Q1: What is positive ticketing?
We seriously want to encourage women’s participation in technology therefore we implement priority ticketing for women at Linuxing in London workshops.
Q2: How does it work?
Everyone joins the waiting list on MeetUp and then women are advanced to the top, in groups.
That way they get a better chance to participate in key educational workshops.
Q3: Isn’t that discriminating against men?
Not at all, we are not banning men.
Discrimination is about negative treatment to one group or another, whereas we are just ensuring everyone gets a fair share.
Q4: How is it fair? I don’t understand.
A pizza analogy explains it.
Imagine at a technical MeetUp there are 40 people (20 women and 20 men) but there are only 20 pizzas.
What would happen normally?
The blokes would barge forward eat the majority of the pizzas and then the residue would be left for the women, bits and scraps.
Which is unfair and not very nice.
So instead, we would just put aside 10 pizzas and that way everyone gets their fair share. That’s how it works with positive ticketing, in a manner of speaking.
Q5: But why do that?
Firstly, it’s good manners (something, we are very keen on at Linuxing in London).
Secondly, it ensures that everyone gets a fair share.
Thirdly, it makes technical MeetUps more representative of a wider society (51% of the world’s population are women).
Fourthly, events where there is a good mix of people tend to be nicer and more fun.
And finally, Grace Hopper, a towering figure in technology, would probably approve!
Q6: Sorry, I don’t understand any of that.
Just join the waiting list and it will advance automatically so if you’re near the top 40+ people then you’ll probably go.
Q7: Why set a limit on the number of people who can go to workshops?
Any given room will only hold so many people when tables are set out for workshops. They take more space.
And at some events vendors and lecturers may bring along a specific number of pieces of equipment, say 30, in such eventuality you can only have about 30 places, etc, etc.
While we would like to accommodate more people often that is not possible therefore we place limits on workshop attendees so the events go off well and everyone is comfortable.
Q8: I am a man, I want to come to your workshops can I come?
Yes, of course, just join the waiting list 🙂
Q9: But how important is it for women to participate in technology?
Since the advent of modern computing until the 1990s women played many crucial roles.
Key technologies, which we take for granted today, were invented by a woman, Grace Hopper.
Without her there would be no debugging, no compiler and certainly no subroutines.
That’s leaving aside the three early computer languages she invented and made significant contributions to.
Q10: I would like to find out more of women in technology, where can I look?
A few useful links: