According to data compiled by virtual event solutions company, Evia, women make up less than 20 percent of U.S. tech jobs, even though they make up more than half of the U.S. workforce.
Another source of research was PwC who recently looked at the role of women in tech in the UK. In STEM fields, women accounted for only 15 percent of employees. More distressingly, there are few signs that this number will rise without extra action, as only 15.8 percent of undergraduates in STEM fields are women. Leadership examples can be key toward encouraging more participation among women, yet only five percent of leadership positions in STEM fields are held by women. Even worse, women now hold a lower share of computer science jobs than they did in the 1980s. This is surprising because unemployment across tech positions in 2016 at 2.5 percent was significantly lower than the 4.9 percent national average.
Connecterra is constantly working to bring more women into the agtech Industry and if you would like to find out more about what it’s like to be a female pioneer in the industry then ‘The Innovations in the Food and Agri-Industry event’, hosted by Female Ventures is definitely something for you to consider. The event will take place on Tuesday January 29 at Deloitte in Amsterdam and will be the platform for three inspiring female speakers who will share their experiences. One of them is Leonie ten Dam, Director of Sales at Connecterra, who will speak about the vision of Connecterra to build an artificial intelligence that will learn to grow food sustainably. With the use of technologies such as machine learning and cognitive computing on sensor data to create an AI that works for farmers.