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5 Ways Indian Companies Can Boost Women in Technical Roles
In India's IT and BPM sector, women fill 51 percent of entry-level jobs, according to Nasscom, a trade association for the Indian IT sector. On average, women fill 35 percent of tech roles in India, compared to only 21 percent in the US. But a looming problem remains - 50 percent of Indian women leave the technical workforce at junior and mid-level positions. This dropout is problematic for companies because recruiting, retaining and advancing women technologists isn't just an aspiration; it's a business imperative. Here are five areas Indian companies must focus on to boost women in technical roles.
Posted on 23 Jul 2016
10 Actionable Ways to Actually Increase Diversity in Tech
Tech's diversity problem is not new information, especially to those of us who work in the industry. There is a trend taking hold in tech companies over the past few years: publishing diversity stats. While taking a hard look in the mirror is an important step in addressing diversity issues, taking additional steps to implement meaningful change efforts is also important. But what steps are most effective? In this webinar, Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, NCWIT Senior Research Scientist, presents 10 research-based strategies for increasing diversity.
Posted on 23 Jul 2016
2016 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award - Kate Matsudaira, July 27, 2016 ,Seattle
You're invited to join NCWIT (The National Center for Women & Information Technology) and distinguished guests from the Seattle area to celebrate the recipient of the 2016 NCWIT Symons Innovator Award. We are excited to host the event at the Amazon Doppler Tower in downtown Seattle; Amazon is a proud member of NCWIT, working with us to increase girls' and women's meaningful participation in computing. This year the distinguished awardee is Kate Matsudaira. Kate is a successful technology entrepreneur, having founded Popforms, a company that delivers bite-sized, digestible corporate education - recently the company was acquired by Safari Books. Kate has also held high-level positions at Amazon, Microsoft, Moz, and Decide. She has truly been at the forefront of numerous technology innovations.
Posted on 23 Jul 2016
Third Annual White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Nomination Form
The White House Office of Public Engagement & Office of Science and Technology Policy are looking for technologists, innovators and community leaders to participate in this year's White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit on August 23rd, 2016. The Summit will bring together over 200 of the most innovative and talented LGBTQ technology leaders to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges.
Posted on 10 Jul 2016
Facebook backs new conference for women in tech
A group of prominent women in the tech industry have announced that they are planning a new conference for Women in Product. The conference, which is sponsored in part by Facebook, will be held at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Sept. 13. It is open to women who have eight or more years of experience in product leadership. Expected attendees include women from companies like Twitter, Uber, Apple and Google.
Posted on 10 Jul 2016
Male advocates for gender diversity in tech
Balancing the technological needs of the research and education community is a task Internet2 has been successfully completing for the last 20 years. Achieving balance is also the aim of Internet2's Gender Diversity Initiative (GDI). Through community scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and enhanced awareness, the GDI is leading a discussion about balanced gender representation in the technology workplace. At Internet2's recent 20th anniversary Global Summit, Laurie Burns McRobbie and Marla Meehl hosted a panel about the place of male advocates in the effort to achieve gender parity. McRobbie is adjunct faculty for the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, and Meehl is networking manager for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
Posted on 10 Jul 2016
At Google, women and minorities still lag
Google, which two years ago publicly addressed the gender and racial imbalance in the tech industry by disclosing the demographics of its workforce, says it's making slow progress in diversifying its staff, which is still mostly made up of white and Asian men. Women made up 31% of Google employees in 2015, up one percentage point since 2014, according to statistics released by the Internet giant on Thursday. One in five technical hires were women in 2015, raising the number of women in technical roles to 19% from 18% in 2014 and 17% in 2013. In 2015, women held nearly a quarter of leadership posts at Google, up from 22% in 2014 and 21% in 2013. Google says it's also hiring more black and Hispanic workers.
Posted on 10 Jul 2016
How Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem Created A New Industry
In the last two years, diversity practices at major Silicon Valley tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been held under a microscope. The big question everyone seems to be asking is ''Why are these companies overwhelmingly made up of white men and what can be done to cultivate more diverse talent?''
Posted on 10 Jul 2016
Ars Electronica Festival 2016, 8-12 September 2016, Linz, Austria
The Ars Electronica Festival for Art, Technology and Society is a gathering of artists, scientists and technologists, offering a setting for experimentation, evaluation and reinvention.
Posted on 28 Jun 2016
NASBE Report Provides Recommendations for States Adopting Computer Science Standards
The latest policy update from NASBE outlines what states need to consider as they adopt standards for computer science instruction, highlighting several promising efforts.
Posted on 28 Jun 2016

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