Young people are an important part of the conversation in tech [Angelika Modawal on Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion]

August 12, 2013

On July 31, I attended the White House Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion event at the White House. At the event, I heard the Champions and prominent members in the tech community describe their “spark” moment: a moment when their interest in IT was nurtured through a mentor, experience, or event. I consider going to the Champions of Change event one of my “spark” moments, extending and enhancing my perspective of IT.

Did You Know? A CEO's Storytelling, MOOCs, Career Advice, Talent Analysis

August 6, 2013
A CEO’s Storytelling Can Spark Change

To Code or Not to Code: There Is No Question

August 5, 2013
Aspirations girls at White House for #WHChamps

If people -- students, in particular -- could understand that programming is a skill, I believe that the stereotypes that exist about computer science and programming would wither. People might understand that computer science is not an end but a means to an end. In fact, computer science can be a means to an end of your choice.

Did You Know: Demographics on Technical Women

June 30, 2013

Did you know that there are nearly 1 million women in computing occupations in the United States today? Recently we gathered together some demographics on technical women and thought we'd share them with you. Read on for other interesting factoids.

Did You Know: Quick Math, the Recruiting Honeypot, and Advocacy 101

July 30, 2012

Boys’ “Impulsiveness” May Result in Better Math Ability

You may be familiar with gender stereotypes that depict boys as impulsive and messy, and girls as cautious and detailed; but did you know that these characteristics can affect math scores? 

2012 Nebraska & SW Iowa Affiliate Award

June 5, 2012
Award Winners

The first Nebraska and SW Iowa Affiliate Award recognized six winners and three runners up as well as a high school educator for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology on April 13, 2012.  The event was held in the Peter Kiewit Institute Atrium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.   

A Woman's Place Is in Technology

June 4, 2012
Award Winners

They are high school students, and already masters of technology. Girls attending high schools in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, they excel at building websites and writing code, robotics and creating software, animation and bioengineering. For their work -- and their potential -- Bloomberg honored these 22 high school students for their achievements in technology at a May 17 ceremony in the Company’s New York City headquarters.

First Tennessee NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

May 21, 2012
Ruthe with Award Winner

As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, Tennessee Tech University (TTU) Computer Science department, an Academic Alliance member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has recognized 28 high-school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. This was the first time the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing competition was held for the state of Tennessee and it will be held annually hereafter.

Did You Know?

April 24, 2012

Did you know that African American women, though considered a "double-minority," aren't necessarily penalized the same way as either women or African American men when it comes to leadership? While cultural norms expect white men to be assertive and aggressive leaders, black men and white women often experience backlash for that kind of behavior in the workplace.