Education

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

5 Tips When Applying to Opportunities For Women in STEM

baby terence

I've now reviewed a bunch of applications, for a number of different events. I've run the sessions that come afterwards deciding on who gets what, and as a result there are some mistakes that I've seen over and over again. I'm sure some women get rejected when they have a lot to offer, and part of ...


Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Pipeline is a Bullshit Argument, and Other Rants

melting girl

The latest comments are from a guy who runs a startup incubator, but next week it will be someone else. Men, so many men, would like to explain why there are no women in the tech industry, and how it is not, actually, their fault, and there is nothing they can do, so can we ...


Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Boxed

I lucked out in being in town when the Women Powering Technology Raspberry Pi event was on, and also in hearing about it - and being allowed in at the last minute! Of course I had heard about the Raspberry Pi, and loved the idea, but I'm pretty intimidated by hardware and cables, so it had ...


Friday, October 25th, 2013

Book: The Education of Millionaires

the education of millionaires

My overall impression of The Education of Millionaires (Amazon) was a bit meh. It conflates getting an arts degree with a university education in general, and many of the examples come from direct marketing, which seems irrelevant to me. I think the calculations on cost/benefit of degrees could have been vastly improved by discounting science ...


Friday, October 18th, 2013

A Man’s Guide to Helping Women in Tech

The War It

What can men do? Other than not harass women? Although not harassing is a surprisingly good start.  TL;DR: Step 1 - Don't drive women away. Step 2: Don't stand by and watch other men drive women away. Step 3: Give women a reason to stick around.  Step 1: Don't Perpetuate Understand the range and extent of the problem ...


Saturday, October 12th, 2013

GHC13 – What Are You Going to Do Differently?

Credit: flickr / j.k.doyle

I have a bunch of posts to write up from GHC last week, which was as usual, awesome. But the question I was interested in people I went with answering was - what are you going to do differently when you get back? For me, it was a reminder about the takeaway I got from Whistling ...


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Three Phases of Technical Women

Zodiac

Amongst other technical women, I've observed three broad phases when it comes to their feelings and attitudes with respect to the issues of women in tech. These are my unscientific and generalised observations. Ignorance is Bliss This phase is where women deny that there are any issues facing women in the industry, and sometimes even point to ...


Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Pycon AU: Planting Open Source Seeds

Plant Growth Stages

I found this talk by Kenneth Reitz one of the most interesting at Pycon. There was a comprehensive breakdown of the different strategies people take to create and nurture (or not) open source projects, and tales from maintaining them. You're probably better to just read Kenneth's notes, but for what it is worth - here are ...


Monday, July 29th, 2013

Pycon AU: Making Python More Fun for Everyone

Screen shot from Spy Who Coded game

Interesting talk from the creators of SingPath - games to help people learn to code. Left me wanting to try the game! Some insights about women and what they find off-putting - nothing unexpected. Notes below: Intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation: autonomy, mastery, purpose (Dan Pink's book - Amazon). Want to extrinsically motivate people without killing intrinsic motivation. ...




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