MITA Take-Aways

Posted on Nov 26, 2014

I recently attended the 2014 MITA Tech Talks in Mexico.  This 2-day conference took place in gorgeous Punta de Mita, but was anything but a beachy boondoggle.  MITA is Mexico's answer to Allen & Co - bringing together international VIPs of the tech / VC worlds such as FLOODGATE's Mike Maples, PayPal's Carey Kolaja, Ascend's Jay Duncanson, Rally's Tom Serre, and Manatt's Peter Csathy.  The commonality amongst all is a realization...

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Go back to kindergarten   It’s essential that computer science is introduced in early childhood education.  Studies show that girls and boys have an equal interest in computers at an early age - before cultural mindsets and stereotype work their way into the psyche of young girls.  By introducing computer science in K- 8th grade classrooms and making CS mandatory in high school, girls will develop a comfort and familiarity with...

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Women and the Internet

Posted on Aug 6, 2014

This article illustrates the significant contribution women have made to the tech industry and to the internet in particular.  Why aren't these women famous outside the tech world, when the vast majority of humanity benefits from their inventions. 15 Women and How They Made The Internet...

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Kudos to Twitter for coming out with their diversity numbers yesterday.  They are right on par with most Silicon Valley tech companies.  Full disclosure is the first step toward rectifying a situation - in this case the dearth of female and minority coders in America.  But this gender imbalance is global, and I was inspired to read that the UK is taking steps to introduce computer science into the classroom to students, age 5-16....

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Changing Stereotypes

Posted on Jul 6, 2014

Kristen Brown's article in the San Francisco Chronicle this morning brought up a very interesting point.  We need to be careful not to replace one stereotype with another.  If we are trying to dispel the stereotype that a computer science engineer is a 27 year-old white male, we should not try to attract more young women into the tech world by assuming they like pink and frilly things.  This is a must read article: Think pink? That's...

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Gender Gap – a timely issue

Posted on Jun 27, 2014

How fun to be directing a documentary film about such a relevant and timely issue: the gender gap and digital divide in computer science.  I'm proud to be part of this important movement to encourage girls and minorities to pursue education and careers in coding. Job opportunities are endless.  Computer science should be a requirement in all elementary schools!  RHR...

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