News Roundup

June 11, 2010

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a nice excerpt from Tuesday’s Astia We Own IT Summit explaining why venture capital needs more women in their firms, and why simply having one woman partner in a firm isn’t enough.  Take this anecdote from Cindy Padnos, founder of Illuminate Ventures and publisher of a whitepaper on women and entrepreneurship:

News Roundup

June 4, 2010

The Conference Board this week released its latest data on the number of science and engineering job openings across the U.S., as well as the ratio of job openings to job-seekers. (The Conference Board updates these data monthly, and many see them as a marker of economic health for particular industry sectors.)

This experience was amazing!

May 27, 2010
Award Winner

Polly is a winner of the Portland Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, our award recognizing outstanding high school women for their computing aspirations and achievements. Below she describes receiving her award at a ceremony during NCWIT's Portland, Oregon, Summit on Women and IT last week, and her thoughts on the award's impact.

Programming Artificial Intelligence Into a LEGO Robot

May 19, 2010
Lego Robots

Hello! My name is Tesca and I am one of the national winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. I have always enjoyed programming, and especially programming the LEGO® robot on my FIRST LEGO® League robotics team. Two years ago, as the lead programmer of my robotics team, I developed software that would allow my team's robot to read instructions from a text file.

Friday Roundup: New Resources!

May 14, 2010

Hi everyone, we look forward to seeing you at the NCWIT Summit on Women and IT in Portland, Oregon next week!

We’ll be releasing several new and updated resources at the Summit, and we thought we’d give you a preview here.  You’ll find more new resources at our website, here.

Gender and Computing Conference Papers

May 13, 2010
Woman drawing

More than 40 years of data on authorship of ACM conference papers describe women’s contribution to this important aspect of computing professional life.

Barbie Mentor Program - My Day with Yoky Matsuoka

May 9, 2010
Barbie Mentor Program

If the world was a perfect place, every girl would have a mentor like Yoky Matsuoka. On April 15th, I was lucky enough to shadow Yoky at the University of Washington in Seattle through the Barbie I Can Be mentor program. The program matched ten girls across the country to ten mentors in varying fields in the hopes of inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams. I was nominated through NCWIT and was ecstatic when I found out that I would be able to participate.

Friday News Roundup

May 7, 2010

The University of Arizona published an article this week about its new report, “Addressing Core Equity Issues in K-12 Computer Science Education: Identifying Barriers and Sharing Strategies” which it produced in cooperation with CSTA and the Anita Borg Institute.  The report is a concise and valuable read. It addresses a long-standing problem evident to all of us, but suggests a novel approach:

Friday News Roundup

April 30, 2010

There was a terrific profile this week on Texas State University’s implementation of ACTiVATE, the UMBC program (and EA member) that encourages women to start tech businesses by providing them with entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and skills. What a great example of how an entrepreneurship program brings together local technologies and local talent to nurture innovation and business.

Friday Roundup

April 16, 2010

If you've been wondering what computer science enrollments are like across the pond, here's one answer: Cambridge University in the UK apparently has launched a campaign to recruit more students to computer science, and to dispel the myth that it’s “only for geeks”.