María de Maeztu Gender & ICT program to promote women in STEM

Information and Communication Technologies Engineering Department at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (DTIC - UPF)

María de Maeztu Gender and ICT program at DTIC-UPF

The Maria de Maeztu Gender and ICT program groups the broad gender strategy at DTIC-UPF, with the involvement of over 100 volunteers. The program has been since its inception set up as a collaborative project with several external entities, including the financial support of companies NAE Consulting, Google, Oracle, Accenture, Schibsted and Zurich Insurances; and the collaboration of public organisations as the Catalan institute for Women or the USA Consulate in Barcelona, as well as entities active in women empowerment such as MujeresTech & Aliados, and Wikimujeres.

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Promoting gender equilibrium in STEM contributes to equality of opportunities and a better distribution of talent

Key actions created or supported by this program:

  • Over 1.000 participants in the #GirlsHacks and summer courses, encouraging girls as creators using technology
  • Boys and girls in spanish schools talking and writing about women in ICT in the award-winning Wisibilízalas contest or the MujeresTech Summit
  • Leading professionals mentoring current female engineering students
  • Women and men contributing to reduce the gender gap in Wikipedia in the Wikimujeres - ViquidonesUPF groups
  • Regular participation in gender and technology events, to inspire other organisations and learn from others

 

Image Credit:

Men and women in tech image from the public domain, downloaded from Pixabay, authored by Geralt.

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