hursday 22nd November 2012

The Girls Hacking Club present a 'women in technology' panel.

The information technology revolution is transforming almost every
aspect of society, but girls and women are largely out of the loop.
Although women surf the Web in equal numbers to men and make a majority of
online purchases, few are involved in the design and creation of new
technology. It is mostly men whose perspectives and priorities inform
the development of computing innovations and who reap the lion's share
of the financial rewards. As only a small fraction of high school and
college computer science students are female, the field is likely to
remain a "male clubhouse," absent major changes.

(quoted from Jane Margolis is Senior Researcher at the Institute for
Democracy, Education, and Access at UCLA's Graduate School of Education
Information Studies. She is the coauthor of the award-winning Unlocking
the Clubhouse: Women and Computing (MIT Press).



The Girls Hacking Club present a ‘women in technology’ panel


Panel: Nela Brown (panel chair, G.Hack), Pollie Barden (G.Hack), Anna-Maria Spehar-Deleze (WISE@QMUL), Salzitsa Anastasova-Ivanova (WISE@QMUL), Paula Graham (Flossie), Carrie Ann Philbin (Geek Gurl Diaries) and Heidi Harman (Girl Geek Meetup)


Nela Brown is a sound artist/ technologist and researcher. She is currently doing her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London where she is also a Chair of G.Hack and WISE@QMUL. G.Hack is a collective of female researchers at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science focusing on sharing knowledge and developing interactive media projects through collaboration with other universities, art organizations and industry partners. In 2011 G.Hack received funding from QMUL which kick-started a series of public engagement activities.


Pollie Barden is a visual artist, game designer, web designer and technophile. She earned an M.S.P. from the Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University and is currently doing her PhD in Media Arts and Technology at Queen Mary, University of London where she is also a member of G.Hack and in charge of co-ordinating departmental qMedia Hack Days.


Anna-Maria Spehar-Deleze and Salzitsa Anastasova-Ivanova are postdoctoral researchers at the School of Engineering and Material Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London and members of the WISE@QMUL committee. WISE@QMUL (The Women in Science and Engineering Society) was set up in 2008 as an informal group for discussion and networking amongst QMUL students interested in the role of female participation in science. The society currently has 130 members spread across the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and welcomes men as well as women from undergraduate level to professors. In 2012 the society received substantial funding from QMUL, which enabled them to organize seminars, talks, workshops and socials in 2012 and will ensure sustainable growth in years to come.


Paula Graham is a director of Fossbox; a non-profit offering consultancy on collaborative working, peer support and peer training and co-founder of Flossie; a collective of women from digital and arts organisations sharing a common commitment to celebrating and enabling women’s contribution to FLOSS culture. The first Flossie conference was held in May 2012 at Queen Mary University of London and was followed by a 3 day ‘Career Taster’ in October 2012 at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park.


Carrie Ann Philbin is a KS3 ICT Subject Leader & Google Certified Teacher at Robert Clack School in Dagenham. She is a Creator of the Geek Gurl Diaries, a youtube video series designed to inspire more teenage girls to take up STEM and Computing subjects.   @geekgurldiaries


Heidi Harman is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and speaker and also co-founder of Geek Girl Meetup. She is currently working on her new startup in the mobile finance sector.  @heidiharman