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Hi everyone – I hope you had a great summer!

My fall has started with a bang! I’ve begun my Research Scientist appointment at University of Maryland iSchool where I’ll be working with students on their projects and collaborating with folks on the Women in Tech project:

Games with a purpose. Most exciting is that I’ll be working with students to create games as one approach to intervention techniques addressing issues faced by women – and we suspect other underrepresented groups. If you are interested in this too let me know.

Contextual Design 2nd Edition is coming. Hugh and I are excited that the new book will be available by the end of the year and eager to share with you all the new techniques and models. You can pre-order here and enjoy a 20% pre-order discount. Give me a call if you want help learning the techniques!

Watch for my talks in your area – or come find me at the Grace Hopper Conference. I’ll be speaking frequently this fall at universities and local UX and women’s groups, spreading the word about the Women in Tech Action Framework to help raise consciousness and get everyone involved in making change. See some of the upcoming talks below and invite me to your area!

Help with the research. You can make a difference by you and your team taking the revised survey. It is now shorter — taking only 8-10 minutes — and covers women and men. Also we invite people who recently left a job because they were unhappy or not doing well to take it, answering from the point of view of their last job. 

If you have already taken the survey – get your team or other teams in your company to take it. Help us validate the factors and characterize the industry. We’ll have a standard instrument we can all use to assess companies! Please pass the survey around widely! Here’s how you can participate.

  • Take the new survey yourself. Get others you know to take it in all product team job types: engineers/developers, product managers, user researchers, designers, group/people/program managers for the team.
  • Get your team to take it. If you get 1-3 teams at your company to complete the survey, we'll give you a simple write-up of your company results. You can create a code that lets us group your results together when others use it. All results are confidential and individual team member’s names and responses are not disclosed. So invite your product team.
  • Help me find a company to work with. If you like the work we are doing, consider championing within your company for us to come in and work with you. We’d like to help you create intervention ideas that are right for your culture, and try out some of our own.

Talks. Here’s where you can see me speak this fall. I’d love to see you – and you can invite me to your area to talk about Women in Tech.

October 6 - Women in Technology Project
Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute - Pittsburg, PA

October 19-20 - Retaining Women in Tech workshop and chairing two conference sessions
Anita Borg: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing - Houston, TX

November 2 - Women in Technology Project
Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA

November 7 - Retaining Women in Tech
Maryland Center for Women in Computing: Diversity in Computing Summit - Hyattsville, MD

November 14 - Women in Technology Project
Triangle UXPA - Durham, NC



Karen Holtzblatt
InContext Design
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