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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
Infosys Foundation USA to Host Free Computer Science Training for over 800 Public School Teachers in Summer 2018
Inspired by the success of past funding initiatives to train thousands of public school teachers, Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018, a national convening for K-12 teacher education in Computer Science and Making. InfyPathfinders will be an intensive week of professional development to be held at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) from July 15-20, 2018. Over 800 teachers from across the United States will convene on the IUB campus for high-quality, hands-on training for K-12 grade level Computer Science (CS) and Maker education. Interested teachers and school administrators can find out more and register their interest at: infy.com/Pathfinders
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
An Assembly Line of Coding Students? Tough Questions for the Computer Science Movement
What does it really mean to prepare students for a future in coding careers? Clive Thompson, a freelance writer for Wired and The New York Times magazine, thinks the reality is not as rosy as many people think. In a popular Wired article titled, The Next Big Blue-Collar Job is Coding, Thompson criticizes pop culture and some writers, like himself, for overly romanticizing the notion of the 'lone genius coder'- the Mark Zuckerbergs and Mr. Robots of the world- saying that's not what every coder looks like and that's not what many coders will be. Thompson recently talked with EdSurge about the future of programming work in the United States and the realities students will face in their future job searches. The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity. Listen to a complete version of the interviews below, or on your favorite podcast app (like iTunes or Stitcher).
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
8 States, 76 School Districts, And 102 Organizations Worldwide Pledge To Expand Computer Science Education For Millions Of Students
At an event hosted by Code.org to kick off Computer Science Education Week, 8 states, 76 school districts, and 102 organizations worldwide made new pledges to expand access to computer science for millions of students, focusing on diversity. The news was announced and celebrated by some of the most powerful women in technology, including Melinda Gates, Peggy Johnson of Microsoft, Sheryl Sandberg, and Susan Wojcicki, as well as Governors Steve Bullock of Montana, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Eric Holcombof Indiana, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom of California. Code.org also announced a new milestone of 10 million girls with student accounts on its learning platform and $12 million in new philanthropic funding from donors including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Infosys Foundation USA, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
Can Robots Help Get More Girls Into Science And Tech?
Here's a depressing number for you: 12. Just 12 percent of engineers in the United States are women. In computing it's a bit better, where women make up 26 percent of the workforce-but that number has actually fallen from 35 percent in 1990. The United States has a serious problem with getting women into STEM jobs and keeping them there. Silicon Valley and other employers bear the most responsibility for that: Discrimination, both overt and subtle, works to keep women out of the workforce. But this society of ours also perpetuates gender stereotypes, which parents pass on to their kids. Like the one that says boys enjoy building things more than girls. There's no single solution to such a daunting problem, but here's an unlikely one: robots. Not robots enforcing diversity in the workplace, not robots doing all the work and obviating the concept of gender entirely, but robots getting more girls interested in STEM. Specifically, robot kits for kids-simple yet powerful toys for teaching youngsters how to engineer and code.
Posted on 30 Nov 2017
Discover how the 2016-18 Pacesetters cohort is setting the pace for change with disruptive, innovative approaches
NCWIT Pacesetters is a unique, fast-track program in which committed corporate, startup, and university leaders work across boundaries to accelerate their organizations' number of technical women.
Posted on 30 Nov 2017

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