Increasing diversity – How to develop female talent in technology
Gender equality in technology remains a global challenge. However, even though it is a challenge, we can’t say that progress hasn’t been made. To help more women prepare for careers in the tech industry, we examine how tech-company philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives can improve the gender diversity of the tech.
WHAT WILL YOU HEAR
The discussion will focus on the initiatives and opportunities that are being undertaken at undergraduate and graduate level to increase the pipeline of females in technology. Also inclusive in this session are tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
They say you are never too old to learn! This session will be of interest to a vast audience who either are considering getting into technology or want to have an understanding of the opportunities available for people wanting to get into the industry.
10h00 – 11h00 Panel Discussion
SAICA’s CPD policy has changed effective 1 January 2020 from an input measurement basis to an output measurement basis. Learning and the development of professional competence is unique to each member and should be aligned to your personal needs identified in your reflective learning plans. For further information and guidance, go to SAICA’s CPD website. The competencies being addressed in this seminar are:
Relational acumen – Relationship-building skills; Leadership skills; Self-management; Emotional intelligence
If you are required to log CPD hours (for instance if you are a SAICA Tax Practitioner or registered with other professional bodies or organisations such as the IOD, SAIPA, SAIT etc.), please note that this seminar affords you 1 hour of CPD.
Dr Sinini Ncube – Senior Software Developer at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Dr Sinini Ncube-Nyathi holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, an MSc in Computer Science and BSc (Honours) from Rhodes University, and a BSc in Computer Science and Geographical Information Systems from the University Of Fort Hare.
She is currently a senior software developer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She is responsible for development as well as knowledge guidance for juniors in creating innovative technologies. Before joining CSIR, Sinini was a lecturer at various institutions for over eight years including Belgium IT Varsity Campus, Richfield Graduate Institute, University of Cape Town and Rhodes University. She has also worked at Google as a Software Engineer Intern. Her passion for science began at high school through mathematics and developed over time to specialise in computer problem solving at tertiary institutions through creating software technologies. As a developer over the past years she has created community based applications in education, health sector and gaming for learning. As a lecturer she taught various programming languages and has acted as a supervisor for projects on ICT4D as well as a mentor for young women in science. Dr Sinini is also a member of the Anita Borg community after being selected as one of the first two women to obtain the Google scholarship for women in science in the EMEA region. Sinini has attended women in science conferences like the Grace Hopper in Switzerland and USA to learn best practices about women in technology. She has presented technology research work in various computer science conferences including France, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Dr Sinini’s interests are to build usable applications that answer to the developmental needs of people in Africa. As a woman in science, her corporate social initiative responsibility is to challenge and build women’s participation and a community-orientated capacity for increasing IT awareness and to help identify technical challenges pertaining to digital access, gender gap in IT as well as identify solutions to these challenges.
Arlene Mulder – Chairperson at The Click Foundation and founder of We think code
After seven years as an investment banker, Arlene left the finance world to start WeThinkCode_, and pursue her dream of starting a tech business that aims to democratise and revolutionise education in order to deliver the world’s top tech talent. Arlene is passionate about driving the development of the tech industry as well as establishing innovative digital problem-solving capabilities in Africa. She has always loved exploring the power of tech and mathematics to transform the way we face challenges. When she isn’t working with rockstar coders in the making, she spends her time on a mountain bike, in her trail running shoes, ticking off her travel bucket list or reading three books at the same time.
Willem van der Post – Founder xTech.Capital
Willem van der Post is the CEO and founder of xTech.Capital – an exponential technology investment and management firm. He is Chartered Accountant by training, and an alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch, University of South Africa, University of Cape Town business school and Singularity University in California.
Before founding xTech.Capital, Willem was the managing partner for Deloitte Africa – Center for the Edge; an innovation & disruption business with a focus on exponential technology.
Today he serves as a strategic advisor to the boards of various multinational businesses and is also the founder and chairman of the xTech Institute – a digital school that focuses on utilizing exponential technology to address the biggest social challenges that society faces.
Please note this session is complimentary.