Drone researchers and entrepreneurs presented emerging Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies, services, and policies at the Drones: Technology, Policy and Society conference co-sponsored by CITRIS and Honeywell and held at UC Berkeley for a crowd of more than 150 on October 18 2018
Gender diversity among leadership teams and the broader workforce offers demonstrated advantages for innovative thinking, job satisfaction, and corporate bottom lines. Yet the percentage of women in computing jobs has actually declined over the last 25 years, and now stands at roughly 25% in both industry and academia.
Causes for this gap remain unclear. Tech companies and other employers have tried offering flexible work hours and generous family leave; some universities allow women to stop the tenure clock to care for young children.
Are such policies sufficient to bring women into parity with men, both in numbers and in pay, or are other nuances hindering full participation of women in the tech workforce? What incentives have inspired those women who have persisted in these fields? And what unique perspectives do women bring to a range of domains that make technology solutions more creative, robust, and equitable?
At this public event, leaders and champions of women in technology offered their thoughts on challenges to achieving gender diversity at all organizational levels of industry, academia, and the public sector. The inaugural CITRIS Athena Awards were also presented to honor inspiring women and organizations making outstanding technical contributions and providing support for the next generation of women and girls.
The CITRIS Invention Lab supports faculty, student and community innovation by providing the knowledge, tools and support to rapidly design and prototype novel interactive products, embedded sensing systems and integrated mobile devices. The facility is a vital piece of the CITRIS pipeline running from the minds of researchers through CITRIS laboratories, and into the markets, industries, and streets of the world.