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Where are all the female computing students?
Recent figures show that only 5,604 female students are currently enrolled in university computing courses, compared to 24,908 male students. In other words, for every one woman study computing, there are just over five men: the lowest proportion of female computing students in recent years. With so few girls graduating with these vital technical skills, the UK economy is missing a number of opportunities for growth, innovation and success. These figures seem to fly in the face of increased efforts to encourage girls into computing, from the recent Hour of Code and the Your Life programme, to computing clubs for girls and the new school programming curriculum. So why aren’t existing programmes to encourage girls to participate in STEM working?
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Dismal diversity record in Silicon Valley
Rainbow PUSH successfully challenged companies to release their workforce diversity data. The racial and gender composition in their boardrooms, C-suites and workforce has been researched. The data is undeniable, and underscores the systemic under-representation of Blacks, Latinos, and women in the industry, claimed Rev. Jackson at a technology forum at Intel Corporation. Most companies have between zero and 3 percent Blacks in their tech workforce; virtually the same for their non-tech workforce. Of the 20 companies they researched, there were only three African Americans out of 189 total [on the] board directors; just one Latino, one hundred and fifty-three men and just 36 women. Eleven (over half) have all-White boards. Of 307 top C-suite leaders, there are just six African Americans and three Latinos. Two hundred and forty-four men and just 65 women. Seven of the 20 companies have all-White leadership.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
The good, bad and geeky: 55 quotes that defined the tech industry in 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was an age of Super Bowl victories and ridesharing disputes, an age of foolish statements about women in tech and rocket explosions. Welcome to GeekWire’s 2014 Year in Review - compiled through the top quotes of the year. As you’ll see below, it was quite a year in technology. Enjoy, and thanks for reading GeekWire.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Nancy Zurbuchen: Gender gap in the technology industry needs closing
The recent gender gaffe by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella illustrates the blind spots within an organization that can subtly undermine inclusion of women. When speaking at a women-in-computing conference this fall, he indicated that women don’t need to ask for pay raises; instead they should trust the system to pay them what they are worth. In reacting to instant criticism, he said he was repeating what he has been told early in his career and had no idea it would be bad advice for women.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Competence mismatch and Gender imbalance still a problem across ICT profession
The recently released CEPIS study highlights strong competence mismatches amongst ICT professionals and reiterates the gender imbalance.The average European ICT professional is 42 years old and across Europe, only 15% of ICT professionals are women and ICT Trainer, Project Manager is the priority position.
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
This workshop gives women individual strategies for navigating workplaces that are shaped by implicit bias. Drawing on 35 years of experimental social psychology studies, it boils them down into four patterns. What Works for Women teaches us to recognize the patterns and also offers them very concrete strategies for how to navigate these patterns successfully. Individual Strategies are not solutions, however, knowing how to identify gender bias and understanding how to overcome this bias is key to a woman’s success. The webinar will give you with a deeper understanding of: workplace practices that suggest bias that will impact career success, frameworks to examine workplace pattern prior to acting on them and information how to use an understanding of implicit bias to reduce frustration and increase career success.
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
The IT Factor: Making Tech Jobs Female-Friendly
Although women haven’t traditionally had a significant presence in the information technology sector, the combination of increased reliance on technology and intensified recruiting efforts of companies in every industry has flipped this trend on its head throughout the past decade. Case in point: Computer systems analyst is one of the best jobs for women in 2014, according to a recent CareerCast report. The 12 jobs highlighted in the report are standouts because they employ a large percentage of women and offer competitive pay and positive hiring outlooks over the next eight years. For example, computer systems analysts earn a median annual salary of $79,680, and employment in the field is expected to increase by 25 percent through 2022. This projected rise is due in large part to technology’s shift from its place as merely the support function of a company to the core of the business, a movement that has occurred across all industries. Technology has infiltrated practically every corner of the corporate world and is crucial to the smooth running of the workplace. And more women in particular have entered the IT sector in the 21st century, especially as computer systems analysts, for two reasons, according to Tony Lee, CareerCast’s publisher. The first is that “more women are actually interested in IT now; they’re majoring and getting experience in the field.”
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
The IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge
Global Innovation team have launched an innovation challenge specifically for young women between 13 -18 years old who want to get involved in Innovation with particular focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT refers to the idea that by 2020 there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet which will make life more efficient, solve new business problems and better people’s lives. The Challenge is to identify current problems of today or that could occur in the next 5 years and then create ideas or a solution to demonstrate how technologies from the Internet of Things can cut through many industries to improve education, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation, smart cities. The aim of the challenge is to recognize, promote, and reward young innovators as they come up with new uses for Internet of Things technologies. It is a great opportunity for young women to demonstrate that they have great ideas around this emerging technology as well as win some fantastic prizes.
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
New research highlights massive lack of women in IT
When it comes to IT jobs, a pitifully low amount of those applying are women, at least according to many employers in the technology sector. A new piece of research from Technojobs.co.uk has shown that according to 52 per cent of tech firms, women account for only one in twenty (5 per cent) of applicants for IT roles.
Posted on 19 Dec 2014
FRONT END OF INNOVATION, Europe's Leading Innovation Event,11-13 March 2015 Vienna, Austria
FEI is a global event brand that has become the annual meeting place of the most seasoned innovators across the globe. Established in 2003 in the US and 2007 in Europe, the FEI event has sustained a rich history of success with corporate innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, and thought leaders with events in cities all across Europe, including: Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Zurich, and Monte Carlo. FEI 2015 is ALL about creating meaningful opportunities for innovators to collaborate based on content. While we recognize the importance of case-based learning, the goal of every session is ACTION LEARNING- where we focus on creating future value instead of simply hearing about what's been done in the past.
Posted on 19 Dec 2014

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