[UbuntuWomen] Southeast Linuxfest: *Good* news at a conference!

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Thu Jun 18 22:12:26 UTC 2009

For some reason there have been several instances this year of tech
conferences which had incidents with presenters showing inappropriate
material that made folks uncomfortable. I'm happy to say that the
Southeast Linuxfest (southeastlinuxfest.org) in Clemson, South
Carolina, USA this past Saturday was not one of them. Quite the

Mackenzie Morgan writes:

"Now one thing that impresses me is the sheer number of women here.
Like I said in the last paragraph, there are about 400 people here.
OLF had 1200. There have to be 3x the number of women here as were at
OLF. I asked how they managed this. I was told they didn't consciously
try to get female attendees, but they think the fact that they asked a
lot of women to speak early on resulted in those women (even the ones
who aren't speaking here) promoting it in their arenas."


Amber Graner also had very nice things to say about the event in her blog:


..and I haven't written my blog post about it yet because they took
the words right out of my mouth :) Amber hosted a BOF about getting
people (all people - men, women, kids!) involved with f/oss which was
fantastic, she's got a whole lot of really great ideas. PLUS she
hosted a session about LoCo teams, where we traded lots of great tips
about involvement.

In all, I'm happy to report that it was a fantastic Linux event and
very encouraging! :) I'm really hoping that this trend will continue.

Elizabeth Krumbach // Lyz // pleia2

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