Gender and Technology at IgniteSydney (with presentation slides)

Last night at Ignite Sydney, I presented a 5-minute talk about how technology influences sexual awareness and how sexual awareness returns the favor, influencing the technology that we build. I had an amazing time, although I’m surprised I wasn’t literally vibrating from all my nervous energy. Thankfully, I think it all turned out okay and my presentation was received rather well.

For those of you that missed it, you can expect to find videos of all the presentations, including mine, posted on YouTube within the next few weeks and I’ll update this post when mine gets published. In the mean time, It took longer than I’d hoped and sadly the audio isn’t so great, but my talk is now published on YouTube. Along with that, here are my presentation slides in various formats for your remixing pleasure:

I gave this presentation again some months later at Noisebridge’s 5 Minutes of Fame, shown below, followed by the YouTube version:

All materials in my presentation are by attribution Creative Commons licensed. Briefly, this means you can do whatever you want with it but please give credit where credit is due, just as I’ve done. :)

I do wonder if perhaps this presentation would have been even better received in a place like New York City or San Francisco, where I feel that there is more of an awareness of gender theory and its effects on the way we live day-to-day than there is in Sydney. Still, I’m glad that I set myself this challenge and really thrilled to have pulled it off. It’s amazingly difficult to condense gender theory 101 along with all the stuff I wanted to say about technology into a five minute presentation.

My thanks go out to all the wonderful people who cheered me on both before and after I presented, and to the organizers and volunteers at the event.


  1. Yes, this presentation would almost certainly have sparked a better conversation in the places you mention, but I’m so glad you didn’t let this fact discourage you. In a sea of convention, you challenged, Meitar. Sydney web community needs more people like you – so sorry to see you are leaving before I’ve even got to know you.

  2. Meitar says:

    Thank you so much, Maxine, that’s incredibly kind of you to say! :) I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to speak at Ignite (I didn’t even realize you were actually present, just that Web Directions was a sponsor) and I sincerely hope we get the opportunity to cross paths once again before I leave.

  3. Sigrid says:

    As someone who was fascinated by the concept when you posted about it, I sincerely hope you consider finding the opportunity to do it again once you reach San Francisco. Good to hear that things went well in Sydney, though!

  4. Meitar says:

    Thanks, Sigrid. I’d be happy to present this again—I might even be able to do a better job the second time around—so if you hear of an upcoming IgniteSanFrancisco or other place that might be interested in having me present this, please let me know about it. :)

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