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  • 1. Women in IT & FOSS 20 th November 2009 Pockey Lam, President of Beijing Linux User Group [email_address]
  • 2. Women VS Men studying CS Blue line: Men Pink line: Women Sources: National Science Foundataion ( http://www.nsf.gov/statisti... )
    • Average of 10% women in CS and it's declining
  • 3. Perception of CS CS = Programming IT is boring I wouldn't be good at it! Working overtime all the time? Spending all day long in front of computer... No life! IT is difficult IT career? No future?
  • 4. Similar in FOSS
    • Mainstream projects: only 2%
    • 5. Some FOSS projects: 5% to 10% (Perl and Drupal)
    • 6. BLUG: 5% to 30% depending on the topics
  • 7. Why want more women in IT?
    • Half more population working on solving critical problems
    • 8. Pick from the best of both genders i.e. better solution meet both genders needs
    • 9. Women have qualities
    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said: "If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." Common Believe: “ Behind great man there's always a great woman.”
  • 10. How to get them involved?
    • Improve the geek image
    • 11. More female role models to inspire young women (business opportunity and IT career)
    • 12. FOSS contribution is not just programming (try, use, share and contribute)
    • 13. Value all kinds of contributions
    Volunteers meet up for GNOME.Asia Summit 2009
  • 14. Women in GNOME
    • Fond of having our own identity, be unique
  • 15. Women Role Models in GNOME Founders of Beijing GNOME User Group Executive Director For GNOME Foundation Lead Organizer of GNOME.Asia Summit 2009 A picture of Hong Phuc
  • 16. Join Information Technology! Join FOSS! Join GNOME! Thank you!