Topic: diversity

Girls Who Code receives IBM Open-Source Community Grant

IBM is committing its resources to positively impact the tech industry. Recently, it announced a community grant that would be awarded quarterly to nonprofits that are “dedicated to education, inclusiveness, and skill-building for women, underrepresented minorities, and underserved communities.”  Today, it was announced that Girls Who Code would be the first recipient of the $50,000 … continue reading

There’s a diversity problem in the tech industry and it’s not getting any better

In the past several years, the tech industry seems to have tried to put more effort into promoting and increasing diversity. But are those initiatives actually working? In many aspects, it seems that the answer is no; things aren’t actually getting any better. According to a 2018 report from the National Center for Women & … continue reading

Girls in Tech’s Adriana Gascoigne: ‘We have a long way to go’

Another day, another headline highlighting gender equality and diversity in the tech workplace. The most recent story? A leaked 10-page screed from a Google engineer who insists that women in the tech workplace are not underrepresented because of bias and sexism, but because of “inherent psychological differences between men and women.” Yet, companies like Uber, … continue reading

Red Hat’s Marina Zhurakhinskaya fights for inclusivity, diversity in open-source community

Raw data suggest the open-source community remains dominated by men, but women in coding are crusading against these statistics and finding ways to achieve inclusivity. One of these women is Marina Zhurakhinskaya, a longtime software engineer and Red Hat’s first senior outreach specialist, who is devoting her career to making open source communities, like the … continue reading

GitHub’s diversity is lacking

GitHub is releasing its diversity data to the public for the first time, and just like the rest of the industry, the company still has a long way to go. The company hoped by publicly releasing its diversity and inclusion statistics it can be more transparent about the progress GitHub is making, and where it … continue reading

Trace platform in beta, White House announces AI workshops, and diversity solutions for tech startups—SD Times news digest: May 4, 2016

Today, RisingStack, an enterprise Node.js consulting and development company, announced the public beta program of its SaaS APM solution, Trace. Trace allows developers to automatically localize ongoing issues and debug distributed systems. The tool aims to address some challenges that teams face when working with microservices. These challenges include transaction tracking, monitoring, alerting and visualizing infrastructures. … continue reading

Red Hat reveals survey on LOB decision-makers, Samsung’s new flash storage for mobile devices, and Intel partners with CODE2040—SD Times digest: Feb. 25, 2016

Red Hat commissioned a new mobile survey that focused on line-of-business (LOB) decision-makers that almost half see mobility as a means to automate existing business processes. Only 26% of them cited pursuing mobile objectives as changing the way they do business. On the other hand, IT decision-makers view mobile apps as more transformative for the … continue reading

Fullstack unveils the Grace Hopper Academy

A new coding school dedicated to combating gender disparity in the technology field has launched. The Grace Hopper Academy, named after computer science pioneer Grace Hopper, is an all-women school designed to provide high-quality education with no upfront cost. The new school comes out of the Fullstack Academy, a coding school based out of New … continue reading

Researchers discover emerging class of C++ bugs, Intel’s diversity report, and Android Experiments—SD Times news digest: Aug. 13, 2015

Researchers from Georgia Tech have discovered an emerging class of C++ bugs, and Facebook has awarded them US$100,000 for their efforts. The bugs are rooted in a new method for identifying “bad casting” vulnerabilities in C++ programs casted dynamically or statically at runtime. The researchers, who presented their findings at the USENIX Security ’15 conference, … continue reading

Intel Capital to invest in technology startups run by women and underrepresented minorities

Intel Capital has announced a new fund to invest in women and underrepresented minority entrepreneurs. The Intel Capital Diversity Fund will invest US$125 million in technology businesses run by women and underrepresented minorities to help improve diversity in the industry. “We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace is fundamental to delivering business results,” said … continue reading

Udacity training programs for Android, diversity at Google, and SourceForge changes policies—SD Times news digest: June 2, 2015

Google has announced a new partnership with Udacity to provide beginner and advanced Android training courses. The courses will be taught by experts from the company’s developer platform team. In addition, developers can sign up for the new Android Nanodegree. Users enrolled in the Nanodegree program will have access to coaches who will review their … continue reading

Microsoft to hire autistic employees, Bitcoin Foundation announces bankruptcy, and Apple’s new patent—SD Times news digest: April 7, 2015

Microsoft has announced it is opening up a new pilot program with Specialisterne to hire full-time employees that are on the autism spectrum. “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft; each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in … continue reading

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