Women in IT & FOSS 20 th November 2009 Pockey Lam, President of Beijing Linux User Group [email_address]
Women VS Men studying CS Blue line: Men Pink line: Women Sources: National Science Foundataion ( http://www.nsf.gov/statisti... ) <ul><li>Average of 10% women in CS and it's declining </li></ul>
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?
Similar in FOSS <ul><li>Mainstream projects: only 2%
Some FOSS projects: 5% to 10% (Perl and Drupal)
BLUG: 5% to 30% depending on the topics </li></ul>
Why want more women in IT? <ul><li>Half more population working on solving critical problems
Pick from the best of both genders i.e. better solution meet both genders needs
Women have qualities </li></ul>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.”
How to get them involved? <ul><li>Improve the geek image
More female role models to inspire young women (business opportunity and IT career)
FOSS contribution is not just programming (try, use, share and contribute)
Value all kinds of contributions </li></ul>Volunteers meet up for GNOME.Asia Summit 2009
Women in GNOME <ul><li>Fond of having our own identity, be unique </li></ul>
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
Join Information Technology! Join FOSS! Join GNOME! Thank you!