This week in our WiCipedia roundup: GTB releases list of 50 women in telecom to watch in 2017; She Loves Tech competes in Pakistan; Erica Baker is our new role model; and more.
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Circle Pakistan at NED University has organized a global startup competition titled She Loves Tech, Dawn.com reports. Winners of the competition will receive a week-long startup bootcamp in September "with opportunities to network with investors and top tech companies in China." While the competition is open to everyone, the entries have to be focused on creating change for women in some way. Sadaffe Abid, co-founder of Circle, which is "a social enterprise focused on women's economic inclusion and leadership through entrepreneurship and leadership development," said, "Women are an untapped potential here. I strongly believe that investing in women is the way to go forward. We need to come up with innovative women-centric proposals for start-ups." (See WiCipedia: Middle Eastern Progress & Founders Fight Exclusion.)
It's an understatement to say that black women are a rarity in tech, so when a notable African American woman in tech makes a big move, it's a big deal. Erica Baker, a senior engineer and diversity advocate in San Francisco, has just jumped ship from
Slack to accept a director of engineering position at Kickstarter, a woman-run company. In a USA Today interview, Baker explained that in her new role she will be focused on diversity and inclusion, as well as (wo)manning her own engineering team. Wayne Sutton, co-founder and chief technology officer with Change Catalyst, said, "It's hard to put in words all the challenges black women in tech face. [Those who make it] are role models for not just black women but everyone in tech." (See What Facebook's Recruiting Woes Tell Us and Why We Need Diversity Before AI Takes Over.)
Bulgaria and Romania have the most women working in tech in eastern Europe, with 27.7% and 27.2%, respectively, reports ZDNet.
The European Union's average percentage of women working in tech is 16.1%, so a more than 10% divide is no small change. So what do
these two countries that rarely make the news unless it's about dire poverty have in common? "In the East Bloc, women as well as men were pushed into engineering and science occupations," Iva Kaneva, a Bulgarian senior Python backend developer, says. The article further explains: "The communist regime needed the workforce, so it did not allow mothers to stay at home and care for their children. Often, it assigned them jobs typically performed by men, such as welding, mechanical repairs or tool making." While communism may not be the answer to many of our problems, it sure seems to be working for this one. (See WiC Panel: Diversity Must Flow Top Down.)
It's not easy to get a title like "the Sheryl Sandberg of Mexico," but Blanca Trevino, co-founder, president and CEO of
Softtek , the largest IT vendor in Latin America, doesn't let challenges stop her. In a profile on CNBC, Trevino stressed the need for women to get involved in tech, no matter the hardships standing in their way: "Don't focus on the obstacles you face, but focus on the skills and talents you bring to the field. It's all about mind-set." She also gave three pieces of advice to women looking to create their own startup in tech: commit to your big idea, focus on your strengths and partner up wisely. Sounds easy enough, right?! (See AT&T Teaches Mexican Women to Code.)
PRAGUE -- Lauren de la Fuente, vice president of marketing and communications at Boingo Wireless, and Terri Reintjes, director of architecture strategy at Sprint, reflect on how their experience as women in the telecom industry has changed over the last 30 years and where there's still room for improvement -- whether it's in supporting more diverse teams or ...
LONDON, 12/4/2017 There are skill shortages in many emerging technology areas, such as artificial intelligence, notes Carolyn Dawson, managing director of the TMT unit for KNect 365, an Informa business. Attracting and training more women to the tech field will help the industry grow faster and better explore a broader range of possibilities. Dawson heads the ...
In a digital economy, a company's success is based on its relationship with the end user and the experience that customer has in using a product or service, says Sigma Systems CTO Catherine Michel, speaking as a panelist at Light Reading's Women in Communications luncheon in London earlier this month. A male-dominated environment will miss out on key aspects of ...
DENVER -- The tech industry is a vibrant, fast-paced place to be, but the industry could benefit from institutional changes to support more diversity, says Equinix CMO Sara Baack. Recent scandals have brought to light the need for more diversity, and Baack hopes this increased visibility will be the impetus for lasting change. In leadership, Baack encourages her ...
NEW YORK -- Sprint's Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture - Strategy, Planning and Development, Ginger McClendon, talks about how the future of network design will evolve with the advent of 5G and distributed architectures, while explaining the importance of learning from cellular surprises of the past.
NEW YORK -- Sprint's Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture - Strategy, Planning and Development, Ginger McClendon, explains that while she's noticed more women at tech conferences, the telecom industry can still be a difficult place for women to break into and continues to have a culture of being cutthroat. McClendon discusses why listening to her inner ...
LONDON -- Sigma Systems works to help CSPs become digital service providers, and that means tracking not just technology but many other trends and expectations, says CTO Catherine Michel. The biggest challenge today is doing all of that at a much faster pace than ever before.
DENVER, 10/5/2017 Jill Stark, region president of enterprise sales for Sprint, shares her approach to leading a diverse team. In addition, Stark addresses the importance of seeking out mentors, and encourages women in the communications industry to take risks and step out of their comfort zone in order to meet their career goals.
LONDON, 9/26/2017 At the recent Digital Futures event in London, Alexandra Rehak, IoT practice head at research house Ovum, talks about the ways in which network operators could generate new revenues from IoT.
New York is Silicon Alley. Israel? Silicon Wadi. And in Santiago, it's Chilecon Valley. Thirty years after the end of Pinochet's dictatorship, Chile has become one of South America's most vibrant economies. For the past six years, the government has given interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to entice startups to move to Santiago. Light Reading traveled to Chile ...