Weekly tweet digest for 2011-01-30

twittering on 2011-01-30

She’s Geeky report Day 2!

Photo courtesy of Sarah Mei

I’m sitting in the closing session for day 2 of She’s geeky – tired, but feeling inspired.

The main sessions I participated in were connecting women’s communities, OSCON proposal creation and a session on recruiting. I spent a lot of time talking one on one with a couple community managers, and touched on a ton of issues involving leadership, vision and the future of women in open source.

One idea that resonated with lots of people was the idea of going deeply into identifying the common values of the women who start and lead change efforts in open source. And using that foundation to launch future work.

A few action items came out of it involving creating a set of calendars, using posterous for some more communities, and creating a crunchbase-like database of women in the tech community.

I got a chance to talk to a couple women who are Linux kernel and embedded systems hackers. They’re submitting talks to OSCON thanks to Sarah Novotny’s session on creating talk proposals. So awesome!

Now we’re about to go have dinner, and looking forward to a fun evening after a full day.

She’s geeky: day 1 report

Image courtesy of Sarah Novotny

I got in about 1pm to She’s Geeky, an unconference about women who self-identify as geeks.

I’m here on a mission: to find developers who want to move to Portland! Emma, Urban Airship, Puppet Labs, About Us and BankSimple are all hiring (and BankSimple is even interested in remote hires).

My favorite conference session yesterday was about leadership and management, the difference between the two, and how to work with managers. We had an amazing discussion, with @noisegirl, Allison Randal, and Ursula Kallio leading a lot of the discussion. Topics ranged from how to carve out time for individual contribution when you take on a management role, to dealing with insane micromanagement to exploring the limits of change in an organization.

Another discussion I participated in was “Startup. Now what?” We talked about the issues each woman faced in starting her own business, and I asked a lot of questions. :)

I also attended a talk about the commerce department’s Privacy Green Paper. I hadn’t heard of it before, but the response being formulated is here: http://wiki.idcommons.net/Privacy_Green_Paper_Response

The main gist of the discussion was about encouraging congress to think carefully about the legislation and the business environment created (or stifled) by new data regulations. The contention is that activity data stored in “personal data stores” (PDS) is inherently of value — we already know this because our data is bought and sold without our consent or knowledge currently. So, why not create a system where businesses can do this, but with the consent and knowledge of consumers? I’d probably say “citizens” there instead of consumers, but you know. Whatever. :)

I’m not sure I fully understand the issues yet. I tried at one point to draw a link between PDS and “owning your own logs.“, but that didn’t seem to resonate. Kaliya said something about respecting definitions, so I think that I still don’t quite understand what defines a PDS.

Or, put another way, I am having a hard time understanding the distinction, because the freedom issues seem to be very much the same.

I tweeted a bit about my thoughts on APIs related to PDS, and here’s one conversation that tumbled out of it:

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Anyway, much to think about from the first day, and I’m excited to see what discussions unfold today!

twittering on 2011-01-29

  • Finally settled in SFO. Gonna make my way over to @shesgeeky now while hungry. /cc @lizhenry @sarahnovotny #
  • talking about personal data stores, and regulation. i think we need to regulate the UX though – can we make laws about API? #shesgeeky #
  • folks don't consider ISP data retention related to identity/PDS. owning your own logs is an extreme position still :/ #shesgeeky #
  • listening to the round table at the end of day one of #shesgeeky there's going to be a data scaling talk tomorrow! yay! #
  • Had a cool conversation about startups and getting your act together for business. #shesgeeky #
  • best session today was about the difference between leadership and mgmt, and how to adapt to different mgmt styles thx @noisegirl #shesgeeky #
  • Sad i missed the chicken tending and beekeeping sessions. and the agile session. #shesgeeky #
  • bringing up the difference between sponsorship and mentorship http://bit.ly/aLjKmb #shesgeeky #
  • RT @theory: Anna's take on Emma. http://t.co/cb1fnff /cc @selenamarie /cc @emmaemail #
  • Since 2009, went from 2% women in SF ruby user group to 20% through coding workshops #owl #shesgeeky #

twittering on 2011-01-29

  • Finally settled in SFO. Gonna make my way over to @shesgeeky now while hungry. /cc @lizhenry @sarahnovotny #
  • talking about personal data stores, and regulation. i think we need to regulate the UX though – can we make laws about API? #shesgeeky #
  • folks don't consider ISP data retention related to identity/PDS. owning your own logs is an extreme position still :/ #shesgeeky #
  • listening to the round table at the end of day one of #shesgeeky there's going to be a data scaling talk tomorrow! yay! #
  • Had a cool conversation about startups and getting your act together for business. #shesgeeky #
  • best session today was about the difference between leadership and mgmt, and how to adapt to different mgmt styles thx @noisegirl #shesgeeky #
  • Sad i missed the chicken tending and beekeeping sessions. and the agile session. #shesgeeky #
  • bringing up the difference between sponsorship and mentorship http://bit.ly/aLjKmb #shesgeeky #
  • RT @theory: Anna's take on Emma. http://t.co/cb1fnff /cc @selenamarie /cc @emmaemail #
  • Since 2009, went from 2% women in SF ruby user group to 20% through coding workshops #owl #shesgeeky #

twittering on 2011-01-29

  • Finally settled in SFO. Gonna make my way over to @shesgeeky now while hungry. /cc @lizhenry @sarahnovotny #
  • talking about personal data stores, and regulation. i think we need to regulate the UX though – can we make laws about API? #shesgeeky #
  • folks don't consider ISP data retention related to identity/PDS. owning your own logs is an extreme position still :/ #shesgeeky #
  • listening to the round table at the end of day one of #shesgeeky there's going to be a data scaling talk tomorrow! yay! #
  • Had a cool conversation about startups and getting your act together for business. #shesgeeky #
  • best session today was about the difference between leadership and mgmt, and how to adapt to different mgmt styles thx @noisegirl #shesgeeky #
  • Sad i missed the chicken tending and beekeeping sessions. and the agile session. #shesgeeky #
  • bringing up the difference between sponsorship and mentorship http://bit.ly/aLjKmb #shesgeeky #
  • RT @theory: Anna's take on Emma. http://t.co/cb1fnff /cc @selenamarie /cc @emmaemail #
  • Since 2009, went from 2% women in SF ruby user group to 20% through coding workshops #owl #shesgeeky #