I think it's extremely sad that the big takeaway so many people are getting from the #29C3
congress is that of sexism. As posted earlier, I have no idea what people are talking about. As best I can tell, it all started with a (mistaken) accusation of sexism by a non-participant because their talk got rejected. I've seen women make such accusations to get attention and it kind of makes me sick.
So now, instead of all the cool and amazing things that happened at congress, people are only talking about how "sexist" it was. They are totally neglecting the radically increased attendee participation that establishing assemblies brought. (Where's the articles on all the awesomeness there?) They are neglecting the awesome 10-Forward which took the hallway con to an entirely new level. They are neglecting the nearly doubling in size of the event as more people were able to participate overall.
Yes, there were a few things done in bad taste. Some of them were even done by women. But initially it was entirely under the radar until people started flinging accusations, themselves creating the hostile environment which invited retaliation.
Still, it was a truly amazing con. There were really amazing talks (which I'm flattered to be amongst). So many engaged and brilliant people. Such an intense event.