MinneWebCon nails the elusive gender ratio

MinneWebConAs if Minnesota’s tech community couldn’t get enough over the weekend — between Minnebar and The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge at the same timeMinneWebCon delivered (once again) on Monday.

Now on year seven and sold out, 250 participated in “Grassroots knowledge sharing for people who create, work with and love the web,” held at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center.

AmandaCostelloIn addition to culling a solid volume of techies together for a full day, the gender diversity was unparalleled for an event not branded or positioned specifically for women. According to organizers, 43% of attendees and 60% of the speakers were female, including both keynotes: Maggie Koerth-Baker – “Spock-Like Things In a Kirk-Like World” & Lisa Welchman – “25 Years of the Web and 25 Years of the Web Team.”

“It’s not by accident that we have so many women involved,” says Amanda Costello (left), MinneWebCon Director.  “It’s something that our committee is proud of.”

“Other organizations looking to increase gender diversity may consider having women involved in their planning and welcoming of first-time speakers.”


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