Another She’s Geeky unconference has came and went, leaving behind it a memorable melding of gender and technology in the Twin Cities.
Held at the Science Museum of Minnesota this past Friday and Saturday, nearly 100 women turned-out over the course of two days for this annual unification of gender from across the STEM spectrum. Peer connections, advice, camaraderie and celebration ensued.
The She’s Geeky events originated out of San Francisco in 2007, as “a haven where women who self-identify as geeky could meet in person to support, educate, and share experiences with one another.” Today, the brand has expanded to major cities like New York and DC, in addition to our own Twin Cities.
This year marks the third gathering for the local chapter in as many years, which has essentially become the de-facto annual conference for Girls in Tech Minneapolis-St.Paul.
Locally led by technologist Liz Tupper, She’s Geeky Twin Cities lived up to it’s name through numerous attendee-driven sessions that ranged from “Gaming” and “Pay Rate Amnesty” to “Bossy bosses bossing the boss.”
“Binders of Women” even made it up on the wall, proving any topic to be fair game at a true unconference. The decentralized, humorous and hardcore geekery provides a good balancing act between another, more formal event series targeted at Minnesota’s female technologists called WLiT, or Women Leading in Technology.
For more background on She’s Geeky, Tupper, and her MSP Girls in Tech counterpart Jacquie Urick, check out our podcast from back in the day. Urick will be stepping down as Managing Director for the local chapter at the end of this year; Kate Agnew will be replacing her on an interim basis.