Ada Lovelace Day of 2009 was yesterday and I scratched my head trying to figure out who of the female geeks I’d value in so much I’d mention them in my blogpost. Then today I shuffled through my old pictures in Flickr and stumbled upon my pictures from GUADEC06 and suddenly remembered the one person who has inspired me on several occasions afterwards: Kathy Sierra.
I was fortunate enough to have seen her talk before she vanished from the radar scope, and have referred to her blog entries later in my life for inspiration. I’ve never been a gamer and not really a coder either, but her input to my thinking about user experience, marketing and blogosphere has been profound.
There are a few names I’d like to mention in addition to Kathy; many of the women of Ubuntu Women and the Finnish IRC collective of female geeks, who have been empowering and supportive in my daily quest to keep my sanity as one of the Invisible Pink Unicorns of the Internet, women who use/do Linux (and even might get paid for it!). I’d like to thank, in no special order, Mackenzie Morgan, Emma Jane Hogbin, Melissa Draper, Elizabeth Krumbach, Jonna Pesonen and Johanna Toikkanen. Some of the names you might or might not know, some probably are not that active in the development scene of Linux and Ubuntu but are “only end-users”, but all of them deserve a thank you from me. Thank you for being you.