Last year in Dublin I ran a Girl Geek Day event to celebrate Ada Lovelace day. It was an afternoon of discussions where we got some feedback on issues we faced at college, in the workplace and how we thought we could help one another.
This year, the Ubuntu Women project has decided to celebrate International Women’s Day in a unique way.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries (primarily Russia and the countries of former Soviet bloc). In some celebrations, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them in a way somewhat similar to Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s Day mixed together. In others, however, the political and human rights theme as designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.
What we are doing is going to collect stories from people who are involved in the project. Everyone gets involved in different ways, and we want to hear your story. Were you involved in your LoCo before this, a member of a different team, heard about Ubuntu in college, or were you looking for help an answers with a project you were working on. No story is going to be there same. Your story is important to us, as a community so we can share it with others, and encourage them to join and take part.
To hear how you got involved, shows us there are numerous ways to stumble into our world and take part. This is what we want to hear about.
Now, how do you do it, how can you take part, here’s the information, read it and do circulate it. Share it amongst your friends.
There will be two (2) prizes up for grabs. One (1) prize pack will be given to the story that the community votes is their favourite. One (1) prize pack will be given to a randomly drawn entrant. Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager will be drawing this entrant in a videocast, and announcing both winners to the world on March 8th.
Please email your stories to ubuntuwomen.competition at gmail.com by UTC 23:59 22nd February 2010.
By submitting a story, you acknowledge that it will be posted on the Ubuntu Women website under the Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives  licence. If you prefer that your story be posted under a less restrictive licence such as Creative Commons Attribution  or Public Domain , then feel free to let us know when you submit. All stories are to be non-fiction and of a family-friendly nature. The organisers also reserve the right to interview prospective winners over
the phone or other voice chat at their discretion.
We will celebrate International Women’s Day by announcing the winners, who will receive gift packs (which are still in negotiation — we will announce when it is confirmed!).
Looking forward to reading all the stories about how you got involved in Ubuntu! Remember it can be any length, it can be about anything you want, don’t feel your story has to be technical to enter! We just want to hear it from you!