Jul 11, 2012

Quirky, Fun Webisode from Dot Diva (a website that encourages young women to pursue careers in technology)

I've been looking over my enormous archive of links and resources for this blog and thought I'd share some of the things that I planned on posting, but never did.  I have small collection of resources from organizations that provide support for young women who are preparing for careers in computing and related technological fields.

The Dot Diva website is part of the New Image for Computing (NIC) initiative, a joint effort between the Association for Computing (ACM), Sandhandle Workshops/SandBlast! DBG, and WGBH.  According to promotional information, "Dot Diva's mission is to create an exciting and positive image of computing for high school girls. Our nationwide survey revealed that not only do the majority of girls think of computing as "boring" and "hard," but they believe it fails to deliver two crucial benefits: "working with others" and "making a difference in other people's lives." Our ultimate goal is to transform this negative perception." 

In the following video, two young women apply for jobs working at a mostly-male video game company.  They both are hired and the viewer is presented with some interesting characters and interactions.  The video makes light fun of all sorts of people in order to convey some important messages:

Dot Diva, The Webisode

More about Dot Diva:

Dot Diva Resources
Dot Diva Resources for Educators and Parents
New Image for Computing press release (2008)
ACM-W Women in Computing

Info from the Image of Computing website:
Director, Jill Ross, Image of Computing Task Force
Co-Chair, Rick Rashid, Sr. VP Research, Microsoft
Co-Chair, Dr. James Foley, Georgia Institute of Technology and Past Board Chair, CRA
Microsoft Corporation, www.microsoft.com
Hewlett Packard, www.hp.com
Intel Corporation, www.intel.com
CRA, Computing Research Association, www.cra.org
ACM, Association of Computing Machinery, www.acm.org
SIAM, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, www.siam.org
IEEE-CS, www.computer.org/portal/site/ieeecs
USENIX, www.usenix.org
NCWIT National Center for Women in Information Technology, www.ncwit.org
ATLAS Institute, www.colorado.edu/ATLAS/
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, www.aaai.org

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