Who’d done it before me? There was no one I could identify with - SoundCloud tells why they support GGM

Hi I’m Emily, and I’m a Backend Engineer at SoundCloud. SoundCloud were one of the sponsors of the recent GeekGirlMeetup Conference on Ubiquitous Technology. Team GeekGirlMeetup (Josie, Robyn and Magdalena) invited us to write a blog post, and so I volunteered to write a bit about why SoundCloud wanted to sponsor GGM.

 

Supporting female role models

This is Viv Albertine talking about how she felt in the 70s before becoming the guitarist in The Slits:

Every cell in my body was steeped in music. But it never occurred to me that I could be in a band, not in a million years - why would it? Who’d done it before me? There was no one I could identify with. No girls played electric guitar. Especially not ordinary girls like me.

-- Viv Albertine

And just like it didn’t occur to Viv that she could be in a band, why would it occur to women that they can be geeks if they can’t see any female geeks?

That’s where GGM comes in. GGM highlights female role models in the digital and tech industry. The conference was a place where women could go, even if they wouldn’t usually go to a tech conference, and where they can see tech talks from other women, and if they want to give it a go, be supported to stand up and give a talk themselves. It’s normalising the idea of being a female geek, and helping women to take their rightful part in our brave new techy world.

 

Supporting the tech community

GeekGirlMeetup is grass-roots organisation ran by efforts of volunteers, working in their spare-time. As such sponsorship money is vital.

 

We’re hiring

Um, yes, not all our motivations are altruistic! Check out our jobs page and learn more about our team and the opportunities at SoundCloud.

/Emily

 

GeekGirl Meetup presents Get Up for Startup Stories & Breakfast @ Shoreditch House

Hello all, It's about time for some early morning inspiration again ladies!

The GeekGirl Meetup breakfast is coming to Shoreditch House to inspire with startup stories. Three inspiring female founders will take the stage and share experience on how they got off the ground, the challenges they faced when scaling their business and what to think about when launching in other countries.

Members of Shoreditch house are invited to join so we have a limited amount of GeekGIrl tickets so sign up straight away to make sure you secure a place! 

It’s going to be an hour full of learnings and inspiration. Speakers will be announced shortly - watch this space!

 

Geek Girl Meetup is setting up in London!

GeekGirlMeetup - Save the Planet, help a non-geek catch up! GeekGirlMeetup is setting up in London! Join us at an un-conference in Shoreditch later this spring and take part in sessions, talks and workshops, where you not only learn from other people but also share your own knowledge and experience by giving a talk or hosting an event of some sort – what is up to you.

GeekGirlMeetup is an un-conference for and by women and girls interested in all things web, code and start-up. Our goal is to highlight female role models in the tech industry and create new networks for relationship-building, mentoring and sharing of ideas – and, of course, to have fun! We do this by creating a platform for all participants to share their knowledge and experience with other GeekGirls. The focus on exchange is important; we want everyone to take part.

GeekGirlMeetup was founded in Sweden in 2008 by Heidi Harman and Andie Nordgren. Networks already exist in four Swedish cities as well as in Denmark and Mexico. We hope that you are as excited about knowledge exchange as we are!

For more information about global GeekGirl activities, please visit GeekGirlMeetup.com.