Kirrily Robert's Keynote on Women in Open Source (OSCON)
Back from vacation, and so many things have happened while I was away...
One of these I would really want to highlight, even if it took place (already!) two weeks ago: at OSCON (Open Source Convention) on July 23, 2009, Kirrily Robert shared an incredible first keynote speech entitled "Standing out in the Crowd", in which she covers gender imbalance in open source.
She has written a blog post about her presentation, with concrete examples and suggestions to attract more women into open source. And all this coming from her own personal experience.
In fact, Kirrily Robert has been participating in open source projects since 1993 (as a Linux user, Perl developer, community leader and advocate...amongst many other things).
I found her article extraordinary, as it is filled with ideas and great tips on how to encourage women in joining different FLOSS communities and projects. Here are some of the main suggestions she lists: Recruit Diversity, Transparency, Don't Stare, Value all Contributions, Pay Attention (...)
To put things briefly: great keynote and blog post, as we definitely need more women in open source and Mozilla!
The video of her conference is online, and you can watch it here: http://blip.tv/file/2400597
Kirrily Robert's blog post: http://infotrope.net/blog/2009/07/25/standing-out-in-the-crowd-my-oscon-keynote/
(And thank you to all the colleagues & friends who kindly pointed this out to me!)