This weekend is the first East Coast She's Geeky, a gender-segregated tech conference -- or, as they like to call it, an "un-conference" taking place in "neutral, face-to-face gathering spaces for women," in this case the Microsoft offices at 1290 Avenue of the Americas. From the invite
, She's Geeky seems to be about networking and schmoozing, and from the promo video
it seems anyone with the right attitude and genitalia qualifies: attendees tell us repeatedly they're geeks but don't much justify it -- one says, "I have wi-fi in the kitchen," another likes science fiction, another believes in "being open to future technology" and so forth. You don't have to do anything -- "You just have to be a woman who identifies as a geek," says the website. If only our employer were so accommodating. Why isn't a strong interest
in journalism good enough?
Oh, but speaking of that: She's Geeky's inclusiveness, refreshingly, has an economic component, too. Aware of the "the fear and anxiety that many of our fellow geekettes are experiencing during this recession," unconference unofficials are offering a "She's Geeky Bailout." If you have been laid off, or are even "on the verge" of being laid off or think you may at some point get laid off, bring a similarly distressed friend and you both get into the event for half-price. (Offer good for the first 25 applicants.)
We think they should go whole-hog and let our butch ass in, because we have a girlish laugh.