Women Who Tech Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (ET)

Event Details

The 4th annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit will take place on May 23, 2012 via phone and web. Just like our past three sold out TeleSummits, this one will be packed with some of the most thought provoking discussions led by the most passionate and talented women in tech, startups, and social media including startup investor Joanne Wilson, WordPress usability expert Jane Wells of Automattic, Shaherose Charania, of Founders Labs and Women 2.0, Shireen Mitchell of Digital Sistats, Elisa Camahort Page, of BlogHer, Kaliya Hamlin of She’s Geeky and many more.

Women Who Tech brings together talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change. We provide a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights.


Funding Your Own Startup

  • Joanne Wilson, Investor
  • Amanda Steinberg, Founder, DailyWorth
  • Pemo Theodore, Startup Coach
  • Amy Errett, Maveron

Failing Fast and Agile Development

  • Tara Hunt Co-founder of Buyosphere
  • Sarah Allen, Blazing Cloud
  • Shaherose Charania, Founders Labs and Women 2.0
  • Jen Conalvo, Co-Founder, Tech Cocktail

Changing the World with Open Source

  • Sarah Novotny, O’Reilly Media
  • Jane Well, Master of Suggestion, Automattic,
  • Liz Henry, Web Developer, BlogHer
  • Arthur Richards, Software Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation,

Harnessing Your Power

  • Susan Mernit, Co-Founder, Oakland Local
  • Lynne Johnson, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Whispr Group, Inc.
  • Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder, BlogHer
  • Jill Foster, Founder, Live Your Talk

Using Technology and Social Media to Build Social Movements

  • Claire Diaz Ortiz, Social Innovation, Twitter
  • April Pedersen, Co-Founder, Salsa Labs
  • Michael Silberman, Global Director of Digital Innovation, Greenpeace International
  • Amy Sample Ward, Director of Membership, NTEN

Digital Rights and Online Privacy

  • Jon Pincus, Co-Founder, Qweries
  • Kaliya Hamlin, Founder, She’s Geeky
  • Sarah Granger, Consultant
  • Laurel Ruma, O”Reily Media

Diversifying your Tech Teams

  • Cathryn Posey, Tech By Superwoman
  • Kriselle Laran, Bullfrog Media
  • Adria Richards, Developer Evangelist, SendGrid
  • Shireen Mitchell, Founder, Digital Sistas

Women in International Tech

  • Beth Kanter, Author and Trainer
  • Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Ph.D Founder and Executive Director, Akili Dada
  • Heather Ramsey, Director Women’s Leadership Program, IIE and TechWomen Program

Fireside Chat

  • Moderated by Cathy Brooks
  • DiAnn Eisnor, Waze.com

Sponsored by Rad Camapign, Blackbaud, NTEN, Salsa Labs, Singlebrook Technology, Women 2.0, and BlogHer

Apparently Cybersecurity is important to the US economy, the Congress learns

H. R. 2096 To advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards,
and for other purposes.

Also, planning related to a national strategy concerning “HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING” and “NETWORKING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY”, and stuff like IT, Big Data, etc. is worth investing in at a national level.

H. R. 3834 To amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research, and for other purposes.

Transit Now Nashville to Benefit From Upcoming Coding Competition

NTC Weekend HackAThon will support the tech needs of the local non-profit


[ed.note: Now the Nashville Technology Council, the Entrepreneur Center, the Community Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management need to collaborate to establish several fellowships funding the salaries of techies within Nashville nonprofit organizations for 2 years to help them adopt 1) standards and 2) the cloud, open source (or similar appropriate technologies), and 3) develop an integration scheme with other area (and global) NPOs/NGOs. #NashTechCorps]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 27, 2012 – The Nashville Technology Council today announced that the non-profit, Transit Now Nashville, will benefit from the upcoming HackAThon taking place the weekend of May 11-14, 2012. Despite the negative connotation sometimes associated with hacking, a HackAThon is about using software development talent for good, not evil, purposes. Programmers, software engineers, designers, or anyone else who is passionate about using technology to create something new and useful will be working through the weekend to win bragging rights and cash prizes. Nashville’s EMMA e-mail marketing company is providing the venue for the weekend-long event.


“We are thrilled to be selected by the NTC to benefit from the HackAThon. As a small non-profit, our technology needs far exceed our available resources. Knowing the level of creativity and passion in Nashville’s tech community, we are sure that Transit Now will benefit greatly from the outcome of this event,” stated Cliff Lippard, President, Transit Now Nashville Board of Directors. He went on to say, “Transit Now is always seeking ways to make public transportation more user friendly and we believe this opportunity will do that.”


The idea to hold a competitive style HackAThon in Nashville came from many sources including local business leaders who are looking for developers. “I believe a HackAThon will foster the local software development community and build awareness of the high demand for software developers and engineers,” stated Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. His statement regarding the growing need for developers is supported by the NTC Tech Jobs Report, which found more than 1,000 open tech positions in Middle Tennessee in the last quarter of 2011. The highest demand for tech employees is consistently in the area of software development.


With a vision to help Middle Tennessee become known worldwide as a leading technology community, the Nashville Technology Council is devoted to helping the tech community succeed. Membership is open to technology companies, technology employers, service providers, educational institutions, and non-profit companies interested in supporting the growth of technology businesses in Middle Tennessee.

San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (hint, hint, Nashville)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee today joined tech industry leaders to announce the launch of San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology & Innovation (sf.citi), an organization that will leverage the collective power of the tech sector into a force for civic action in San Francisco. This new initiative will bring together city government and San Francisco’s tech community with a collective mission to improve the city and the technology sector.

Thomas Friedman writes:

The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic business community and the fastest broadband connections on earth. These will be the job factories of the future. The countries that thrive will be those that build more of these towns that make possible “high-performance knowledge exchange and generation,” explains Blair Levin, who runs the Aspen Institute’s Gig.U project, a consortium of 37 university communities working to promote private investment in next-generation ecosystems.

Note: No Nashville here.

Interconnectedness, The Big Picture Thing and Innovation in the USA

Jeremy Rifkin* makes an extremely important point about the manner in which President Obama attempted to persuade/sell the US public about the potential of a green economy (greenconomy) — that being, that because several components had to be developed and understood to be synergistic with other components being developed in parallel, folks were not effectively imagining the future Obama was trying to describe. He was not effectively describing the interconnectedness of the big picture.

This overdependence on artificial categorization is a major stumbling block to American innovation. People from sectors which have independent policy, regulatory and regional origins fail to see similarities of areas of their sector with parts of other sectors–the kinds of similarities which allow for standardization and scaling, the network effect which has been behind so much economic growth over the past few decades. For an example of this I think of those who make a desitinction between virtual currency, mobile money, barter, coupons, advertizing payment schemes, etc. They are all nothing more then entries in web front ended database with unique IDs and transactional logging–from a technological point of view. From a legislative viewpoint, however, they are distinct “things”.

For those with the ability to see beyond these artificial divisions and may be of the entrepreneurial bent some recent Jumpstart Foundry resources: Tips for Entrepreneurs, a collection of essential tips from the Jumpstart podcasts.

*Jeremy Rifkin “The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World” Jeremy Rifkin argues that internet technology and renewable energy could lead the way for a new industrial revolution in the United States and help the country regain its economic foothold in the world. He spoke at The Booksmith in San Francisco.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Announces Competitive Grant Opportunity For Jobs4tn Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

Applications for Nine Regional Accelerators Accepted Through Sept. 30th

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced that the department is accepting applications for a competitive grant to support nine regional business accelerators across the state. Interested parties are encouraged to file a letter of intent with the department by Sept. 6th at 5 p.m. CST; applications are due Sept. 30th at 5 p.m., CST.

“We are excited to launch our competitive grant process for the Jobs4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerators and see this as the next step in spurring innovation across the state,” Hagerty said. “Our department has just completed a very successful RFI process in preparation for the program and is ready to move forward in establishing an accelerator in each of the nine economic development regions to create a more robust entrepreneurial system in the state.”

The grants will award $250,000 to a regional entrepreneurial accelerator in each economic development region. An information session on the grant opportunity will be held Thursday, Sept. 1st at the Tennessee Tower in Nashville. To RSVP for the session, please send your name, organization and the names of those attending to ECD.Innovation@tn.gov. More information on the session will be sent to you at that time.

The Jobs4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerators were announced in June as a part of Governor Bill Haslam’s INCITE plan The INCITE initiative is designed to drive innovation across the state. Tennessee has partnered with Startup America to form Startup Tennessee, which will form a network of the business accelerators across the state and provide mentoring to entrepreneurs.

Applications and additional information is available online now at www.tn.gov/ecd.

All questions should be directed to ECD.Innovation@tn.gov.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

August 24, 2011
Contact: Valerie Somerville, ECD
Office: (615) 532-1925
E-mail: Valerie.Somerville@tn.gov

XSEDE will replace and expand the TeraGrid project

XSEDE project brings advanced cyberinfrastructure, digital services, and expertise to nation’s scientists and engineers

A partnership of 17 institutions today announced the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE will be the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world.

Scientists and engineers use these resources and services—things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools—to propel scientific discovery and improve our lives. They are a crucial part of research in fields like earthquake engineering, materials science, medicine, epidemiology, genomics, astronomy, and biology.

“Enabling scientific discovery though enhanced researcher productivity is our goal, and XSEDE’s ultimate reason for being,” explained Barry Schneider, a program director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. NSF will fund the XSEDE project for five years, at $121 million.

“For this sort of cyberscience to be truly effective and provide unique insights, it requires a cyberinfrastructure of local computing hardware at sites around the country, advanced supercomputers at larger centers, generally available software packages, and fast networks. Ideally, they should all work together so the researcher can move from local to national resources transparently and easily.”

XSEDE, and the experts who lead the program, will make that ideal a reality.

XSEDE will replace and expand the TeraGrid project that started more than a decade ago. More than 10,000 scientists used the TeraGrid to complete thousands of research projects, at no cost to the scientists.

That same sort of work—only in more detail, generating more new knowledge and improving our world in an even broader range of fields—will continue with XSEDE.

“The TeraGrid really helped invent the concept of having digital resources like supercomputers, tools, and expertise spread across the country and allowing researchers to easily use them,” said John Towns of the University of Illinois’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Towns will lead the XSEDE project and also had a variety of roles in the TeraGrid project.

“This is much more than just the same old resources that TeraGrid offered,” Towns said. “XSEDE will take the next step by lowering technological barriers to access and use. We are creating a distributed cyberinfrastructure in which researchers can establish private, secure environments that have all the resources, services, and collaboration support they need to be productive.”

The XSEDE User Access Layer, for example, will provide a comprehensive view of the resources available—not just those at XSEDE partner sites, but any resources. It will integrate things like authentication and job monitoring, providing a comprehensive view and single contact point for all the cyberinfrastructure that researchers need to achieve their science and education goals.

XSEDE will provide an array of services to ensure that researchers can make the most of the supercomputers and tools. This will include outreach to new communities that haven’t traditionally used cyberinfrastructure and other digital services. It will also include advanced support for very large, complicated, or novel uses of XSEDE resources.

Initially, XSEDE will support 16 supercomputers across the country. It also includes other specialized digital resources and services to complement these computers. These resources will be expanded throughout the lifetime of the project.

The XSEDE partnership includes: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas at Austin, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Virginia, Shodor Education Foundation, Southeastern Universities Research Association, University of Chicago, University of California San Diego, Indiana University, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Purdue University, Cornell University, Ohio State University, University of California Berkeley, Rice University, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. It is led by the University of Illinois’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

See also How XSEDE will facilitate collaborative science