Harassment of women. Abuse of power and privilege. If 2017 will be remembered for any one topic, it will involve one or all of these words. Today on the program, we go to a very special place, to learn about an initiative that focuses on women and technology- and fun …. with help from one of the best humans on planet earth.. Fiona Krakenburger… so come along on a little Berlin journey and learn about Heart of Code!
(Episode 41) On the last Sunday of October 2016 a group of curious and inspired people got together at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin for Ladies That FOSS; an open source hack event aimed primarily at women who want to join a free and open source software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start. Source Code Berlin was there to listen and observe, a unique experience that we’re excited to share with you in podcast form. So sit back, press play, and listen to participants talking about what they’re passionate about in the world of software and programming as well as their experience and wishes when it comes to the gender gap in the tech industry.
Whether you’ve followed the conversations and developments in the open source community for 6 months or 6 years, you know that gender is a frequently disputed topic within these communities. Questions about representation, inclusion, participation and a long list of concerns have been researched, debated, and addressed (or not addressed) in different ways for well over a decade. But the idea of open discussion is not always been a welcome one. While some feel there is an awakening going on, others feel they are under attack. Thankfully regardless of how anyone feels, some passionate groups of people are taking action in new and constructive ways.
Today on the podcast we begin with Laura Laugwitz of Rails Girls Berlin to discuss a project for educating and encouraging women in the programming world. And in the second half of the program we will sit down with Kathleen Danielson, a veteran of the Open Street Map community now relocated to Berlin.
The big question; where are we when it comes to gender and the open source community; What is being done, what should be done, and why isn’t everything ok in 2014?