A Girls in Tech chapter is starting in South Florida and no, it's not the title of a cheesy Bang Brothers porn flick. In the male-dominated field of technology, women would much rather have their brains picked than their asses pinched.
Girls in Tech, founded in San Francisco in 2007, is a social network for brainy babes involved in the technology sector.
According to the website, Girls in Tech "was born out of a need to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology."
An organization like Girls in Tech couldn't arrive sooner in South
Florida, where the ratio of male-to-female techies is clearly
unbalanced -- just go to any geek meeting and you'll always see more
men than women.
Tammy Camp (@tammycamp), a serial entrepreneur based in Delray announced the still fledgling local chapter at BarCamp Miami in February. Fresh from a trip out west, Camp was inspired after meeting members of Girls in Tech in California.
currently online community and social media managers for the Knight
Foundation and AutoNation respectively, were already plotting some kind
of collective effort to inspire young women in technology careers
before they met Camp; the project, which would benefit high school
students, is still in its planning stages.
Girls in Tech could take its cue from another woman-friendly organization for professionals in related fields here. The Association of Women in Communications, South Florida Chapter, routinely offers free or low-cost seminars, lectures and networkers, all with successful attendance.
Stay tuned here in Silicon Beach for more news about Girls in Tech and entrepreneurial projects by Miami's geek women.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.