Partner event: She's Geeky Bay Area 2011

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She's Geeky (January 28-30, 2010 in San Francisco) is the unconference for geeky women of all kinds. Are you a woman? Are you a Geek? This event is for you! We invite women from a diverse array of technological fields and those doing technology within non-technical fields. Women 2.0 members save 20% with coupon code "Women2" when they register here.

You can bring your daughters! There is a special ticket price for them. Girls as young as 9 years old have attended She’s Geeky with their mothers / aunts / mentors. Find out more.

How it started: In early 2007 a group of women working in the high-tech sector in the San Francisco Bay Area recognized a need for a gathering space where women who self-identify as geeky could meet in person to support, educate, and share experiences with each other. Although many organizations already existed for women in different areas of technology and as well to encourage girls to pursue careers in such fields, there was no commons area that:

  • brought all interested individuals and organizations together;
  • supported peer-to-peer learning exchange;
  • built connections and established relationships across diverse communities and disciplines to support women technologists; and
  • specifically attended to retaining women in technology fields through community

Rather than creating another niche women-in-tech organization, we decided to work with and promote existing activists and organizations, inviting them all to meet at an interactive event called an unConference.

What is an unConference? Beginning at 9am each day, we start with a blank wall and, in less than an hour, with a facilitator guiding the process attendees create a full day, multi-track conference agenda that is relevant and inspiring to everyone there. All are welcome to put forward presentations or propose conversations.As women register we will be posting proposed topics on our wiki.

If this is an unConference – why does it cost money? She’s Geeky is operated as a not for profit event, as we raise enough funds to cover the expenses of producing a quality event. About half (1/2) the cost of putting it on is covered by ticket sales and half (1/2) from sponsors. Our no-show rate is only 10% vis up to 60% for free camps. We can’t provide food economically and un-wastefully if we don’t create a contract with attendees to attend. Your payment covers food and a portion of the related venue and event expenses and in exchange we provide a well organized, adequately staffed, engaging event at a reasonable price that is considerably less than regular conferences. To understand more about this please see the She's Geeky post about money and unconferences.