Tag: Women

AI-driven research says women better gamers than men

AI-driven research says women better gamers than men

Business, Internet, Startups, Women
Last year the Gosu.ai startup, which has developed an AI assistant to help gamers play smarter and improve their skills, raised $1.9 million. Using machine learning, it analyzes matches and makes personal recommendations, and allows gamers to be taught by a virtual assistant. Because they have this virtual assistant they can now do some interesting research. For the first time ever, we can actually peer over the shoulder of a gamer and find out what makes them good or not. The findings are fascinating. Gosu.ai surveyed nearly 5,000 gamers playing Dota 2 to understand which factors separate successful and less-successful gamers. They found that although only 4 percent of respondents to the survey were women, it turned out that those women that responded had a 44 percent ...
Visualizing the Diversity of the Tech Industry

Visualizing the Diversity of the Tech Industry

Technology
The tech industry has a big problem with diversity. This issue has been magnified by a recent 10-page memo that circulated at Google, arguing that the company’s gender gap in leadership positions and other jobs is a result of inherent biological differences between men and women. It’s not just gender though. Although tech companies have managed to fill a lot of jobs with different races, the numbers still lag far behind. The tech industry is taking steps to change that, with Google, Facebook, and other companies now fostering big diversity initiatives. But it’s clearly not getting through some employees, if this new memo is any indication. Google has spent much of the past 72 hours insisting its commitment to diversity is “unequivocal” after the internal publication and sub
Yes, Girls Can Code in Africa!

Yes, Girls Can Code in Africa!

Women
Go ahead and imagine a computer geek. You probably picture a male nerd, glued to his computer and lost in a world of bits and bytes. You might envision a budding Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, but probably not a girl. Well, you are probably right.  Girls are particularly marginalized and underprivileged in Africa. They are faced with lack of opportunity due to common preconceived notions that either they are incapable, or, it is not their place to do anything different. However, there are millions of girls across Africa who are bright, intelligent, and hungry to learn. There are also several tech hubs and programs that have sprouted allover the continent to put this tech brains into use. Miss.Africa Digital - Kenya This is the first Pan-African program for women in technolo
Opera Report: African women use mobile internet more heavily than men

Opera Report: African women use mobile internet more heavily than men

Internet
A study undertaken by global software company Opera and digital reading non-profit Worldreader revealed that women in these three African countries are as tech savvy as men when it comes to browsing the internet using their mobile phones. Women are using their browsers as often as men, with the majority of female survey respondents in Kenya and Nigeria (60%) stating that they access their mobile browsers more than eight times a day to do various internet activities. Opera ran a survey of 1,500 women and men aged 14 to 44 in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa in May 2017 to learn more about their web browsing habits on their mobile phones. The poll results were later combined with Worldreader insights on the mobile reading habits of 50,000 Worldreader app users in the three countries ab...
ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

Women
Technology sector and the internet can be a great enabler for girls in Africa. However, with the rapid developments in technology, the digital gender divide remains unnoticed as it widens. Changing perceptions and attitudes of every one around the globe is an important part of achieving gender equality in technology. The Miss.Africa, a gender-focused initiative targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase early technology use and adoption, is actively getting involved to address this digital divide. The program has run several initiatives in Africa to equip girls and women with digital skills that enables them survive in the technology sector. As part of its activities, Miss.Africa supports initiatives that encourage women in technology with an annual seed fund progra...