March 28th, 2012

Girl? Geeky? Have we got an event for you

Girl? Geeky? Have we got an event for you

From the “better late than never” department… If there’s one major complaint about the tech scene in Portland—or, well, anywhere—it’s the lack of diversity. For the most part, it tends to be white. And male. And recent headlines have only further highlighted the issue.

But we also know there are a bunch of awesome women working in the tech scene around. And it’s time that we get them all together in one room.

That’s what Girl Geek Dinners are for.

The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events and being asked to justify why she was there by her male counterparts. She decided that she wanted this to change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside. After all to be geeky is to be intelligent, have passion for a subject and to know that subject in depth. It’s not at all about being better than others, or about gender, race, religion or anything else. Those things just detract from the real fun stuff, the technology, the innovation and the spread of new ideas.

And now, Portland has its own chapter.

Sound interesting? Well, despite the fact that I’ve been incredibly tardy in getting you this information, there’s still time to attend. This Thursday at 6PM. Hosted at Urban Airship.

Join us for our kick off event! We’ll be hearing from Alexis Peterka of Stayhound and Amye Scavarda an open source project manager about why they love working with technology, the story behind what sparked their career and where they are headed next.

For more information, visit the main Girl Geek Dinners site or like PDX Geek Girl Dinner on Facebook.

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6 Responses to “Girl? Geeky? Have we got an event for you”

  1. Mark says:

    Congrats! Based on my understanding, this event has exploded – a don’t-miss event! Great work!

  2. Tricia says:

    Excited about this starting up, especially because I am relocating to Portland & should be arriving in a matter of days. I did notice that the link for the facebook page is invalid however.

  3. Lynsey says:

    Here’s a better FB link

    You can also find us on Twitter @PDXGirlGeek

  4. Audrey says:

    I don’t think you meant to indicate this, but remarks about X chromosomes can mean that women’s events aren’t open to trans women (unfortunately still something that happens). This is definitely not true for local women in tech events like Code N Splode and Women Who Hack, and I would hope Geek Girl Dinners as well. A less clever way of phrasing the requirements would be more appropriate.

  5. Rick Turoczy says:

    No offense intended. Removed.

  6. Lynsey says:

    Pdx GGD absolutely welcomes transwomen.

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