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Copy of Damascus Girl Geeks: From Segregation to Global Identity

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Nada Albunni

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Damascus Girl Geeks
From Segregation to Global Identity Where is Damascus? VoTek for Speech Recognition Solutions Young entrepreneur Sawsan Said American businesswoman. the chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg Sana Hawasly Sophomore,School of Electronics University of Damascus Open Hardware project Limor Fried owner of Adafruit Industries.
influential in the open-source hardware community aka ladyada American electrical engineer Pre Digital Culture The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events and being asked to justify why she was there by her male counterparts.
She decided that she wanted this to change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside. After all to be geeky is to be intelligent, have passion for a subject and to know that subject in depth. It’s not at all about being better than others, or about gender, race, religion or anything else. Those things just detract from the real fun stuff, the technology, the innovation and the spread of new ideas. The Vision
The long term vision of these events is to bring Geek (or if necessary Girl Geek) Dinners into schools, colleges and universities around the world to encourage people to embrace their passion for something like technology and to explore what they can do with it. Even better will be doing this in countries where computers are scarce but valuable. Imagine groups of children around a laptop learning about the technology, getting all excited by it no matter what country they are in. How we were perceived in Our Society men are allowed to come, however they must have an invitation from a female attending the event!) into an informal and relaxed environment where they feel comfortable talking and interacting.
We limit the number of male attendees by putting the balance of men to women in the hands of the attendees. This means that there can be a 50:50 split or anything up to that on the male side.
Generally the more men in attendance, the more the dynamics of the event change. It is a learning experience for both the men and the women as men in tech aren’t used to interacting with women in tech on a technical level. Technical women are also not used to being technical with other women either… it’s a learning curve on all sides. How We found our global Identity Nada ALBUNNI
Univeristy of Southampton Fablogia
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