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She++ and the Rise of ‘Femgineers’

Women—and minorities in general—are the greatest untapped brain trust of engineering potential. I’d hate to think that women are being excluded from such a rewarding career, and from an industry who will really benefit from having them, because of something as superficial as a stereotype. If women were represented in computer science in the same proportional that they are represented in the undergraduate population, we would double the number of computer scientists we are producing.

[ via National Journal ]

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Putting The Spotlight On Blacks In Tech

Guess what. We’re not going to see that development in that African-American Steve Jobs if he’s not being mentored. You know, Steve Jobs was mentored by a lot of amazing people including one of the CEO’s of Intel and all sorts of other people. And what they do is they get in there, they work with you, they help you through these challenges and they share the network, they sponsor you and they support you. That’s what we have to have.

[ via NPR ]

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STEMinist Profile: Gina Trapani, Co-founder and CTO of ThinkUp

Gina Trapani

Co-founder and CTO of ThinkUp

ThinkUp, http://thinkup.com

 



What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
As a kid, I was shy and socially awkward, but very curious about figuring new things out. When my Dad brought home my family’s first computer I spent as many hours on it as I could, tinkering, playing games, writing BASIC. Later in life, I didn’t have a definitive moment where I made a conscious decision to pursue a career in STEM. But when I graduated, the dot-com boom was in full force and developer (particular web developer) jobs were everywhere. I was obsessed with the web, and programming was something I loved and was good at, so it just seemed natural to get onto that track.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
ThinkUp (http://thinkup.com) is a social media insights app I started building a few years ago, which I’m creating a company around right now. It’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked on because I’ve learned so much from dozens of open source volunteers from all over the world who have contributed code, filed issues, debated on the mailing list, and installed the app on their own servers. It started out as a very small-scope idea, and thanks to my cofounder and the community, it has blossomed into a pluggable platform that generates insights for any social media source, from Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare, YouTube, and Instagram. ThinkUp’s open source community has welcomed and mentored young coders and converted them into passionate, knowledge OSS contributors. I love being involved in something that helps people learn and grow through building software.

Role models and heroes:
Even the most heroic people are flawed, so I tend to not admire individuals as much as their work. That said, my role models are usually people who have redefined their jobs or industries, produced great works, endured extreme hardship, or all of the above. A few names that come to mind: Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Alan Turing, Emily Dickinson, my grandmother.

Why do you loving working in STEM?
The possibilities. At this point in history, it feels like the possibilities of technology are limitless.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Don’t overthink things. Just follow your gut and do it.

Favorite website or app: The web!

Twitter: @ginatrapani

Site: ginatrapani.org

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Coding: still a man’s game?

As soon as anyone utters the word ‘coding’, a picture of a spotty teenager with thick spectacles and bad BO pops into your head. What’s more, that geeky teenager in your head is almost always a boy.

[ via The Telegraph ]

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Nudging Girls Toward Computer Science

But access to coding lessons isn’t the only factor in improving the talent pipeline. Role models (real and fictional) are important, too. Take a guess, for instance, as to what career aspiration is named most frequently on applications to Girls Who Code.

[ via The New York Times ]