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.
Dr. Vivian Lagesen
Small Group Session Leaders
Dr. M. Bernardine Dias
Dr. Lucy Sanders
NCWIT Awards to High School Girls
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