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Women in Tech: Event in NYC Apr 22, 11:30-3:30

If you’re in the NY area on April 22nd, please consider attending this event co-sponsored by FemTechNet and the Intel Center for Social Computing featuring discussions among key feminist-inspired leaders who are shaping contemporary technological industries.

Please distribute this announcement to your colleagues who might be interested in the discussion and learning more about FemTechNet!!!

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014
11:30 - 3:30 pm

The New School
Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Ave, NY


Women in Tech:
An Intel Center for Social Computing and FemTechNet Collaboration

This one day event brings together FemTechNet collaborators and affiliates of the Intel Center for Social Computing to discuss women’s experiences working in high tech. Two panels will be filmed in front of a live audience of students, researchers, activists and makers - anyone interested in the reality of work life in the technology field.

Panel 1– Women in the Tech Industry
Improving women’s representation in the tech sector is an ongoing challenge, but what is it actually like to work in the industry? How do female engineers deal with the daily reality of male-dominated workplaces? What is the history of feminist engagement in the tech industry? Is feminism relevant and how can it be enacted?

Anne Balsamo, Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School; Genevieve Bell, Director of User Experience Research at Intel Labs; Nina Wakeford, Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Elizabeth Churchill, Director of Human Computer Interaction at eBay Research Labs, will discuss their experiences and influences working in a corporate research setting. This panel will be chaired by Melissa Gregg, Principal Engineer in User Experience Research at Intel Labs; Principal Investigator of the ISTC for Social Computing.

Panel 2– Women in Maker/Hacker Culture
DIY making, hacking and software communities often claim to be open to anyone, in spite of a raft of empirical and anecdotal evidence regarding their gendered dynamics. This panel asks how women's participation in new sites for tech labor continue or diverge from those of established workplaces, drawing on the experience and expertise of women who participate in DIY communities as writers, makers, designers, and researchers.  

Lilly Nguyen, ISTC for Social Computing Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Irvine; Christina Dunbar-Hester, assistant professor of Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University; and Kat Jungickel, Sociologist at Goldsmiths, University of London will discuss their experiences in maker/hacker culture. This panel will be chaired by Seda Gurses, ISTC for Social Computing Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU.


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