For All the Lady Geeks

“An event.” That’s what I kept repeating to myself. I’d be at an event.

The truth: It was an unconference, a word so silly to me that I was embarrassed to even say it. I mean, it’s really just a conference, right? A conference without any speakers, preparation, or agenda. An unorganized conference. An unproductive conference. An unconference.

To say that I was pleasantly surprised is the understatement of the month. The conversations at last weekend’s Twin Cities She’s Geeky unconference were some of the most productive and thoughtful I’ve had.

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Look at all those lady geeks!

For those unfamiliar with Open Space Technology and the¬†unconference, here’s a bit of general info:

  • “Open Space Technology” refers to a specific method of hosting meetings, events, and conferences.
  • An event begins without any formal agenda.
  • Participants pitch and post ideas to the agenda board.
  • The group splits into breakout sessions, participants getting to decide which conversations they’d like to join.

And She’s Geeky itself? Two days full of fascinating conversations. Here’s a tiny sampling of the topics:

  • Gendered toys: GoldieBlox meets the pink and blue aisles
  • Adulting, or help: I don’t know how to lady
  • Inspiring young girls to get involved in STEM fields
  • Changing careers
  • Negotiating salaries
  • Technology and activism
  • STEAM: Adding an “A” for art into traditional STEM conversations
  • Dealing with impostor syndrome
Day one agenda board

I had a great two days at She’s Geeky. Thanks so much to Software for Good and all of the other sponsors, along with Girls in Tech Minneapolis for hosting. I can’t wait for my next unconference, and I’m not the slightest bit embarrassed to admit it.