Category Archives: computer science

Growing number of women applying for tech jobs, even those without STEM degrees

File photo courtesy: Unsplash. An increasing number of women are applying for tech jobs — even those without STEM degrees — according to an analysis by Handshake, an online career community for college students. The study is based on data provided by 100,000 women who applied for positions using the Handshake platform between June 1, 2018, and May 21, 2019. “While women

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Closing the digital gap for women in South Africa

Photo courtesy: Pixabay. This article was written for theconversation.com by Rachel Adams, a research specialist with the Human Sciences Research Council. It has been republished in full under a Creative Commons license. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is, ostensibly, upon us. The term was coined in 2016 by Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Form. Broadly,

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Twitter weighs in on the “10X engineer” debate

Earlier this week, a debate erupted on Twitter surrounding the qualities and traits of a “good” engineer. RELATED: Study suggests girls’ reading skills may be contributing to the gender gap in math The now-viral discussion was started by Twitter user @skirani. In it, he describes his version of the “perfect” employee, which he calls a “10X engineer.” This is a

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Facebook wants 50% of its STEM workforce to consist of minorities by 2024

In its latest diversity report, Facebook has announced plans to have 50% of its STEM workforce consist of under-represented groups by 2024. The company is specifically looking to recruit talented people who are: Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islanders, have two or more ethnicities, live with disabilities, and/or are veterans. To meet its goal Facebook will have to double its

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Alan Turing to be the face of Britain’s new £50 note

Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, WWII code-breaker, and the founding father of modern computer science, will be the face of Britain’s new £50 note, the Bank of England has announced. The note should enter circulation in late 2021 and will feature a photograph of the scientist along with technical drawings of his ground-breaking work. Introducing the face of the new

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What’s keeping women from attending tech conferences?

In December 2018, virtual event solutions company Evia released a study suggesting that women make up less than 20 percent of tech jobs in the U.S., despite accounting for more than half of the country’s workforce. According to the report, women “now hold a lower share of computer science jobs than they did in the 1980s — the tech industry

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