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Girl Code Academy: The First of Its Kind in Nigeria
The GirlCode Academy platform is the first program of its kind in Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa. It provides Nigerian women free training in software and web application development. The Academy has just recently graduated its first class. We spoke with administrators at GirlCode and discovered that they've found early success and have bigger plans for the future.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
Ivanka Trump announced she wants ed-tech policy to be one initiative in her White House portfolio.
In a New York Post op-ed last week, Ivanka Trump said she intends for education technology to be one part of her White House portfolio. ''Given the high and increasing demand for workers with computing skills, it is imperative that all of our students, including women and minorities, have access to computer-science education,'' Trump wrote, emphasizing the need for K-12 students to have opportunities to learn computer science at an early age.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
It pays to have women helming start-ups, new report suggests
It pays - literally - to have women heading start-ups, a new report by researchers at the University of Connecticut and the non-profit organization Girls With Impact suggests. Researchers examined five years of college venture competitions at the University of Connecticut and found that although only 17.8% of participants were female, over half of teams that went home with prize money had at least one woman in a leadership position.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
Women are more concerned than men about gender discrimination in tech industry
Women in the U.S. are substantially more likely than men to say gender discrimination is a major problem in the technology industry, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in July and August. The survey comes amid public debate about underrepresentation and treatment of women - as well as racial and ethnic minorities - in the industry. Critics of Silicon Valley have cited high-profile cases as evidence that the industry has fostered a hostile workplace culture. For their part, tech companies point to their commitment to increasing workforce diversity, even as some employees claim the industry is increasingly hostile to white males.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
''The Industry Is Fundamentally Broken'': Women On Sexism In Silicon Valley
Sexism in tech isn't new. But 2017 has been the year that the harassment and bias that many women in Silicon Valley have long endured has come to light. Uber along with several venture capital firms have been outed for fostering environments where sexual harassment and discrimination have thrived. The fallout has been swift and public. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor is investigating wage disparity at Google, and now as many as 90 former employees are suing over similar discrepancies.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
The fight against the flu
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that assistant professor of biochemistry Tijana Ivanovic has received a New Innovator Award to conduct research that may improve our chances of forecasting a flu pandemic. Right now, we have no way of predicting which strain of the flu virus will evolve and become capable of being passed from human to human. She hopes to change this. The New Innovator Award is one of the most prestigious grants an early-career scientist can get. It's part of the NIH's High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program aimed at encouraging cutting-edge, out-of-the-box science. Ivanovic will receive $1.5 million over five years.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
WITI and Ellie Mae Present: The Future of Artificial Intelligence - Why it's critical to your Company and Career!, OCTOBER 24, 2017
In this network event speakers will talk about The future of Artificial Intelligence: The impact of AI on employment, workforce, finance and healthcare. What happens when your computer knows you better than you know yourself? How is the technical landscape changing? Is the workforce changing apace? What are the gaps between talent and industry needs? What should new grads be learning to stay ahead of the curve? Are you integrating new tools to accommodate for this changing landscape?
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
European Big Data Value Forum, 21 -23 November, Versailles, France
The European Data Forum (EDF) is a key European event for industry professionals, business developers, researchers, and policy makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the European data economy and data-driven innovation in Europe. Likewise, the Big Data Value Association Summit (BDVA) has quickly grown into a renowned event for all stakeholders in the European data economy. This year EDF and BDVA join forces to bring you the European Big Data Value Forum that will be held in Versailles (Palais des Congres), France from 21st to 23rd November 2017.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Solving the STEM shortage: CPD improves science teacher retention
New research shows that continuing professional development (CPD) can play a significant role in retaining science teachers and improving science education. Commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by Education Datalab, the research found that science teachers who participate in CPD through STEM Learning are much more likely to remain in teaching. One in 12 teachers who did not participate in STEM Learning CPD left teaching within two years. This drops to 1 in 30 for those who did, when other factors (such as age and gender) are taken into account, increasing the odds of remaining by 160%. STEM Learning provides high quality, subject-specific CPD for science teachers and technicians across the UK that already has proven impact on teachers and their students.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Wellcome's latest report highlights current state of UK primary science education
Wellcome has published a new report which explores the nature of primary science delivery across the UK. Commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by CFE Research with the University of Manchester, the report looks into science leaders, teachers and pupils' opinions of science. This report has been released prior to Wellcome's UK-wide primary science campaign, which is due to launch this term.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017

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