Women in Technology Workshop at CASCON
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Yesterday I had lunch with Stephen Perelgut who ran a workshop on popular technologies such as blogging, podcasting, and RSS feeds. Stephen is running two sessions this week, and both are full to capacity. I was too late to sign up for either of his workshops, so I'm not able to attend. Stephen tells me that he may run another session in the Toronto Lab for employees in a few months.
After lunch I met with Dr. Imran A. Zualkernan who is working on a technology to turn flow diagrams into test questions. Dr. Zualkerman showed me this technology in action using a flow diagram for a few DB2 UDB task. Seems interesting, but I don't think it's ready for prime time use yet. I'll provide some user scenarios to Dr. Zaulkerman so he can further test this technology. Using this technology might be helpful when creating sample study questions. We'll see.
I spent the afternoon in a Women in Technology Workshop: Tenth Workshop on Women in Technology: Global Transformation for Women & ICT.
This workshop discussed the ongoing action needed to transform the global position of women in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The spea
It is conceived as a follow-on to the First International Symposium on Women and ICT that took place June 12-14, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Two hundred and fifty participants, representing six continents and 29 developing and developed countries, including leaders from business, government, non-government agencies, and education, gathered to explore concrete ways to increase girls' and women's participation and leadership with Information and Communication Technology in order to effect economic, social, and political change.
The focus of the CASCON session was to discuss the messages that should be presented at the second United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis 16-18 November 2005. The goal is to change the gender disparity evidenced in Women and Information Technology: Fast Facts at http
Some interesting facts:
* Computer-related occupations, 2004, U.S.
* Computer and information systems managers, 31.0% female
* Computer scientists and systems analysts, 29.4% female
* Computer programmers, 26.7% female
* Computer software engineers, 25.0% female
* Computer support specialists, 29.7% female
* Database administrators, 33.6% female
* Network and computer systems administrators, 20.3% female
* Network systems and data communications analysts, 21.9% female
* Operations research analysts, 43.0% female
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2005
The database area has had very highly ranked women running the business until recently: Janet Perna and Pat Selinger. Both of whom have recently retired.
I can't say that I've overly passionate about this subject yet, but it does bother me to hear that fewer and fewer women are going to university and even fewer are choosing technical degrees. There are lots of studies that try to figure out the reason for the decline as well as many programs in place to help. One of the things that we discussed yesterday was the need to figure out what programs exist around the world and to share these ideas so we can make programs accessible to people every where in the world. A portal is being designed, so hopefully that will help.
Kind of in line with this topic, last night I volunteered to help out at a Girl Guides event in support of a technology badge. This is one of the many programs that IBM takes part in to encourage girls to take an interest in technology.