Alex ‘Skud’ Bayley has launched her project, Growstuff, which she describes as ‘Ravelry for gardeners’. The site crowdsources information about growing and planting crops from around the world and aggregates it, so you can find out what to plant and when, for your area.
When developing growstuff.org, Skud went out of her way to create an open source project that was friendly to women and new programmers, and set up pair programming teams that matched newbies with more experienced developers.
You should read her her thoughts here on open source development, and the power balance between software creators and software users.
Skud is also involved with geekfeminism.org, which we’ve linked to here before. You should definitely visit.
Listen to this panel discussion on Impostor Syndrome (thanks geekfeminism.org for the link).
Hosted by Tim Chevalier, together with Katrina Owen, Avdi Grimm, David Brady, and Charles Max Wood, they describe Impostor Syndrome, how it affects marginalised groups, how to help yourself, and how to help others who experience it.
See the link for a comprehensive list of resources.
IndieGoGo: Appcamp For Girls
You should consider supporting this IndieGoGo fundraiser!
“App Camp for Girls wants to address the gender imbalance among software developers by giving girls the chance to learn how to build apps, to be inspired by women instructors, and to get exposure to software development as a career. Our goal is to grow our non-profit organization into a national force, with programs in multiple cities, helping thousands of girls.”
App Camp for Girls is a summer camp where women iOS developers teach junior ‘project teams’ to create their own app. They cover the entire process, from brainstorming to marketing the finished app.
App Camp for Girls have run a successful ‘alpha’ camp to test their ideas, and are running a ‘beta’ camp at the end of the month.
Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist media critic, and creator of the web series ‘Tropes vs Women’, which explores representation of women in pop culture.
In the process of funding and creating these videos, Sarkeesian has dealt with a lot of scrutiny and harassment, some of it from other women.
In this article, Maddy Myers writes about the pressure of public scrutiny, and in particular, the pressure to be the “Most Perfect Feminist Games Critic”.
“The only way to solve this scrutiny problem, I think, is to somehow get more women involved in this industry across all fronts, until the scrutiny that comes from being a minority begins to lessen, and until misogynists realize more definitively that they are the minority now.”
If you don’t already know about Girl Geek Dinners, it is a not-for-profit originally started in London by Sarah Lamb to give women an opportunity to participate in ICT industry events without always feeling like a minority.
There are now Girl Geek Dinner chapters all over the world that host events in a variety of formats. You can find a list of these chapters here.
For those of you based in Melbourne, the main page for Melbourne Geek Girl Dinners is on Meetup.com
The meeting formats vary from chapter to chapter. GGDMELB has been hosting workshops, as well as field trips to events in the wider geek community.
The latest workshop was on personal branding, and you can find the slides kindly provided by Rachel Bucknall here.
Meighan O’Toole writes about feeling burnt out by her online interactions, and things you can do to look after yourself when it happens to you.
“Of course there are still days when I need a break from THE INTERNET, and feel consumed by how much is happening. (We all do, right?) The difference now is that because I have had the experience of being completely overwhelmed and burned out — I now understand that I can take a minute and things will still be there.” [please indent quote]
Courtney Carver writes about the advantages of collaboration over competition for building your business and your relationships.
“Stop measuring up, climbing the ladder and tearing down others to build yourself up. It’s time to connect and collaborate, to support and strive for better relationships in life and business.”
Catherine Deveny calls out a business who asked her to work for free.
“I’m more than happy to work for free (and constantly do) for charities, artists, state schools, endeavours where no one is getting paid … But I will not work for free for businesses.”
(The company has since responded, and offered to pay all participants.)