This March we celebrate diversity through two initiatives. First, for the second year in a row, in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we are working to promote projects and events that involve technological innovations that help to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. Also, International Women’s Day is March 8th, and for the third year in a row we are sponsoring a variety of events throughout the entire month that enable and showcase women in IT around the world.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities face in connecting to the communities in which they live. Last year some of our efforts included a game jam that gave technology training to young adults on the autism spectrum , collaboration opportunity for innovators to develop safety and communication tools, and we showcased a selection of projects on Intel® Developer Mesh that were designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
International Women’s Day
In 2016 we showcased women in IT around the world through a wide variety of events highlighting the work of standout female innovators and developers for International Women’s Day. In 2017, we promoted events that both celebrated women in tech as well as offered inspiration to women and girls to get involved in STEM. Last year, several of our female innovators shared with us their experience as women in tech and I encourage you to read their personal perspectives.
We have a multitude of events planned for March to honor both Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and International Women’s Day and will share a full list soon. To give you an idea, here is a selection of activities that are planned:
- AI Meetup – Germany
The March meetup features a line up of 6 female speakers, included a PhD in Cognitive Science/Machine Learning, 2 masters students, and 2 undergraduate students.
- Game Dev Meetup – Canada
A hands-on programming event for women called A Lab of One’s Own will be held once again in Toronto at OCAD
- IoT & Robotics Hackathon – Canada
Hack Your Life! An intro to robotics workshop which features the UP2 board.
- Women in Tech – India
This event will feature speaker sessions with success stories from aspiring women utilizing the latest technologies as well as working demos of projects by female developers using Intel architecture
- AI Event – India
Women tech makers will showcase their AI-based projects, and a an Intel AI workshop and hackathon for women will also be held
Intel believes that in order to shape the future of technology, we must be representative of that future. By bringing together people with a wide range of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences – plus, encouraging a community of openness and inclusion – we can continue to innovate and solve the world’s toughest challenges.
Currently, our worldwide independent developer programs, including Intel® Black Belt Software Developers, Intel® Software Innovators, and Intel® Student Developers, include over 500 independent developers – from all genders, ages, ethnicities, and cultures – who not only are creating amazing things utilizing Intel® architecture, but also are working with their communities to teach others and inspire the greater developer communities. Innovation truly does begin with inclusion.
Want to learn more about the Intel® Software Innovator Program?
You can read about our innovator updates, get the full program overview, meet the innovators and learn more about innovator benefits. We also encourage you to check out Developer Mesh to learn more about the various projects that our community of innovators are working on.
Interested in more information? Contact Wendy Boswell.