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  • Blog Post: Dreaming big at SXSWedu

    I am totally psyched to be here in Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest Education ( SXSWedu ), a spinoff of the world-famous SXSW festivals of music, interactive, and film. I’m excited not only because it’s a chance to hear some great music and eat some unbelievable food. What really has...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating diversity in computing

    Smart managers have long recognized the importance of diversity in the workplace. They know from experience what empirical research has shown: diverse teams outperform those made up of individual “all stars,” particularly when it comes to innovation. The value of diversity is why Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Scholarship aims to increase women in computing

    Women are woefully under-represented in computing fields. I know; you’ve heard me say this before, but the statistics bear repeating: In 2014, women made up less than 20 percent of those graduating with computer and information science degrees, despite the fact that women overall accounted for...
  • Blog Post: Supporting technology’s rising stars in the UK

    The United Kingdom has faced some tough economic times in the past 10 years, but the technology industry has remained strong throughout. The tech sector has played a key role in helping the economy bounce back from the recessions of 2008–2009 and 2011–2012. Nationwide, IT industry employment...
  • Blog Post: Inviting girls to dream big

    On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day . Every year on this date, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Women's equality has made positive gains, but plenty of inequality still exists. International Women's Day commemorates...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom and zombies head to SXSWedu

    Microsoft Research and Zombie-Based Learning @ SXSWedu I can’t believe how much has happened in just one year. This time last year, we had just released the beta version of ChronoZoom , and the content and development community had created two mini-releases on their own. Key members of the ChronoZoom...
  • Blog Post: Grants and scholarships promote women’s participation in computing

    As many of you know—especially if you’ve been reading my blog posts—the participation of women in computer science continues to decline. Last year, women accounted for only 14 percent of computer science college graduates in the United States, according to the Computing Research Association...
  • Blog Post: Community empowerment and growing more women in tech

    Almost a year ago, I moved to Bend, a town in the Cascade Mountains of central Oregon. This former timber town (it was once home to two of the world’s largest pine mills) has reinvented itself as an outdoor recreation mecca and, according to Entrepreneur Magazine , the most entrepreneurial city...
  • Blog Post: Hacking to build diverse teams of technological innovators

    Technology can play a key role in finding solutions to big problems. First, we have to build diverse teams of innovators to lead the way. Hackathons provide a great opportunity for anyone to experience coding and see how technology can be used to address serious issues. As I contemplate my New Year's...
  • Blog Post: Innovating for the future: second annual International Women’s Hackathon

    In a blog last week, I alluded to an important upcoming announcement. Well, here it is: I am pleased to announce that our second annual International Women’s Hackathon will take place on university campuses around the globe from April 24 to 27, 2014. Last year’s event spanned 14 campuses...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Education Week: "touching" on the Hour of Code

    It’s time to revise the traditional “three Rs” of education in the United States. In addition to “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic,” we need to add computer science. Yeah, I know it doesn’t even contain an “r,” but computer science is just as...
  • Blog Post: Hopping to Minneapolis to celebrate women in computing

    Going to a major conference is always fun. It’s an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones, to network with experts, and to be exposed to fresh ideas and trends. All those benefits hold true for the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for Women in Computing , the Anita Borg Institute’s...
  • Blog Post: Encouraging the next generation of women in computing

    Although computer science is poised for exponential job growth over the next several years, there’s a glaring lack of women entering the field. Since 1984, the number of computer science degrees awarded to women has steadily declined, to the point where today only 13 percent of computer science...
  • Blog Post: Women Students Compete at Worldwide Hackathon

    Engineers Week: it takes place every February, a celebration of accomplishments in mechanical, civil, chemical, and biomedical engineering. Why, I wonder, do we hear so little about the breakthroughs powered by computer and information sciences? And why do we almost never hear about the importance of...
  • Blog Post: Innovators Wanted

    I WANT YOU…. Anyone who grew up in the United States, as I did, is familiar with the famous World War II recruiting poster of Uncle Sam exhorting young Americans to enlist in the armed forces. (No, I wasn’t alive then, but the poster is an icon.) Well, Uncle Sam is calling again, not...
  • Blog Post: Rallying Women to STEM Careers

    We know our science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in these fields. The 2009 US Census reveals that although women fill close to half of all jobs in the country’s...
  • Blog Post: Creating Buzz for Computer Science

    Here’s a sobering fact: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018 there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the United States and, at the current rate of students graduating with degrees in computer science, we will fill only 61 percent of those openings. These predictions...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Receives Digital Education Achievement Award

    Many of you have heard me talk passionately about ChronoZoom over the past year, especially about our goal to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities through this amazing open-source tool, which strives to capture the history of everything. I love the amazing breadth of these ambitions. ...
  • Blog Post: Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Honored by White House

    On Monday, September 24, I got the thrill of a lifetime. I was a guest of the White House at the UN Head of State Reception, where I had the great honor of meeting President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. I was also excited about the exceptional opportunity to discuss efforts against human...
  • Blog Post: Attracting More Women and Minorities to Technology Careers: An Intern's Perspective

    As many of you know by now, I am super passionate about how we are going to double the number of women and ethnic minorities in computer science and informatics across the world. As part of my efforts to take on this achievable but daunting task, I have hired two outstanding women (who are pursuing their...
  • Blog Post: New Research Grants Aim at Combating Human Trafficking

    In December 2011, Dr. danah boyd and I were pleased to announce an RFP (request for proposal), funded by the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and Microsoft Research, for projects that investigate the role of technology in the human trafficking of minors in the United States. In that announcement, we provided...
  • Blog Post: On the Road with ChronoZoom

    It’s been a busy month for the ChronoZoom team, as we’ve zoomed (literally) around the world promoting this amazing tool. For those of you who are coming in late, here’s a little background: ChronoZoom is an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything...
  • Blog Post: Summit Promotes Women in Computing

    For the past three days I’ve been at the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) 2012 Summit on Women and IT , and what a three days it’s been! The annual NCWIT Summit is a celebration of girls and women in technology, but above all, it’s an opportunity for leaders...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Arrives in Asia

    With spring in the air, I am excited to be heading to Seoul, South Korea, to attend the Second Congress of the Asian Association of World Historians, which runs from April 27 to 29, 2012. There, I will have the honor of overseeing the Asian launch of ChronoZoom —the open-source community project...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring Computer Science Students in Our Backyard

    As Microsoft’s “point person” for increasing women’s participation in computing, I am passionate about attracting talented young women to careers in computer science. Perhaps you’ve seen these statistics, which underscore the need: The percentage of computer science...
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