Anita Borg Institute helped me get the word out about my iPhone app, leading to some great reviews and positive feedback from the community. Specifically, they are very active on Twitter and are instrumental in informing their community about key events, deadlines, and issues.
Thanks, Carlos! We completely agree that K-12 is a critical part of the pipeline. Because our expertise and focus are on university and beyond, we work with partners like the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) K-12 Alliance and ACM's Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). CSTA is our partner on the K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop held at Grace Hopper in 2009 and also planned for this year's 2010 conference. For more on these organizations see: http://ncwit.org/alliance.k12.html http://www.csta.acm.org/
The ABI is a fantastic organization. My experience with them, until lately, has been through the Grace Hopper Conference which is run annually and helps celebrate women in computing. I think that the most important thing about this organization is that it proves that women have a way of working, and creating change in the world that is honest, open, and value laden. Each year they manage to bring together over a thousand people, and they do it in a very personal way. The twitter feed is great, because it creates a sense of community is a desperate community of women and shares our accomplishments and echos our concerns. The Systers listserve, which I help with to organize and collect the posted links, is also invaluable. The initiatives that the ABI takes on are always done with care, and the outcomes are felt broadly through the entire community of CS professionals.
Thank you so much! We couldn't do it without volunteers like you! And while we blush at the idea we should change nothing, we are always working to increase our reach and impact.