This weekend, April 28-30, people coming to Penguicon in Southfield, Michigan can catch a number of sessions of interest to Geek Feminism readers.
Coraline Ada Ehmke is one of the Guests of Honor (her Penguicon schedule). Ehmke “is a speaker, writer, open source advocate and technologist with over 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. She works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry.” She and others are participating in a Women in Tech panel and Q&A on Saturday.
Sumana Harihareswara is another of Penguicon’s Guests of Honor (schedule). That’s me! On Saturday I’ll be conversing with Ehmke about what it could be like if free and open source software were more like fandom, a conversation which will likely include and expand upon some questions I raised here at GF a few years ago.
If you enjoyed the “Sorcerer to the Crown” book club Geek Feminism ran in 2015, you might be interested in a Saturday session I’m leading on themes in Zen Cho’s work.
Penguicon has several other Guests of Honor and there’s a wideranging schedule that includes a bunch of other sessions that could be particularly relevant to geeky feminists, and I’ll mention some here:
- Gender Non-Conformist Round Table
- Crochet 101
- Things I Wish I’d Known About Open Source in 1998 (me)
- Moving Open Source Beyond the Developer-Centric Solutions Model
- LGBTQ Identities
- Opening Eyes With Blindness on YouTube
- Beyond the Binary
- Impostor Syndrome: What it is and How to Handle it
- Romance in Sci-fi/Sci-fi in Romance (me)
- Queer Representation in Our Work
- Queering Your Fiction: Writing LGBTQ+ Characters Into Your Stories
- Queer: Identity, Sexuality & Beyond
- HIDDEN FIGURES: Going Further (me)
- How to Approach People Whose Orientation and/or Gender You Don’t Know
- Intro to Cosplay Sewing
- Knitting 101
Perhaps I’ll see you at the con! Feel free to comment if you’re going to be there and mention any parties or sessions you’re particularly looking forward to.