Women make up only 16% of IT and tech professionals, a trend that has remained the same for 10 years in a row, according to WISE, the campaign for gender balance in science and engineering. Looking into statistics from the Office of National Statistics, WISE found the number of women in the tech sector has remained stagnant for the past decade, while other parts of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) sector have made progress in growing the number of women in core roles. The number of women in engineering has doubled to 50,000 over the same period, women now make up almost half of people in science roles, and the number of women in management roles within STEM has risen to 14%. “The progress made by these sectors clearly demonstrates that forward-thinking co
Last year the Gosu.ai startup, which has developed an AI assistant to help computer and video 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 t
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
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
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...