Guest Post: Emily

Today we have a guest post by Emily, a long-time member of Women Who Hack. Emily has graciously allowed us to repost her original entry from her awesome website:

I took advantage of last Sunday afternoon to squeeze in my monthly quota of socializing at Women Who Hack. It’s laid back and comfortable enough that it’s probably the one event each month I actually make sure not to miss, and I’ve gotten to a place where I can often bookend the time there with friends if I try.

I’ve been thinking about why this particular tech get-together appeals to me. It’s hard to say. I like the informality, I think. There isn’t even the whole “hackathon” pretense going on. You show up with a computer, and you’re golden. I don’t think I’ve ever written a line of code at any of these things. I’d get too distracted, anyway.

What’s the value-add, then? Probably the people I’ve met. I’m pretty lousy at meeting new people, and the framework of this kind of thing gives just enough meaning to the interaction to make it work. There isn’t just the tech grab-bag of people one usually sees, but women who dig tech in some form or another, so there’s a consistent set of narratives we can share and issues we address. It’s sort of wild, the number of conversations I’ve been able to take part in or people I can chat with when I see them out in the world doing their thing.

Are you around in Portland? Come hang out with us sometime. The rest of you, why not start up something like this? Make sure to leave room for talking and get everyone to introduce themselves! And free snacks never hurt.

11/10 Meeting Recap!

Thanks again to Simple for hosting our awesome hack yesterday! We had ten attendees, working on a huge variety of things!

All three of Portland’s code schools were represented by current students, and (as one of them!) it was fun to get to compare notes on the pros and cons of each. In case you’re not familiar, the three schools are Portland Code School, Epicodus, and PDX Code Guild. Epicodus has offered Women Who Hack attendees a 5% discount–a prospective student working on her HTML and CSS skills on Codecademy was happy to hear that!

Our data lovers were working on some fun side projects. One is making a visualization using D3 of the space between different recipes based on whether or not they have overlapping ingredients, and the other is making “a markov-chain bot that will generate new Bright Eyes lyrics” based on the frequency of words appearing together. Cool, huh? (Don’t worry, it’s quite over my head as well at this point!)

On the more practical side, several people were working on brushing up their web presence to be more attractive to employers, as well as some housekeeping things like documentation and online course homework.

Besides all the coding, though, we enjoyed animals in dinosaur costumes (link name NSFW), this pug, awesome pumpkin muffins baked by one of our own, and Sizzle Pie pizza, also courtesy of Simple.

All in all, we worked on awesome projects, helped each other find work and school options, and had lots of fun! Hope to see you next time!

November Meeting: VENUE CHANGE

Hey there, Women Who Hack!

This month we have a few changes to our regularly scheduled program! Our meeting will be at the lovely offices of Simple at 720 NW Davis, and will start at 1 PM. As usual, Calagator has our complete meeting details.

Please remember, we are open to people of any and every skill level for all types of hacking. We don’t define “hacking,” we leave that to you! Go ahead and fight that impostor syndrome (youtube), and come hang out with some awesome people!

Come One, Come All!

It’s just about that time again, women hackers! Our next meeting will be October 20th at the Mozilla office at 1120 NW Couch St., Suite 320, Portland, Oregon 97209 from noon until five.

You can find the extended details on calagator for our next meeting. It should be an exciting meeting, with several members of Portland Code School‘s* newest classes (in both JavaScript and Ruby), as well as several Code Scouts* to add to our regular bunch!

Recently, I’ve heard concerns from some women about not being technical enough, or being subjected to some sort of interview for admission to the meetings. I wanted to reassure anyone considering coming that there is no minimum level of proficiency in any kind of skill. We have everyone from senior developers to statisticians to freelancers to people who’ve never touched a line of code in their lives, and that’s how we like it!

Also, there is no pressure to write code while you attend our meetups! Women Who Hack wants to encourage all types of hacking–lifehacking, crafting, hardware hacking, or whatever else you’re working on. We simply want to provide a space for women to get together and do something they are passionate about together, so come join us!

 

*Full disclosure: I am both a Portland Code School Ruby student, and a Code Scout, so opinions about these organizations are my own.

Two meetings in one month!

Hey everyone!

We’re really getting back into the groove of things here at Women Who Hack! We met earlier this month on September 1, and we’re meeting again this Sunday, September 29. Come check out Mozilla’s awesome new Portland office (including the fanciest refrigerator you’re likely to ever see) while hacking with other great Portland-are women. For all the details, check out our event on Calagator.

We’re alive! And we’re having a meeting June 30, noon-5pm @ Lucky Lab North

Where & When

Note: Lucky Lab is a pub, but minors are allowed until 10pm.

Agenda

1. Arrivals
2. Introductions
3. Announcements
4. Hacking!

We follow a very informal timeline at Women Who Hack. Feel free to drop in any time you are able. Food and drink are available for purchase from the main bar any time.

Attendance Notes

Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

We’re kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

Please, no fragrances (perfumes, scented lotions, etc.), to make our meetings welcoming to those with chemical sensitivities.

See you in a couple of weeks!

Women Who Hack #7: Sunday, 12/16 at Engine Yard

Our next meeting is just around the corner. Thank you Engine Yard for hosting!

Ring for entrance. Engine Yard’s door is on SW Yamhill, above the Zipcar office.

THANK YOU Engine Yard for sponsoring our group this month with space and pizza! Engine Yard is hiring – check out their open positions.

Attending

This will be a casual get together for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome.

Don’t have anything to work on? Come, and we’ll help you find a project!

What you should bring:

  • Your laptop or other equipment
  • Your lovely self!

We’ll provide:

  • the space, including lots of seating and tables
  • internet
  • some snacks, including gluten-free and vegan options.

Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

We’re kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

See you this Sunday!

Next Women Who Hack: 9/30 at Metal Toad

Join us Sept. 30th from 12-5pm for the next installment of Women Who Hack! This time we’ll be meeting at Metal Toad (920 SW 3rd, Portland, OR 97204, 2nd floor). Please note: Front door is locked on the weekend. Call or text 503-493-1339 and someone will be down to let you in.

This will be a casual get together for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome.

Don’t have anything to work on? Come, and we’ll help you find a project!

What you should bring:

  • Your laptop or other equipment
  • Your lovely self!

We’ll provide:

  • the space, including lots of seating and tables
  • internet
  • some snacks, including gluten-free and vegan options.

Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

We’re kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

See you on the 30th!

Women Who Hack #5: Sunday, June 17, 12-5pm

We’re getting together this Sunday, woohoo! Details below.

Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Time: 12pm-5pm
Location: Analog Analytics, 2505 SE 11th Ave. #354, Portland OR 97202

http://calagator.org/events/1250462456

Also, we’ll have PIZZA! Thank you Analog Analytics for sponsoring the space and food.

Don’t have anything to work on? Come, and we’ll help you find a project!

What you should bring:
- your laptop or other equipment
- your lovely self!

We’ll provide:
- the space, including lots of seating and tables
- internet
- PIZZA, including gluten-free and vegan options

Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

We’re kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

Women Who Hack #4 – Sunday April 15th, 12-5pm

Our fourth Women Who Hack meeting is in less than two weeks:

Sunday, April 15, 2012
12pm-5pm
Collective Agency
Calagator link: http://calagator.org/events/1250462226
This will be a casual get together for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome.

Don’t have anything to work on? Come, and we’ll help you find a project!

What you should bring:
- your laptop or other equipment
- your lovely self!

We’ll provide:
- the space, including lots of seating and tables
- internet
- some snacks, including gluten-free and vegan options

Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

We’re kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.