Update on Kickstarter

We had a great finish to the Notable Women in Computing Kickstarter, bringing in just-over 500% total funding. Since then, the team and I have done a thorough review of the cards, added or updated a number of pictures, and changed the text on all of the cards. Those changes will make the deck more accessible to folks who might not know what the alphabet soup of “IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow” means but do know what “Known for: contributions in robotic and intelligent systems” means. See more examples on the poster:


As a reminder, the entire deck is Creative Commons licensed. Because cards are more fun in meat-space, our Backers paid to have them printed, boxed, and shipped to them, but the IP embedded in those cards is (nearly) free like beer and (nearly) free like speech.

You can download all of the 2nd edition files in 2 sizes here, both editable and jpg, as well as the poster as soon as they finish uploading on my oft-exhausted wireless. I’ll be posting in the next few days about best-practices for printing, with examples of some of the vendors we reviewed. All of this information will also probably go up on the home-base for this project, this page on the Duke University site.

I’ve gotten a lot out of this project, even if my team and I will make $0 from it. A lot of friends bought decks through this Kickstarter, more than I thought would, and for that I’m grateful. I’ve gotten to DM with famous women in computing who are just as great in private as public. I’ve read shy, thankful notes from some of the awesome women in the deck as well as bombastic, enthusiastic notes from some of the incredible women in this deck. I’ll keep you all updated, but this has been pretty fun so far.

Inspirational Quote:

“Well-matured and well-disciplined talent is always sure of a market, provided it exerts itself; but it must not cower at home and expect to be sought for. There is a good deal of cant, too, in the whining about the success of forward and impudent men, while men of retiring worth are passed over with neglect.

But it happens often that those forward men have that valuable quality of promptness and activity, without which worth is a mere inoperative property.

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. Endeavor to make your talents convertible to ready use, prompt for the occasion, and adapted to the ordinary purposes of life; cultivate strength rather than gracefulness; in our country it is the useful, not the ornamental, that is in demand.”–Washington Irving, letter to Pierre Paris Irving (nephew), 1824 December 7th

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