August has seen some fantastic news of women making big waves in technology.A new generation of tech girls is already developing apps in middle school, and young adults are transforming the healthcare tech spacе.
Meanwhile, seven women who have amassed a huge personal fortune in tech are listed.
It’s time for our monthly roundup of the biggest news and features.
The Seven Richest Women In Tech
Chinese tech entrepreneur Zhou Qunfei has topped the list of the world’s richest women in technology. Qunfei, who lives in Hong Kong and founded Lens Technology – a maker of high-end glass for laptops and cell phones – has a personal fortune of $7.5 billion.
Next on the list, compiled by Forbes writer Katia Savchuk, is Bet 365 founder Denise Coates, who has a personal fortune of $2.9 billion. Meg Whitman, chief executive of HP and former CEO of eBay, has a $2.2 billion fortune.
Apple Evolves, But There’s A Long Road Ahead
Apple hired 65% more women last year than in 2013. However, a deeper look shows that there is a long way to go. Women only represent 31% of total employees at the company and less than a fifth of technology roles. The figures are similar to some of the other large technology firms: women represent 33% staff at HP, 24% at Intel and 28% at Microsoft.
Experts told me however that the picture is promising, and Apple is on a long road of change. Tech firms, they said, will need to make adjustments to their hiring policies, as well as how they enable women to re-enter the workforce, in order to effect real change.
Meanwhile, Intel said it would pay double its usual referral bonuses for people who successfully recommend women to join the company. Some $4,000 will be paid for each referral as part of the initiative, which also includes bonuses for referrals of minorities and veterans.
TechGirlz Shape Future Of Apps
This year’s TechGirlz summer camp, for which applications were up 50%, saw girls aged 11 to 15 showing they are ready to take charge in the tech sphere, developing fantastic new apps.
The event is the only tech focused, entrepreneurial camp in the country aimed at middle school girls, purely focused on helping them develop ideas, create a prototype and formulate a business plan.
New apps developed by the girls included ‘Sportique’, which records athletic motion and recommends better technique, ‘Hazard Protector’, an alert based app for emergencies, and ‘Rapid Rescue’, which helps reunite lost pets with their owners. There was also a strong focus on the Internet of Things.
TechGirlz, a non-profit organization, is directly aimed at helping keep girls studying technology into high school, and hopefully pursuing a technology career or creating a startup.
Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder of the organization, tells me that “it’s not about winning a competition or building something you throw away. We continue to see these girls attend camp with a drive and passion to learn and absorb as much information as they can.”
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