How Will the Network of Women Mobile Application Developers Work?

About the first meeting of the Network of Women Mobile Application Developers, in addition to "Who will be there?", I have been asked, "How will it work?" and, more specifically, "How will you select the first 12 women for training?"

A Network of Women Mobile Application DevelopersThe second question first. 

How will you select the first 12 women for training?

I won't select the first 12 women.

They will select themselves.

They'll know who they are.  They'll be the ones who want this skill, who have the perseverance and self-forgiveness required to learn something new and difficult, who will take the time and give themselves the time to learn it, who understand and value how women can learn together in groups, who want to participate in the giving and receiving that group membership asks of each individual member, who will take the initiative to form, keep and build groups, and who are willing to teach others. 

How will it work?

l will offer a greater context and provide more details at our meeting on March 7, 2011, but here's an overview:

Thanks to the support and sponsorship of Coldwell Banker, Townside REALTORS, First Bank & Trust CompanyHutchison Law Group, and Handshake Media, interested women will attend a complimentary reception and meeting on Monday, March 7, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia.

After the meeting on March 7, women who want the initial training will email me, Anne Giles Clelland, [email protected].  I'll send them more specifics about the training that will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Thanks to the support and sponsorship of VT KnowledgeWorks, the women will be treated to a complimentary meal prior to the beginning of the training.

Thanks to a to-be-named software company's willingness to launch a pilot program in Blacksburg, Virginia, the women will receive free beginning training in the use of that company's mobile application development software via webinar.

Thanks to Ryan Hagan, Shierod Russell and Wesley Ferrell, we will have on-site technical support during the training.

And then we'll see what the 12 self-selected women do next.


Women in the Blacksburg, Virginia area interested in joining other women to learn about mobile application development are invited to the first meeting of the Network of Women Mobile Application Developers. The meeting will be on Monday, March 7, 2011 beginning at 5:30 PM in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Please email me, Anne Giles Clelland, [email protected], for an invitation. 


Here's the developing story on the Network of Women Mobile Application Developers.  Posts are listed in  chronological order and where they appeared, some with descriptive notes.

Coldwell Banker, Townside REALTORS(R) and First Bank & Trust Company are clients of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Who's in FRONT? Patrick Collignon
Who Will Be at the First Meeting of the Network of Women Mobile Application Developers?


  1. This sounds awesome!

    I may be in town on March 7, if so would love to attend. I understand this is a women’s development forum, but men will participate also ?

    I am just learning mobile apps, looking to learn more!



  2. Greetings, Dante. I very much appreciate your participation in the discussions on Handshake 2.0.

    I’m confused by your URL:

    When I search the site for “Dante,” I don’t see your name. Maybe you’d help me understand the connection?

    I just tried to send you an email at the address you provided in your comment as well, but got this message:

    “Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently.”

    I want you to be for real, Dante.

    If you’re in Blacksburg on March 7, I’d be delighted to meet you.

    Very best wishes,

  3. Thanks for the response Anne,

    That url links to a great video on startups and when you get into it, Gary details his experience as an angel investor and going back to old school business practices in the realm of start ups and apps etc.

    I am wary of spam and like to have my conversations in public on interesting boards such as this. Responding to DM/PM and posting gets redundant and time consuming.

    I hope this initiative is successful, this region and Blacksburg can really use it!

    Are you going to incubate at Knowledgeworks or with day one ?

    Very excited about SXSW this year, hope you all are going!

    Have a great weekend,


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