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Recently, co-producers Televisa Foundation, a non-profit that brings cultural and educational programs to Latinos in the U.S., and NCWIT launched the fourth chapter of TECHNOLOchicas.
First launched in 2015, this multi-media campaign features the powerful stories of Latinas in technology from diverse backgrounds and environments, in the face of their underrepresentation in technology. TECHNOLOchicas underscores the critical need to acknowledge, celebrate, and raise visibility for Latinas in tech by focusing on the interests, strengths, and needs of the Latino community.
Read coverage of the event from the San Diego Union Tribune online.
NCWIT is pleased to announce recipients of the 2020 NEXT Award, celebrating past and present Extension Services (ES) clients for excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education. The awards reflect and reward practices that NCWIT recognizes as having the most significant impact on the long-term goal of increasing the number of women in information technology and other computing-related fields.
Grand Prize Recipient The University of Pennsylvania, Department of Computer and Information Science; Second Place Recipient New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering; and Honorable Mention Michigan Technological University, Department of Computer Science will be honored at the 2020 NCWIT Summit.
NCWIT is pleased to announce finalists for the 2020 NCWIT Collegiate Award, celebrating 85 undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary from 66 academic institutions nationwide.
Conferred annually, the NCWIT Collegiate Award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. The 85 finalists were selected based on their achievements and technical abilities exhibited through their projects submitted in their Preliminary Round applications.
The entire NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) program platform is supported generously by Apple. AiC also receives support for specific national program elements; the NCWIT Collegiate Award is sponsored by Qualcomm and Amazon with additional support from Palo Alto Networks.
Computer Science (CS) — not computer literacy — underlies most innovation today, from biotechnology to geoscience to national security. Computer science teaches students design, logical reasoning, and problem solving — all valuable well beyond the computer science classroom. This resource provides information about the value of computer science curriculum for students, educators, local and national economies as well as global society. It offers steps schools can take to successfully incorporate computer science education.
Mark your calendars for Women’s History Month, an annual event that includes International Women’s Day (IWD), Sunday, March 8, 2020. IWD is celebrated in many countries as a day to recognize women for their achievements without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political divisions. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await generations of women. (For more information about the history of International Women’s Day, visit the United Nations.)
On March 8, follow NCWIT on Twitter for 24 tips to help advocates like you increase the meaningful and inflectional participation of technical women.