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You may have noticed that women are the unicorns of the open source world. Statistics and studies have been compiled on our presence (and our absence) within the community. In this presentation Emma Hogbin will lead you through the current landscape for women in open source. On our journey we will examine the usefulness and pitfalls of what we have created to protect and encourage women—specific attention will be given to the tools, communities, and documents that have been developed over time.
Drawing on personal experience, Hogbin will present you with real solutions that have worked in her community. Explore absolutely new ways of thinking about the gender gap and learn how to take the next step towards really increasing the number of women in open source computing.
Emma Jane Hogbin is a Canadian Internet consultant, F/LOSS advocate and the conference chair of HICK Tech: The Rural and Modern Technology Conference. After spending ten years in Canada’s largest city working as a college professor and open source Web developer, Emma brought her urban Web 2.0 experiences back to the country. She has been learning about the real impact of community on technology ever since. Emma is a member of Ubuntu Women and contributes to the Ubuntu documentation project.