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SXSW Interactive 2016

Women to Tech: We Need to Talk

According to Indeed data, the computing talent gap is a global labor market crisis. It's about to get worse: less than half of the 1M+ new computing jobs created by 2020 will be filled by CS grads. Today, only 18% of those grads are women. We'll discuss how diversity is the key to closing this gap.

Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College, quadrupled its female CS majors in 8 years. Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code, aimed at diversifying the CS talent pool through clubs, camps and internships. Ruth Mesfun, a coding academy instructor and middle school teacher, created the first middle school computer science curriculum and has taught over 100 students, half of whom are females.

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  1. How severe is the computer science talent gap?
  2. Why are women the key to closing this gap?
  3. What approaches are working and why?

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Faith Yando, Dir of PR & Communications, Indeed

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