Cisco this week announced that in concert with a global network of companies in the IoT space, local organizations and non-profits dedicated to women in STEM, it is launching a worldwide Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge.
Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior (pictured) announced the new challenge during a keynote at the Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago. Here are the details of the Young Women's Innovation Grand Challenge, according to Cisco:
- The IoTWF Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge is a global open innovation competition. The IoTWF Steering Committee intends to collaborate on this initiative with local organizations with support from a global network of companies in the IoT space, non-profits dedicated to women in STEM and Cisco IoE Innovation Centers.
- Entrants will be asked to submit original ideas based on new opportunities and technologies that better people’s lives or increase efficiencies in the area of education, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation, or smart cities.
- The IoTWF Young Women’s Challenge will run in two phases from November 15th 2014 through early 2015.
“Currently, only 18% of the computer and information sciences undergraduate degrees are being awarded to women and fewer are staying in those careers," said Karen Horting of the Society of Women Engineers, in a statement. Cisco’s efforts to engage young women and bring other technology organizations in to help increase these numbers is great."