On Wednesday, March 8—International Women’s Day—the Intel® Open Source Technology Center (OTC) hosted the Women Who Code Portland Networking Night.
Held in the Executive Briefing Center at the Intel Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, the event was titled “How Women Power @IntelOpenSource.” Attendees were encouraged to learn how the women of OTC contribute to and drive software that powers everything from the Cloud, Internet of Things, and Android, to user experience, quality assurance, security, graphics, and more.
More than 100 women showed up to the event, which was sold out with a long waitlist. They were greeted by an impressive business center, an extensive array of Italian dishes, pourings from the local Chehalem winery, and a plethora of Intel devices and demos on display.
While networking among their peers, attendees printed 3D frogs, played with Intel® RealSense™ cameras, and were treated to an exclusive sneak peak at a day-in-the-life of ten amazing female engineers.
Women Who Code is a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. As an organization, they empower women with the skills needed to advance their technical careers, provide them with a community of women who believe in the longevity of their careers, and use the power of their network to connect their members to life-changing opportunities. Globally, Women Who Code has over 60,000 members in 60 cities and 20 countries.
The Portland, Oregon chapter was founded on June 10, 2014 and already has over 1200 members. In 2015 alone, chapter director Caterina Paun had 48 speakers, including 44 women, and more than 718 attendees. The chapter hosts weekly study nights, monthly networking nights, and several programming workshops.
A different tech company in Portland hosts the networking nights each month to introduce members to new companies, careers in tech, and to showcase women working at those companies. The goal is to build a community of technical women in Portland.
The Intel® Open Source Technology Center not only showcased all female engineers, but opened with a keynote-like introduction by engineering manager Mauri Whalen, a vice president in the Software and Services Group and the director of core system development in OTC. Mauri shared her inspirational story, how she started coding in 1982. She ended with the words, “I’m lucky,” acknowledging the privilege she had being exposed to technology at an early age, while relating to the same struggles experienced by the attendees today.
Breakout sessions covered introductions, a day-in the life, and Q&A.
The event received positive feedback on Meetup.com: