SXSW is an amazing technology/music/film conference in Austin that I have been watching for many years. This year I decided that it was time for a "Moms Who Tech" panel. Here is the write-up for the panel I proposed (Moms Who Tech):
"Women spent $90 billion on gadgets and influenced 61% of all consumer
electronics purchases in 2007 (Laptop Magazine, August 2008). Moms are
power users of technology and social networking, coding their own
websites, texting their babysitters, installing wireless routers,
blogging and using Facebook. This panel discussion examines the gadgets
and social media moms use to manage their careers,families and
In true community form, the SXSW team accept panel proposals to list on a site called the panel picker then let the community vote for the panels they want to see. I proposed a panel and asked some of my mom geek friends to join on, but we would appreciate YOUR VOTES:
You just need to create an ID and sign in to the panel picker site, search or enter the URL for the "Moms Who Tech" panel and vote away. I will write more about this topic in the next few weeks, but for now our panel is up for the vote!
Here are links for two relevant articles that support why this discussion is not only relevant but timely:
- New York Times article from yesterday "Woman to Woman, Online"
- Laptop Magazine’s August 2008 issue has an article called "Women Rule, Why designing for the fairer sex means better gadgers for all". The article itself is not available online yet – but the magazine is a great read so I suggest going out to buy it..
- Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff’s book called "Groundswell, winning in a world transformed by social technologies". This book is a "must buy" for anyone participating in the social or business side of technology!
- Just take a look at the amazing tech influential women and women that blog about diversity! And this is just the short list, there are more..
More on the topic to come….