Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-up: May 11, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about Microsoft’s “AI for Accessibility” program, Simone Giertz must watch TED talk, Amazons HQ2 and the opportunities that will come with it, and why NASA had to shut down the voting for a high school competition. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Diversity

Amazon, like most tech firms, is struggling with diversity – 73% of their professional employees and 78% of their leadership are men. With the planning of HQ2, their second headquarter that will lead to the opening of 50000 new jobs, they now have the opportunity to change the number of women and minorities in their workforce fast. Watch the video here.

Inclusion & Tech

Microsoft just announced that they are launching a USD 25M initiative called “AI for Accessibility”. The program will run over the next 5 years and will give grants to startups, universities and NGOs to develop artificial intelligence solutions to support people with disabilities.

Racism / Girls in STEM

NASA just had to shut down a voting competition ahead of time – because of racism. One of the teams competing in the high-school competition invented a method to purify water in drinking fountains, and the team was made up of three black girls. Unfortunately, members of a forum known for racism attempted to hack the competition to make sure the girls won’t win – which then led to NASA announcing that the voting was suspended.

Women in STEM

Simone Giertz is not an engineer, but she made a career in STEM, inventing useless robots. She just released a new TED talk on Wednesday and its fun! Definitely a must watch.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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