lecture: I come in peace
And I hope everyone will join me
Tech is for everyone. Unfortunately hackerspaces, conferences and the tech industry are still dominated by men. This needs to change: not through war, but through collaboration, acceptance and tolerance. This is a plea, not a declaration of war: let's work together. I promise, it'll be fun.
"Imagine: you are the only woman who has been able to explain to me how Pond works. That's quite amazing."
This is a compliment I got from a friend. This is supposed to be a compliment.
I don't want to hear such compliments ever again. This kind of compliment implies that it is not normal for women to understand tech.
I don't want tech to be a men's thing.
I don't want women to feel uncomfortable at tech events.
I don't want men to explain me things in a simplistic way, because they assume I wouldn't understand.
I don't want to be the only woman in the hackerspace.
I don't want to be an exception.
Don't get me wrong: I don't hate men. This is not a call for the creation of aggressive women's groups.This is not a declaration of war.
This is an invitation. An invitation to women to join the tech scene, a scene that is still strongly dominated by men. An invitation to men to accept that women can be involved in tech too.
An invitation to build something together: a tech scene that will finally be open for everyone.
I told you: I come in peace.
Start time: 16:45