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by the college, the number of women majoring in computer science increased from 10% to 40% in 4 years. • ‘Future Tech Girls’ a new initiative looking to find excellent and meaningful tech work experience for girls in schools. These are all big ticket items to address – how the unconscious works, use of language and gender inequality in society and work. Undaunted, the eForum presented a whole host of really impressive UK activity including: Alongside all of these, there is exceptional activity taking place within companies such as Sky, Facebook and Accenture as well as work by bodies including the Women’s Engineering Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. • ‘Freeformers’ who are working with businesses and young people to show work and careers through different lenses and use role models and young people to inspire their peers. • ‘STEMNET’ Ambassadors Programme – nearly 34,000 people working across 95% of all UK secondary schools. 40% of whom are female and all of whom are charged with inspiring, exciting and mentoring young people to consider courses and further their careers via STEM subjects. • ‘Girls in Tech UK’ who promote the technical sector and manage networks, offering mentoring, workshops and support at all levels, from school age to company board members. ...is that me being unconsciously biased? Training, measuring, advising and promoting all aspects of this wide topic is happening. Measurement of diversity, keeping working environments fair and equitable, flexible hours and part-time working, women in leadership initiatives, technology academies, networking and peer support groups – they’re all out there. But is it enough? As Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President EMEA, Facebook pointed out, we’re 45 years on from the Equal Pay Act of 1970 receiving Royal Assent. However pay between the genders is not yet equal, especially in the technology sector. Let’s hope consciously recognising the unconscious and doing something about it has some impact. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016 | 41