WWT 2010: Women and Open Source and Identity


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If open source is so "open", how come 95% of the open source community is dominated by men? This panel explores getting women involved in creating successful Open Source communities, the foundations of openness, and Open Standards.

Panelists: Kaliya Hamlin, She's Geeky, Sarah Mei, Pivotal Labs, and Michelle Murrain, Open Issue

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WWT 2010: Women and Open Source and Identity

  1. 1. Women in Open Source and Open Standards Michelle Murrain, OpenIssue, LLC, Moderator Sarah Mei, Pivotal Labs Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Woman www. womenwhotech .com Women and Open Source and Open Standards Need Help? Call ReadyTalk Support at 1-800-843-9166 PANELISTS: Kaliya Hamlin and Sarah Mei MODERATOR: Michelle Murrain
  2. 2. www. womenwhotech .com <ul><li>For audio, please dial: </li></ul><ul><li>800-701-9749 (toll-free) </li></ul><ul><li>303-223-2684 (toll number) </li></ul>
  3. 3. A little housekeeping: <ul><li>The webinar will be recorded. A link to the recording and the slides from today’s presentation will be emailed to you later today. </li></ul><ul><li>A post-webinar survey will open when you close out of the webinar, please help us better our programming by completing it. </li></ul><ul><li>Phones will be muted. </li></ul>www. womenwhotech .com A little housekeeping:
  4. 4. Stay engaged! <ul><li>Please ask questions and comment by: </li></ul><ul><li>Typing in the chat box. We’ll respond via chat or over the phone when appropriate. If it is information to share with the whole audience, we’ll chat it to everyone. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What We’ll Cover <ul><li>Women in Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>What are Open Standards? Why should we care? </li></ul><ul><li>Women in Open Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A and Discussion moderated by Michelle Murrain, Partner at Open Issue </li></ul>
  6. 6. Moving the Needle <ul><li>How SF Ruby got to 18% </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/839344289/
  7. 7. About me sarahmei (twitter, github) Photos copyright (clockwise starting from left) Christian Mehlfuhrer, Yukihiro Matsumoto, me, Pivotal Labs
  8. 8. SF Ruby Meetup <ul><li>Big! </li></ul><ul><li>Active! </li></ul><ul><li>http://meetup.com/sfruby </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Problem
  10. 10. Jan 2009 Jan 2010
  11. 11. Jan 2011??
  12. 12. Coming up... <ul><li>Our process </li></ul><ul><li>What we’ve gotten out of it </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it so hard? </li></ul>
  13. 13. XTREME COMMUNITY <ul><li>Set goals </li></ul><ul><li>Do events </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate people </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Set goals </li></ul><ul><li>Do events </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate people </li></ul>XTREME COMMUNITY
  15. 15. Set goals Focus on something you can fix. Be specific!
  16. 16. Do Events Do the right kind of events. Target specific audiences
  17. 17. Tie in your goals http://www.flickr.com/photos/limonada/214375219/
  18. 18. Logistics
  19. 19. Logistics The easy part!
  20. 20. Logistics <ul><li>Offer childcare </li></ul><ul><li>Offer nursing/pumping space </li></ul><ul><li>Get sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Have an afterparty </li></ul>
  21. 21. MEN <ul><li>Yes! </li></ul><ul><li>Get them involved </li></ul><ul><li>They make great volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Give volunteers drink tickets for the afterparty </li></ul><ul><li>W2.0 attendance model </li></ul>
  22. 22. Cultivate people <ul><li>Both sides of the pipeline </li></ul><ul><li>For women who’ve come to an event: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow up!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan a series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruit women from the 1st to help with #2 </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Get new women in <ul><li>Talk your events up, to everyone you meet </li></ul><ul><li>Buy a domain, throw up wordpress...UPDATE it </li></ul><ul><li>Print business cards, give them out constantly </li></ul><ul><li>Blog about it on your technical blog </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about it on facebook & twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Do talks, BoFs, meetups, etc., at conferences </li></ul>
  24. 24. Get new women in <ul><li>Be visible in your community </li></ul><ul><li>Put your name on events </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the mailing list </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions after talks </li></ul><ul><li>DO TALKS! </li></ul>
  25. 25. http://www.flickr.com/photos/davemorris/6057980/
  26. 26. What did we get? <ul><li>More women at monthly meetups </li></ul><ul><li>Some who haven’t come to a workshop (critical mass!) </li></ul>Expected:
  27. 27. What did we get? <ul><li>More active & lively mailing list </li></ul><ul><li>More varied & interesting talks </li></ul><ul><li>More women volunteering to GIVE talks </li></ul><ul><li>MEN feel comfortable not knowing all the answers </li></ul><ul><li>More newbie-friendly events, by and for all genders </li></ul>Unexpected:
  28. 28. Why is this so hard? <ul><li>You need a woman (or 2) willing to be visible. </li></ul><ul><li>You need leadership who thinks it’s worth doing (or at least, won’t get in the way) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a social problem. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Why is this so hard? <ul><li>You need a woman (or 2) willing to be visible. </li></ul><ul><li>You need leadership who thinks it’s worth doing (or at least, won’t get in the way) </li></ul>It’s a social problem
  30. 30. Questions
  31. 31. Open Standards Kaliya Young Hamlin @identitywoman www.identitywoman.net co-producer & facilitator Internet Identity Workshop founder She’s Geeky
  32. 32. Physical World Examples
  33. 33. E-Mail - SMTP <ul><li>Web Pages - HTML </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- CSS </li></ul></ul>Internet Standards Packets - TCP/IP Meta-Data - XML Standards Bodies
  34. 34. Peoples Identities & Emerging “Social” Web Portable Contacts XRI/XDI SAML Information Cards
  35. 35. They don’t just come from nowhere people working in community make them together.
  36. 36. Where are they made and worked on?
  37. 37. Internet Identity Workshop On place: My Conference
  38. 38. Who are the People who make them?
  39. 39. Participants in the Federated Social Web Summit. Pre-Open Source Convention July 18th, 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA
  40. 40. The choices we make in protocol design shape what is possible with the proctological landscape. When designing and implementing emerging protocols for people and social systems it matters who is in the room building and shaping those protocols.
  41. 41. Protocols are Political They shape the possible by defining a proctological landscape.
  42. 42. Their are Women working on this..... but not many Mary Ruddy Eve Maler Denise Tayloe Pamela Dingle Mary Rundle Monica Keller Adriana Lucas http://bit.ly/C0fqI I have a post on Fast Company about women working in my field
  43. 43. Get more involved Shape the Future It matters! Thank You