Last month (May), the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) and one of its members, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), held two separate events supporting women in technology and entrepreneurship in Orlando, Florida and Harlem, NYC, respectively.
NCWIT’s summit featured over 50 speakers, including TCGi CEO Avis Yates Rivers, ranging from tech companies and academia such as Lyft, Lucasfilm (it’s the 40th anniversary of ‘Star Wars’) and Stanford University. The four day summit had various seminars with topics ranging from net neutrality to diversity in computing to even an improv class covering how to deal with implicit and explicit sexism in the technology field.
The summit is the largest annual one of its kind. It intersects educators, entrepreneurs, social scientists and social scientists across disciplines and its sole focus is diversity and inclusion in computing.
ABI’s New York chapter held a similar event, but it focused more on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship of women in the tech world. The single day event included multiple speakers (also including TCGi CEO Avis Yates Rivers) and discussion panels, technical workshops for women interested in cyber security, innovation sharing from top companies and advice sharing from current to future entrepreneurs.
Both events not only featured women, but male advocates for women in tech as well; showing that diversity inclusion in technology and computing is an issue that all genders should care about. Here are the statistics of women in computing:
TCGi encourages all to get involved in programs and events held by organizations such as NCWIT and ABI. According to the National Science Foundation, by 2018, there will be approximately 650,000+ technology jobs in 2018. How can those jobs be filled if the talent pool doesn’t reflect the emerging workforce? CEO Avis Yates Rivers continues to advocate for women in tech, so much so she released a book about it. ‘Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology’ highlights Avis’ life and career in the tech field while providing information and solutions on how we can get more women (and men of color) into the future industry of the world: technology.
Let’s get involved, let’s get more women and girls in technology and STEM as whole…AND LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD!
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national non-profit focused on women’s participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping nearly 900 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action.
NCWIT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation.
Learn more about NCWIT here.
ABI.Local is a global network of local communities that connects women technologists around the world. ABI.Local offers meetups, codeathons, GHC/1s and other valuable events for technical women. We connect local women technologists and allies to expand their networks, engage in person and virtually to gain new, diverse perspectives, and navigate their technical careers with hands-on events to help them learn and grow.
ABI.Local is presented by the Anita Borg Institute, a non-profit social enterprise with an important mission. We believe technology is a powerful force for good and want to help build a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies they build it for.
Learn more about ABI here.