Feminine side of tech: 7 Noteworthy women

FEMININE SIDE OF TECH: 7 WOMEN YOU SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF IN AI AND VR

Earlier this year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Deloitte LLP’s consulting chief Janet Foutty, and Girls Who Codefounder Reshma Saujani got together along with three female US governors to discuss state-level computer science education policies benefiting girls. The conference, which was the first of its kind and hosted at Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park, California convened on a day-long session to come up with new ways of increasing girls’ interest in tech.

Women remain dramatically underrepresented in technology fields. They’re missing out on opportunities and the world is missing out on their ideas. We need to harness the full talents of our population and this summit is proof that our female governors are committed to addressing and closing the gap

– Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

The number of college-aged women majoring in computer science has declined over the past decade to about 18% (in 1985, women made up 35% of CS majors), while the demand for engineering jobs has only skyrocketed. Currently, there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs in the U.S. and only about 40,000 annual CS graduates to fill them.

 

Women in tech
Percentage of employed women in computing-related occupations in the United States from 2000 to 2016 by Statista

Although according to Statista, in 2016, only 20% of the Computer Software Engineers were females, there are still great exceptions. Some incredible female engineers put together solid work in the technology industry and achieve huge success. We look at 7 women who are causing disruption in the world of AI and VR.

Star Cunningham, CEO, 4DHealthware

Star CunninghamStar Cunningham has been dealing with chronic illnesses since she was a child. It was her own frustration with the healthcare system’s inability to appropriately diagnose, treat and coordinate her care that led her to the creation of 4DHealthware.

4DHealthware is a company that combines emerging technology in a single platform to monitor a person’s health and wellness. The idea of this startup is to prevent the onset of disease before it happens.

Read the whole article HERE.


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