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Silicon Valley is cool and powerful. But where are the women?
Every day, news outlets publish stories on the challenges facing WomenInTech. Women are extremely under-represented in the industry. Of the string of presentations made that day, only a few were made by female entrepreneurs. The founder doesn't recall a single woman on the panel of investors judging the startups and the audience was mostly male too. The problems are linked, says Caroline Simard, research director at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University in Silicon Valley. When women are drastically under-represented it creates the conditions under which such behaviour can thrive.
Posted on 17 Mar 2015
GIST Tech-I Competition 2015
The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online in an application consisting of an executive summary and promotional video. Their applications are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. Thirty finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this year in sub-Saharan Africa, to showcase their ventures and to receive intensive training. Tech-I winners, selected by experts at the GES, win mini-grants, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training. The deadline for applications is Friday 20 March 2015.
Posted on 17 Mar 2015
Women on Boards: Where the U.S. Ranks
A new law in Germany highlighted a slow progress of American companies in placing women on corporate boards. Nineteen percent of directors of companies in the S.&P. 500 are women, according to Catalyst, a research firm on women in business. The United States lags many countries with advanced economies in this category, including those without government quotas.
Posted on 17 Mar 2015
Silicon Valley's Best and Worst Jobs for New Moms (and Dads)
The tech industry has a reputation for being both a wonderland of employee benefits and a place that is unfriendly to families, particularly mothers. Along with the weekly massages, travel stipends, unlimited organic snacks, and casino-themed happy hours are stories of women who are stigmatized and punished for having children, overworked employees who feel they will never be able to balance family and a career, and entrepreneurs who are told by their advisors not to hire women of childbearing age. The dichotomy is stark and puzzling.
Posted on 09 Mar 2015
NCWIT Pioneer Award
The NCWIT Pioneer Award recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation, amplifying the importance of capitalizing on the diverse perspectives that girls and women can bring to the table. Pioneer Award recipients also serve as role models whose legacies continue to inspire generations of young women to pursue computing and make history in their own right. The 2015 winners of the NCWIT Pioneer Award are Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden! They will both be honored at the 2015 NCWIT Summit on May 19, 2015.
Posted on 09 Mar 2015
Internship at Office of Science and Technology Policy - OSTP Policy Internship Program - Summer 2015
The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm Sunday, March 15. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2015 semester are welcome to apply.
Posted on 09 Mar 2015
Introducing STARTIFY7: Summer academy system for young future ICT entrepreneurs
Startify7 is a two-year project that started on 1st of January 2015. The core challenge for STARTIFY7 is to connect with existing ICT enterprise training structures through our 7 thematic learning academies which will combine lean start-up training with team-building for young people.
Posted on 02 Mar 2015
How digital is your country? New figures reveal progress needed towards a digital Europe
There are plenty of digital opportunities waiting to be unlocked to benefit European citizens and companies. From shopping or studying online, to paying bills or using public services over the Internet - the Web is the answer, if the right conditions are in place. This is the conclusion of a new Digital Economy and Society Index developed by the European Commission.
Posted on 02 Mar 2015
Looking to become more involved with GHC and the Anita Borg Institute? Here's your opportunity! GHC needs close to 500 volunteers to help review scholarship applications that we receive from all over the world. Candidates must be professional (all genders welcome) from industry, academia, government, labs, non -profits, startups. Due to conflict of interests, current students cannot be members of the GHC Scholarship Committee.
Posted on 24 Feb 2015
NCWIT and Microsoft Research Kick Start Academic Programs for Attracting Women to Computing Fields
The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund, sponsored by Microsoft Research, provides startup funds to academic programs focused on recruiting and retaining women in computing. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) today awarded $40,000 to the eleventh-round recipients of the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the Seed Fund provides non-profit, U.S. academic institutions with startup funds to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting and retaining women in computing fields. With Microsoft Research's support, the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund has awarded 43 institutions with $505,450 to grow their technology-related outreach programs. Initiatives include professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities, hands-on training, workshops, and more.
Posted on 18 Feb 2015

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