Category: Women & Tech

Women in Tech Make the Top 100 Most Powerful Women List

By Christine Persaud
Women’s Executive Network (WXN) has revealed its annual Top 100 award winners for Canada’s Most Powerful Women, and several influential women in the technology sector have made the list.

Microsoft Supports Global Call for Coders

By Yasmin Ranade
It’s a true pleasure to see the rise in popularity and effect of coding movements, like Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week, taking place this week, from December 8 until December 14. Hour of Code is a global movement designed to demystify code and show that anybody at any age can learn the basics of computer science.

3 Ways To Make Computer Science Education Week a Watershed Moment For Women

By Julie Hansen
Statistics Canada shows that three times as many men are now graduating in computer science compared to women, which is actually even worse than it was in the 1990s. Computer Science Education Week starting December 8 is a great opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made in trying to reverse these trends and to think about what more we could do.

Coding to Inspire: Learning through animation and music!

By Yasmin Ranade
With the second-annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science, especially by girls, about to launch next week, I was intrigued by two different stories about inspiring people to choose a profession in programming.

Women-Led Companies Confident & Thriving, But Need Access to Capital

Companies led by women are highly confident in the economy, and the positions of their businesses, according to a new study by non-profit, peer advisory group, the Women’s Presidents’ Organization (WPO). And for good reason – the results show that they’re performing well, even outpacing the U.S. national average.

KIN Canada YouTube Channel Sheds Spotlight on Talented Women

By Christine Persaud
KIN Community was founded in 2007 as a digital media company that hosts lifestyle content from and for talented women. And now, through a round of Series C funding from Corus Entertainment Inc., there’s a new Canadian arm called KIN Canada.

The partnership will see the multichannel network expand for a Canadian audience, with advertising opportunities north of the border, as well as the development of new talent and content targeted at women. Already, KIN Community enjoys 200 million views from over 25 million unique visitors per month.

November 8 is National Girls Learning Code Day

By Christine Persaud

MasterCard has declared November 8 National Girls Learning Code Day in Canada, with plans to offer free coding classes across the country for girls and their parents. The global payments company is joining a growing list of firms shedding a spotlight on the lack of women in the technology field, and looking to change the situation through programs that target the younger generation.

The Tech Industry Can Learn From Women in Capital Markets

By Christine Persaud

Women in Capital Markets (WCM) believes that once women in senior leadership roles leave the industry for an extended period of time, they find it difficult to re-integrate. The non-profit advocacy organization is working to change that for women in the finance sector. But Jennifer Reynolds, CEO, talked to us about how the program is as applicable, and easily replicated, in industries that face similar barriers, like the technology sector.