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NCWIT News and Opportunities
Calling All Technical College Women!
Applications for the NCWIT Collegiate Award are open through January 17, 2017.
The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of college women of any year of study. Conferred annually, the NCWIT Collegiate Award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.
Each Collegiate Award winner receives an engraved award; $10,000 in cash; a trip to the NCWIT Summit on Women in IT in Tucson, Arizona on May 22-24, 2017, including a private networking reception and award ceremony; computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more. Each Honorable Mention also receives $2,500 in cash.
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is supported nationally by Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, and the Symantec Corporation.
Linux Foundation and NCWIT Partner Up
The Linux Foundation and NCWIT recently announced a partnership to develop an Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course for presenters at technology industry events.
As described in the press release, the new Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course is designed to help prepare event presenters and public speakers with background knowledge and practical skills to promote inclusivity in their presentations, messaging, and other communications. The Course is defined around NCWIT’s unconscious bias research and will be a requirement for speakers at all Linux Foundation events, starting in 2017. It will also be openly available for free online, so that other events may use it for their speakers, or for individuals who are interested enrolling on their own.
As an NCWIT stakeholder, you work so hard to address implicit biases in your organizations and in everyday interactions. Recent events, however, including the rhetoric in recent political campaigns, call attention to an increasing need to acknowledge and address more overt, explicit biases. In this critical time, we want to both thank you for all you do and stress that your work is even more vital now. Read on for more thoughts on how we can all work together to redouble our efforts.