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Welcome to the Wow! Innovation Challenge Page
The Wow! Innovation Challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections and MALs. Periodically, a section/MAL will be recognized for a unique, creative approach to a component of outreach. SWE will award a $500 outreach stipend to the winning section/MAL and will share the winning entries with the entire society.
Posted on 30 Aug 2016
Jobs at ABI
If you want to be a part of the team working to transform technology by ensuring that the people who build technology mirror the people who use it, then view Anita Borg Institute currently opened positions for Program Manager, Communication Design Specialist, Creative Leader, Senior Director of the Grace Hopper Celebration and more.
Posted on 30 Aug 2016
Society of Women Engineers Announces 2016 SWE Awards
The Society of Women Engineers announced the recipients of its annual awards program. SWE awards acknowledge achievers and leaders within various fields of engineering. The annual initiative aims to recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community. Award recipients will be recognized at WE16, the world's largest conference for women engineers, Oct. 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
SWE Offers Free Webinars to Inspire STEM Outreach
SWE is offering two webinars to inspire outreach encouraging others to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
There's a Huge Gender Gap Among Inventors
Just 8% of primary patent-holders are women. Where are all the female inventors? According to a new analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women held fewer than one in five patents in 2010. And the numbers are even worse when it comes to women as primary inventors.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
Megan Lee is promoting women scientists in a creative way
Artist Megan Lee has no science background. However, after watching a documentary about Nikola Tesla in 2010, who is well known for his work in electricity, and more specifically his alternating current (AC) idea, she became curious about this ''rock star of science'', and decided to make a simple and quick design to put on her wall inspired by his scientific career and contributions.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
Talent Matters: In the push for STEM, women don't have to get left behind
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are often lauded as the way of the future, but in one way they feel stuck in the past: gender diversity. In the U.S. alone, where gender diversity is more advanced than in many countries, women make up 46 percent of the civilian labor force but only 26 percent of STEM occupations. New graduates entering the workforce will not close this gender gap. Only about 18 percent of women take STEM courses at the university level and women make up just 31 percent of the total STEM graduate population. Women also show far greater likelihood than men of moving to non-STEM careers later. CEB's projections show that these metrics are unlikely to change in the near future as only half the number of women as men will join STEM jobs from the graduate population over the next 15 years.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
Call for posters and demos at Cloud Forward 2016
Cloud Forward 2016 invites SMEs and post-graduate students to present their innovative products, services, technologies, theses and R&D interests in cloud computing as a poster or demo to a wide audience from academia and industry. Deadline for submission is 16 September 2016.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
New AP Course in Computer Science Principles Aims to Make Tech Accessible
Less than 10 percent of computer scientists are African-Americans and Hispanics, and only 18 percent of women major in computer science, the National Science Foundation reveals. With statistics like those, it seems likely that most new jobs in computing - the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 1.4 million are expected to be created by 2020 - won't be filled by women or minorities. The College Board, the not-for-profit organization that administers the SAT exam and Advanced Placement program, wants to change that. Its new AP Computer Science Principlescourse will examine computing as a creative activity and help students to understand fundamental principles through collaboration. Unlike the existing AP Computer Science A, theCollege Board reports this program doesn't require students to bring a passion for technology and a basic knowledge of programming languages - simple curiosity is enough.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
Virtual reality could usher the dawn of gender equity in tech
The advent of virtual reality may mark a major turn toward gender equality in tech. The roaring debate regarding the lack of women working in technical roles has spawned a real effort to create gender equality in the workforce. We need a giant cultural shift, beginning with schools encouraging more women to study computer science to join these elite ranks and through to companies hiring more women for technical roles and grooming them for the climb to the C-suite. Can virtual reality be the catalyst? For those individuals who dare to be pioneers, new industries can create spaces for career breakthroughs. Virtual reality may represent a big opportunity for women developers and programmers in film, journalism, education, and gaming. There's been a lot of discussion recently about the need for morediversity in virtual reality as the industry begins to take off. It is estimated that by 2020 it will be a $30 billion industry and that currently about 22 percent of game developers in virtual reality are women. This shift is further supported by a new study that found women are considered better developers but only if they hide their gender.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016

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