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.
But Camp isn't the only South Florida woman interested in bolstering women with technology careers. Lori Todd (@loritodd) and Mallory Colliflower (@malcolli),
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.