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The Rise of Robots Will Make the Tech Gender Gap Even Worse
Whether it was IBM boss Ginni Rometty, dashing onto the podium to anchor a panel on artificial intelligence, or a defiant Christine Lagarde, holding forth on the need to fight back against populism, high-powered women were everywhere at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. Women reached a record share of attendees who scored prestigious white badges at the event. What echoed through the halls of the main Congress Centre and after-hours events, though, was the sobering truth that the tenuous gains women have made in the world economy are at risk for those further down the ladder. Especially when it comes to the jobs of the future.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
What you need to know about the tech pay gap and job posts
We know there are more men than women in tech careers, and we know there's a wage gap. But a recent report conducted by Comparably found something interesting - as professionals age, the gender gap decreases. While there is a 29 percent difference in salaries between men and women entering the tech field between the ages of 18 and 25, by the time professionals are over 50 years old, men earn just 5 percent more than women. This makes sense considering that a survey conducted by my company,, found that, in health IT, salaries significantly increase with more experience. But that doesn't explain why there's such a large gap to begin with.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
Apply for a 1 year paid internship in Silicon Valley - application deadline: February 3rd 2017
The Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP), is offering newly graduating developers an extraordinary opportunity to come and work and learn in Silicon Valley. The SVIP gives newly graduating Software Engineering Students the unique experience of working with hot tech companies in Silicon Valley through a one-year internship. The aim is that through this experience, SVIP interns will bring a little of the Silicon Valley attitude back to the entrepreneurial community back home. Successful applicants are matched with a high growth tech company and work as an integral part of their engineering teams. They are paid a salary of $60,000 for the year. The SVIP helps to arrange for US work visas and provides a return flight to San Francisco, as well as accommodation for the first month. In addition, the SVIP hosts monthly 'Meet the Entrepreneur' and 'Hackathon' events, which take the SVIPers through the company formation process from idea to revenue.
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
Facebook's Hiring Process Hinders Its Effort to Create a Diverse Workforce
Facebook has put itself at the forefront of efforts to recruit a more diverse workforce, including a targeted internal recruiting strategy in 2015 designed to bring in female, black and Latino software engineers. Yet within Facebook's engineering department, the push has been hampered by a multi-layered hiring process that gives a small committee of high-ranking engineers veto power over promising candidates, frustrating recruiters and hindering progress on diversity goals. Facebook started incentivizing recruiters in 2015 to find engineering candidates who weren't already well represented at the company - women, black and Latino workers. But during the final stage for engineering hires, the decision-makers were risk-averse, often declining the minority candidates. The engineering leaders making the ultimate choices, almost all white or Asian men, often assessed candidates on traditional metrics like where they attended college, whether they had worked at a top tech firm, or whether current Facebook employees could vouch for them, according to former recruiters, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about their work.
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
A Grand Challenge: Reimagining Competitions for the Broader Benefit
Competitions can ignite passions and turn kids on to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but the question remains whether competitions are the best way to get youth involved in STEM activities. There is an abundance of competitions including For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) Robotics, EngineerGirl Essay Contest, and Technovation that serve youth across the country and around the world. Many of these competitions are based on the idea that competing can inspire students to excellence and provide valuable real-life experience. FIRST Robotics describes the experience of competing ''as close to 'real-world engineering' as a student can get.'' This perspective shared by FIRST and other organizers suggests that competitions offer participants a positive experience that can impact interests, attitudes, and skills. A study of FIRST documents that its participants were more than three times as likely to major in engineering and more than twice as likely to pursue a career in science and technology.
Posted on 19 Jan 2017
Gone in 2016: 10 Notable Women in Science and Technology
2016 marked the passing of some of our most beloved cultural icons-from David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael to Harper Lee, Gwen Ifill, and Zaha Hadid. But we also lost the developer of the first effective treatment for sickle cell disease, the co-discoverer of dark matter, and the creator of a 3-D printer that spits out living cells as ''bio-ink.'' Now in its fourth year, this annual remembrance of notable women in the sciences lost in the past 12 months highlights 10 individuals who made indelible marks on their respective fields. At a time when scientists in general are too often overlooked for their crucial contributions to society, it bears noting that high-achieving women in the STEM fields often go especially underappreciated. With this in mind, here's a look at some of the stars of science and technology who left us in 2016.
Posted on 05 Jan 2017
How Your Company Can Meaningfully Improve Diversity In 2017
In recent years, many companies have been emphasizing their dedication to diversity. But what does that really mean? If we look at Silicon Valley, whose diversity numbers continue to be shaky, saying doesn't necessarily mean doing. In fact, a recent LinkedIn study found that, despite the heightened press, a majority of tech leaders don't know what they are actually doing to make their organizations more diverse. And unless real action is taken, 2017 won't bring about any seismic changes. For most companies, creating a more diverse and inclusive landscape involves doing away with common myths. As organizations begin think about the this year's goals, here are some ways to help bring about a more diverse workspace.
Posted on 05 Jan 2017
Companies Hotly Pursue New Wave of Women in Tech
Even by Silicon Valley standards, where recruiting wars are legion, attracting women to join tech company boards has become intense. While many companies still want the highest-profile women in the industry - think Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook or Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise - a new pool of candidates is also being hotly pursued. And those women are younger, tend to be ethnically diverse and have grown up in digital businesses for much of their careers.
Posted on 05 Jan 2017
Diversity And Inclusion In Analytics: How Startups Are Combating The Sexism Charge
Gender is a touchy subject on the best of days - with people falling in the spectrum of supporting women's empowerment to defending it ardently to being largely indifferent to it and not understanding why it exists. When it comes to the tech world, analytics especially, it is a more interesting game altogether. This Forbes report shows the disparity of women speakers in technical conferences, with a marginal number attending them in a headlining capacity, less than 25% in 15 annual analytics conferences. And who can forget Gamergate - when a woman Twitter influencer was shamed and bullied at SXSW 2015 (South by Southwest 2015), for being outspoken regarding a certain group of men in a gaming company?
Posted on 05 Jan 2017
Re-Search brings gender-balance to online image searches
In February of this year the White House Council on Women and Girls in collaboration with the Office of Science and Technology Policy published a very illuminating Fact Sheet geared towards the entertainment industry entitled STEM Depiction Opportunities. Citing the ''diversity challenge'' that exists on many college campuses today where minorities and women make up 70% of college graduates but only 45% of actual degrees in STEM-related fields, the forward-thinking white paper encouraged storytellers everywhere to ''paint the picture of an inclusive STEM-related workforce that the nation intends to be'' in entertainment media and beyond. Emphasizing the power and lasting impact of offering up diverse onscreen role models of women, minorities and other underrepresented groups pursuing thriving STEM-related careers, more than anything else, the report highlighted the simple fact that in today's truly digital age, optics matter. And that goes tenfold for the Internet, where most Google and Yahoo! image searches for words like ''engineer'',''airline pilot'' or ''president'' are almost entirely dominated by pictures of men.
Posted on 05 Jan 2017

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