Category: Women

Pitch: Roar for Good

During my time at SXSW, I spent a lot of time at the SXSW Trade Show to discover what was new in technology and to try out the devices the exhibit had to offer. After visiting a few booths, I was able to sit through the “Pitch” panels there at the Trade Show and ended...

Elephant in the Valley

We all know the geek stereotype. Guys in their 20s. Super smart. White. We can point to a hundred movie roles that play with this trope. It’s ingrained in our cultural consciousness. Perhaps the reason we’ve accepted the stereotype so readily is the very real foothold it has found in reality. Our vision of the...

SXSWistful

I’m sitting in a darkened theater watching a comedy show. The room seats 90 people. It’s a late show, and I only stayed out because there’s a writer from The Daily Show performing. Then the host comes out and says, “We have a very special guest with us tonight…Mr. Judd Apatow.” That’s right, the director...

Inspiration and Diversity at SXSW

In the months before SXSW, I prepared. I prepared to be overwhelmed with my choices. With hundreds of panels to choose from and more than 30,000 attendees alongside me making the same choices, I prepared to be jostled, shut-out and waylaid. I knew I might have to change my plans at a moment’s notice. I prepared...

Why Tech Needs More Women

Elizabeth Ames, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances for the Anita Borg Institute began her Tuesday SXSW Interactive panel by presenting a date to the audience. May 28, 2014. Though most people may not recognize the date, she cites it as an important turning point in the struggle of women in STEM fields.  On that day...