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The surprising thing Google learned about its employees - and what it means for today's students
The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects -science, technology, engineering and math - and learn to code as well because that's where the jobs are. It turns out that is a gross simplification of what students need to know and be able to do, and some proof for that comes from a surprising source: Google. This post explains what Google learned about its employees, and what that means for students across the country. It was written by Cathy N. Davidson, founding director of the Futures Initiative and a professor in the doctoral program in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of the new book, ''The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux.'' She also serves on the Mozilla Foundation board of directors, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities.
Posted on 26 Dec 2017
It's moving slowly, but Pinterest and other tech companies are becoming less white and less male
Slowly but surely, Pinterest is getting more diverse. The company released its annual workforce diversity report on Tuesday, and claims that underrepresented minorities now make up 9 percent of its workforce, up from just 7 percent in 2016. Pinterest is also hiring more female employees: Women account for 45 percent of Pinterest's workforce, up from 44 percent last year, according to this latest report. The data represents advances compared to 2016 government data published earlier this year. And while the changes from year to year may seem small, the company is chipping away at those diversity proportions.
Posted on 26 Dec 2017
LabRoots Announces Winner of Its Fall STEM Scholarship
LabRoots, the leading provider of educational and interactive virtual events for tech innovators, engineers, and scientists from around the world, is excited to announce Reshmi Ranjith as the winner of the LabRoots Fall STEM scholarship, awarding her $2,000 to support her in her academic pursuits in the STEM fields. Ranjith is a senior at Westhill High School, who plans on attending Georgia Institute of Technology next fall, majoring in computer science. She has taken computer science courses since her sophomore year, which has fueled her passion and inspiration for majoring in it. She has won the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, served as a tutor for struggling students and has already secured an on-going internship in the Stamford Government's Technology Department.
Posted on 26 Dec 2017
How Race Will Impact The Next Massive Stage Of The New Women's Movement
There is a new narrative from and among women that is both empowering and troubling at the same time. What seemed to begin, most recently, as a push within the technology industry for greater inclusion of women at all levels of the ecosystem has now extended into a full examination around sexual harassment issues, particularly within the areas of entertainment and media. This is only the tip of the iceberg and much more will come in terms of examination, pushback, exposure, and policy. This is about rattling the cage about everything from common decency and respect to start-up funding and C-suites, but just who is setting this neo-agenda for all women?
Posted on 26 Dec 2017
Women get less credit than men in the workplace
New research from the University of Delaware suggests that women receive less credit for speaking up in the workplace than their male counterparts. Kyle Emich, an assistant professor of management in UD's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, explored this topic with the University of Arizona's Elizabeth McClean, Boston College's Sean R. Martin and the United States Military Academy's Todd Woodruff for a forthcoming article in Academy of Management Journal.
Posted on 26 Dec 2017
Save the Date: the ICT 2018 event will take place on 4-6 December 2018 in Vienna
The 2018 Austrian Presidency will host the next ICT event at the Austria Centre Vienna in December next year. The ICT events organised since 1998 by the European Commission have become Europe's most visible international forums for ICT innovation and a unique gathering of the entire ICT research and innovation community. They meet to discuss current and future ICT trends and policies, share visions, network and develop partnerships in R&D, innovation and business. The 2018 edition of this major networking event will have the following main components: a conference on digital research and innovation policies, an exhibition of EU-funded research and innovation projects in the field of ICT, a series of networking activities, an innovation and startups village to showcase European entrepreneurship.
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
New GAO Report Spotlights Government Role in Solving the Tech Industry's Diversity Problem
In 1995, tech visionary Anita Borg stood on stage at the Women in Science and Engineering Conference and issued a challenge. She asked the audience to set its sights on a technical workforce made up of 50 percent women by the year 2020. When Anita made that speech, 37% of computer scientists in the U.S. were female, and 2020 was still 25 years off into the future. It seemed like an ambitious goal, but still an achievable one. But today, we're looking at a very different workforce - one that is struggling to recover from a steep drop in gender diversity over the past 20 years' A report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) shows women have made up a steady 22% of the country's technical workforce between 2005 and 2015. That correlates with what we saw in the data from the 2017 Top Companies for Women Technologists program - in the U.S., we're hovering right around 23% women in technical roles.
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
The First Women in Tech Didn't Leave - Men Pushed Them Out
In computing's early years, when it was considered women's work, all six programmers of America's first digital computer, Eniac, were women
Memos from the U.K.'s government archives reveal that, in 1959, an unnamed British female computer programmer was given an assignment to train two men. The memos said the woman had ''a good brain and a special flair'' for working with computers. Nevertheless, a year later the men became her managers. Since she was a different class of government worker, she had no chance of ever rising to their pay grade. Today, in the U.S., about a quarter of computing and mathematics jobs are held by women, and that proportion has been declining over the past 20 years. The situation is generally worse at the biggest tech companies: Only one in five engineers at Google or Facebook is a woman, according to the companies' recent diversity reports. A string of recent events - from women coming forward about sexism, harassment and discrimination in the industry, to the controversyover a memo written by a Google employee arguing that women overall are biologically less suited to programming - suggest the steps currently being taken by tech firms to address these issues are inadequate. A growing army of women and members of other underrepresented minorities are working on solutions to these issues.
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
Nearly 80 percent of female tech founders have experienced sexual harassment at work or know someone who has
More than three-quarters of female tech founders, or 78 percent, have either been sexually harassed or have known someone who's been sexually harassed in the workplace, according to a new survey of tech founders by seed-stage venture firm First Round Capital. About half of male founders - 48 percent - have had the same experience. The survey provides context for a slew of sexual harassment incidents in tech that have come to light in recent months. Like this one, this one and this one. And the story is far from over.
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
Counselors For Computing - No Problem!
What do computer science and technology have to do with school counseling? Can counselors really increase diversity in the technology field? After attending the Counselors for Computingprogram this summer, I say the answer is YES! The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) exists to increase women's participation in computing by working with K-12, higher education organizations and industry to decrease gaps in diversity. NCWIT reports there is a dire shortage of trained professionals in computer science fields. By 2024 only 45% of computing related jobs will be filled by US graduates completing a computing bachelor's degree. In 2016, women comprised only 26% of the computing workforce and less than 10% were women of color.
Posted on 12 Dec 2017

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