Women in IT: Think Globally, Act Locally

Last week I attended a fascinating
National Center for Women & Information Technology
(NCWIT) workshop
called “Women in IT: Think Globally, Act Locally”. In addition to meeting
many interesting and impressively accomplished technical women, I heard
presentations on research and programs to bring technology to women worldwide.

I found the talks about specific programs of most interest. For example:

    • Dr. Vivian Lagesen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) spoke about perceptions of gender and computer science In Malaysia. CS is seen as a
      woman’s profession there because it private, indoor work.
    • Dr. M. Bernardine Dias (
      TechBridgeWorld
      at Carnegie Mellon University) spoke
      about Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), such as:
      designing multiple mice for computers in education in developing countries, literacy
      games, and user interfaces for illiterate and semi-literate users.

After the workshop, there was a party to celebrate the

Computing Awards
recently given to 32 young women in high school.

Workshop Program

NCWIT workshop program Women in IT Think Globally, Act Locally
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Dr. Vivian Lagesen

Dr. Vivian Lagesen Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU  speaking at NCWIT workshop
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Small Group Session Leaders

Small Group Session Leaders at NCWIT workshop
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Dr. M. Bernardine Dias

Dr. M. Bernardine Dias Carnegie Mellon University speaking at NCWIT workshop
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
Dr. Lucy Sanders

Dr. Lucy Sanders at NCWIT event
photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson
NCWIT Awards to High School Girls

NCWIT Awards to High School Girls
photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

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