Archive for January, 2009

The Influencers

This month’s issue of Fast Company features the “Most Influential Women in Technology”. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. These super-women range from CEO’s of successful technology start-ups to web-famous bloggers, web developers, and authors. Props to Fast Company for making this list focusing on cool women in tech an annual feature! Many of these women will be presenters at the 2009 SXSW Interactive Festival this March in Austin, TX, so if you are in the area be sure and check that out as well. Here’s to techie women!

January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

Do I really need another Life?

I have a hard enough time keeping up with my real life, but recently found out I needed another life to make my real life easier! It all started when our team at Girlstart developed a Summer Academy in Second Life, where high school girls created a virtual global awareness event online at Texas State Technical College

avatarHonestly, I thought that would be the first and last time for me in this virtual game. However, Texas State Technical College was offering an online certification course in Adobe Creative Suite CS3, all online, all in Second Life. I jumped at the opportunity to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash in the comfort of my living room. 

Second Life has been a wonderful learning tool! Interactive multi-media presentations, guest speakers from around the globe, and communicating with my classmates and professors “face to face” has been amazing! It is also a really cheap alternative to conference travel as well as exhibits. 

My experiences have been somewhat entertaining as well! Like the time my professor held me after class and told me I needed a makeover, then took me shopping in second life. Or the time I was giving my final presentation in front of visiting professors and guests and I clicked the wrong button and lost all my clothes! Then my professor said-, “Julie, quick, let’s go upstairs and get you dressed!”.  I have never had a professor do that before! First time for everything!

Besides the high learning curve and horrible fashion (still waiting on Nordstrom to open up a store), Second Life has a lot to offer! Especially visualizing math, science, engineering, physics and technology.

January 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart panel @ SXSW Interactive Festival: March 13-17th, 2009

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Woo Hoo!! Girlstart has received word that a panel proposal I submitted to the South by South West Interactive Conference has been selected from amongst hundreds and hundreds of others!


The panel is titled: Gaming as a Gateway Drug: How to use video games to get girls into technology, and will explore how parents, educators and the communities can create and carry on the spark video games can create.


Please check back next week for panelist bios and updates on time slot information. Meanwhile, visit

For a complete list of panels and other exciting events!


January 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm Leave a comment

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