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Stormy Peters

Head of Developer Engagement at Mozilla

Communities: Open Source and Education Working Together

Open source software is a relatively new development model that employs critical computer science skills like working in virtual teams, code reading and communication skills. Open source software projects get many of their new developers as students. While programs like the Google Summer of Code internships help funnel students to open source software projects, they also work with universities in a number of ways. Many professors are teaching their students open source software skills by teaching them to work on real projects. This requires collaboration between universities, professors and open source software projects. Come learn and discuss how open source software communities and educational communities are working together.

Short Biography

Stormy Peters is the Head of Developer Engagement at Mozilla where she is passionate about open web technologies and the developers that use them. Previously she worked as Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Stormy has experience with open source communities and busienss. She set up OpenLogic Expert Community linking the community to businesses that use their technology. She also worked at Hewlett-Packard where she founded and managed the Open Source Program Office that is responsible for HP's open source strategy, policy and business practices. She received a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Rice University. Stormy Peters is a passionate and frequent keynote speaker on free software related topics.

Jane Chu Prey, PhD

Microsoft Research

co-sponsored by ACM/SIGCSE

What Can We Do? Raising the Numbers of Women in Computing

Did you ever wonder why there are only 18% women studying computing in the US? Where else are there women in the classroom and do they continue equal representation in the workforce? From the work in the United States; the current studies begun in Brazil; and brief overview of other countries, why are certain places successful in certain levels but not at others? What are the lessons we can learn from our neighbors?

This interactive session will provide a brief overview of the gender diversity situation including directions and potential best practices with ideas for strategies that can be used by conference attendees.

It is hoped that the audience will provide information about their particular communities and ask provocative questions to the audience at large.


Dr. Prey received her BS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana in biology and her PhD from the University of Virginia in Instructional Technology. She was a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia for 11 years before joining Microsoft Research in January, 2004 where she led the Tablet Technologies in Higher Education initiative. Jane is currently responsible for the development and implementation of the Gender Diversity and Pipeline Strategy for Microsoft Research. Dr. Prey also spent two years as the Computer Science Program Manager at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is a member of the IEEE CS Board of Governors, the ACM Education Board, and the CRA Board as well as a number of university advisory boards.

Jane and her husband of 35+years have 3 children [all in computing careers]. She loves to travel and read cookbooks and murder mysteries.