On GeekFeminism: Finding more women to speak at Ohio LinuxFest

Here’s a post outlining a clear process for getting more female speakers at a tech conference.

Given Terri’s recent post about the same few women always being speakers, I thought this would be a good place to write about how one conference I help out with, Ohio LinuxFest, has tried to expand their array of women speakers. For those interested in pretty graphs, I’ve been graphing women speaker proportions at various LinuxFests on the GeekFeminism Wiki. This post was co-authored with Moose J. Finklestein, the Content Chair.

Some conference organisers will say “we didn’t get any submissions from women” to explain the lack of women on their stages. As of two years ago, the Ohio LinuxFest was in that category. With a little outreach effort, and embracing diversity as a core value, the Ohio LinuxFest has successfully recruited more women to share their experience at OLF.

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Resource: WikiCFP – A Wiki for Calls for Papers

WikiCFP is a Semantic Wiki for Calls For Papers in various science and technology fields. There are more than 10,000 CFPs posted and tracked by about 15,000 registered users. Up to date, about 100,000 researchers use WikiCFP each month.

Categories include:

communications 527
artificial intelligence 555
image processing 200
data mining 316

I’ve never heard of 99% of these conferences, however, the list is extensive and international.

Let us know if you are speaking at any of the conferences listed or are going to submit something to speak.