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ICT For Girls and Women in Engineering: Why it Matters

I participated in a panel about Girls in ICT at ITU World Telecom on October 27 2011 chaired by Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau and learned this:

Job opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) continue to grow, and many countries and regions are predicting a shortage of qualified staff with math, science, engineering and computing skills to meet the growing demand. At the same time, many companies are looking to increase the number of women in the sector. This means that highly qualified women in technical fields have significant opportunities available to them.  Unfortunately teenage girls and young women often never even consider a career in ICTs.  There is a lack of awareness among students, teachers and parents on the opportunities presented by a career in ICT.

Former US FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate was present in the audience at this session and called out a program that 
she and actress Geena Davis are engaged in regarding Gender and Media. Greena Davis was featured in the film Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

This makes it that much more important to make sure girls and young women are aware of the resources available to help them prepare for and enter the ICT sector.  Check out The Girls in ICT portal, which provides listings for scholarships, internship and training opportunities, tech camps, Girls in ICT Day events, online networks and so much more! Check it out and spread the word!

So now you must be wondering where is Cisco in this space?

In May 2011 Cisco France set up a connected girls day that included members from the industry and conducted workshops on technology and its applicability to society.  Take a look at the following video to experience the event:

On September 25, 2008, Cisco hosted its first worldwide Connected Women event, demonstrating collaboration in business. Live events ran in 9 cities across the world with more than 400 senior female customers and partners coming together for a series of stimulating and practical presentations centred on collaboration, sustainability and the importance of technology. The opportunity to ‘Inspire and be inspired’ was a theme throughout with contributions from high -- level external business speakers at the different events around the world.

Cisco will be running the next Connected Women event in April 2012. By running this event we intend to both inspire our guests and for them to in turn provide inspiration through the sharing of their personal successes and innovative practices. The April event, like previous sessions, will be a real testament to what we can all achieve through greater collaboration.

Cisco’s Senior Vice President, Kathy Hill, is in Portland, Oregon at the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference this week speaking at the technical executive forum on November 10 2011.

On November 9 2011, my colleague, Distinguished Engineer, Judy Priest, spoke on a panel at the Grace Hopper Conference that treated the topic of Building Your Brand as a Technical Expert or Leader.

And finally, Cisco will host a 2nd Annual TEDxBayArea Women Event on December 8 2011.

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Observations from ITU World Telecom 2011

The week of October 24 in Geneva was quite busy for the Cisco team, commencing with my participation at the Third CTO Meeting, October 25 2011.

At ITU World Telecom, Geneva Oct 24-27:

  • Over 6,500 top-level participants onsite including Heads of State and 
Government, Ministers, city mayors, industry CEOs and technology gurus, 
along with hundreds of thousands of participants from around the world 
interacting in real-time via webcasts and twitter streams
  • 332 global leaders participating in the Broadband Leadership Summit
  • 34 of the world’s major ICT names participating in the event as key 
partners
  • 251 influential speakers from 64 countries took part in the multi-streamed 
conference agenda
  • 237 companies from 41 countries on the show floors
  • 10,000 students from schools across the globe, who shared their work with 
150,000 of their classmates across five continents.
  • Photos: www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/photolibrary/display.aspx?event=210&ple=210&k=&d=&t=&id=
  • View full event photo here

ITU Broadband Commission Leadership and call to world leaders: http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/Broadband_Challenge.pdf

Cisco’s leadership at the World Telecom was quite prominent as follows:

Session was chaired by Brahima Sanou 
Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

*There were more attendees at this session than at the Internet of Things 
Session including:

Former US FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate called out the program that 
she and actress Geena Davis are engaged in regarding Gender and Media:
Please keep an eye out for the next blog on the Girls in ICT Portal ITU will go live 11.11.2011. Susan Schoor 
ITU BDT 
Regulatory and Market 
Environment Division, extended a warm thanks to the panelists.

The next ITU Telecom World event will be held in Dubai, UAE, in Q4 of 2012.

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The Network Effect

To celebrate our first anniversary of the CLE blog we produced a web documentary series on the impact of the telecom network, hosted by Dr. Steven Shepard.  We’ll share stories about the network’s pioneers, the impact it has today in growing the economy especially in developing regions, and possibilities it holds for the future.

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A Treat for U-verse Customers: Cisco and AT&T Launch Wireless TV Today

By David Alsobrook , Director of Business Development, Connected Home Solutions, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group

It’s a big day here at Cisco (and it’s not just because it’s Halloween and there are bowls of candy everywhere…!)

Today, we go to market with AT&T with an industry first: IPTV set-tops equipped with video-optimized Wi-Fi. AT&T calls it the “AT&T U-verse TV Wireless Receiver” — a first-ever way to arrange your TV to go with your life, furniture, and living environment.

Guests for the weekend? Move the TV to the guest room. Wish you could have three TVs to follow this weekend’s games? Go for it.   With this no new wires solution, the “plumbing” is no longer an issue.

We Cisco people call it our ISB7005 wireless set-top box and our VEN401 wireless access point.  One is a set-top that can be located anywhere in the house; the other is a video-optimized wireless access point. Read More »

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Shaw Chooses Cisco to Trial HotSpot 2.0

Hockey, bacon, and Neil Young – some of the best things in life do indeed come from Canada.  (Actually I think those of the swine persuasion may disagree on the bacon.)  Once again our neighbors to the north are leading the way with next-generation mobile broadband.

As announced yesterday,  Shaw Communications will conduct a technical trial of HotSpot 2.0 using Cisco’s Service Provider Wi-Fi solution. Read More »

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