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GF classifieds (October to December 2012)

This is another round of Geek feminism classifieds. If you’re looking to hire women, find some people to participate in your study, find female speakers, or just want some like-minded folk to join your open source project, this is the thread for you!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Geeky subjects only. We take a wide view of geekdom, but if your thing isn’t related to an obviously geeky topic, you’ll probably want to give a bit of background on why the readers of Geek Feminism would be interested.
  2. Explain what your project/event/thing is, or link to a webpage that provides clear, informative information about it. Ideally you’ll also explain why geek women might find it particularly awesome.
  3. Explain what you’re looking for. Even if it’s not a job ad, think of it like one: what is the activity/role in question, and what would it involve? What is the profile of people you’re looking for?
  4. GF has international readership, so please be sure to indicate the location if you’re advertising a job position, conference, or other thing where the location matters. Remember that city acronyms aren’t always known world-wide and lots of cities share names, so be as clear as possible! (That is, don’t say “SF[O]” or “NYC” or “Melb”, say “San Francisco, USA”, “New York City, USA” or “Melbourne, Australia”.) And if you can provide travel/relocation assistance, we’d love to know about it.
  5. Keep it legal. Most jurisdictions do not allow you to (eg.) advertise jobs for only people of a given gender. So don’t do that. If you are advertising for something that falls into this category, think of this as an opportunity to boost the signal to women who might be interested.
  6. If you’re asking for participants in a study, please note Mary’s helpful guide to soliciting research participation on the ‘net, especially the “bare minimum” section.
  7. Provide a way for people to contact you, such as your email address or a link to apply in the case of job advertisements. (The email addresses entered in the comment form here are not public, so readers won’t see them.)
  8. Keep an eye on comments here, in case people ask for clarification or more details. (You can subscribe to comments via email or RSS.)

If you’d like some more background/tips on how to reach out to women for your project/event/whatever, take a look at Recruiting women on the Geek Feminism Wiki.)

Good luck!

8 thoughts on “GF classifieds (October to December 2012)

  1. Skud

    I’ve recently started a new open source/open data project called Growstuff, and we’re looking for developers. We’re building a website for food gardeners to track and share their crops (think “Ravelry for vegie gardens”) and at present we’re in the early stages of deciding what it will do and starting to build it.

    A few things that are different about the project (as compared to most open source projects):

    * We use agile practices (specifically, extreme programming) that prioritise collaboration and sustainability.
    * We do pair programming, which means you’ll get to work directly with others on the team, either in person or remotely (geography dependent).
    * If you’re new to coding, or rusty after a break, or haven’t used our frameworks/tools before, we’re happy to mentor/cross-train and bring you up to speed.
    * Here’s our community guidelines including our code of conduct.

    We’re developing in Ruby on Rails but you don’t need to be experienced in it to join. In fact we have approximately equal need for:

    * experienced Rails developers
    * people willing to learn Rails and work on easy tasks
    * graphic design, UI, and UX people
    * communicators
    * project management types
    * sysadmins and devops people
    * gardeners who have opinions on what they want from a food gardening site

    If you are any of these and would like to join us, probably the best is to jump on our mailing list and introduce yourself. You can also find more information and get a feel for the project overall on our wiki.

    Questions etc — feel free to email me at

  2. Tim Chevalier

    Mozilla Research is looking for Ph.D students (potentially MS students with a strong background) for summer 2013 internships; other time periods are possible with discussion. Possible projects are available, but bringing your own research ideas to the group is also an option.

    These internships would be great for grad students with a background in programming languages, systems, parallelism/concurrency, graphics, or, of course, Web browser development. Not everyone is aware that Mozilla has a thriving research group, but we do, with projects that include building a new type-safe systems programming language, a parallel Web browser, and applying programming language technology to the body of JavaScript code available on the Web, As an engineer at Mozilla Research, I would really like to see more diversity among our research interns.

    Internships are usually located in Mountain View, California, USA, in the San Francisco Bay Area; salaries are very competitive and housing is also provided in addition to that.

    It’s not too early to apply, and I encourage anyone interested to follow the application process at the above link, as well as contacting me at so I can make sure your application gets seen. Internships for undergrads are also available in other parts of Mozilla. I encourage interested people to apply, but don’t have much influence over those.

    1. Lindsey Kuper

      I was an intern at Mozilla Research during summers 2011 and 2012, on the same team as Tim both times, and I’d like to enthusiastically second Tim’s encouragement to apply. I’d also be happy to talk with anyone from GF-land who has questions about what the intern experience is like; email me at the address on my above-linked web page.

  3. Mary Post author

    I am not associated with this event (although I have appeared at it in some previous years), but the Open Source Developers Conference in Australia is inviting people to pitch to be one of their keynote speakers, rather than relying on invites as most conferences do.

    The conference is in Sydney Australia on the 4th and 5th of December, and keynote suggestions/auditions are due in just a few days, October 12.

    Everything I know is at

  4. Joel Birchler

    I work for a software company called DECK Monitoring that monitors renewable energy systems (mostly solar). We are looking for a senior web application developer.

    Here are a few of our latest projects:

    * Conducted load testing and improved data processing speeds
    * Prototyped an alert that detects changes in system performance
    * Created a client-side SDK built on Backbone.js, Bootstrap, and Require.js
    * Open-sourced our canvas-based graphing library (

    We are looking for a talented software engineer to join our team.

    * Experience developing large, highly-available web applications.
    * An excellent command of a high-level language such as Ruby or Python. We use Ruby extensively.
    * The drive to craft beautiful code.

    Some tools in our stack:

    * Ruby, Rails, RSpec, Sinatra, Git, Redis, Resque, JavaScript, HTML5/CSS

    About DECK Monitoring LLC
    We hire the best developers that we can find and treat them well.

    * Strong collaborative environment
    * Simple agile process, so you can focus on code not meetings
    * Competitive salary and benefit package (medical, dental, retirement)
    * Conferences, books and other perks
    * Choice of Linux or Mac, editor, etc
    * Offices downtown Eugene and Portland, OR, USA (or work remote!)

    How to Apply
    Send a paragraph about yourself with relevant links to recent code and a plain-text or pdf resume.

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