Senior leaders from 18 top technology companies met at the annual Connecting Women In Technology (CWIT) CEO forum at IBM’s HQ in Dublin to discuss attracting, retaining and promoting women in tech. The leaders were joined by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, TD, with members including: BT, Dropbox, Eir, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, HPI, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, Twitter, Virgin Media and Vodafone. Over the past year, CWIT members have undertaken a variety of activities to boost gender diversity in their industry, including the ‘IT is not just for geeks’ programme, which reached more than 4,000 students and plans to expand for 2018.
The DCU STEM Teacher Internship Programme, supported by CWIT and 30% Club Ireland, has facilitated 11 student teachers from the BSc in science education group at Dublin City University to complete 12-week paid internships in Accenture, Intel and AIB. The internship scheme aimed to give teachers first-hand experience of working in the tech sector, and the project will expand to include internships from IBM, Virgin Media and Vodafone.
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