Girl Geek X

Girl Geek X

“I believe this is the time of the girl geek,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s co-founder and chief executive officer, at the NVIDIA Girl Geek Dinner. “If we don’t add women to technology, we deprive the world of technologists it needs. In a few years, we’re going to have a numbers problem.”

By Angie Chang, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners Founder

NVIDIA sponsored the 100th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner to connect women with each other locally, so they can build the networks that will help grow their ranks.

At the dinner, leaders from various NVIDIA business units spoke at the 100th Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on October 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. Other speakers highlighted some of the technical work NVIDIA has been doing in deep learning and self-driving cars, provided a hands-on demo of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, and held tours of NVIDIA’s eSports Studio.

Special thanks to NVIDIA’s Women in Technology group – which hosts quarterly networking and informational sessions. NVIDIA supports women technologists by creating a workplace that’s diverse, retaining women working in tech and building a pipeline of women and minorities working in STEM fields.

“Diversity remains a hot topic in high tech. We want to accelerate the progress of women and other minorities at tech companies. Women make up 26% of the computing workforce in 2013, according to NCWIT’s most recent statistics.Retention is a problem as about 56% of women in technology leave their employers mid-career.” [via NVIDIA blog post about the dinner]

Women attending the Girl Geek Dinner noted that women network differently than men. Instead of talking only about their job, the women spoke about the environment they work in.

Some attendees love gaming and support more games directed toward women players. They were keen to hear of opportunities for women engineers and how women leaders in tech manage their careers.

The event helped raise funds for Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women. The NVIDIA CEO and other NVIDIA execs matched funds raised by attendees to provide a grand total of $12,000 in need-based scholarship funds for Hackbright Academy. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed!

Check out the NVIDIA blog post about the girl geek dinner here.