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Share your knowledge- Speak at GHC 18; The call for participation is open until March 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. PT.
If you are interested in speaking at the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 18) in September, at GHC, they make sure the voices of community are heard. Don't miss the chance to learn more about your field, network with new people, and discover how you can further your career. Check out our tracks, speaking formats, and requirements to learn more.
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
Diversity in Computing Summit; March 2, 2018, Maryland
Maryland Center for Women in Computing is pleased to present the Diversity in Computing Summit, a one-day workshop designed for all advocates of underrepresented groups in computing fields. Through informative workshops and dynamic speakers, we will emphasize inclusive computing - efforts that address the positive impact that underrepresented groups have and will continue to have on the future of technology.
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
'Rewiring Education' offers view of Apple's role in shaping what's next for schools
The new book from John D. Couch, Apple's first vice president of education, details the company's vision for the role of technology. The book provides an inside look at the company's vision for the role technology has played in education, and the opportunities and obstacles that lie ahead.
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
5 eye-opening statistics about minorities in tech
The evidence is clear: A more diverse workforce leads to higher revenues and more creative teams. But despite funnelling millions of dollars into well-intentioned diversity initiatives, white men remain overrepresented in the industry compared to the private sector as a whole. The issue is difficult to address for a variety of reasons, including the fact that ''the diversity problems of each race are different,'' Buck Gee, an executive advisor at the nonprofit Ascend, told TechRepublic. "In Silicon Valley for blacks and Hispanics, the basic problem is getting in the door. The problem with Asian Americans in Silicon Valley is upper mobility to management. You need different strategies for each race, and you can't just throw it in as a diversity program, because not all diversity programs are apt for all the races or genders.''
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
Silicon Valley engineer Erica Joy Baker wishes people would stop telling women that they're strong
In 2016, Slack made headlines when their CEO, Stewart Butterfield, sent four black female engineers to accept TechCrunch's award for fastest-rising startup. Foregoing the stage himself, Butterfield was lauded for celebrating diversity in tech. What few people heard, however, is that Butterfield hadn't asked those women to accept the award - that was orchestrated by Erica Joy Baker, then a senior engineer at Slack, and one of the women on stage that night. This is just one of the highly successful efforts Baker has made to promote women and people of color in tech. As one of the few black female leaders in her industry - she's now the senior engineering manager at crowdfunding platform Patreon - she is unafraid to attack the status quo.
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
Educating for equity and access in computer science
UCLA duo aims to make the next generation of programmers and coders more diverse. Jane Margolis, senior researcher at UCLA's Center X, brings her firsthand experience of inequities in a technical field to her work on bringing computer science education to all students. Margolis emphasizes that her work around computer science has always been about inequality and how fields become segregated. As a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the mid-1990s, she was asked to conduct a research study on the lack of female students in what was one of the top computer science departments in the nation. Her findings resulted in her first book, ''Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing,'' which she co-wrote with Allan Fisher. Margolis' work led to more research funded by the National Science Foundation, on why so few African-Americans, Latinos and females were learning computer science in Los Angeles public high schools. The findings revealed the disparities in learning opportunities that fell along race and socio-economic lines, resulting in her second book, ''Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing,'' with she authored along with Rachel Estrella, Joanna Goode, Jennifer Jellison Holme and Kim Nao. In response to the findings, Margolis and colleagues founded the Exploring Computer Science curriculum and teacher professional development program, which is housed within UCLA Center X's Computer Science Project.
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
Beyond Headlines and Hashtags: How We Can Actually Help Women in the Workplace
Businesses need to go beyond paying lip service to gender equality if we are to make meaningful change. The current 'MeToo' moment is a rare inflection point for women in society, as we find ourselves in a broad and potentially game-changing conversation about how women are faring in the workplace and beyond. Everyone - from investors, board members, business leaders and employees to customers and suppliers of businesses large and small - is aligned on the issue that the pace of change and the results are simply not acceptable. Despite the headlines and the hashtags, leaders and organizations are asking themselves the tough questions: ''Are we making progress or creating an echo chamber?'' When it comes to gender equality, the data remains stark, according to the World Economic Forum's 2017 Gender Gap Report, which captures the the magnitude of gender-based disparities across economies, education, health and political engagements.
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
Code.org is bringing computer education to Alaska Airlines' in-flight entertainment
Code.org has partnered with Alaska Airlines to offer free educational videos on how computers and the Internet work, Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi wrote in a blog post.. The video series, which stars Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other industry leaders, will be available beginning in April on Alaska Airlines flights. The series entails short lessons on binary and data, circuits and logic, CPU, memory, input and output, and hardware and software. The series is designed to be easy for everyone to understand, Partovi wrote. In addition to making them available on airlines, Code.org will integrate the videos into its middle and high school curriculum. They will also be available on Khan Academy, a startup that offers computer science education, and tools for parents and teachers.
Posted on 10 Feb 2018
Student of Vision Abie Award - Nominations are open until March 1, 2018 5 p.m. PT
The Student of Vision Abie Award honors young women dedicated to creating a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for which they build. Undergraduate or graduate students may self-nominate for the Student of Vision Abie Award. All submitting participants must be 18 years or older on September 26, 2018. Recipients are honored by the technical women's community at the Grace Hopper Celebration. The award includes a prize of $7,000.
Posted on 29 Jan 2018
Shattering Perceptions (and Records) with GHC 17
Last year's Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) was a huge success! 18,000 people from 81 different countries joined us in Orlando, Florida for three days of learning and networking, making this the biggest GHC yet. They also had over 800 speakers, all of whom are dedicated to shattering perceptions and supporting women in tech. And don't forget the hundreds of organizations that participated in our Career Fair and Expo. With so many great opportunities available, it's no wonder GHC earned a 95% approval rating from attendees.
Posted on 29 Jan 2018

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