Software engineer Tracy Chou answers the Quora question “What are some particularly female engineer-friendly companies to work for in San Francisco?”
By Tracy Chou (Software Engineer, Pinterest)
It’s the first place, in school or professionally, that I’ve not been aware or made aware of my gender, ever, in any situation. I don’t feel like a female engineer.
I’m just an engineer, and I’m expected and empowered to do great work like every other engineer on the team.
The fact that computer science is ill-suited in preparing new engineers to enter the workforce opened the door for so-called ‘hacker academies’ to pick up the slack.
By Christian Fernandez (Co-Organizer, Hackbright Academy)
As I had grown into the role of technical lead in an engineering organization, I found that I spent significantly less time programming, and more time debugging other people’s problems. Oddly enough, this doesn’t involve protracted hours poring over code; most of the time problems can be solved by having someone ask the obvious questions. Here’s an example.
Engineeer: We have a problem! The server won’t talk to the database! I tried rolling back to an older API and everything!
Me: Is the database machine up?
DigiDay reported earlier this year that RadiumOne has 50% women in engineering.
RadiumOne is hosting a XHack Hackathon this June 8-10 in San Francisco, CA. They will be bringing together the best API’s in photo, video, audio and social to enable the hackers to have free reign to create the most exciting new hacks. “Hack to the Future” encourages you to dress like the iconic characters and have fun with the theme. There will be prizes, entertainment and contests that even Doc Brown would appreciate.
Developers and designers in the photo, video, audio, mobile and social space that want to build a cool hack are welcome.
Here are awesome women developers who will be speaking at O’Reilly Fluent Conference (May 29-31 in SF).
By Sarah Allen (Founder, Blazing Cloud)
The O’Reilly Fluent Conference 2012 in San Francisco on May 29-31 has an incredible line up of speakers. The conference is generously supporting DexChix and other community projects with booth space. Come join us!
Sarah Mei, Pivotal engineer, Disapora contributor, and co-founder of RailsBridge will be sharing her insight on Backbone.js:
Michael Jackson’s lyrics decoded to the tune of entrepreneurship.
By Heather McGough (Founder, Urbanity Events)
I’ve recently interviewed developers from all over the Bay Area to ask them why they chose to take the leap and join risky, early-stage startup companies.
While each person had his/her own story to share, I heard common themes clear as melodies. Since many of us tend to have Michael Jackson in constant rotation, I decided to share what I’ve learned via the lyrics of the Moonwalk-ing King of Pop, and describe the virtues of choosing this Thriller-packed road of entrepreneurship.
“The rise of the brogrammer joke and its ensuing backlash has some benefits: It helps talented women choose worthy employers, it gives a name and face to a problem that plagues the industry and it publicly shames some of the most sexist offenders.”
By Gina Trapani (Founder, ThinkUp)
In 1999, Google’s Marissa Mayer almost didn’t take the job at the all-male startup because there were more women at another firm that made her an offer. If Mayer had just graduated from college today with offers from two equally compelling startups – one all-male and one not – it’s clear which one she would choose.
If you write software for a living and you’re located in Silicon Valley, you have your pick of employment options at an array of tech startups – yes, even in this economy. When a recruiter’s pitch is: “Wanna bro down and crush some code?” – like San Francisco-based Klout’s was – you get a sense of what that company is looking for.
Etsy wants to hire 20 women engineers, starts by providing scholarships to Hacker School for women.
By Marc Hedlund (VP Engineering, Etsy)
Today, in conjunction with Hacker School, Etsy is announcing a new scholarship and sponsorship program for women in technology: we’ll be hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School in the Etsy headquarters, and we’re providing ten Etsy Hacker Grants of $5,000 each — a total of $50,000 — to women who want to join but need financial support to do so.
Our goal is to bring 20 women to New York to participate, and we hope this will be the first of many steps to encourage more women into engineering at Etsy and across the industry.
A femgineer discusses the Silicon Valley and women in engineering.
By Carla Rover (Contributing Writer, Digiday)
Since Digiday published a story earlier this week on the lack of women in leadership roles at advertising technology companies, we have heard back from many in the industry. Some have agreed with our findings and the root cause of the issue, while others have disputed that it’s an issue altogether.
In order to bring some more clarity to the issue, Digiday polled 10 leading ad tech firms to find two things: