According to NCWIT’s 2014 “Women in IT: By the Numbers”, only a shocking 5% — out of the even more staggering total figure of 23% — of the computing workforce in 2013 were Asian women. In light of this, Development Innovations will be hosting a session on the importance of this gender issue with Sikieng Sok this Friday from 3.30pm in the afternoon.
Backing up such a direct title, “Why the World Needs More Women in Technology”, she will target the situation with an ease worthy of her long-time membership with the Cambodian Women in ICT group. She will begin by listing out the reasons behind this dramatic trend, follow it up with a discussion to generate new opinions and mindsets, and wrap everything up by suggesting some practices on how to increase the number of females in the computing field today.
In reference to a recent Forbes article stating why 2014 will be a “break out year” for women entrepreneurs, most of the proof lies in the pudding of research. Here is a tidbit: Kauffman Foundation found that private technology companies ran by women were found to be more capital efficient, achieving 35% higher return on investment, and when venture-backed, bringing in 12% higher revenue than their counterpart companies.
Receiving the Waseda University’s Master of Science in Global Information and Telecommunication Studies back in 2012 to add to a continuous roll of multiple prestigious honors and awards for her strong record in science and technology, Sikieng’s passions rings loud and clear in this field. If her academic pursues are not impressive enough, she is also one of the founders of Girls Leading in Development and Engineering (GLIDE) in Japan, and a lecturer majoring in Computer Network at Royal University of Phnom Penh presently.
“Why The World Needs More Women In Technology” with Sikieng Sok is free and will take place from 3.30pm to 5pm, 13 June 2014, at the Development Innovations office. You can RSVP your attendance here!
Development Innovations is located on #296, St. 271, Sangkat Toul Tompong 2, Khan Chamkarmon. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Click here to see a map.