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Women in Tech News: The App Correcting Sexist Language, Why 'Neurodiversity' is the Next Step for D&I and More

June 7, 2019 | Daisy Bernard

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From industry news to long-form interviews, we round up the need-to-reads on diversity in tech

A keyboard app has been created to challenge gender bias

Sheboard, "the keyboard for boosting girls' confidence", was created by Plan International Finland, hopes to change perceptions around normalised gender biased language. Spell-checking gender bias, it replaces stereotypical words and phrases with empowering autocorrect suggestions.

Read more on The Next Web > 

 

BBC launches training scheme to get women into software engineering roles

The 14 week programme will teach women how to work with websites, applications, cloud-based services and databases as well as introducing candidates to coding and responsive design.

Read more on BusinessCloud >

 

Non-profit, Girls in Tech, receive their biggest donation in history

On June 3, the CEO of Girls in Tech announced Pegasystems Inc's $402,000 donation. The money was raised from the company's fundraising initiatives, and will go towards global initiatives aimed at educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. 

Read more on PR Newswire >

 

'Neuro-diverse' tech-skill set is next step for diversity

According to Computer Weekly, the next step for D&I is ‘differently-abled neuro-diverse.’ It's a concept where neurological differences are to be recognised and respected as any other human variation, such as Autism, Dyslexia or Tourettes.  

Read more on Computer Weekly >

 

Booking.com and TomTom discuss getting more women into tech roles

At a conference in London this week, Gillian Tans, President and CEO of Booking.com and Corinne Vigreux, Co-founder of TomTom spoke about the need for more women in tech. TomTom's initiatives include a coding school that encourages diverse applicants and Booking.com fund scholarships to support and advance the prospects of women in STEM careers.

Read more on TechRound >

 

Female-founded fashion tech startup streamlines online shopping

The platform, founded by Finnish fashion tech startup NOMI, curates a feed of clothes from brands across the internet according to the user's personal style. The founding team consists of four women, all in their early twenties. 

Read more on EU Startups >

 

BT & Avenade partner with global search firm for senior tech mentorship programme

The organisations are collaborating with Odgers Berndston to back a mentoring initiative for senior women in the UK tech sector.

Read more on onrec >

 

Tech companies listed in Europe's Best Workplaces

Women of Silicon Roundabout sponsors Workday, American Express and EY have all been featured on the 2019 listing.

Read more on Great Place to Work >


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