Join Glitch's 2020 Summer Programme for free digital self care & self defence training

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Join Glitch's 2020 Summer Programme of workshops for practical tools, increased control over your online presence and a happier, healthier relationship with the digital space.

This summer, Glitch are offering several free one hour online workshops for women and non-binary people on digital self care, safety and security.

73 per cent of women have been exposed to, or experienced, some form of online violence, 83 per cent of trans people have indirectly experienced online abuse and 45 per cent of LGBT+ people have witnessed homophobic, transphobic or biphobic abuse online.

Alongside campaigning for both government and tech to implement systematic change, Glitch are committed to continue equipping women and non-binary people, as digital citizens, to flourish online safely through their summer programme. The Coronavirus pandemic has sparked an increase in internet usage posing an increased risk to online abuse. It’s more important than ever to make sure those disproportionately impacted by online abuse are aware of how to stay safe and how to prioritise their own wellbeing online.

Whether you’re interested in having a public facing role, or you simply just want to feel safer to be you on social media, you’ll come away from the workshops with practical tools and increased control over your online presence, resulting in a happier, healthier relationship with the digital space.

Glitch have successfully trained thousands of people worldwide on online safety. Find out more about the programme and sign up for workshops here.

 

 

 

 


WISE 1 Million Women in STEM

Join WISE & celebrate one million women in STEM

WISE 1 Million Women in STEM

Join WISE and help celebrate the one million women working in core STEM roles across the UK and inspire more women.

WISE has been working towards the goal of 1 million women in STEM for the past five years. Thanks to the focused efforts of role models, organisations and champions of gender balance in STEM, this number has finally been achieved.

WISE are now inviting you to celebrate and take part in their newly launched 1 of the Million campaign - an inclusive, digital campaign that aims to inspire and celebrate the real faces behind the million women in STEM.

The 1 of the Million Campaign encourages women working in STEM to share their story - and those of their friends, mentors or colleagues - in order to celebrate the brilliant contributions women make through science, technology, engineering and maths.By putting a face to the million, the campaign aims to inspire more women to pursue, return to, or retrain in STEM. This is a celebration for everyone and we encourage everyone to take part. If you’re a woman in STEM, in any company, sector or part of the UK, we want to hear from you.

How you can get involved

Help WISE put a face to the million

Encourage women who work in STEM at your business to take part in the campaign – ask them share their photo and story to our webpage so that they can be included in WISE's interactive photo collage.

Help WISE spread the word

Show that your company supports more women in STEM by sharing 1 of the Million campaign material on your website and social media channels throughout the year - a logo, supporter sign and social media frames are included in our pack.

Take part in the #1ofTheMillion Day

Motivate your colleagues and take part in our #1ofTheMillion day on Twitter. Snap a selfie with our #1ofTheMillion sign, tell us why you are passionate about gender balance in STEM and post your image to Twitter using #1ofTheMillion and tagging @thewisecampaign.

If you're not a woman in STEM, you can still take part

Post a picture with our Proud to Support #1ofTheMillion Sign and tell us why you and / or your company support gender balance in STEM.

 

 

 


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Can you help FutureDotNow support the most vulnerable online during COVID-19?

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FutureDotNow has launched an initiative to support the most vulnerable online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FutureDotNow are coordinating industry action through a new initiative, DevicesDotNow, targeting the 1.7 million households who don’t have access to the internet and are digitally excluded as we face a socially distanced world gripped by COVID-19.

Supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the DevicesDotNow campaign is asking businesses to donate tablets, smartphones and laptops, as well as connectivity in the form of sims, dongles and mobile hotspots.

As the government works to address the challenges of COVID-19, many elderly and vulnerable people may find themselves isolated in their homes with limited means of communicating with the outside world, or getting access to vital services such as health, food or banking.

Frontline community organisations are in desperate need of digital devices to be able to mobilise into the community. With your help, we can power them up so they can support households facing self-isolation – alleviating the strain on the NHS, while ensuring that vulnerable people aren’t cut off from their loved ones and the outside world.

There are number of ways to get involved and support the #DevicesDotNow campaign:

  • Donate devices - tablets or smartphones are a first choice, but laptops are also required.
  • Donate SIM cards, portable hotspots, dongles or other connectivity.
  • Make a financial donation - £10,000 would fund the purchase of tablets and smartphones for around 100 vulnerable individuals and families.
  • Spread the word - Share the #DevicesDotNow mission with a least five business leaders in your network who could be in a position to help.

Find out more about the campaign here.


'Amazon Future Engineer' launches to help children from low-income backgrounds build careers in Computer Science

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'Amazon Future Engineer' launches in the UK to help children and young adults from low-income backgrounds build careers in Computer Science.

The UK needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates, to meet labour demands every year – or the economy could lose out on an estimated £33 billion a year by 2030, according to new research by Capital Economics.

To help close that gap, Amazon is launching Amazon Future Engineer in the UK – a comprehensive childhood-to-career programme to inspire, educate, and enable children and young adults to try computer science. By supporting the recruitment and training of 50 secondary school computer science teachers and over 200 ‘Careers Leaders’, launching robotics workshops for 10,000 children and creating other opportunities to experience computer science, Amazon Future Engineer is set to reach more than one million children and young people across the UK over the next two years.

Through Amazon Future Engineer, ten thousand primary school pupils will have the opportunity to take part in free robotics workshops at Amazon fulfilment centres across the UK over the next two years, learning to program robots which use similar technology to what is used by Amazon to fulfil customer orders. The workshops, created alongside Fire Tech, are designed to give children first-hand experience of how technology works in the real world and have been accredited by the British Science Association. Amazon will also embark on a road trip across the UK, bringing the robotics workshops to primary schools around the country.

Additionally, Amazon has helped create an interactive dance-themed online coding tutorial together with non-profit organisation Code.org, featuring songs from leading artists, with the aim of reaching a million children in the UK. Globally, tens of millions of children and young people have already participated in Hour of Code tutorials since 2013. One hour of learning through Hour of Code is proven to have a positive impact on students, with a significant increase in the number of students saying they like computer science and perform better in computer science tasks.

Speaking about the programme, Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon, said, "Research shows the UK needs 21,000 more computer science graduates on average, every year, to meet the demands of the digital economy."

"By making computer science skills more widely accessible from childhood to career, we hope Amazon Future Engineer will inspire and empower young people, regardless of their background, to take up careers in computer science.”

RT Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education added, "Today’s school pupils will go on to do jobs that don’t even exist yet because the world of technology and computing is progressing so quickly."

"This is why we’re making sure our schools and teachers equip young people with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to be successful in the future by expanding our IoT programme and investing an extra £14bn in schools over the next three years."

"The work of Amazon Future Engineer will support us in just that by harnessing  Amazon’s reach and know-how to make sure that pupils from all backgrounds can access a cutting edge education and I look forward to seeing it in action.”

Amazon Future Engineer is part of the Amazon in the Community programme, which aims to ensure more children and young adults have the resources and skills they need to build their best and brightest futures, especially those from low-income communities in the areas where Amazon has a physical presence.

You can find out about Amazon Future Engineer at http://www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk, and more about the Amazon in the Community programme at https://www.aboutamazon.co.uk/amazon-in-the-community.


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Can you help the Institute of Coding lead the women in tech revolution?

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The TechUP programme takes 100 women from the Midlands and North of England, particularly from underrepresented communities, with degrees or experience in any subject area, retrains them in technology and then gives them the opportunity to interview with a company for an internship/apprenticeship/job.

The Institue of Coding are now looking for mentors to support our first cohort of women, advising on topics such as:

  • Starting your career in tech
  • returning from a career break
  • work-life balance
  • career changes
  • navigating corporate culture
  • networking

If you or your organisation can offer mentoring to our incredible #TechUPwomen, please get in touch.

Email them at: ioc.techup@durham.ac.uk, or send us a DM!


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Join the women in tech revolution

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Did you know only 17 per cent of the tech workforce is women?

It’s time to tackle the shortage of women in tech, especially those from under-represented groups. It’s time to create the female tech leaders of tomorrow.

TechUP, a partnership between Durham, York, Edge Hill and Nottingham universities, is giving 100 women the opportunity to retrain for a tech career with an interview for an internship, apprenticeship or job role at the end of the programme.


Watch the video with Project Leaders, Professor Sue Black and Professor Alexandra Cristea below:


The six-month programme is open to women with a degree in any subject across the North and Midlands.

TechUp is mainly completed online, allowing you to fit it around your current commitments. Modules include data science, coding, cyber security project management, public speaking, clear communication and working as a team.

A mentor who works in the sector will provide advice and guidance to you throughout the course. There are also four residential weekends where you can network with peers and listen to industry-led talks.

Ready to join the revolution? Visit the TechUP website to apply.


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23 Code Street launches online course to improve the number of women in tech

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23 Code Street, a coding school for all women, has announced the launch of their new pilot webinar course starting on the 4th July.

The course has been designed for beginners with no, to very little, previous experience to provide students with a strong foundation in web development- that is, how to build websites and applications for the web. It will be delivered through interactive webinars (online seminars) that will take place once a week. Throughout the rest of the week, students are able to communicate with teachers online through the enterprise chat tool, Slack. As it’s a pilot, the course will be sold at the reduced price of £400.

Women are underrepresented in the UK’s technology scene. According to the Office of National Statistics’ recent figures, in 2017 only 3.9 per cent of tech professionals in the UK were female programmers and software developers.

Going online enables more women to learn to code; the course was created to reach people not in London, people who can’t afford the price tag of the in person course, and those who need to learn remotely due to other responsibilities such as parenthood or travel.

Speaking about the course, Anisah Osman Britton, founder of 23 Code Street, said, “There’s definitely a demand for an online course."

"Since day one, we’ve been asked to create something that could be accessed remotely.”

“Talent isn’t only found in London- we want all women across the country, and further, to have access to high-quality technical education."

"The women who do our courses don’t have to or want to, become developers necessarily, but instead want a technical understanding which they can bring to the jobs and industries they work in."

"Others do it to have control of their own business, and others are on the road to become amazing developers."

"With a workforce that represents our society, we will have innovation that will serve us all.”

Over the past two years, the school has run in person training courses for 8 cohorts of students who have gone on to have successful careers in various industries.

23 Code Street is a school for those who identify as women and non binary people. To them, culture is Queen and at the centre of everything they do. Moving away from the industry stereotypical culture of ego and competition, they believe in the power of relationships and the importance of peers being a source of knowledge.“Working in a group with just women, we were very supportive of each other and encouraged each other to learn from one another”, says Mina Begum, a graduate from cohort 1.

23 Code Street has a global impact. Part of the fees paid by women on their courses in London pays to teach digital skills to disadvantaged women in the slums of Mumbai.

If you’re interested in learning more and signing up for their new course, please visit www.23codestreet.com/courses
or email hello@23codestreet.com


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Code First: Girls teaches 10,000 women to code for free in the UK

 

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Code First: Girls, the multi-award winning social enterprise working with women and companies to increase the proportion of women in tech, has announced that its taught 10,000 women to code in-person for free in the UK and Ireland, a new milestone for the tech sector.

In the 18 months since the launch of its 2020 campaign, an initiative aimed at teaching 20,000 young women how to code for free by the end of 2020, the organisation has made strong progress, with Code First: Girls now halfway to this target and on track to achieve its final goal.

Code First: Girls launched their 2020 campaign at the end of 2017 with a clear objective to significantly grow their existing free in-person coding course offer and set a target to teach 20,000 women to code by the end of 2020. As part of this campaign, and with the support of several corporate partners, they have now taught 10,000 women to code for free across 35 cities hosting 297 courses.

This record result comes at a time of stark underrepresentation for women in the UK’s technology sector. According to the UK Office of National Statistics, in 2018 women made up only 11.6 per cent of software professionals in the UK.

Allison Krill , head of EMEA global banking and markets technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, “As a business committed to responsible growth, we recognise that it is essential we equip women with the tools and training they need in order to play an active role in building the digital economy."

"Our partnership with Code First Girls has flourished since it began in 2014 and it is excellent to see the progress that has been made since the launch of 2020 Campaign. We look forward to seeing more young women thrive and fulfil their potential.”

One year after announcing the partnership with Trainline, Clare Gilmartin, company CEO, said, “We’re incredibly proud to support Code First: Girls and it’s fantastic to see them reach this landmark achievement."

"The 20:20 initiative is an excellent example of how the industry and charity sector can pull together to create a more level playing field in tech."

"We understand first-hand the benefits a more diverse workforce can bring to any business and are excited to continue to help Code First: Girls achieve great things.”

Jean-Pierre Saad, Managing Director and Head of Technology for the CFG partner KKR added, “Code First: Girls is doing fantastic work in encouraging gender diversity in technology, and in particular helping young women achieve their ambitions and play a more important role in the digital economy."

"We believe their efforts will benefit the UK economy and society more broadly, and we are very pleased to be able to support them in their mission and in hitting their targets as part of the 20:20 campaign.”

Code First: Girls’ CEO Amali de Alwis was awarded an MBE award for services to women in technology at Buckingham Palace and is one of the leading voices on the topic in the UK. Prior to that, Amali was elected as the 2018 most influential women in UK tech and was also shortlisted in the top 10 most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK by the Financial Times.


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WISE calls on industry to inspire girls to choose STEM roles

 

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As WISE, the campaign to improve gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), launches a new online game called My Skills My Life, it is calling on industry to help change the way girls see STEM subjects and how they relate to careers that make a difference to the world.

The call comes in response to research showing serious gaps in STEM roles; a recent survey of HR Directors suggests there is a shortage of 173,400 STEM workers across the UK, costing the economy £1.5bn each year.

Speaking about the campaign, Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive Officer for WISE, said,  “At A Level, only one in ten computer science students and one in five physics students are female."

"When you take out health, fewer than one in five of science, technology and engineering jobs in the UK are held by women."

"We simply have to get better at showing girls that maths, science and technology open doors to exciting, well-paid jobs where they can make a real difference to the world.”

My Skills My Life, for girls between 11-19, was developed to address the stereotype that science, engineering and technology are more suited to boys than girls. The game helps girls to identify their personality types, shows them the types of roles in STEM that they could do, and matches them to role models who share their personality type to learn more about STEM careers.

Helen continues, “The game uses mobile technology to connect girls with young women who have found great jobs using science, technology or maths."

"It is a simple, modern solution, accessible to every teenage girl in the country.”

WISE is calling for more role models and for businesses to help spread the word about My Skills My Life to help it achieve its ambition to reach 200,000 girls. As well as its new game, WISE, supported by its members, provides schools with career workshops delivered by real-life female scientists, technologists and engineers.

Jacqueline de Rojas, CBE, President of techUK said, “There appears to be an appetite for change in various sectors, some more so than others."

"By getting behind campaigns such as WISE’s, we build on this appetite and put into play the things that research is now showing can make a difference, from providing more role models for young girls to changing the language used in job descriptions and adverts."

"These professions are creating some of the biggest changes that our society has seen and we need to excite and inspire our future generations so that they want to be part of them.”

The resource has been developed with generous support from sponsors including Broadcom, Goldman Sachs Gives, BAE Systems, Network Rail, the UK Space Agency, techUK, and the National Skills Academy for Rail.


Accenture teams up with Stemettes to showcase careers in STEM to 1,800 girls

 

Careers in STEMAccenture has teamed up with not-for-profit Stemettes to host a series of events, next week, to encourage more girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Taking place on January 28th, across five different locations, girls aged between 11 and 15 will take part in coding workshops, and hear from speakers such as Naomi Mitchison, an IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, and Carrie Bishop, director of Futuregov. The girls will also hear from representatives from the BBC and women in gaming.

The girls will take part in a hackathon, led by Stemettes, where they will compete using the Hakitzu Code Warriors game which requires JavaScript to choose weapons of choice.

The ‘Girls in STEM’ events will take place in London, Dublin, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester reaching 1,800 students. In London and Newcastle, the attendees will participate in a crypto-analysis and code breaking workshop developed by the FBI to give an insight into digital forensics and cyber security. A virtual reality workshop and a Minecraft ‘hack jam’ which makes use of the Raspberry Pi and Python programming language will also take place.

The events follow on from Accenture’s own workshop that ran in January 2015 and was attended by 300 students.

Accenture and the Confederation of British Industry release a report last year which found despite the number of STEM vacancies rising, 46% of respondents reported a lack of skills needed to fill the positions.

AN additional Accenture survey revealed that 60% of girls aged 12 fell STEM subjects are too difficult to learn.

“It is a serious concern that girls believe that STEM subjects are too hard to learn, so the aim of our events is to showcase the applicability of these skills through interactive workshops,” said Emma McGuigan, senior managing director for Accenture Technology in the UK and Ireland.

“The speakers and workshops across the UK and Ireland aim to inspire girls and educate them about the amazing possibilities open to them.”

Olly Benzecry, country managing director for Accenture in the UK and Ireland, said: “By expanding our STEM events to five locations in 2016, we hope to encourage even more girls to commit to studying STEM subjects.

“As an employer providing STEM-based jobs, we are committed to supporting the work the government is already doing to ensure young people are excited about careers in STEM.”

"We're excited to be partnering with Accenture for the second year in a row to run such a large event for girls in STEM”, said Anne-Marie Imafidon, Stemettes.

“This year the strong attendance at so many locations shows the need for these events nationally. I'm excited to be bringing these girls on their own personal Stemette journeys, hopefully ending up in industry."