Last weekend was the second annual LadyHacks in Philadelphia. I was honored to be an organizer and participant of this hackathon aimed at getting more women involved in working on collaborative projects and contributing to open source. I wrote about the eight projects that came out of it for Technical.ly Philly.
In celebration of International Women’s Day last weekend, 80 local developers and students gathered at First Round Capital to collaborate on projects for the city’s second annual LadyHacks, a hackathon geared at getting more women involved in the tech community.
The event, which was organized by a volunteer committee of members from Girl Develop It (including, full disclosure, this writer) and Girl Geek Dinners and led by Sondra Willhite, who spearheaded the first LadyHacks in 2013, saw a 20 percent increase in attendance.
Looking at my calendar for March, there’s a lot of exciting events coming up. You should join me at some of them!
Friday, February 28: Girl Develop It + Indy Hall Potluck From the beginning of GDI Philly’s 2+ year existence, we’ve hosted plenty of classes at Indy Hall — the fun, creative coworking community space on N3rd St. In the Fall, cofounder Alex Hillman and I started talking about how to better integrate our communities (which are really similar in a lot of beautiful ways) beyond occasional classes and events. We’re working toward a more permanent relationship, and getting to know each other better is part of that! Interested in learning more about Indy Hall and its members, or GDI and its members? Come out, have a drink and some homemade goodies (bring something to share) and hang out with us.
Friday, March 7 – Saturday, March 8: LadyHacks II LadyHacks is back! It is Philadelphia’s women only* hackathon with the mission of providing a welcoming space for women to explore civic hacking. Read my quick write-up from last year’s event here. Sign up to join us here.
Tuesday, March 11:#notatSXSW & Philly Tech Week 2014 Preview Party Technical.ly Philly’s annual party celebrating local tech and design while not being at SXSW in Austin. This year, we’re looking for submissions for a design gallery to showcase some great recent work at the newly-opened Philly Game Forge.
Thursday, March 13:Ignite Philly 13 I left my first Ignite (#11 last Spring) feeling inspired and excited about Philly. I learned about some of my favorite murals straight from the artist, David Guinn and found out about an incredible program that empowers women-in-transition through biking, Gearing Up, among other great stuff. Oh, and Girl Develop It won the giant $1,000 Ignition check. After Ignite 12, I was asked to join the organizer/curator group, so I’m really excited for 13! Tickets sold out in record time, but keep an eye on Twitter as it gets closer to the event for folks who can’t make it giving up their tickets.
Tuesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 20:GDI’s Intro to Sass Come learn all about the language that extends CSS, with our awesome instructor, Cat Farman at Happy Cog. This class will sell out!
I attended this event in 2012 and 2013. At both events, I had a great time, learned a lot, met some awesome people and felt way more engaged in the community afterward. I highly recommend marking your calendar.
When I was writing that recap for Flying Kite in 2012, I took photos at the event. As an example of how much more familiar and engaged I am with the community 1.5 years later, I had initially recognized maybe two or three faces in a large crowd shot I’d taken (pictured below). Looking back that photo today, I recognize at least 5x as many (and would likely recognize more if it were less blurry).
Give speaking a shot if you’ve got an interesting topic you’d want to present on.
Here are a few resources to help you prepare for speaking at conferences:
There’s a really awesome resource site called Ladies in Tech (started by some wonderful ladies who are also GDI Philly instructors), whose mission is to offer advice for women who want to speak at tech events. Take a look at some of their articles (with great posts titles like From Public Freaking to Public Speaking) and listen to their new podcast.
I have a few New Year’s resolutions, but among my most important is to update my site/blog more often. A Girl Develop It Philly year-end review is a bit overdue, but I’ll promise it here so that I might be held to it.
So, coming up…GDI Philly 2013 Year Review!
In the meantime, check out our upcoming classes and workshops on our Meetup.