how (many) are we [was: Re: [PD] Segmented patch chords?]

B. Bogart ben at
Mon Mar 14 18:23:14 CET 2005

The last PD class I taught at Interaccess (Toronto, Canada) was 50%
female. This class was the first in a series on pd, gem, audio,
electronics and microcontrollers.

On top of that of all the workshops I've taught there have always been
about 30% women and more.

I don't know how many of my students keep up with PD...


Ian Smith-Heisters wrote:
> That's the thing. I have personally met one other person that uses PD.
> Otherwise, I know of you guys only via the list.
> Another interesting demographic question would be what are the
> national/gender makeups. Is there a single female that, say, has a
> developer's account on the CVS?
> There was a discussion on Ars Technica a while back about the prevalence
> of men in programming. Somewhere in there came up the fact that during
> the internet boom autism rates in Silicon Valley went up 200%. Autism
> effects men more than women for some reason that no one can figure out.
> Also, the profile of asperger's syndrome (high-functioning autism) is
> the same profile of a geek: anti-social, amazing ability to focus on
> details no one else can see.
> Anyway. I count 2 Pd users and a bunch of emails that may be generated
> by bots.
> -Ian
> Frank Barknecht wrote:
>> Hallo,
>> Mathieu Bouchard hat gesagt: // Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
>>> My impression is that when I started lurking on the Pd list, which
>>> was in
>>> mid-2002, the Pd crowd was already many times bigger than the jMax crowd
>>> -- say twenty times, and possibly a lot more.
>> Which reminds of something related: How many Pd users do you all
>> think there are?
>> Ciao
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