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Girls Missing from 'Girls in Tech' Conference

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary//Video, Story by: Valerie Klinker // Video by Valerie Linker and Silent Posted: Feb 25, 2010

Editor's Note: YO!TV headed over to the "Girls in Tech" Catalyst Conference in San Francisco to determine the impact of women in the technology industry. Valerie Klinker, 19, and Silent are content producers for YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

SAN FRANCISCO -- When I was first asked go to a conference called Girls in Tech, the first thing I thought of was sex toys like the ones sold at Good Vibrations. I found out that it was actually a conference to bring intelligent women together to learn about technology.

When I first arrived at Girls in Tech, I thought I would see a lot of young women around my age. Unfortunately, there were very few young people. It would have been better to call it Women in Tech. Its good to learn from women who are wiser and more experienced, but I would have felt more at ease knowing that younger people were trying to get involved and were interested in technology.

Even though women are very skilled and catch on fast, technology is a male-dominated field and can be a boys club. Some women are intimidated by it. I hope our generation can prove that women can be active in any field that they choose and that they will not be intimidated.

As for myself, I work with technology, too, mainly creating and producing videos. It sounds very simple, and it is, once you learn what you need to do in order for your piece to be complete.

I go out with all of my equipment -- a camera, microphone, shotgun mic, cords, batteries, blank tapes. I shoot my own footage the way I like it, go to work to edit everything and create a video the way I want it to look. Then I produce it for our Web page and our television show, YO!TV. I love doing the work I do. Its what keeps me going.

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