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7 grants to close the gender gap in STEM

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Women are a minority when it comes to technology. Aware of the gender gap in the sector, companies, schools and nonprofit organizations are partnering to offer scholarships to women as a way to boost diversity and female representation in the STEM industry.

Project Ada has done a roundup of scholarships and grants that are accepting applications in the next months for women interested from learning the basics of programming to specializing in data science and engineering.   

Women Who Code + Hackbright Academy

WWC and the engineering school for women Hackbright Academy have partnered to offer scholarships to the course Introduction to Programming. The 12-week programme is an introduction for beginners who want to learn to code and to explore software engineering. The scholarship covers the US$3,000 course tuition fee.

Where: San Francisco, US
Deadline: June 15th
How to apply: fill in this form  

Atlassian Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by both software company Atlassian and coding school Galvanize. They are both offering four $5,000 scholarships to the Galvanize Full Stack Web Development program dedicated to Black, Latina, and Indigenous women who want to build their technical skills. Open to residents outside the U.S.

Where: Austin (Texas) or San Francisco (California)
Deadline: applications due 3 weeks before course start date. Drop an e-mail to admissions@galvanize.com for more details
How to apply: fill in this form

IBM Women in Data Science Award

The scholarship is dedicated to women applying to or who have been accepted to the courses Galvanize Data Science, Galvanize Data Engineering, or GalvanizeU Masters of Science in Data Science at the US-based coding school Galvanize. In partnership with IBM, $150,000 will be made available in tuition assistance for female data scientists and data engineers. Courses start in August and September, depending on location.

Where: Austin, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle
Deadline: applications due 3 weeks before course start date
How to apply: fill in this form 

ThoughtWorks scholarship

This scholarship aims to teach women how to code in 12 weeks. The sponsorship is being offered by ThoughtWorks in partnership with Makers Academy. The full 16-week programme costs £8,000 but is free to the six winners of the scholarship. Applicants will need to commit three months full time to the course from either 15th August 2016 or 26th September 2016. There is the potential of a position at ThoughtWorks at the end of the programme.

Where: London, UK
How to apply: applicants can register their interest at this link 

try! Swift conference

This scholarship to the New York conference try! Swift is being offered to underrepresented groups in the tech industry, including women. The financial aid is being sponsored by Instagram, Meetup, Twitter, Technically Speaking, and Swift Studies. The candidates must be able to attend the conference on September 1st and 2nd. The scholarship covers the conference ticket. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided to all conference attendees during the conference. It doesn’t cover travel expenses.

Where: New York City
Deadline: June 17th
How to apply: fill in this form 

Google Travel and Conference Grants

This scholarship by Google aims to encourage attendance to conferences in Computer Sciences and related fields by underrepresented groups in the technology industry, including women. The grant, provided to North American and European residents, provides free conference registration to selected candidates. North Americans residents will also receive US$500 post-conference reimbursement to retroactively be used toward airfare and accommodation costs. European residents will receive up to €1,000 towards travel and accommodation costs. Grants for Europe are exclusively dedicated to women in technology.

Where: North America and Europe
Deadline: list of deadlines for North America is here and for Europe is here
How to apply: North Americans fill in this form | Europeans fill in this one

2016 Grace Hopper conference

Google is offering grants to the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference taking place in Houston, Texas from October 19 – 21, 2016. The sponsorship is for students and industry professionals from North America. Grants include conference registration, round trip flight to Houston, arranged hotel accommodations from October 18-22, US$75 reimbursement for miscellaneous travel costs and a social event with fellow travel grant recipients.

Where: Houston, Texas
Deadline: July 10th
How to apply: fill in this form
*Residents from outside North America can apply for grants to the GHC conference here

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BattleHack: coding for good in London

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Coders and developers gathered together from April 25-26 at BattleHack London, a hackathon that encourages participants to build projects that would have a good impact on society.

On Sunday (26) the groups pitched their ideas to a juror made of names such as Jess Williamson, director of TechStars, Julia Shalet, product doctor at The Mobile Academy, and John Lunn, senior director at Braintree_Dev, a branch of PayPal.

The topics pitched went from helping victims in natural disasters to enhancing urban mobility.

Women in Tech London was represented by team “I am Home Safe” and got a sponsor prize.

The winner was @Risk, for their project focused on elderly people. They developed an app that tracks the routine of elders and make automatic calls to the elder’s emergency contacts.

The team will compete in the finals in November at Silicon Valley, for a chance to win a US$ 100,000 prize.

Check our Storify for a summary of the best ideas presented at the weekend.

https://storify.com/ProjectAda_/battlehack-a-hackathon-for-good

The best London meetups for every woman in tech

Brynn Evans, design lead at Google, in an interview  with Women Techmakers

(Photo: Brynn Evans, design lead at Google, during an interview with Google Women Techmakers)

One of the best things about the Internet is how easy it makes for people to gather around a subject and work together. The Internet is great for sharing and for collaboration and meetups are even better for building a face-to-face community.

These meetings can be practical workshops, lightning talks or networking opportunities. For London-based readers, Project Ada has put together a list of five communities and four free meetups we know every tech girl would love to attend.

Here is our selection:

Women Who Code

This professional community gathers more than 20,000 women developers from 15 countries and its goal is to connect 1 million women in tech careers. Its meetup community in London has more than 900 coders and their events are aimed to put developers in touch with companies and to help non-developers who want to learn how to code. The events are exclusively for female participants.

Next event: “An Evening with Salesforce + Lightning Talks“, Wednesday, 25 February.

There will be speakers from the CRM software company Salesforce and lightning talks from guests speakers. Confirmed names include Nicola Aitken, an API integrations engineer at Geckoboard; and Claire Tran, a software engineer. Nicola will be talking about the things she wishes she had known before she started her first developer job. Claire will look into some techniques that can be applied to Ruby on Rails app.

Super Women at Twitter

The group, under the acronym SWAT, says its goal is to share content and resources to empower women to be leaders in the workforce around the world. You can stay updated with their work and events here.

Next event: “Super Women in Tech London“, Wednesday, 18th February.

A panel of tech leaders that will share their experiences and thoughts on issues faced by women in the industry. Some of the panelists are Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First and Code First:Girls; and Wendy Orr, product manager at Guardian News & Media. The event is full, but there is a waiting list. Sign up here.

Girls in Tech London

The community aims to support and raise the visibility of women in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Their activities include monthly events and leadership programmes. They haven’t announced future events yet. To stay updated to their activities you can join their online community or their mailing list. Their latest event was about the intersection between dating and technology.

Google Women Techmakers

Women Techmakers is Google’s global program and brand for women in technology. It was kicked off in 2012 by Megan Smith, then VP of Google[x], a semi-secret facility inside the company. Now Women Techmakers is led by Natalie Villalobos and a global team of Googlers who are passionate about empowering women in technology through increased visibility, community, and resources. They host summits and meet ups around the world.

Next event: International Women’s Day Event in partnership with Google Women Techmakers”, Monday, 30 March.

To celebrate the International Women’s Day event, Google Women Techmakers partnered with Woman Who Code for a summit. The activities for this event haven’t been announced yet, but those interested in a place can apply now. Applications close on 20 February. 

W Kollective – Digitally Savvy Women

The community is dedicated to women in digital, technology and startups. The group, founded by Laurie Wang, has 332 members. Their goal is to inspire, educate, empower and create networking opportunities for women making their mark in the digital space. The community promotes talks, debates and parties.

Next event: Defining a Digital Content Strategy That Works“, Wednesday 11 March.

The event is designed for content and community managers who want to plan content in a more strategic way. The speaker is Nichola Stott, managing director of theMediaFlow. She will cover aspects as campaign planning, measuring success and good practices in content marketing.

Ladies that UX

The London chapter of Ladies that UX was set up in January 2014 and is part of the global Ladies that UX group. It works as a collaborative community of women looking forward to push the boundaries and promote the role of women within UX.

The chapter is led by Sophie Mitchell and Georgie Bottomley and is opened to those already working in UX or for those looking to make the move. Over a year, the global group has brought together more than 600 London Ladies at over 13 events including partnering with some of the top UX Conferences.

Monthly events include user-led talks, inspirational panel discussions, lightning talks, and workshops. According to the group, events have been planned up until the end of 2015. For those interested, email Ladies that UX at london@ladiesthatux.com to join their mailing list or follow them o Twitter at @LadiesthatUX_LN.