Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: What if…there were more women in Technology?

GHC350pixGrace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place in Portland this year November 9-12, 2011. The conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Keynote speakers line up would be Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

4 days of conference with special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

Check out daily schedule here. Registration is now closed, as it’s a sold out conference. So, follow me @MsSonicFlare for conference updates.

Join our Local Facebook group: Girls in Tech Portland. Check out our Global Girls in Tech Mentorship Program

Wrap Up: From Disruption to Default: Another successful OSCON 2011 + GIT Global Mentorship Program Inaugural Session

5996605803_fcb101a9c15997111354_ef93cc905e5982655953_68df9bc4225997150024_b865e9c39b5986364768_4233b214695981821290_100ac7cfda5997136002_9a5331fe81Another year passed for OSCON 2011 with over 3000+ attendees flocking to Portland, Oregon for this year’s theme: From Disruption to Default.

On Thursday, July 28th 2011, Global Girls in Tech Mentorship Program kicked off their inaugural VIP sessions at Oscon. Fortune 500, academic, tech and entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the world gathered together to participate and support our kick-off meet-up. Thanks so much to everyone who showed up. We couldn’t have done it without your continued help and participation. Interested in participating? Drop me an email:

For More info about GIT Mentorship. Watch live video interview with Ivo Lukas and OSCON 2011 and follow me @MsSonicFlare

GIT Mentorship Program sponsored by 24Notion

OSCON 2011 events, tracks, sessions and keynotes raised the bar again. Here are a few highlights of the keynote session and tracks:

- Rob Pike: The expressiveness of Go programming language

– Ariel Waldman: On hacking space exploration

- IBM: On building native mobile apps with phone gap. Becky Gibson and Simon MacDonald showed best practices on mobile apps

Microsoft Keynote by Gianugo Rabelino, Sr Director of Open Source Communities is quite great as he talks about the future of community: informed trends: education, repeatable science and experience

- Netflix, Kim Trott and Matt McCarthy on Javascript and HTML 5

-  Last but not least, Gabe Zichermann discussed the importance of Gamification

Check out full speaker list

Check out full program speaker and slides

Check out keynote and video interviews

Don’t forget to join Local GIT PDX Chapter


Girls in Tech Mentorship Pilot Programs + OSCON 2011

Girls in Tech will be at OSCON 2011 as we kick off the inaugural GIT Mentorship Pilot Programs globally (everyone is welcome-men and women). Learn more about the mentorship programs(for k-12, colleges/universities, working professionals), get involved and participate,  and how you could help spread the word. If you are attending Oscon 2011, don’t forget to join us on Thursday on July 28th 1-2pm in room #D134.


The Girls in Tech MENTORSHIP Programs was developed to provide integrated, engaging and educational high-touch workshops for girls/women ages K-12, colleges and working professionals. In an effort to encourage girls to enjoy, embrace and understand the importance of math, tech and science at a young age, we are building the curriculum which will enable girls to learn the basic skills, software programs and gain entrepreneurial exposure to become leaders within their communities, academia and in their future careers in the tech space.

We need your support: Become a mentor or mentee, Become a sponsor, Interested in volunteering or internship, Interested in being our media partner, or let’s chat about how can we partner with you! To learn more: Contact |  follow @MsSonicFlare


Register now for OSCON 2011, happening July 25-29, 2011, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. For 13 years, OSCON, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, has put open source to work building the future. OSCON’s program encompasses 20 tracks to explore all things open source. New tracks have been added to OSCON this year, including Citizen Science, Geek Lifestyle, Open Data, Programming, and Emerging Languages, while Healthcare returns for its second year.

OSCON Java and OSCON Data – two new distinct events co-located with OSCON, debuting on July 25-27. OSCON Java combines Java and open source to take on the tech world’s juiciest challenges—in cloud computing, big data, mobile, and more. OSCON Java tracks include Client, Cloud, Craftsmanship, JVM, and Trends. At OSCON Data, learn about the open source technologies for gathering, storing, and analyzing data that make it possible to use new data sources and do new things with existing data. OSCON Data tracks include Analytics and Visualization, Hadoop, NoSQL Databases, Real-Time and Streaming, Relational, and Roulette. Don’t miss all the valuable tutorials, keynotes, hundreds of sessions and events. Girls in Tech readers can use discount code os11git to save 15% on your registration.

See you at OSCON this month! Press pass to attend the GIT Mentorship Programs session, pls contact

Be sure to follow @24Notion | for perks and more info!

Women at OSCON Luncheon Meetup

As promised, here are some pictures of the amazing Women of OSCON. The luncheon was a great union of O’Reilly and Girls in Tech, in gathering the women of OSCON and promoting a sense of community among all females in technology. Girls in Tech felt so welcomed by the OSCON women that came to the luncheon and look forward to keeping in touch! Thanks for all of your great insight and please remember to check out Ivo’s interview at OSCON:
Ivo and Christine

Ivo and Christine

Women of OSCON

Women of OSCON

Great Luncheon!

Great Luncheon!

Awesome Turnout! Can't wait till next year!

Awesome Turnout! Can't wait till next year!

Thanks to Everyone from Girls in Tech!

Thanks to Everyone from Girls in Tech!

The World’s Worst Inventions by Paul Fenwick (OSCON-last day)


_@user_6631Paul Fenwick is the managing director of Perl Training Australia, and has been teaching computer science for over a decade. He is an internationally acclaimed presenter at conferences and user-groups worldwide, where he is well-known for his humour and off-beat topics.

In his spare time, Paul’s interests include security, mycology, cycling, coffee, scuba diving, and lexically scoped user pragmata.

Follow Paul @pjf

Girls in Tech Portland Presents Women Leadership in the 21st Century

Topic: Leadership challenges in the 21st century

  • The need for transformational leadership
  • Global governance and business implications
  • Gender differences in leadership and the unique role of women in leadership

(Note: It will be a very interactive event, so be ready to get inspired and energized)

Guest Speaker: Annette M. Nemetz, MBA, PhD (in progress)

Assistant Professor of Management, School of Business, George Fox University

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM( starts at 6:15pm-don’t be late)

WHERE: Candy

904 Northwest Couch Street Portland, OR 97209

RSVP: WE ARE SOLD OUT! Space is limited to 25. If you are not GIT PDX member and  interested in attending pls drop me an email at

Cost: Free for GIT PDX members; $10 for non-member (pay cash at the door)
Event and door prizes are sponsored by 24Notion

For more info about Girls in Tech Portland, go to

Celebration of NCWIT Symons Innovator Award

This year 24notion and Girls in Tech Portland is the partner/co-sponsor of National Center for Women & Information Technology. NCWIT believe that inspiring more women to choose careers in IT isn’t about parity; it’s a compelling issue of innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability. In a global economy, gender diversity in IT means a larger and more competitive workforce; in a world dependent on innovation, it means the ability to design technology that is as broad and creative as the people it serves.

The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award promotes women’s participation in information technology and entrepreneurship by honoring an outstanding woman who has successfully built and funded an IT business. By recognizing women IT entrepreneurs, the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award hopes to inspire others to pursue IT entrepreneurship, and increase awareness about the importance of women’s participation in IT innovation and business. This year, we are please to announced the 2010 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award Winner is Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, Co-founder of Marimba, and the original product manager of Java at Sun Microsystems.

Be sure to join us for the 2010 NCWIT Innovator Award celebration, 6:30-8:30PM, Thursday, May 20, at the OHSU South Waterfront Atrium in Portland, Oregon. Many thanks to our local host, the Software Association of Oregon, guests will enjoy fine cocktails and decadent treats, the lovely musical styling of local vocalist Sarah Billings, and the opportunity to ride Portland’s famous Aerial Tram to experience a breathtaking view of the city at night. We invite you to purchase tickets early as space is limited at this venue.


  • Girls represented just 17 percent of Advanced Placement computer science (CS) exam-takers in 2008; that’s the lowest female representation of any AP exam.
  • In 2008 women earned only 18 percent of all CS degrees. Back in 1985, women earned 37 percent of CS degrees.
  • Women hold more than half of all professional occupations in the U.S. but fewer than 24 percent of all computing-related occupations.
  • Only 16 percent of Fortune 500 technology companies have women corporate officers.
  • A study on U.S. technology patenting reveals that patents created by mixed-gender teams are the most highly cited (an indicator of their innovation and usefulness); yet women were involved in only 9 percent of U.S. tech patents.

Learn more about Girls in Tech Portland

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Girls In Tech PDX Mixer/Speed networking

Join us: Girls In Tech PDX Mixer/Speed networking @ Henry’s 12th Street Tavern- Pearl district

If you had three minutes to get to know another business professional, what would you say?  Join Girls In Tech as they put a new spin on traditional business networking with “Speed Networking”.

Speed networking is a unique and fun way to network without dealing with the awkward conversation starters and exit strategies at typical networking events.  It allows you to meet more people throughout the evening and helps you to get straight to the heart of the conversation.  If three minutes isn’t enough for you, be sure to send a follow-up note after the event and keep the conversation going!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 2010 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Henry’s 12th Street Tavern- Pearl district

10 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Sound like fun?  Join Girls In Tech Portland on Tuesday, March 23rd for speed networking /Mixer with some of your fellow PDX’ers at the Henry Tavern. Please RSVP for this FREE event. Be sure to bring lots of business cards!

(This event is open to the public and men are welcome- so bring your friends and colleagues)

Free Door Prizes sponsored by 24Notion . American Express Gift Card and more

For more info about Girls in Tech Portland, go to or drop me an email

See you there!

GIT PDX team

A day at Internet Strategy Forum 2009 Summit

ISF_Summit_2009_badge_150On July 23rd, 2009 I attended the Internet Strategy Forum Summit at the Governor Hotel here in Portland, Oregon. ISF is a global non-profit professional association headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The organization is dedicated to professional development, peer networking, information exchange, research and thought leadership among senior Internet decision-makers at client-side organizations across multiple industries around the world. This year’s full day summit included keynote speakers from Forrester Research, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Xerox, Intel, Welchman Pierpoint, Portland Trail Blazers and others.

Girls in Tech PDX was invited to be the association partner of ISF this year in Oregon. Thanks to ISF founder of Steve Gehlen and team who’ve done an amazing job bringing in thought-provoking speakers from all over the US.

Katherine Durham, VP of Marketing Imaging and Printing at Hewlett-Packard kicked off the morning engagement with her presentation in shifting the digital marketing mindset to harness the power of an integrated approach. She gave us a snapshot of a few recent campaigns from HP that included user generated content, viral and social media tactics. One interesting aspect she discussed was how to measure social media campaigns. No one has yet to answer this question precisely.

Jeremiah Owyang, senior analyst from Forrester Research spoke about the future of social media. What do we expect to see in 2015? How will the power of communities intersect with your brand and others? How will this technology change user behavior? He dove in deeper to the evolution of five eras of the social web and discussed how the future will change the way we engage with the community as a whole. Interestingly, he showed a screenshot of the movie, Minority Report, from way back in 2002. This shows us at least some of us were already anticipating the way we would receive information and how it would evolve to become real-data, real-time content driven by our preferences.

Johan Jervoe, VP of Digital Marketing at Intel talked to us about the idea of an integrated creative approach, and it really resonated with me. He took us into the process of concept through implementation and the importance of getting all of the key stakeholders involved at the beginning of the concept. Recently, they launched an interesting viral marketing initiative called “Ajay Bhatt is a Rock Star.”

Other speakers included Chris Dill, CIO from Portland Trail Blazers spoke about the integration of IT and Marketing and how they revolutionized the digital signage commodities for the Portland Trail Blazers. The panelist discussion led by Steve Gehlen talks about adventures in the Internet presence ecosystem and how to maximize ROI for enterprise services and tools. A few companies are involved in some of these heavy topics such as Covario, Webtrends, Fatwire and others.

The world is changing by the second. It’s interesting how we as a consumer are evolving as the future is near. But for now, I think the future turns on the question of who drives and control your brand presence?

It was a super day to spend at the Summit. Very insightful and good overall content. Looking forward to next year! Be sure to join our GIT Portland Facebook page for upcoming events, info and perks. You wouldn’t want to miss it!