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picture courtesy of #WOCinTechChat written by Mark Downie Software development in many ways has lagged behind other engineering and scientific disciplines in academic rigor and professional regulations. When you take a closer look at most other engineering disciplines, they rest on a foundation of accretive professional standards, and on laws and regulations that expressly guard the public good. The sheer speed with which software patterns change and then subsequently permeate the lives of everyday people has probably contributed to our industries laissez-faire attitude. I would suggest that recent security breaches

While reading through Rovelli’s “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics”, (a great read if you’re searching for your next book, by the way), there was a story of the rivalry between Einstein and Bohr that resonated with me. There was a quote that captured the essence of what fueled both men’s success. “When Einstein died, his greatest rival, Bohr, found for him words of moving admiration. When a few years later Bohr in turn died, someone took a photograph of the blackboard in his study. There’s a drawing on it. A

Over the past year, I’ve experienced first-hand the benefits of knowing how to network correctly. The first three months of last year, I spent it researching at Ryerson University. Then I moved on to a brief but impactful month in the tech industry [at a ‘web and mobile’ development company]. And now I’m juggling school, my work as a youth ambassador for Action against Hunger and freelance writing. Throughout this time, I witnessed my colleagues placed at other companies struggle with networking. It was from there that my insistence that

Before you begin reading this post, let me offer this quick disclaimer: I’m an Angry Black Woman (ABW) and I love it. But, if you were to meet me you wouldn’t characterize me as angry, per se — I’m typically very friendly. However, when something needs to be done, I have no problem channeling that side of my personality. When I flip to ABW mode, you’ll know that it’s time to get down to business and that I’m going to be very clear about what’s required from the team to

When I had an idea for an app, I was starting at a deficit. I was an undergraduate economics major with an entire network full of business folks and people pursuing medicine- a computer science student was nowhere to be found. Since I had no idea of where to start looking for possible co-founders, I took a position as the Director of Member Relations of the Entrepreneurship Association at Michigan State University to expand my reach into the greater MSU computer science community. While reaching out on behalf of the

written by: Daphne Stanford   Paradigm Shift I: Tech & Sustainability In a recent article for The Conversation, Samuel Alexander argues that many of the technological conveniences we take for granted in the first world are potentially damaging, on a massive scale—that globalizing “Western-style affluence to the world’s expanding population would be catastrophic.” That is if each person on the planet had access to a personal computer and a smartphone, etc.—basically, the amount of energy consumed by the average person in the Western world—the planet would be doomed and headed for

I started programming 10 years ago this fall, and in many ways it’s shaped who I am today. But my future could have been totally different: I almost quit before I even started. My introduction to programming was a large “Intro to engineering” class of 200 undergrads at the University of Michigan. For the longest time, I thought I was the only one in my class who didn’t fully get it. I was so close to concluding that coding just wasn’t right for me. I’m so glad my 19-year-old self

written by Naomi Tene’ Austin   “Keep Austin Weird” is a fitting slogan for a city that embraces the eclectic.  Set against the backdrop of graffiti art in the Live Music Capital, the aura of the city is a magnet for creatives.This hipster haven has attracted a flourishing community of techies drawing industry giants like Apple, Facebook and Google.  An abundance of talent, relatively low housing costs, and absence of state income tax have nurtured a fertile ecosystem for tech startups in the Texas state capital city. This reality is

Since it made it’s debut back in 2007, the iPhone has been the world’s most recognizable smartphone. In fact, I’d argue that it redefined smartphones. Not only did it usher in a new era of more capable (and user-friendly) mobile applications but it also brought with it, as Apple would have you believe, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system — iOS. There’s an app for that Between our iPhones and iPads, both large and small, many of us use iOS on a daily basis. If you’ve spent time in

by Steve D. Amara (@amarast) Diversity is less discussed on the East side of the Atlantic, mainly because European countries approach the topic very differently from each other. Nonetheless, major tech hubs have seen some brilliant startups founded people of color, tackling a variety of issues from urban logistics in European capitals to financial inclusion in Emerging Markets. Below are some that really caught our attention. African Markets African Markets is a provider of information and data dedicated to African stock markets. A very comprehensive platform, launched by 30-year-old Cameroonian

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