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European Commission will launch 1 billion eur quantum technologies flagship
Speaking at the Quantum Europe Conferenceorganised by The Dutch presidency of the EU, the European Commission and the QuTech center in Delft, the Commissioner outlined his objective to reinforce European scientific leadership and excellence in quantum research and in quantum technologies. Representatives of academia and industry presented the Quantum Manifesto to Commissioner Oettinger and to the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp. One point they made clear was that quantum secure communication and computing will be a key part of future computing infrastructure. The quantum flagship will be a key part of the data and computing Infrastructure which underpins the European Cloud Initiative, as part of the Commission's strategy to digitise European industry.
Posted on 18 May 2016
Tech companies can make retention of female employees a priority
The technology industry has a problem with retaining qualified female employees. According toa study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, 56 percent of women in computing jobs will leave their positions at the ''mid-level'' point, right when it is most costly to the companies that employ them. This is due to a number of factors that can be alleviated by corporations adopting mindful practices that will create better and balanced work environments.
Posted on 18 May 2016
Society of Women Engineers Professional Virtual Career Fair, May 25, 2016
If you are searching for your dream job but not sure how to find it and tired of sending out resumes without a response, you can sign up for The Society of Women Engineers Virtual Career Fair and you will be connected directly, one-on-one and live, with top employers that are hiring now. This premier recruiting event will offer the opportunity to potentially have 20 or more first round interviews all within three hours!By registering, you will: interact Live and one-on-one with recruiters through online chat - you can share your resume and experience and schedule second round interviews, discover new career opportunities from leading employers eager to hire people with your expertise and build your network by continuing your conversations with recruiters after the event ends.
Posted on 18 May 2016
Action Figures Show Us the Nonsense That Women Face at Work
The hiring numbers in Silicon Valley are particularly bad, and again, no, it's not because women are somehow worse coders than men (MRA trolls, we'll see you in the comments section). In fact, a GitHub study found that when coders' genders were obscured, women's code was accepted at a slightly higher rate than men's. When the gender of the coder was revealed, acceptance rates dropped.
Posted on 10 May 2016
European research funding for ICT adds real scientific and technological value, studies find
EU funding of research projects in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) area over the period 2007-2013 (under the 7th EU Framework Programme, FP7) had a strong added value, according to two studies, which fed into the Commission's evaluation of the programme. More specifically, the studies found that EU-funded ICT projects produced output of a higher quality than the world average, and generated a world-leading level of scientific articles.
Posted on 10 May 2016
Teachers Can Now Fund CS Professional Development on DonorsChoose and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have partnered with the Infosys Foundation USA on the latter's CS for All community giving campaign. The initiative aims to make computer science professional development more accessible for teachers, especially those who do not already teach computer science. The program aims to fund the projects of as many as 2,000 teachers. NSF and the foundation have committed $6 million to the effort collectively. Part of this funding will match community donations through DonorsChoose, and the rest will go towards creating the professional development programs in which the teachers are enrolling. The program opened three weeks before the official announcement, and seven of 30 proposals have received full funding.
Posted on 10 May 2016
Female Tech Leaders Create New Group To Fix Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem
Silicon Valley executives have talked a lot of about the lack of diversity in their ranks. But as the annual workplace demographic reports from their companies show, not much is changing. So a group of prominent women in the tech industry has taken matters into their own hand, and on Tuesday unveiled a new initiative called Project Include. The project's aim is to collect and share data to help increase diversity among tech company employees as a way to encourage change.
Posted on 10 May 2016
4 Factors That Predict Startup Success, and One That Doesn't
What makes a venture capital investment successful? Some of the most interesting data on this question comes from an analysis published last year by the venture capital firm First Round Capital. The firm's unique data set comprises information on over 300 companies and nearly 600 founders, including founder characteristics such as age, gender, education, firm location, and prior work and startup experience. The study found several correlates with success - some reassuring, some surprising.
Posted on 10 May 2016
'Growth Mindset' To Improve Students' Future; Character Education Nears Implementation To Alter STEM?
This new idea that swept throughout the academia is a brain child of Stanford University Psychology Professor Carol Dweck. Her works insist to focus on ''Growth Mindset'' believing that this factor could edify students will to overcome problems and develop abilities, and become scholarly active in learning. The professor introduced true-to-life tales of students living in harsh, congested city areas who have plucked their selves in a situation without future by believing that their talents reach beyond what they already know, she said in a video TED Talk shared.
Posted on 10 May 2016
Researchers explain how stereotypes keep girls out of computer science classes
Despite valiant efforts to recruit more women, the gender gap in the fields collectively known as STEM -science, technology, engineering, and math - is not getting any better. The gaps in computer science and engineering are the largest of any major STEM discipline. Nationally, less than 20% of bachelor's degrees in these fields go to women. Women are missing out on great jobs, and society is missing out on the innovations women could be making in new technology. Good work is being done to solve this problem in college and the workplace. But we need to start earlier and set a strong foundation. Stereotypes are a powerful force driving girls away from these fields. Even though stereotypes are often inaccurate, children absorb them at an early age and are affected by them.
Posted on 29 Apr 2016

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