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FDM Group continues to combat lack of women in IT As part of FDM Group's ongoing women in IT campaign, the international IT services provider held another successful ''Women in IT Advantage Session'' in their flagship London office. FDM's Chief Operating Officer, Sheila Flavell, led the event, which offers an opportunity for women who are interested in pursuing a career in IT to network with industry professionals to gain insight into what their professional future might have in store.

Linux inventor shares Finnish technology prize The creator of open source operating system Linux, Linus Torvalds, has won the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize. He shares the award with stem cell scientist Dr Shinya Yamanaka, the first time the Finland-based prize has gone to two people. They each receive 600,000 euros in recognition of their work. Organised by Technology Academy Finland, the bi-annual award aims to celebrate technological innovation that significantly improves the quality of human life.

Is there reason for optimism for women in technology? Across the globe, the technology industry is dominated by men. Men make up a large proportion of executive boardrooms and more men than women study computing at degree level. But there could be cause for optimism that times are changing and the industry is opening itself up to women. Writing for USA Today, Jon Swartz suggested that technology start-ups and angel investors are helping to promote gender equality in Silicon Valley and then, hopefully, beyond.

Computer Weekly to launch women in IT awards Computer Weekly is to highlight the roles of influential women in technology by launching a new programme this week. The publication is doing this after its successful UKtech50 awards, which highlighted the most influential people in the technology industry, featured only seven women - around 14 per cent of those nominated.

Cyber Security Challenge seeks more women to compete The hugely popular Cyber Security Challenge is calling for more women to take part in its national competitions, which could offer new opportunities for talented women developing their technology careers. By partnering with the UK's leading security and government organisations, the competition aims to seek out the best talent in the cyber security sector and nurture promising individuals who can go on to develop their knowledge of the industry. Contestants who perform well through the series of tasks are rewarded with around L100,000 worth of prizes, including the chance to take qualifications that will enable them to apply for IT jobs in cyber security.

Dell finds India to be high-performing location for female entrepreneurs New research commissioned by Dell suggests female entrepreneurs could find India to be the ideal country in which to set up a new business. Preliminary findings show that there is high optimism from women entrepreneurs based in the country, with the average respondent expecting their business to grow by 90 per cent in the next five years. Furthermore, it revealed that eight in ten are looking to hire, with 71 per cent stating that their business is very successful.

OECD calls for new ways to attract women in technology The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has called for new ways to attract women to study and pursue careers traditionally dominated by men, tackling the issue from school and university age. It suggests that women in technology could have better career and earnings prospects over traditional careers in health and social sciences.

Should women in IT be more innovative in order to succeed? Women working in technology jobs during the tough economic climate are being advised to become more innovative and entrepreneurial. To help them embrace entrepreneurship, a London Hopper Colloquium event, hosted by Women in Computing Research and supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, will take place next week, featuring a number of successful female technologists telling their stories of success.

Interim IT manager jobs offer 'level playing field' for women Interim IT management jobs can offer women a ''level playing field'' over some other careers, it has been suggested. According to Diane Morris, director of InterimWomen, the role is well-paid and the gender pay gap is down to more women working in public sector roles compared to men in the finance industry.

What if Steve Jobs had been a woman? What would the make-up of the global technology industry be made of had Steve Jobs been a woman? Would there have been more women in IT since he launched the Apple computer in the early 1980s? This is the question being put to leading academics and technologists in this year's Open Thoughts blog, run by the Open University of Catalonia. It notes that women make up on average 20 per cent of global computer science graduates, while just 2.4 per cent of the 'knowledge-intensive services' industry in Europe are women. However, if a technology pioneer and role model like Steve Jobs had been a woman, these statistics could show a more positive outlook.

ENIAC launches call for proposals Deadline: 14/06/2012 ENIAC is a public-private partnerships for collaborative research in the field of nanoelectronics. Under the 2012 annual workprogramme of the ENIAC joint undertaking, a call for proposals has just been published.

Still time to nominate for 2012 WISE Awards There is still time to nominate a company or individual in one of four categories at this year's WISE Awards. The nomination deadline for the awards, which celebrate the work being done to promote science, engineering and construction to girls and young women, will close on June 11th. Of the four categories, the Excellence Award recognises the achievement of women in the early stages of their career, both in promoting the industry to other women and excelling within their role.

Meet Fortune 500's female powerbrokers This year's Fortune 500 list includes the greatest number of female CEOs in history Women. Helm 18 of America's biggest 500 corporations Campaigners say more women are still needed on boards.

Young girls shown STEM career opportunities Almost 200 young girls from the US were shown the possibilities they could have with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers at a recent event. Held by the Exeter Area General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) in New Hampshire, the annual Expanding Your Horizons conference hoped to inspire young girls by getting them to take part in workshops and seminars, exploring electrical circuits and programming robots.

Gender gap for women in technology evident worldwide A gender divide within the technology industry has become a worldwide issue, according to new reports. From India to the US, women in technology are fighting to break the glass ceiling and reach the top of their industry. Despite an increase in the number of women entering technology careers, research suggests that few are making it to the top. Findings by Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State University reveal that female and male faculty members working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are paid the same, but the female professors are not as happy as their male colleagues.

Interim IT manager jobs offer 'level playing field' for women Interim IT management jobs can offer women a ''level playing field'' over some other careers, it has been suggested. According to Diane Morris, director of InterimWomen, the role is well-paid and the gender pay gap is down to more women working in public sector roles compared to men in the finance industry.

Should women in IT be more innovative in order to succeed? Women working in technology jobs during the tough economic climate are being advised to become more innovative and entrepreneurial. To help them embrace entrepreneurship, a London Hopper Colloquium event, hosted by Women in Computing Research and supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, will take place next week, featuring a number of successful female technologists telling their stories of success. Held on May 15th at the BCS London office, speakers include Caroline Wardle, visiting professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London, and Katherine Gunn from IBM.

7 Tips for Women in the Tech Industry Being a female entrepreneur in the male-dominated tech industry is challenging, and comes with a distinct set of barriers. Thankfully, there are several female-led organizations that are working to bring more women into the tech fold. A panel of successful young female entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs were asked, what challenges women in tech face, and what could help eliminate some of those barriers? Here's what they shared.

Joint Statement EU-Japan: Future comprehensive cooperation in ICT Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission and Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata, Minister for Internal affairs and Communications, Japan, met in Brussels on 3 May to reaffirm their close partnership in the area of ICT. In particular, they discussed Internet policies, Internet security, cloud computing, Safer Internet for children, Cooperation on ICT R&D, and Healthy Ageing.

Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. Collaborates with the White House to Change Image of Girls in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics in the Media Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) is excited to announce that a recent White House event, which featured a panel of trailblazing women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, is now available for viewing online. At the April 24 event, sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls, young women who have studied and worked in STEM fields encouraged girls to follow in their footsteps - or blaze trails of their own. The event also featured the first public screening of ''Girls in STEM,'' a short video about girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair.

Coming years offer 'extraordinary opportunity' for girls in IT careers Girls and young women have the ''extraordinary opportunity'' to enter IT careers in the coming years as demand for skilled technologists is expected to soar. This is according to Hamadoun Toure, the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, the UN agency for the ICT industry, who was highlighting the need for global businesses to encourage young women to study technology degrees and for businesses to recruit more women into IT jobs.

FI-WARE Open Call for additional project partners Deadline: 25/04/2012 The FP7 project FI-WARE, part of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership, announces its first Open Call for new project partners. FI-WARE will deliver a new service infrastructure, building upon generic and reusable building blocks called ''Generic Enablers''. FI-WARE develops open specifications and reference implementations of Generic Enablers. This open call asks for organizations that can contribute or develop the Generic Enablers related to middleware and business models. Total funding available for new partners is up to 2 Million Euro, and the call closes on 25 April 2012 at 17h00.

MIT professor wins award celebrating women in computing Nancy Lynch, a long-time Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science professor, was named Tuesday the Athena Lecturer, an annual award for pioneering female researchers who work in computer science. Lynch, who has been an MIT professor since 1981, is the seventh recipient of the award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing. She works in the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and is known for pioneering work that uses mathematics to perfect wired and wireless computer networks

Why Getting Women Into STEM Matters There's ample data to show women are just as good - if not better - than men in the STEM career track. And some reports show that simple bias keeps even elementary school-age girls from advancing in math and science, putting the kink in the pipeline at the very earliest stage. But here's a question: Exactly why is it so crucial to get women into math and science in the first place? Gender diversity not good enough for you? You need practical reasons for this big STEM push? For the non-believers, a new report from the White House Council on Women and Girls provides some answers - and suggests that non-participation in STEM may be costlier than ever for women.

New Online Degree in Computer Science Amplifies Career Opportunities in Numerous Fields Addressing the worldwide need for more computing experts, Oregon State University has developed the nation's first online post-baccalaureate degree program in computer science, which is expected to open doors to countless new career opportunities for students, professionals and unemployed workers.

ViaWest COO Nominated for ATHENA Award Award Honors Denver Woman Who Best Exemplifies Exceptional Professional Achievement ViaWest, one of the largest privately-held data center, cloud computing and managed services providers in North America, announces that Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder Nancy Phillips has been nominated for the ATHENA Award. Hosted by Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, the ATHENA Award honors the Denver woman who best exemplifies exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service and generosity in actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. Finalists are chosen from nominations that are submitted by the Colorado business community. From the group of finalists, a panel of business and community leaders will select the award recipient. The award gala will take place from 5:30pm - 9pm April 26 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

Computer science enrollments rise again by 10% Interest in computer science continues to grow among undergrad students, who pushed enrollments up nearly 10% in the 2011-12 academic year. This marks the fourth straight year of increases. The numbers might have been even higher if not for enrollment caps that some schools have put in place because they don't have enough faculty members, equipment or classrooms to meet demand, according to the Computing Research Association (CRA), which conducts the annual Taulbee survey.

Nominations open for inspiring young women in technology The UK's most inspiring young women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries are being called for nominations to this year's 2012 WISE Awards. It celebrates individuals, organisations, leaders and advisors in STEM that promote gender equality and diversity, including the Excellence Award that recognises the achievement of women in the early stages of their technology jobs and other STEM roles, as well as promote their career to girls and other young women.

Intel Inspires Young Women to Change the World Last week the world celebrated International Women's Day and this past weekend, the Women in the World Summit took place in New York City. The summit offers the opportunity for women from around the world to get together and discuss the importance of educating girls throughout every corner of the earth, and what it takes to break down the barriers preventing some girls from receiving an education.

Support Services for the Digital Agenda Scoreboard website - publishing, visualising, linking open data, hosting and broadcasting - SMART 2012/0103 Deadline: 4 April 2012; The data scoreboard website launched in May 2011 is intended to diffuse data and indicators in the Information Society area. The present tender is intended to secure the provision of services necessary to continue and improve the operation of this subordinated website.

Explore IT in Canada - 9 May 2012 - Mark your calender! Explore IT focuses on introducing young women to career possibilities in ICT. Women are underrepresented in the ICT field and while females represent 56.4% of university enrollment and 52.5% of college enrollment, only 23.4% of workers in ICT occupations were female in 2006.2 Along with engineering and technology programs, ICT programs experience very low female enrollment. In 2005 (the most recent year for which there is published data), women accounted for only 14.4% of undergraduate degrees in computer engineering and 15.1% in software engineering.

E.U. Considers Quotas for Women in Boardrooms BRUSSELS - Frustrated that her previous efforts to get more women into the top echelons of European business have not yielded stronger results, Viviane Reding, the senior justice official in the European Union, was to announce a new effort Monday that could result in legislation requiring that women occupy up to 60 percent of the seats on corporate boards.

Anita Borg Institute has a plan for increasing the number of women in technology  Everybody knows that Silicon Valley has a problem when it comes to the shamefully small percentage of tech jobs held by women in the companies here that are busy changing the world. What everybody might not know is that it doesn't have to be this way. It turns out that it's not rocket science, this figuring out how to see to it that more women actually become rocket scientists -- or programmers, engineers, chip designers and the like. The Anita Borg Institute, which is dedicated to increasing the role of women in technology, released a study last week that goes beyond the familiar reciting of the sorry numbers and the indicting of those responsible for them. Instead, the Palo Alto outfit lays out the bleak landscape and then offers dozens of steps to turn things around.

Women in Technology runs confidence-boosting workshop Females working in male-dominated industries like IT may be able to get some tips on how to improve their self confidence at a workshop being run by Women in Technology this month.

Female-Focused Accelerator ''Women Innovate Mobile'' Announces Its First Participants Women Innovate Mobile (WIM), the new accelerator aimed to help promote companies started by female entrepreneurs, is ready to debut its first class. Like other incubators, WIM provides mentoring, support, free office space, and seed funding. Participants in the program receive $18,000 to help get their companies get off the ground. Except unlike the majority of other programs, WIM requires not only that the companies focus on mobile, but also that one of the co-founders must be a woman.

Sparking a child's interest in science and technology Young children are inquisitive learners who ask an average of 76 questions per hour. They are natural scientists and engineers who learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts through play. Research confirms that the brain is particularly receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 and 4.The Globe recently reported on an amazing partnership between IBM and the Mattapan Family Service Center Head Start that is helping to spark and nurture kids' interest in math and science. Teachers are incorporating special computer stations donated by IBM into the curriculum to great effect for the children and their families.

Engineering the next generation of STEM Industry participants, reacting to the so-called engineering crisis, are doing what they can to foster science, technology, engineering, and math talent and encourage more students to pursue engineering careers.

What are your memories of the WISE bus? The UKRC is calling on women to submit accounts of their memories of the WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction) bus, a campaign that ran in schools in the 1980s.It visited schools to inspire young girls to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) through the use of role models and the UKRC is examining the impact the campaign had on women who are now working in these industries.With this information, the UKRC and WISE hope to find new ways to reach out to girls and their parents to boost their interest in Stem courses and careers.

Wanted: more women in ICT Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Wanted: more women in ICT Launch of    Get Online Week, Brussels, 7th March 2012.

Google supports female students in STEM subjects In the U.S., less than 15 percent of Advanced Placement computer science qualification sitters are female students. The problem is worldwide, and the shortage affects countries that are rapidly developing innovative technology, including Israel. There is still a gender divide in terms of girls choosing to pursue careers in computer science. Even though women make up over half of the world's population, only a third of engineering jobs across the globe are held by women. It is thought that misconceptions concerning STEM subjects (science, math, technology and engineering) are to blame. This is something Google is attempting to change, according to the Official Google blog.

'Mind the Gap!' encourages women to join tech; Lack of female talent spurs 'Booth Babe' controversy According to an official Google blog post, women hold less than one third of the world's engineering gigs, despite the female sex making up more than half of the global population. Moreover, fewer than 15 percent of United States female students take Advanced Placement computer science tests. The same rule goes for high-tech regions of the world, such as Israel. The breach between males and females in the technology industry leaves room for controversy, and such dissension reared its head at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The annual event featured scantily clad 'booth babes' hired by some companies to promote their ''well'' booths. The practice led many to wonder if it is an effective marketing strategy or a reflection on gender gaps in technology.

FI-WARE Open Call for additional project partners Deadline: The FP7 project FI-WARE, part of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership, announces its first Open Call for new project partners. FI-WARE will deliver a new service infrastructure, building upon generic and reusable building blocks called ''Generic Enablers''. FI-WARE develops open specifications and reference implementations of Generic Enablers. This open call asks for organizations that can contribute or develop the Generic Enablers related to middleware and business models. Total funding available for new partners is up to 2 Million Euro, and the call closes on 25 April 2012 at 17h00.

Praise for UKRC/OU online course that helped women return to ICT careers The Open University has published a review based on its experience with the UKRC of assisting women in returning to careers in Information, Computing and Technology. The initiative ran in the UK and Ireland between 2005 and 2011as part of a national campaign (RETURN) to address the UK government's concern about women failing to return to SET careers after a break. The report, published in the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, focuses in particular on an innovative online course which the two organisations developed and ran, hosted by the Open University

Women on UK boards reach record high with Diversity Recruitment measures The number of women on UK boardrooms has reached an all-time high, suggesting a marked turnaround in attitudes to gender diversity at senior level. Figures from the Professional Boards Forum reveals that last year there were 98 female appointments to the FTSE 250, the largest number than in any other year. This now means that women represent 14.9 per cent of FTSE 100 directors, which is also a record. In 2010, women represented 12.5 per cent of FTSE 100 boards and this was only a rise from 12.2 per cent the year before.

Lenovo, IBM Look to High Schools for Future IT Workers As the need for more IT workers becomes more and more dire, major vendors are making efforts to seed the industry with trained technology staff by reaching out to potential candidates in high school. Lenovo recently announced an effort with the National Academy Foundation to launch a program to help high school students learn mobile app development in the United States. Last year, IBM, in partnership with the City of New York, kicked off a new school to teach kids IT skills and graduate them with a free associate's degree. And a New York-based venture capitalist along with a group of industry supporters has contributed to the creation of a new high school to teach software engineering in the city.

Obama Pushes STEM in State of the Union President Obama once again put the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) crisis front and center in his State of the Union address. ''Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs,'' he said. Last year, Obama said America needed to train 100,000 STEM teachers over the next 10 years. He took a different tack last night, asking Congress to pass legislation that would retrain 2 million out-of-work Americans with skills they need to take high-tech jobs.

UN launches web portal to help young women pursue technology careers The United Nations launched a new web portal today focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. The website - girlsinict.org - was designed to inspire and help young women between the ages of 11 and 25 prepare for and pursue careers in technology by providing them with useful resources such as links to scholarships, internships, ICT contests and awards, tech camps and online networks where they can interact with other women working in an industry that is largely male-dominated.

TechStars should recruit more health IT startups for its upcoming class As New York City incubator TechStars seeks new entrepreneur talent for its spring class of 2012, it should look at boosting its health IT numbers. Doing this would better reflect the growing investment in health IT and its role to reduce healthcare costs. The application deadline for the class is Jan. 23 and the program begins March 12.The company pairs at least 10 mentors in the local technology industry with each startup to give founders access to both seasoned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, according to its website.

Applications being accepted for free computer science summer camp for girls Applications are now being accepted for girls currently in seventh and eighth grade to take part in a free four-week computer science camp at Pacific University this summer. The camp, Girls Gather for Computer Science (G2CS), will take place June 22 through July 17 at the University's Forest Grove campus. It will include hands-on learning activities as well as field trips related to science and technology.

Lack of interest and aptitude keeps students out of STEM majors If ever there was a stairway to success in this economy, it appears to be a college degree in math, science or technology. Unfortunately, the majority of American high-school students just aren't interested in taking it. A study released this week by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce found that recent graduates in computer science, mathematics and engineering all had unemployment rates below 9 percent (with the rates dropping below 6 percent among those who had some experience.) Conversely, the rates for graduates in architecture and the arts were 13.9 and 11.1 percent, respectively.

Explore IT in Canada - 9 May 2012 - Mark your calender Explore IT focuses on introducing young women to career possibilities in ICT. Women are underrepresented in the ICT field and while females represent 56.4% of university enrollment and 52.5% of college enrollment, only 23.4% of workers in ICT occupations were female in 2006.2 Along with engineering and technology programs, ICT programs experience very low female enrollment. In 2005 (the most recent year for which there is published data), women accounted for only 14.4% of undergraduate degrees in computer engineering and 15.1% in software engineering. Explore IT is an interactive conference for grade nine girls to explore the exciting world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Victorian ICT for Women Mentoring Program now Open for Registration Victorian ICT for Women is an inclusive networking forum for urban and regional women in ICT. The network aims to boost the shortage of women in the ICT industry through practical programs designed to attract and retain women in the field.The Victorian ICT for Women Network is an industry-driven initiative which aims to facilitate entry, retention and progression for women working in ICT. Vic ICT for Women has the support of the Minister for ICT, the Hon. Marsha Thomson via a grant from the Victorian Government. The network will adopt a self sustaining model through sponsorship and membership contribution.

WIRES 2012 - Women's International Research Engineering Summit in Athens WIRES - Women's International Research Engineering Summit was launched in year 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. The 2nd WIRES summit was organized in 2011 in Orlando, Florida, USA. WIRES is primarily an international summit for women who are interested in pursuing collaborative research - ing opportunities. The main objective of the annual summits is to enable meaningful and sustainable research exchanges between female engineers from around the world while identifying issues faced by females pursuing careers in engineering that could benefit from a global strategy.

Industry calls for true Digital Single Market in recommendations on European Cloud Strategy Industry leaders are asking the European Commission to provide for a coherent legal framework for Cloud Computing services, to help EU businesses participate in a global market forecast to reach 70 billion euros annually in 2015. The request forms part of 10 recommendations from industry regarding the future European Cloud Computing Strategy to be presented in 2012.

Support services to organize 2012 European Web Entrepreneurs Camp A call for tenders will be sent to a minimum of 5 candidates identified by the European Commission for a service contract of maximum 60000 eur on the subject ''2012 European Web Entrepreneurs Camp - Support Services''. Following up the outcomes of the Digital Agenda Assembly workshops on ''Digital Economy-Entrepreneurs'' and ''Social Networks'', the EC will organize a web entrepreneur's camp, aiming at strengthening the web entrepreneurship's environment in Europe. The camp will take place during the Digital Agenda Assembly 2012. The purpose of the camp is to invite web entrepreneurs that have won at other camps that took place in Europe, and give them the opportunity to receive additional funding. The successful contractor will be required to advise and provide overall coordination and implementation, in coordination with the Commission, on the EU web entrepreneur camp in 2012. The deadline for submitting the offers is 19 December 2011.

Tech Industry Needs A Makeover To Attract More Women, Girls Women in technology love to talk about the lack of women in technology, especially those who reside at the top. So on January 1, 2012, when Virginia Rometty takes the helm of IBM Corporation as its first female chief executive officer, joining Meg Whitman as the CEO of HP as one of the few women in charge of a high-profile tech company, we should interpret this as success, right? Probably not. As many in the tech industry argue, the dearth of women in the industry overall contributes to that lack of representation at the C-suite level. And the lack of women in the industry can be traced back to the small numbers who pursue relevant degrees in science and tech.

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