Diverse Cybersecurity Conference in SF

Tired of tech conferences overwhelmingly presented by white men, OURSA is holding a cybersecurity conference April 17th in San Francisco with a deliberate emphasis on presentations by women and people of color. It’s sold out, but check it out:

Check out their terms (quoted from the site):

The details

OUR Security Advocates is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found here.

A mothers’ room will be provided. If you need any other accommodations please contact us at

We know that many more people will be interested in the content than can attend in person, and we are investigating options for live streaming. Parking near the event will be very limited, so we strongly recommend taking public transit or ride-sharing.

Please follow us on Twitter (@oursaconference) or Facebook (/oursaconference) for updates.

I’m glad we’re finally getting to the point that we can do more than appeal for better from those in control, but actually just go ahead and do better ourselves.

Kudos, OURSA folks. Hope to see more from you soon!


Aqus Community Nonprofit Mixer

Aqus Community in Petaluma held a packed mixer for nonprofit staff, providers, volunteers and board members last week at the Petaluma Historical Museum. It was fun, fast-paced (nonprofit speed dating!) and fruitful. Many thanks to John Crowley for organizing this event which was even bigger than last year, and for his tireless efforts to build community in Petaluma.

Oh and congratulations, John, for gaining nonprofit status for Aqus Community.

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Image: Petaluma Historical Society