This is a guest post from Annina Rust, one of the developers of Be Counted. She is an Assistant Professor of Computer Art in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University.
A bit more than a year ago, I wrote a guest post on this blog about a project I and other collaborators were releasing called “Be Counted – A survey of gender distribution at tech events”. It is a web database where anyone can report how many women, men, and others were present at a technology event. You can find it here: http://b-counted.appspot.com/.Â There was quite a bit of enthusiasm surrounding the project but that has now petered out. Therefore, it is time to start the next phase of the project and critically evaluate, then improve the project.
This is where you can help: Any kind of feedback on the existing project is appreciated – even if you have not previously submitted a gender ratio report to Be Counted. One question that specifically interests me is knowing what would help you submit gender ratio reports to Be Counted. Also, I would like to find out what other quantitative data about gender and the tech environment you would be interested in collecting/contributing. Please reply in the comments.