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Date(s) - 2023/09/04
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sudo Room


Conversation Starter: Anti Rape and Safety products for nonbinary folks and women. What do you think about these tech products?


“But here it is. Last week, a Dutch start-up announced the sale of the Invi bracelet, the latest in a long line of odd implements designed for fending off would-be rapists. When the wearer gives it a tug, the Invi releases a pungent stench that Invi’s founder, Roel van der Kamp, likens to a skunk’s perfume.
The tag­line for the Invi, priced at about $70, is “Provoke Independence,” which is an oddly upbeat way of reminding us that without some kind of protection, women’s freedom is not a given. Guys, you get to slide your Time’s Up pin through your lapel and call it a day. We’ll go to work wearing a skunk bracelet just in case…”

  • What do folks think about anti rape and safety products for women and non binary folks? Are they effective?
  • Would tech solve the problem of being safe in public as a woman / non binary person?
  • Lyft originally started as a woman’s taxi service (that’s why it’s pink) but I think it was shut down due to gender discrimination laws. After hearing about all the gnarly sexual assault incidents at international ride share services, would it make sense to have something like Lyft?
  • Has anyone ever hacked a safety device? Maybe it’d be a cool hardware hack night project.


The Sudo Room, a ​​creative community and hackerspace at Omni Commons, invites all Women/NB people for “Coding Owls – A WNB Coding Night”: bring your computer and a coding project and have fun! We can help each other if you have coding related questions/bugs or just keep company while hacking! If you are a beginner, we can help you get started (even if you’ve never coded before!). And if you’re an intermediate programmer looking for a challenge, we can help you find problems to work on. No computer? No problem: we can provide one for the night. Coders of all abilities are welcome! All coding languages are welcome! Bringing a WNB friend is highly recommended. Coding is more fun with friends! Join in person if you’re in Oakland or online anywhere else in the world!

The idea is also to be a safe space for WNB in the tech world, besides promoting empowerment, also to provide emotional support for those facing challenges in a work environment, tech job search or anything else related.

Your host: Juliana A. (pronouns she/her) is originally from Brazil, has been living in the US for 10 years, and has been working as a software engineer since 2020, after finishing a software engineering bootcamp for women/nb people only. She has worked with Ruby on Rails, Python, SQL, JavaScript, React, Typescript. 

Coding Owls – A WNB Coding Night
Every Monday from 7pm to 9pm Pacific Time
Sudo Room at Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Avenue – Oakland
Virtual: https://meet.waag.org/turtlesturtlesturtles 

Omni Commons and Sudoroom policy is presently that EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES INSIDE THE BUILDING.

If you get to the door (at the corner of 48th and shattuck) and you can’t get in, call 510-844-0014 or 510-740-5758.

WNB Coding Night – topic: anti rape / safety products for nonbinary folks