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Girls in Tech Catalyst 2016 Video
Catalyst is Girls in Tech's largest event of the year. As a three-day event designed to celebrate women and provide a platform for candid discussions, it brings together women at all career levels and from all corners of the globe. Catalyst attracts luminary speakers from Silicon Valley who speak to topics ranging from innovating and the changing digital landscape to finding your career sweet spot and sources of startup funding. The most recent Catalyst event brought more than 450 people to Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, Arizona in April. In case you missed it: Check out this video from the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference this year. It features interviews with some of the today's top tech leaders. See what they have to say about GIT, diversity in the workplace and the conference overall.
Posted on 25 May 2016
How Google, Pinterest, And Others Use Internships To Push Their Diversity Initiatives
Pinterest joined a growing number of companies, including Atlassian, Airbnb, Autodesk, and Twitter, in hiring a dedicated person to lead diversityinitiatives; still, significant change takes time, and the numbers haven't budged that much. Each of the new appointees acknowledge there is work to be done, not only to diversify the employee pool, but to make companies more inclusive. Some companies are looking to make an impact at the earliest point of the talent recruitment process: They're diversifying members of their internship programs. The potential ripple effect is huge.
Posted on 25 May 2016
Female STEM Ph.D. Holders Earning 31% Less Than Males, According to New Report
There's no question the wage gap between men and women exists, but a new study from Ohio State University shows that even females with STEM-related PH.D. are getting paid as much as 31 percent less than their male counterparts. Some of it can be attributed to the fields within science, technology, engineering and mathematics that women choose, but removing that, Ohio State researchers found there is still an 11 percent gap. It turns out whether women have children or not may account for the remaining wage gap in STEM fields, the study reveals.
Posted on 25 May 2016
Google proposes new set of female emojis to promote equality
Google employees have proposed a new set of emojis aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace, including cartoon female engineers, chemists, plumbers and farmers. The Google team presented the designs of 13 new emojis at theUnicode Consortium, a Silicon Valley not-for-profit group that runs an ''emoji subcommittee'' overseeing the creation of new emojis. ''No matter where you look, women are gaining visibility and recognition as never before,'' the four Google workers wrote in their proposal. ''Isn't it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?''
Posted on 18 May 2016
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

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