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Women Cracking The Code

Women Cracking The Code

Learn about opportunities for women in IT, what skills needed to be a successful developer and what you can do to boost your career.


Kseniia Shumelchyk

February 09, 2016


  1. #dfua Women Cracking The Code Opportunities for women in IT

    Kseniia Shumelchyk Software developer, SoftServe Inc. Google Anita Borg 2015 Scholar Women Techmakers Ukraine Coordinator GDG Dnipro Lead Organiser
  2. #dfua Few words about me Now — Software Engineer at

    SoftServe Inc., Manager at Women Techmakers Ukraine and GDG Dnipropetrovsk; Google Anita Borg Scholarship 2015 Winner; Past — Software Developer at Ciklum/BackupAgent B.V., Student Developer at Google Summer of Code 2012/ R Project, Google EMEA Travel and Conference Grants Winner (2012).
  3. #dfua Agenda - Women minority in Computer Science - Ukrainian

    girls in IT - numbers - Google’s and big corporations’ position about gender diversity - Mixed commands benefits - Top skills for successful career in IT - Programs to support women in Computer Science
  4. Women minority in Computer Science

  5. #dfua

  6. #dfua Women Minority Problem • Women made up 26% of

    the computing workforce in 2014 • 57% of bachelor's degrees earned by women, 12% of computer science degrees • Google's workforce is only 30% female • 56% of women in technology leave their employers midcareer • 20% of software developers are women • 7% of venture capital funding goes to women-owned businesses • In 1985, women earned 37% of computer-science degrees versus about 25% today.
  7. Ukrainian girls in IT Just numbers

  8. #dfua UA women in IT - trends

  9. Google’s and big corporations’ position about gender diversity

  10. #dfua Corporations that support diversity

  11. #dfua Google’s position: Women in Front “Google believes that a

    diverse workforce leads to better products for diverse users, and is especially committed to reversing the negative trends around women in Computer Science”
  12. #dfua Why does it matter? • 1.4 million computer specialists

    job openings are expected in US by 2020. • Research shows that diversity leads to better decisions, creativity, performance, innovation. • Allows organizations to better cater to a variety of clients. • A lot of benefits for women (high salaries, possibility of remote job, scholarships, grants). • Diverse minds drive innovation, and that access to resources will help us level the playing field for more great minds to join the technology industry.
  13. Mixed commands benefits

  14. #dfua Mixed commands benefits • Man often created too much

    complicated architecture, versus women that select more rational and easy-maintainable solution; • Women are much more responsible and accurate; • Women have good communication skills inside the team as well as with clients • In mixed commands man are working more harder, calm and be more tolerant
  15. Top Skills for successful career in IT And tips how

    to improve it
  16. #dfua Personal skills • Abstract and systematic thinking • Creative

    approach to problems solving • Long-life learning • Motivation • Ability to continuous self-improvement
  17. #dfua Online education

  18. #dfua Soft skills • English or even more foreign languages

    • Communication skills • Interpersonal skills (ability to be a team player) • Ability to be self-starter • Ability to be curious • Ability to drive results
  19. #dfua Useful tips • Make a career planning • Map

    your path since a last career planning • Reflect on your likes and dislikes, Needs and Wants • Make note of your past accomplishments • Look beyond your current job for transferable skills • Review career and job trends • Set career and job goals • Explore new education/training opportunities
  20. Programs to support women in Computer Science Academic and travel

    grants, scholarships, internships, open source
  21. #dfua The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship • Be a

    female student currently enrolled at a university for the 2014-2015 academic year. • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD program at a university for the next academic year • Be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics or a closely related technical field • Maintain a strong academic record • Show leadership abilities Scholarship recipients will receive €7,000 and all recipients will be invited to attend our annual Scholarships Retreat in Google Zurich. http://www.google.com/anitaborg
  22. #dfua Google Travel and Conference Grants • Free registration for

    the conference • Up to 1000 EUR towards travel and accommodation costs (to be paid after the conference) • Be a woman working in or studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a technical field related to the conference subject • Have a strong academic and/or professional background with demonstrated leadership ability https://www.google.com/edu/scholarships/google-travel-and-conference-grants/
  23. #dfua Google Travel and Conference Grants https://www.google.com/edu/scholarships/google-travel-and-conference-grants/

  24. #dfua Grace Hopper Celebration Women in Computing The Grace Hopper

    Celebration of Women in Computing is the World's Largest Gathering of Women Technologists. • Biggest meetup IT women across world, around 95% of attendees (8000) - women! • Free registration for the conference for grant recipients; • Cover travel expenses; http://gracehopper.org/
  25. #dfua Google Summer of Code Google Summer of Code is

    an online, international program designed to encourage university student participation in open source software development. • Full-time coding schedule during summertime; • Scholarship 5500$ and cool t-shirt; • Working on open-source projects; • Open for students, not only girls https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2015
  26. #dfua GNOME Outreach Program for Women • Full-time internship; •

    Working on open-source projects; • Scholarship 5000$ • For women any ages, not only for students https://www.gnome.org//opw/
  27. #dfua Women-oriented communities

  28. Thank you! Questions? Questions? FB Kseniya.shumelchyk G+ KseniiaShumelchyk www dnipro.gdg.org.ua