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Jobs with NCWIT
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a national non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, seeks a Curriculum Designer & Instructor for a new project being funded by the National Science Foundation for three years. This is a part-time, contract position (20 hours per week) and is not bound by location other than the U.S.
Posted on 30 Aug 2015
How Does the Physical Environment Affect Women's Entry and Persistence in Computing? Design Physical Space that Has Broad Appeal
The decor of physical spaces conveys messages about the kinds of people who belong there and the kinds of activities that should be done there. Understanding this influence allows us to actively craft an environment that makes a broad range of people feel welcome in computing. The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington opened in 2003. The building was intended to be warm, welcoming, and 'non-techy' in appearance, applying principles supported by research on stereotypes and the environment. Combined with the department's other diversity initiatives, the building may be accomplishing its goal. The department has seen increases in women's representation at a time when peer institutions saw declines.
Posted on 30 Aug 2015
Lady Pitch Night Competition USA, November 10, 2015, San Francisco, CA
Lady Pitch Night 2015 will convene over 400 innovative female business leaders, investors, engineers, and designers to explore the best in innovation, tech, and entrepreneurship. Girls in Tech is hosting the half-day pitch competition for early-stage technology startups for female entrepreneurs. A panel of seasoned tech professionals and investors will be judging based on the innovativeness and viability of the product or service. The competition will take place at Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco on Tuesday, November 10. Winners will receive a cash prize along with additional resources such as office space provided by RocketSpace, and equipment to move their startup forward.
Posted on 30 Aug 2015
Ten charts that paint a fascinating portrait of the modern-day programmer
Stack Overflow, a Q&A site for programmers, recently came out with its 2015 developer survey. With responses from more than 26,000 people in 157 countries, Stack Overflow was able to pinpoint some interesting trends in tech and how they vary regionally, painting a picture of the life of a programmer today around the world.
Posted on 30 Aug 2015
GRACE HOPPER INSTITUTE Open Source Day 2015, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 I 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
With the widespread adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the commercial and nonprofit worlds, an increasing number of employment opportunities require an understanding of and ability to contribute to this kind of software. One of the biggest hurdles to contributing to FOSS is lack of experience or opportunities to try it. Our Open Source Day (OSD) gives women from around the world the chance to learn how to contribute to the open source community, regardless of their skill or experience level. More than two hundred women of varied skills and experience levels will work together to develop projects during the Code-A-Thon. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and work with mentors from a variety of commercial and nonprofit organizations. Lunch and OSD swag will be provided for all participants.
Posted on 16 Aug 2015
1000 GIRLS, 1000 FUTURES
1000 GIRLS, 1000 FUTURES is an innovative new program designed to take on one of the world's biggest challenges right now: getting more women into STEM. The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program wants to grow the STEM pipeline and get more young women into some of the most important STEM-related careers of our world. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in a student's life, you can become a part of a program with the potential to positively impact society. The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Program is a world-wide effort that pairs motivated, enthusiastic mentors with smart, STEM-focused high. When you volunteer to mentor with 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, you are not only devoting time to help further the future of STEM by encouraging a young woman to pursue her passion within the field, but you are also able to connect to a global network of like-minded female STEM professionals with whom to share experiences and resources.
Posted on 16 Aug 2015
Connected Communities Initiative
The European Commission has launched the Connected Communities Initiative, a public call for expressions of interest for broadband projects interested in the use of financial instruments. Connected Communities aim to gather information from the market about existing connectivity projects that seek to provide high-speed broadband (30 Mbps and above) and are currently under consideration by public and private promoters, in particular regional and local decision makers.
Posted on 19 May 2015
$150 Million: Amount Google Will Spend To Increase Workforce Diversity
Google is expanding its recruitment efforts to include universities and communities to raise the company's level of workforce diversity. The move hopes to entic more young women into the world of computing and technology and entrench engineers from Historically Black universities and colleges into its workforce. The search giant, as well as many other top tech companies, landed in the media potlight last year when internal hiring and employee statistics regarding workforce diversity revealed that tech giants are dominantly male in terms of both staff and management, with very small populations of non-white and female workers. In an effort to be more transparent regarding workforce hiring and employee demographics, several tech titans released insight on staff diversity.
Posted on 19 May 2015
Study: Women preferred over men for STEM asst. professorships
A new study revealed a noteworthy uptick in women receiving assistant professorships in traditionally male-dominated fields, though not everyone is convinced by the findings.
Two Cornell Department of Human Development Professors, Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci, recently co-authored a survey examining preferences for assistant professorships based on gender. The professors performed a variety of experiments to test preferences. Some of these experiments included emailing evaluators applications of three candidates and asking evaluators to rank candidates first, second or third based on their preferences.he candidates were surveyed in the fields of engineering, biology, psychology and economics. The study revealed that women were preferred in a 2:1 ratio when comparing lifestyles such as single, married or divorced to men in the fields of engineering, biology and psychology. Men and women were given equal preference in economics. These results came as a shock for Williams and the people working on the experiments.
Posted on 19 May 2015
Student Engineering Challenge
Due to limited access to certain natural resources (such as: clean water, energy, reliable agriculture sources) PepsiCo must find innovative ways to connect with and help consumers in emerging markets as well as domestic markets. PepsiCo must also strategically find ways to make advances in areas of sustainability.
PepsiCo is looking to leverage young engineers to identify disruptive innovations - innovations that impact us across every function and country to address unmet needs and improve the way in which we make, move and sell our products while doing so in a way that furthers PepsiCo's commitment to environmental sustainability as well as its impact on society.
Posted on 19 May 2015

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