Silicon Beach: Girls in Tech Comes to South Florida
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.