Guest post by Jessica Dickinson Goodman
A few months ago a group of TechWomen Alumnae came together with an idea: use a deck of cards to share some of the stories of the women who have participated in this incredible program. I have been inspired by women in this program from the beginning and was happy to donate my design and logistical skills to the cause. Here is what we came up with:
The idea for a TechWomen Emerging Leaders in the Middle East and Africa card deck sprang from a project I was working on with Katy Dickinson (the process architect for the program and a mentor within it, also, my Mom) and a friend who is a professor at Duke University (Dr Susan H. Rodger). That deck of cards showcased notable women in computing from Rear Admiral Grace Hopper to Qatar’s ICT Minister, Hessa Sultan Al Jabber. It raised over $15,000 on Kickstarter and has won significant media attention, all while honoring the contributions of women in computing. Playing cards are simple, accessible, and fun, and the design lets us mix eduction in with a game of Hearts.
From touring a mosque with Maha, eating out with Reham during a trip to Cairo, exploring Lebanon with Adla and Sukaina and Maysoun, and being wowed at Petra with too many friends to name, I have gained so much from being around the TechWomen program.
If you are interested in this deck, you can free for download it for free here, or you can buy one at cost here for $10. We’ve had so many requests we are in our second printing, so it may take a few weeks to get your deck to you. Everything in the project is Creative Commons licensed, meaning we can give away all of the files involved. This was vital, because the point of the project is to inspire women to consider or continue careers in computing, not make a profit.
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