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Reflections on the May Meetings

May 21, 2008
Ruthe Farmer

Having been out of the fray for a bit (I am currently at Oxford completing an MBA) it was exhilarating to return to the U.S. for the NCWIT meetings at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana last week. The meeting kicked off with a keynote address by former astronaut and all-around amazing woman Dr. Mae Jemison.

Unplug Your Computer Science Curriculum!

May 13, 2008
CS Unplugged

NCWIT has added another Program-in-a-Box to our resource library: Computer Science-in-a-Box: Unplug Your Curriculum. This box introduces fundamental building blocks of computer science to K-12 students -- without using computers! Computer Science-in-a-Box is designed primarily for use with kids ages 9 to 14, and its activities teach students how computers work by explainng critical mathematics concepts such as number systems, algorithms, and logic.

Tech It Out Needs Your Input

April 30, 2008
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is embarking on a critical research project to measure the perceptions of career opportunities for women in technology, and to collect insights on women’s experiences, motivators, and career preferences in technology and potentially the cable industry.

Game Design Summer Camp for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

April 27, 2008
Cartoon workers
Thanks to a genourous grant from the National Science Foundation and support from Electronic Arts, P4Games at the Univeristy of Denver invites applications from girls going into 9th and 10th grades for full scholarships to attend our residential summer Game Design Camp.
 

Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech

April 18, 2008
Heroes image

BusinessWeek has a special report out now on the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech.

Anita Borg Awards: Call for Nominations

April 10, 2008
Anita Borg

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) is now accepting nominations for three of its awards: the Anita Borg Social Impact Award; the Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership; and the Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award. The awards will be bestowed at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Keystone, Colorado, October 1-4, 2008.

An interview with Sharon Perl, Software Engineer at Google

April 3, 2008
Sharon Perl

This is the second of two interviews that Ginger Makela conducted with women technologists at Google. Ginger is a Social Media Specialist at Google and serves as NCWIT's pro-bono web strategist.

Tell me what you do for Google.

An Interview with Lea Kissner, Software Engineer at Google

April 1, 2008
Ginger Makela

Fewer and fewer women are joining the IT field these days -- the official statistic is that there's been a 70 percent decline in the number of undergraduate women choosing to major in Computer Science between 2000 and 2005 -- and NCWIT is working to understand why that is and reverse the downward trend.

"Geek Girls" Dining Out for International Women's Day

March 8, 2008

Just in time for this year's International Women's Day, a new support group for women in IT was established in Australia.



An article from iTnews reported on this group, called Girl Geek Dinners.



"Providing a group that shows you are part of a growing part of your industry encourages people to stay in IT and others to join," Co-founder and Organizer of Girl Geek Dinners, Damana Madden said to iTnews.



International Women's Day: Women are a Smart Investment

March 8, 2008
Three women

International Women's Day is today, and organizations in all parts of the world are celebrating in their own unique way.



Trinidad and Tobago's local theme is "Investing in Women and Girls," according to the Trinidad & Tobago Express. This theme recognizes the value of an increased amount of girls and women in all educational and employment opportunities.



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