Makers launches the third year of the Women in Software Powerlist
The Women in Software Powerlist has been launched for a third year by the makers of software bootcamps.
In partnership with Google for Startups UK, the list aims to highlight the careers and achievements of 20 women with coding and software skills in the tech industry.
It also hopes to highlight women in the field of software development to show the impact of women in technology on the industry.
“We are delighted to recognize the significant contribution of the rising stars of the software industry,” said Claudia Harris, CEO of Makers. “We know that shining the spotlight on the work of these 20 amazing women will hopefully inspire others to consider careers in the digital economy. Real-world examples are essential when it comes to changing perceptions within the industry and we are proud to celebrate them. “
There is not only a lack of women in tech, with women making up only about 17% of the tech sector, but a lack of diversity in the tech sector in general. A recent report from the BCS found that the number of IT professionals from under-represented groups has only grown by around 2% over the past five years – 8% of IT professionals are d Indian origin, 2% are of black, African, Caribbean or black origin. of British origin, while 2% are of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin. Women also make up only 17% of the tech sector – a figure that has only increased by 1% in the past five years.
Many reasons are cited for this, including the lack of diverse role models, problems with the tech industry pipeline that push women and other under-represented groups away from UK tech from science, technology, d ‘Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), negative stereotypes surrounding who “should” pursue technological careers and unfair and non-inclusive work environments.
Last year, during its Powerlist launch, Makers called for a ‘narrative shift’ surrounding the conversation about women in tech, recognizing that there is much more to be done to reach diversity and l inclusion in the industry.
Anyone can nominate for Women in Software in the Tech Community to consider for the Women in Software Powerlist, as long as the nominee has been in the industry for six years or less, and Makers, with a panel of judges. , will select 20 women to be highlighted using the following criteria:
- Growth – in learning and leadership
- Influence – in the community and among peers
- Innovation – contribute to interesting projects at work or independently
The bootcamp is also kicking off the second year of its Changemakers List to highlight people and organizations making positive change for diversity and inclusion in the UK tech sector.
The list of changemakers will be decided using the following criteria:
- Action – have things changed as a result of this initiative?
- Influence – has this initiative been successful in raising the profile of women in software?
- Innovation – is this initiative unique to inspire future change?
The deadline for nominations for these lists is August 6, with Powerlist winners announced at a special event in September.