#16Days of Activism – Say NO UNiTE

Screen shot 2011-11-24 at 9.31.01 AMOver 2,129,129 Actions taken by YOU on ending the violence against women. It is one of top sought priority worldwide part of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women initiative.

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls, contributing towards UN Secretary General’s system -wide campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Launched in November 2009 by UN Women, Say NO – UNiTE showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life, online and on the ground. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is the Spokesperson of Say NO – UNiTE.

This year, Say NO – UNiTE  will present 16 actions that organizations and activists can take, to mark the 16 Days of Activism. Actions can be taken online or offline, by participating in the highlighted events or by organizing your own. Activists can pick as many actions as they like, or take the action of the day. The 16 Days page will be live On November 21, 2011

Screen shot 2011-11-24 at 9.15.14 AMPosting your #16Days action on www.saynotoviolence.org is easy – create an account, and once it is activated, post an action page for each event/activity. Please select “16 Days” as the Action Type.

Google Wants You: Open Source Challenge

Screen shot 2011-11-23 at 8.08.58 AMOpen source: Google Code-in contest kicks in last week. For those students in the ages of 13-17 years old could participate and win fabulous prizes and recognition.  It’s a simple process: Pick a task, complete the task and your task is approved. The contest runs from November 21, 2011 to January 16, 2012. Worldwide participation is encouraged. The goal is to produce a variety of open source code, documentation, training materials and user experience research for the organizations participating this year. These tasks include:

  • Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  • Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
  • Outreach: Tasks related to community management and outreach/marketing
  • Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  • Research: Tasks related to studying a problem and recommending solutions
  • Training: Tasks related to helping others learn more
  • Translation: Tasks related to localization
  • User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Check out the site to participate and learn more. 54 days left to the challenge, so spread the word!

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What If… women in Technology

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Last week wrapped up the http://gracehopper.org/2011/ in Portland Oregon. 3000 attendees (over 140 companies, 235 academics representations and I would say 90% all women) from all over the world flocked to attend this 4 days conference. What if, is the topic of the conference – It is about creating the next generation to be the leader in STEM/Tech (science, technology engineering and mathematics). Telle Whitney opened the conference by introducing a new initiative by Anita Borg/Grace Hooper “TechWomen” change agent scholars: 6 women mentees (Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Egypt) selected as up-and-coming leaders who will advance in women’s participation in technology and help support more women in their hometown and expand STEM education. TechWomen pairs technical women in the greater San Francisco Bay Area with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies.

Keynote speaker, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook gave a career advice for any young woman who wants to move up the ladder in the career of technology:

  1. Believe in yourself
  2. Dream big
  3. Make your partner a real partner
  4. Don’t’ leave just yet
  5. Start talking about this

The conference sessions range from career, academic, technical, theme and industry track. With Saturday dedicated for an open source day: Codeathon for humanity.

Grace Hopper Aspirations computing awards by NCWIT took place on Thursday night. More than 1200 applicants applied for and top 30 young women were chosen to attend this conference. The Aspirations award is the catalyst that propels young women into studying computer science in college and ultimately pursuing a career in computing and information technology. Event sponsored by Microsoft, Intel, viawest, Lewis and Clark, puppetlabs and 24Notion (shout out to Ruthe F who did an amazing job on the award celeb; did you know that they’ve granted over 800 girls up to date on the scholarship?)

Career fair and exhibitors from Google, yahoo, Microsoft, NSA, Deutsch bank, Lockheed martin, Amex, Intel, Pixar, Facebook, Twitter and hundred others flocked to recruit the brightest STEM young individual to lead their company. (Did you know that STEM jobs paid 20% more than regular career?).

Leaving the conference energized and excited that at Girls in Tech Mentorship Program, we are here to support and developed the next generation to raise them up the top.  so, what are you waiting for? Get into it!

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Destination Opportunity: OEN Venture NW 2011

VNW_Applestore_IconEmailLrgAnother successful OEN Venture Northwest this week.  Businesses that have presented at OEN’s Venture Northwest have raised over $1,564,490,000 in venture capital since 1996 and $98,546,000 in angel investment (Not all Northwest businesses that presented had investments reported in Venture Source).

24Notion is the proud Patron sponsored for OEN’s Venture NW 2011. Check out the digital event site developed by 24Notion. This year’s theme: “Destination Opportunity” means Navigate northwest to find treasure at OEN’s Venture Northwest. Ten great investment opportunities are waiting for you. Attendees flocked to Venture NW include brilliant business leaders about trends in social media and mobile computing, as well as some leading venture firms are plotting their course to the Northwest to find real treasures.

MotoCyzysz was selected as the People’s Choice Winner of OEN’s Venture NW 2011. The other presenting companies are Meridian, The Clymb, Pacific Light Technologies, Cloudability, Avado, 4-Tell, OpenSesame, Night & Day Studios, and Northwest Analytics.

MotoCzysz introduces the D1g1tal Dr1ve D1, the world’s first fully integrated electric drive system to power the cars of tomorrow. The patent pending D1G1TAL DR1VE achieves an unmatched level of integration never before available, making it the simplest and most complete electric drive solution for any company manufacturing electric vehicles. Quoted by popular science magazine in October 2010: “the most advanced electric motorcycle in the world”.

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Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: What if…there were more women in Technology?

GHC350pixGrace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place in Portland this year November 9-12, 2011. The conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Keynote speakers line up would be Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

4 days of conference with special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

Check out daily schedule here. Registration is now closed, as it’s a sold out conference. So, follow me @MsSonicFlare for conference updates.

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