“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
Is the term “geek girl” a misnomer? What do you mean? Girls and geeks can’t possibly go well together? But that said, how is it being a geeky girl and entering a predominantly male industry?
Inspired by Zane’s post on the SG Geek Girls meetup on 7th Jan and her candid observations on the day, I’ve decided to add my 2 cents to this as well.
What is a Geeky Girl? Before we even commence the Geek vs Nerd debate, let’s throw in another dimension, gender.
And honestly, beyond the novelty factor of “oooooh, you’re a girl!”, what most geeky girls would want to be assessed on is the quality of their work, and not their gender. We want to be held to the same standards as everyone else in the team, and we’re proud of our work and we will do our darndest to produce top-notch results.
So geeky, girl or not, we’re all looking for the same things. To love what we do, to learn new things, and to excel at what we love and do.
Enter SG Geek Girls, spearheaded by Joyce and Mingfei. It was with some curiosity as I made my way to Group Therapy Cafe one Saturday afternoon, wondering about the demographics of the crowd that I would encounter there.
Interesting mix of people that I encountered there (not comprehensive):
- Current members and Graduates of the NOC / iLead programme (props to NUS for kickstarting the entrepreneurial dreams of many students),
- Founders of start-ups, start-up members, people keen on starting their own thing,
- Friend of a friend of a friend and
- Curious bystanders (yours truly included)
Personally, it was a good mix of people that I encountered there, people from many different backgrounds, both culturally as well as technically. Many of us have zilch in terms of technical knowledge, my closest claim to fame in the realm of geekiness being born and bred on the Atari machine. Indeed, it was heartening to know that there were a fair amount of people keen to pick up technical know-how despite having no background. It was with much amusement that the reason that programmers speak a very different jargon seemed to be a motivation for many.
Credits to xkcd comics
Many were also on hand to share their experiences in picking up programming, it was interesting to note how many picked up programming outside of school (yes there is hope for us dinosaurs!) too. Many like Michael and Elisha were generous to share their own experiences as well as resources.
Having a face-to-face meeting was a great initiative, we got a chance to put faces to names, and motivate each other.
And hey, you’ve gotten one convert here, I’m starting my HTML journey too (:
Thanks again to Joyce, Mingfei and everyone who attended.
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