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Open HeARTware with ChickTech

Jennifer Davidson (ChickTech), Janice Levenhagen-Seeley (ChickTech)
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
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ChickTech will conduct a hands-on workshop for attendees to combine art and open hardware to create “soft circuits”. As with any ChickTech-led workshop, it will be welcoming to women and involve a project that participants can take home!

We’ll use microcontrollers, LEDs, sensors, conductive thread and art supplies to make a creation that will teach you the basics of circuits and programming.
ChickTech has run this workshop for high school young women and career-level women in the past, and it is always a smashing success.


* There will be an additional charge of $50 when you register for this tutorial. This fee will go to ChickTech, a Portland-based non-profit, to help cover hardware costs. You will be provided with the kit onsite at the conference with proof of registration.

The number of participants is limited, so don’t let someone take your place!

QUESTIONS for the speaker?: Use the “Leave a Comment or Question” section at the bottom to address them.

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Jennifer Davidson


Jennifer Davidson is Program Manager for ChickTech, a nonprofit geared toward getting more girls and women interested and retained in technology careers. She is a PhD candidate in Computer Science with a minor in Aging Sciences at Oregon State University. She is currently working on research related to involving older adults in the design and development of open source software. Her research bridges the fields of human-computer interaction, open source software communities, and gerontechnology. She is also the Community Manager for Privly, an open source project related to internet privacy.

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Janice Levenhagen-Seeley


Janice is the Executive Director of ChickTech. She has a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University. She believes strongly that the diversity and strengths that women can bring will push high tech to even more impressive heights. Her inspiration for creating ChickTech came from her own experiences in computer engineering and the realization that the percentage of women in engineering isn’t going to get higher by itself.

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John Blyler
07/17/2014 10:06am PDT

Hi Allison. Thx for the quick response. Unfortunately, I didn’t get back to the site until today. Still, I’ve pinged Patrick as you suggested. We’ll see. Thx. Cheers. — John

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Allison Gillespie
05/27/2014 2:48am PDT

Hi John. We can accommodate your daughter for this one tutorial without having to register her for a 2-day pass. Please email Patrick and confreg AT oreilly DOT com and he’ll get you taken care of.

Your daughter may also be interested in our Kids Day happening on 7/20:

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John Blyler
05/19/2014 1:21pm PDT

Hi. My high school daughter would love to attend the “Open HeARTware with ChickTech,” but it makes no sense to do so for the Sunday registration fee of $995. Is there any other way she could attend your session? Cheers. —John