Where are all the Girls?
Wednesday 8th April 2015, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Dr Hannah Dee, Aberystwyth University.
Venue: Room G.07, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.
This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.
Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.
This meeting is supported by NCR.
There are many initiatives supporting women in computing, from
programming systems aimed at primary school girls, through to initiatives
helping women get back into the tech industry following career breaks.
However, in terms of "intervention density" (if that's even a thing),
it seems we aim a lot of our efforts and funds at younger women -
students, apprentices, school kids. It's over a decade since the book
"Unlocking The Clubhouse" gave us a detailed look at the student
experience in the USA: did we learn anything from that, or are we just
repeating the same old stuff? Do today's young women have the same
experiences? In this talk I will look into the attitudes and
experiences of younger women in tech - the things we're trying to do,
the things which work, the things which are too little, and the things
which are probably too late. I will also try to address the big
question: we've 15% women at undergrad level, so it's clearly not
working ... are we wasting our time?
About the speaker
Dr Hannah Dee is a senior lecturer in computer science at Aberystwyth
University. She runs the UK's main event for women undergrads and MSc
students (the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, now in its 8th year), and
she's been on the committee of BCSWomen for nearly a decade. Her
research is in computer vision and artificial intelligence, and before
Aberystwyth she held researcher positions in Leeds, London and
Grenoble (France). She's also interested in teaching computing to
schoolkids, and has written workshops aimed at kids which use AI,
robots, wearable tech, and android programming.