Posted on March 17, 2021

Speakers from the 2021 Women in Tech Symposium on The New Era of Human Computer Interaction presented by the EDGE in Tech Initiative at UC
Speakers from the 2021 Women in Tech Symposium on The New Era of Human Computer Interaction presented by the EDGE in Tech Initiative at UC
Speakers from the 2021 Women in Tech Symposium on The New Era of Human Computer Interaction presented by the EDGE in Tech Initiative at UC

The sold-out 2021 Women in Tech Symposium highlighted the future of human-computer interaction in a myriad of fields including food systems; aging in a digital world; self-driving vehicles; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech; and more.

Held during Women’s History Month and hosted by the Women in Tech Initiative at the University of California, the 2021 Women in Tech Symposium drew a sold-out virtual crowd of more than 650 attendees.

In its fifth year, the event focused on human-computer interaction (HCI), a multidisciplinary field that combines new technology in cyber-physical systems with human-centered design…


Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech)™ Initiative at the University of California
Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech)™ Initiative at the University of California
Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech)™ Initiative at UC

The Women in Tech Initiative is now the EDGE in Tech Initiative. The new name strives to better embody the program’s inclusive mission.

The Women in Tech Initiative at the University of California (WIT@UC) has changed its name to Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech Initiative (EDGE in Tech)™. The new name reflects the initiative’s inclusive programming and outreach and seeks to expand efforts to recognize the importance of addressing the multifaceted challenges facing many under-represented communities working in technology fields.

“I’m excited to see the Women in Tech Initiative rebranded to better reflect its mission of lowering barriers…


The 2021 Women in Tech Symposium will take place on March 12, 2021, and focus on human-computer interaction (HCI).

Registration for the Women in Tech Initiative at UC’s flagship event is now open! Now in its fifth year, this major annual event will showcase issues, sector opportunities, and the career paths of experts in human-computer interaction (HCI).

Now entering a new era, human-computer interaction is a multidisciplinary field that combines new technology in cyber-physical systems with human-centered design and usability. This year’s symposium will examine leading-edge technologies and challenges to ensuring equitable and inclusive HCI.


The Women in Tech Initiative at UC is proud to announce the fifth annual Athena Award winners. Sponsored by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Berkeley Engineering, the awards recognize those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women in technology.

Nominations opened in fall 2020 and submissions covered a wide range of expertise and accomplishments. Awardees were selected by a distinguished panel of representatives from academia and industry. It was a highly competitive process and we thank everyone who submitted a nomination. The awards will be presented on March 12, 2021, during the annual Women in Tech Symposium


Nominate #womenintech who are opening doors for others!! https://witi.berkeley.edu/athena-awards/

Your opportunity to shine a light on leaders who are opening doors for other women in tech!

The Women in Tech Initiative at UC Athena Awards recognize those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women in tech. Awardees are leaders who inspire others to pursue and persist in technical careers by way of their outstanding contributions, and service and mentorship to foster inclusion in science and technical fields.

Nominations are open to all candidates regardless of gender, age, institutional affiliation, and country of residence. Nominations are due by November 6, 2020.

Nominations are open in these four categories:


There’s a new obstacle to landing a job after college: Getting approved by AI,” Rachel Metz, CNN, 1/15/20

A Recap of Jill Finlayson’s Grace Hopper Celebration 2020 Session

Increasingly AI-enabled tools are used in every facet of the hiring process. Companies can’t keep up with turnover and hiring demands. For better or worse, AI is here to stay. Let’s do our part to make it for the better. We need diverse teams in tech to make sure AI works for everyone.

‘Disastrous’ lack of diversity in AI industry perpetuates bias, study finds
[AI Now Institute] Report says an overwhelmingly white and male field has reached ‘a moment of reckoning’ over discriminatory systems
Kari Paul, The Guardian, San Francisco, 16…


Women in Tech Initiative at the University of California (WITI@UC) Holiday Gift Guide
Women in Tech Initiative at the University of California (WITI@UC) Holiday Gift Guide

Too soon? In the holiday spirit of optimism and hope, and because we anticipate more online shopping and longer shipping times, and we really can’t wait to say good bye to 2020 — here’s the Women in Tech Holiday Gift Guide early to boost the pipeline and support the persistence of women in STEM! From youngsters and to established leaders — there is something for every Tech Girl and Tech Woman on your holiday list!

All photos are courtesy of the linked sites selling the items, mostly Amazon.com.


Learn about pathways into tech — opportunities and overcoming barriers!

These are some of my absolutely favorite people – startup founders, intrapreneurs, leaders in diversity and inclusion in tech — and all are amazing inclusive leaders.

By signing up for this class you will have the chance to have an intimate fireside chat and AMA with these amazing tech leaders. Learn about their career pathways and advice for under-represented folks in tech.

This course offers career discovery, inspiration, and practical tips on getting a job in tech. …


Photo by Fadi Dahabreh on Scopio

Get more diverse to get more innovative, sustainable, & profitable!

Hello investor, are you looking for the next unicorn?

Do you want a solid team? Do you want an innovative product?

Do you want a big market? Do you want a high ROI?

If your answer is yes, you want to find and fund diverse teams.

Here’s how.

𝤿 Take Diversity Seriously

Realize the bias. There is an enormous gender gap in U.S. venture capital funding. Female entrepreneurs receive only about 2.2% of all venture funding in 2018, despite owning 38% of the businesses.

Set gender-diversity targets. You can’t ask…


How to find top talent for your startup.

Do you want investment?

Do you want top talent?

Do you want great products?

Do you want profitability?

Of course your answer is yes to all, which is why inclusive hiring is key for you!

Compelling reasons to prioritize good hiring:

  • Avoid costly mistakes. A bad hire is costly, especially for a startup, where teamwork, morale, collaboration are essential and lost productivity, time and energy is devastating. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the price of a bad hire is at least 30% of the employee’s first-year earnings. …

EDGE in Tech™ Initiative at UC

Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech) Initiative @ UC | CITRIS & the Banatao Institute + Berkeley Engineering http://edge.berkeley.edu

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