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Women's 'emotional connections' can aid the technology industry
Women can bring an emotional connection to the technology sector, which is becoming more important as the industry evolves, according to the president of business collaboration software firm Jive. Elisa Steele explained in an interview with V3 that the need for more women in technology goes beyond a desire to encourage workplace diversity, and that women can bring a way of thinking that has "real business value".
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
Girls in IT: The Facts
Girls in IT: The Facts, sponsored by NCWIT's K-12 Alliance, is a synthesis of the existing literature on increasing girls' participation in computing. It aims to bring together this latest research so that readers can gain a clearer and more coherent picture of 1) the current state of affairs for girls in computing, 2) the key barriers to increasing girls' participation in these fields, and 3) promising practices for addressing these barriers.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
In the last few months roughly 20 tech companies broke with traditional silences around data transparency, publicly releasing their diversity demographics. Before then, a few companies, such as Intel, had been releasing their company-wide equal opportunity data for quite some time. But until last year, few, if any, companies had revealed their demographic data for technical occupations, in particular. This historic trend is a laudable and important first step in stimulating open conversation and action to increase diverse representation in the tech industry.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, Boston, MA, February 18-21, 2015
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to: celebrate the diversity that exists in computing, connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference, obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry, get inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds. This year's conference theme is Diversity at Scale as the Tapia Conference celebrates efforts to move diversity in all aspects of computing beyond conversation and study into full practice and implementation. As a community, we recognize that we must scale our diversity efforts to fully utilize computing to address the larger problems faced by today's society.
Posted on 18 Jan 2015
3 Takeaways From Pew's Women in Leadership Survey
Women may be making inroads into the tech and political realms, but when it comes to the corporate world, they have a lot of catching up to do - or rather, society does. That's according to a new Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership, which outlines just where they stand in the labor force. From making strides in managerial and professional roles to being more likely than young men to graduate from college (and continue learning), women are making real progress. Of course, there's clearly still room for improvement. Here are three takeaways from the illuminating study, guaranteed to get your office talking.
Posted on 18 Jan 2015
How corporate America is tackling unconscious bias
Equality is a worthy goal - but its tough to achieve when unconscious bias so pervades the American workplace. Certainly women have made inroads in corporate America, but a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday points at why women struggle to climb to the corporate world's highest ranks - and often tone down their ideas, hide behind an agreeable facade or leave the workplace altogether. Four out of 10 surveyed in the Pew study said that there are double standards for women seeking the highest levels of leadership in politics or business. They added that women have to outshine their male counterparts - and more than one-third of respondents believe the electorate and corporate America are not ready to put more women in top leadership positions.
Posted on 18 Jan 2015
Summer Institutes - Scalable Game Design wiki
2015 applications are now open for the Scalable Game Design Summer Institute. This program brings technology and content teachers from middle schools, high schools, and upper elementary classrooms together at the University of Colorado Boulder campus to learn how to use game design for computer science education.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
Research shows women investors only make up 4.4% of the industry, which may be partly to explain why women-led businesses only get 4.2% of venture capital funding. But research also shows that male entrepreneurs are 40% more likely to get VC funding than female founders. While the stats prove the entire industry still has a long way to go, not all female entrepreneurs have had a difficult time raising venture capital. Below, six women who have successfully acquired funding explain how they did it, what problems they ran into, and what advice they'd give to others.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
The powerful woman behind Intel's new $300 million diversity initiative
Intel president Rene James is building a pipeline of female and other groups of underrepresented engineers and computer scientists. They decided to go public because they feel like this needs to be broader than Intel, to get others on board and really meet the objectives in the next five years. Over the next few months, James and Rosalind Hudnell, Intel's chief diversity officer, will not only figure out how to collaborate with other tech companies but also formalize the team that will be working on Intel's own Diversity in Technology initiative. They will also determine which organizations they will partner with to help build out the pipeline of women and minorities with tech-job skills.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
GIRLS WHO CODE 2015 Summer Immension Programme
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program represents an innovative approach to computer cience education, pairing seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with engaging, career-focused mentorship and exposure led by the industry's top female entrepreneurs and engineers.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015

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