Oceania Women of Open Tech (OWOOT) launches

Oceania Women of Open Tech (OWOOT) is a new group for women in open technology in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. It has recently formed from the local chapters of LinuxChix, but with a wider scope focusing on open technology generally.

OWOOT welcomes all women interested in open technology, including open source, open hardware, open data and free culture. OWOOT activities will include:

  • the Haecksen miniconference at linux.conf.au, and meetups and events at other conferences
  • periodic local social events
  • email and IRC forums where you can meet other women from the area who work with, build or use open technology

OWOOT forums are open to men to join if they wish, as long as they keep in mind that the purpose of the group is supporting women in open tech and allowing them to meet each other.

Find out more about OWOOT at their website and if you are in Oceania, join the OWOOT email list and chat channel.

WOOT as an acronym for Women of Open Tech was proposed by Brenda Wallace and we think it’s a nice solution to some of the problems of naming a group in this space—you can’t have the adjectives “open” or “free” modify “women”—which we solved a different way for the Ada Initiative in choosing a less literal name.