder Beth Blecherman (aka TechMama and on Twitter here) hosts a roundtable topic “Gadgets for Moms, How Moms/families Are Using Technology, Career 2.0 for TechMoms.”
Beth’s name and blog (what is it with all the power-Beths out there, not to mention my own MOM’s name!) has surfaced many times among Shaping Youth readers, for as you can see here, we both tend to ‘deconstruct the headlines of mainstream news without taking any study or data as a ‘given.’
For example, the recent NYT article “If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online” seemed presumptuous and a bit skewed at best in conveying the data of the latest Kaiser Family Foundation report recently released.
Again, deconstructing in full context, I think Beth’s piece and also the brilliantly in-depth deep dive by Anne Collier of NetFamily News adds balance to help untangle the data and make sense of the study with important media literacy context.
…No doubt befitting a room of futurists and thinkers eager to build a better tomorrow!
Related Posts About She’s Geeky On Shaping Youth
BrainCake.org’s Teen Link Love
Science Friday podcasts. Brought to you by NPR.
Nerd Girls – We are a growing, global movement which celebrates smart-girl individuality that’s revolutionizing our future.
Mind Candy Clothing – cute tees that let you show the world how much you love math and science! This just in: They have a sparkly BRAINCAKE tee! Order yours today and show the world you’re a BrainCake girl!
Justine Magazine – an awesome magazine for “teens – real teens – just teens”
Instructables – the “World’s Biggest Show & Tell where people share what they do and how they do it.”
New Scientist – A great source for science news and science articles
Twitter – A fun way to stay hyperconnected to your friends through a free social networking and micro-blogging service that lets you update your friends with “tweets.”
Engineer Your Life – An awesome site for high school girls and the adults in their lives (parents, counselors, teachers, and other educators) who want to learn more about what life and work are like for engineers.
GMSP: The Girls, Math & Science Partnership…“A program of Carnegie Science Center, conducts research in order to inform its work – whether it is creating this Web site or the most innovative programs for girls possible.”
- GMSP Stats + Data (pdf)
- Who Influences Girls? Research Report (pdf)
- GMSP Summary and Charts – Research Report (pdf)
- Girls’ Beliefs About Math & Science (pdf)
She’s Geeky Description From Their Site
“The unconference format is unique. Beginning at 9 AM each day, we start with a blank wall and, in less than an hour, through a highly participative process, create a full day, multi-track conference agenda that is relevant and inspiring to everyone there.
When you come to She’s Geeky, you benefit from the opportunity to:
1. Build relationships and even partnerships across disciplines.
2. Learn something new from other geeky women.
3. Find answers to the questions that matter to you.
4. Consider business issues related to the technology industry.
5. Be exposed to new ideas for making and keeping technology relevant.”
Hope to see you there! Register here for She’s Geeky Jan. 29-31, 2010 at the Computer History Museum.
Bring your WIT and wisdom! (And daughters, and nieces, and students, and scouts…)
Related Resources for WISE Women & Girls:
Female Science Professor Blogspot (insightful, fresh view from a femme/STEM with humor and wit!)
Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Web 2.0