Diversity in tech

Diversity in tech


Laurence de Villers

July 21, 2017


  1. Diversity in tech Why ? O_o

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  3. Overview of the situation IN QUEBEC • About 12% of

    student in computer science are women. • Startup are open to have more diversity. • 19.3% of tech industry are women (2011) • MISSING A LOT OF DATA (link)
  4. Why there is not a lot of women in tech?

  5. Fun facts Since computing began in the 1940s, women have

    led major developments in programming and software development. In 1984, 37 percent of computer-science majors were women.
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  7. What happened ? The share of women in computer science

    started falling at roughly the same moment when personal computers started showing up in home.
  8. From the event Femme en TI ( 7 juin 2017

    ) • Girls' low interest in IT studies • Wage inequality between men and women • Occupational segregation - men hold the best IT positions • Devaluation - Women evaluated differently / devalued • Low representation of women in the higher spheres • Few mentors - lack of networks, mentors and female role models • Issues Work-family (ATF)
  9. Diversity is not only adding women

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  11. With demographic shifts, advances in technology and communications, and globalization,

    diversity is quickly becoming a driver of growth around the world. Ethnically
  12. Why diversity is important ?

  13. Design error Air bag was designed by engineer who didn’t

    think about children, women and elderly people shape. A lot of children, small women, and elderly people being severely injured and, at the times, killed by air bags.
  14. In Tech At the beginning Speech recognition was more difficult

    for women and ethnicity voice where less recognized by the system. Think about the rules that are programmed in the AI ? Will it represent all the population ?
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  17. Financially

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  19. Solutions ?

  20. Quotas with government law? • It’s help a lot but

    create a lot of frustration. • How to know if the person get the job because their gender/cultural minority or by their talent ? • The next generation is more gender neutral ( How to deal with that ? ) • Men are feel frustrated because they are disadvantage.
  21. Job offer • You’ll Like doing things like • You’ll

    need to have • It’d be nice if you had • Use neutral pronoun ( LGBTQ2S friendly ) Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. (Risk of failure )
  22. Inclusive environment • Make an inclusive environment • Clear rules

    of what is accepted or not in the company (code of conduct) • Allow Safe place • Being open mind about difference • LGBTQ2S friendly • “DON’T BE A JERK” POLICY (link)
  23. Do promotion of the diversity program of the company

  24. 7 STEPS TO BUILD DIVERSITY • Standardize the interview process

    • Recruit in nontraditional venues • Provide mentoring, training and development • Offer parental leave and leave of absence • Audit jobs for pay equity • Define measurable steps for promotion • Examine evaluation and assignments for bias
  25. Thank you