A consortium of dedicated partners has joined IIE to commit funding, resources and employee expertise and time in the value of $4.2 million. As WeTech Manager, IIE aims to expand the consortium and grow its resources to $10 million over three years, in order to build out activities and expand to additional countries.
In addition to these partners, the Secretary of State’s Office on Global Women’s Issues serves as an advisor to WeTech.
“Women and girls are chronically underrepresented in computer science and technology education programs and careers—this is a global challenge. The world needs the minds, skills, and ideas of women to help spur new innovation and vision in the tech sector. WeTech is supporting new programs to ensure we are not only sparking interest in technology careers, but helping women ultimately flourish on that path.” - Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Google Giving.
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Qualcomm Wireless Reach™
“We are pleased to be part of this collaboration which supports women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education,” said Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President of Global Market Development for Qualcomm. “STEM skills serve as the building blocks for the next generation of scientists, inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs, and it is our sincere hope that, through programs like WeTech, women around the world will continue to enter technology fields and become great inventors.”
Qualcomm believes access to 3G and next-generation mobile technologies can improve people’s lives. Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative is a strategic program that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. By working with partners, Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability.
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Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QMC. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.
“Diverse teams drive innovation. As a result, there is an important need to grow gender diversity by increasing the presence of women in technical fields," said Catherine Courage, senior vice president of Customer Experience at Citrix. “The Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) initiative is focused on taking action to fuel this important endeavor. By providing a network of mentors and professional opportunities, global companies such as Citrix are proud to drive the effort to ensure women select and succeed in technology careers.”
Citrix is the cloud company that enables mobile workstyles, empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With market-leading cloud solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012 was $2.59 billion.
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The Goldman Sachs Technology Division and Goldman Sachs Gives are proud to support building the pipeline of women and girls in technology as well as strengthening the skillset of current female technologists through the WeTech partnership. Goldman Sachs Gives is a donor-advised fund through which Goldman Sachs and its senior employees can recommend grants to qualified non-profit organizations globally. Established in 2007, Goldman Sachs Gives supports charities in communities around the world with a focus on benefiting underserved populations. Its grants support programs that build and stabilize communities, increase educational opportunities, honor service and veterans, and create jobs and economic growth.
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Goldman Sachs Gives, at the Recommendation of Jane and Michael Chwick
“Building the pipeline of women and girls in technology will create opportunities and improve the quality of so many lives. Having female technologists in the US and Europe help in this initiative will be a great development opportunity for them as well,” said Jane Chwick, former co-chief operating officer in the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs. “We hope this gift from the Goldman Sachs Technology Division and Goldman Sachs Gives will result in creating female technologist as well as strengthening the skillset of current female technologists.”
Since retiring from my 30 year career at Goldman Sachs, most recently as the Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Technology Division, I have partnered with IIE and other organizations on programs to promote Women in Technology. Michael and I believe these programs are critical to our mission to help women across the globe improve the quality of their lives
In my career I have seen technology become increasingly central to our experience in the world. As a result, the number of opportunities for technologists has and will continue to grow and expand. In order to position women to take advantage of these opportunities, we need to teach girls early on how to program and become excited about careers in technology. In parallel, we must mentor young female technologists to deepen their expertise, drive their careers successfully, and become role models for the girls we are training.
We are directing funds from GS Gives to help drive these programs. Goldman Sachs Gives is a donor-advised fund through which Goldman Sachs and its senior employees can recommend grants to qualified non-profit organizations globally. Established in 2007, Goldman Sachs Gives supports charities in communities around the world with a focus on benefiting underserved populations. Its grants support programs that build and stabilize communities, increase educational opportunities, honor service and veterans, and create jobs and economic growth.
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Back in 1968, two scientists, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, founded Intel with a vision for semiconductor memory products. By 1971, they had introduced the world’s first microprocessor. Since then, Intel has established a heritage of innovation that continues to expand the reach and promise of computing while advancing the ways people work and live worldwide.
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Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks' innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking.
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McKinsey & Company
"McKinsey & Company recognizes that getting more women into technology careers is critical for fueling the innovation and creativity required for global economic growth. We are delighted to be leading research to identify obstacles that girls face on their journey from school to the IT workplace, and to identify what organizations can do to break through these barriers."
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm dedicated to helping the world's leading organizations address their strategic challenges. With consultants deployed in more than 50 countries around the globe, McKinsey advises on strategic, operational, organizational and technological issues. For more than eight decades, the firm's primary objective has been to serve as an organization's most trusted external advisor on critical issues facing senior management. The firm has extensive experience in all major industry sectors and primary functional areas and also helps a diverse range of government institutions, public administrations and non-profit organizations with their management challenges.
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Anita Borg Institute
ABI connects, inspires, and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 42 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. As a social enterprise, we recognize women making positive contributions, and advise organizations on how to improve performance by building more inclusive teams.
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"Anudip has proven that with the right skilling as a catalyst, marginalized young women can go from having almost no opportunities, to becoming real assets and contributors to their society and economic prosperity. Our mission is to bring technology based livelihoods to 100,000 young people." - Radha R. Basu, Cofounder and Advisor of Anudip, Chief Executive Officer iMerit Technology Services
Anudip Foundation is dedicated to creating livelihood opportunities for impoverished people in rural areas and urban slums of India by:
- Setting up training centers for skilled IT professionals and entrepreneurs
- Employing its graduates to offer best in industry IT web services project solutions
- Working with employers to develop our graduates resulting in quick placement
- Providing financing and high-touch mentoring for graduates who set up IT-enabled businesses in their communities
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International Museum of Women (IMOW)
“We know that for female participation in STEM to change, girls need to see STEM workers and trailblazers who look like them and inspire them. We’re proud to be partnering with WeTech to help fuel a cultural shift in perceptions of women in STEM. Our online story-telling project will celebrate women trailblazers and create an image of STEM that is accessible, aspirational and female.” - Clare Winterton, Executive Director, International Museum of Women
The International Museum of Women (IMOW) inspires creativity, awareness and action on vital global issues for women. IMOW is an innovative online museum has a proven track record of producing vibrant global online exhibitions and physical art installations that change hearts and minds on important global issues. In 2012-13, IMOW engaged over 750,000 online visitors and held art installations in 11 countries across the globe.
IGNITE: Fueling Women in Science and Technology, will tackle inspire and educate young women through ground-breaking digital storytelling, multi-media art and video. IGNITE will showcase inspiring STEM role models and stories, drawn from all over the world and will be accompanied by IGNITE photography installations that highlight the ‘female face of STEM’ in local communities across the globe.
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NetHope’s mission is to act as a catalyst for collaboration, bringing together the knowledge and power of 39 leading international humanitarian organizations so that the best information communication technology and practices can be used to serve people in the developing world. NetHope is a US based NGO that works with member organizations in various capacities to execute different programs in over 180 countries around the world.
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Technovation Challenge is the world's largest and longest-running competition for girls in tech. Girls compete in teams of five, over 12 weeks, learning how to develop a working phone app that addresses a problem or challenge in their community; girls also learn to build an accompanying real-world business plan. Professional women from the tech industry mentor each team and support their learning throughout the process. Teams of girls pitch their final product to distinguished panels of judges, and regional winners go to World Pitch Night where the winning team receives $10,000 to take their app to market. Over its 4-year history, Technovation Challenge has had more than 1,400 participating girls that have developed more than 300 working phone apps with App Inventor. The overall goal of the program is to inspire girls and show them that careers in technology and entrepreneurship is exciting, rewarding, and accessible.
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