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Ask DN: Dedicated groups for women in tech?

almost 6 years ago from , Designer & Strategist

In order to better educate myself, and to amplify the issue, I'm looking for groups related to women in tech.

Any links to websites/meetups/publications would be appreciated.

Discussion is encouraged.

14 comments

  • Adrian HowardAdrian Howard, almost 6 years ago

    Disclaimer: I'm a boy ;)

    Ladies that UX in various cities for UXish folk [know a bunch of folk who attend these and they're wicked smart and lovely people]

    Articulate for highlighting great women conference speakers. Women Talk Design is similar but with a design focus. [not used these myself, but have been told by other conference organisers that they've been helpful]

    BCSWomen is a networking group for female IT workers in the BCS. [I'm not in the BCS, but been told by a couple of BCS members that it was a useful group]

    Girls in Tech London runs monthly events. [friends have gone and said nice things]

    Girl Geek Dinners has been running in many cities for a while. [friends have gone and said nice things]

    If you're looking to educate yourself http://geekfeminism.wikia.com would be a good place to spend some time.

    3 points
    • Craig Frost, almost 6 years ago

      This is really thorough, Adrian, thank you. I actually wasn't aware of the majority of these, and as some are more local, will try to participate in the ways that I can. It's also really helpful to know that these are informed and recommended by others. Thanks also for that last link.

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  • Caitlin G, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    The Girl Develop It organization has chapters around the country, and holds meetups and workshops in a variety of places.

    There's also the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing that happens every fall. This year it was in Phoenix, AZ.

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    • Craig Frost, almost 6 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to share those, Caitlin, it's really helpful.

      I was completely unaware of the Grace Hopper events - perhaps surprisingly, considering their apparent impact. I'll be sure to spend some time learning a lot more about them.

      Thanks again!

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  • Nancy TsangNancy Tsang, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    XX+UX is a great group that hosts happy hours for women in UX, in various cities and at companies including Google, Airbnb, Pinterest, Salesforce, etc. More information and their Eventbrite.

    2 points
  • Jeff CouturierJeff Couturier, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    I'm a man-person but work with some awesome lady developers, one of which leads Rails Bridge here in Chicago.

    Dev Boot Camp is also awesome, and although it isn't women-only, they go to great lengths to be female friendly.

    Also, +1 for Girl Develop It as others have mentioned.

    2 points
    • Craig Frost, almost 6 years ago

      That's excellent Jeff, thanks. It's nice to discover that, though DN might be comprised mostly of men, it's also a community aware of, and eager to amplify, women in the industry. I wasn't aware of Dev Boot Camp's endeavour for equality, I'll be sure to look into them some more.

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  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, almost 6 years ago

    Here are a few more organizations:

    There's also the Code Liberation Foundation, which offers workshops for women interested in game development.

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    • Craig Frost, almost 6 years ago

      Thanks so much, Maurice, these are a huge help. Code Liberation Foundation seem particularly interesting, I'll take a good look at what they're doing.

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  • Carolyn YooCarolyn Yoo, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    There is also Women Who Code & Black Girls Code.

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    • Craig Frost, almost 6 years ago

      Perfect. Thanks, Carolyn, I'll look into these for sure. Whilst I was aware of the first, I wasn't aware of Black Girls Code, so that will be really useful.

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  • Craig Frost, almost 6 years ago

    I should note, perhaps, that whilst I could have found groups via search engines, I'm interested in gathering this information from peers, and those with an interest in the issue.

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