Chariot Solutions announced the Chariot Scholars Program, designed to increase the diversity of the software development community through mentoring and training of women and minority engineers. See below for the full press release and thank you to Chariot for taking the lead in this important initiative.
Chariot Launches Scholars Program to Increase Diversity of Software Engineers
Scholarship Recipients to Receive Mentoring, Training, and Continuing Education
April 11, 2012 (Philadelphia, PA) – Chariot Solutions, a leading enterprise application and mobile development consulting firm, announced today that it has launched the Chariot Scholars Program. The program will aim to increase the diversity in the Philadelphia-area IT community by mentoring and training women and minority software developers. Scholarship recipients will receive one-on-one mentoring, skill evaluations, and a tailored two-week training program near the end of the term.
“As software engineers and developers, we at Chariot are concerned about the lack of women and minorities in our field,” said Ken Rimple, Director of Education at Chariot Solutions. “Our goal is to improve diversity among our peers, which is the reason behind the Chariot Scholar Program.”
Chariot will select three applicants from the applications submitted and match them with a Chariot member. The mentorship will be kept confidential with the scholars selected. The program is only open to minorities and women who have a background and aptitude in information technology and are over 18 years of age. These individual must live in the Delaware valley.
Scholarship winners will gain access to Chariot’s extensive education services team, which was started in 2008 and has provided continuing education to IT professionals throughout the country. Courses cover a wide-range of emerging technologies, including the Spring framework, Hbernate, Maven, Scala, and others.
“Though we can’t explain why there has always been such an imbalance of women and minorities in this industry, we are trying to take steps towards doing something about it,” said Mike Rappaport, CEO of Chariot Solutions. “Under this program we will provide proper training, mentorship and support to the scholarship winners to help them have long and successful careers in software development.”
Interested individuals can self-nominate, or be nominated by others, at chariotsolutions.com/scholar and all applications must be received by Tuesday May 15, 2012. The program is anticipated to start in mid-June 2012 in the Chariot offices in Fort Washington, PA.
In honor of the man who changed the world at least twice. Here is Steve Jobs speech at Stanford’s 2005 commencement.
Rest in peace Steve.
The kiwiluv Team
As always, we gladly post items that come to our attention which address social issues. Here’s one. Our network of employees, families, friends and partners includes Christians, atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Jews…I don’t even know what else because quite frankly, it doesn’t matter.
If you’d like to criticize and make bold statements about another religion, sit your butt down and read the Bible (old and new testament), Koran, Book of Mormon, Talmud, the Veda or talk to those that practice it. Until you make that effort, you are unqualified to critique other’s beliefs.
How about a little tolerance?
Some of the local tech community are organizing participation in RHoK this June at Drexel University (my alma mater). In case you’re not familiar with it, check out the Random Hacks of Kindness site. Here’s some information shamelessly stolen from the Philly event.
Calling all developers, geeks, designers, and hackers! RHoK is an event and competition combining technology with disaster relief, social development, climate change, and human rights to create immediately applicable solutions to real world problems. Drawing on the talents and initiative of the brightest hackers and problem-solvers from around the world, here’s a chance to volunteer your time and hack for humanity. Show up at 9am on Saturday, June 4th with a team of 2-4 hackers (or just show up and join a team there!). Pick one of the dozens of available social impact problem definitions – or come up with your own – and see what you can make by Sunday afternoon. The best projects will be featured across the globe. This event is FREE and open to the public. We will provide food, Internet, power, and logistics. Just bring your laptop! Keynote Speaker: Roger Dingledine of the Tor Project (torproject.org) More info: www.rhok.org Full event flier: https://psal.cs.drexel.edu/RHoK_Philadelphia.pdf
Registration Deadline: Fri, 06/03/2011
Reception Date: Fri, 06/03/2011
Hackathon Location: Drexel University, University Crossing Building (1st Floor), 3175 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
What to bring: your laptop. We provide, food, Internet, and other essentials.
So, grab your laptop and go do some good in the world.
I hope Reuters is ok with us borrowing some imagery for a good cause. Please donate to relieve Tsunami victims in Japan.
I just released kiwiPomodoro 1.1 to the Android Market. Here’s a screenshot of an amazing new feature we put in to address the several “how do I shut the absurd ticking off” comments. Previously you could do so by cranking down the media volume, which is the active volume control when the app is in the foreground. While it pains me to add controls, the users have spoken!
Oh, there was also a request to disable the screen sleep, however doing so has pretty horrible implications on battery life so I didn’t put that in there…maybe someday if enough people ask for it.
More importantly, I pushed the code to GitHub. It’s free for the taking…no license…nothing. Keep in mind however that this little app was thrown together as a lark and there may be better ways of doing things. Beware if you recycle any of the code.
Use it in peace.
The folks over at AboutOne are throwing a twitter party for an extremely good cause this December 2nd. The party benefits Operation Shower which supports military families in a very creative way…by throwing baby showers for the families of deployed military personnel. Having delivered software for military systems over the years we’ve worked closely with men and women in the Army, Navy and Coast Guard and have a special appreciation for the sacrifice they make for us every day.
“When a deployed member of the military leaves a pregnant spouse behind to prepare for a family in her husband’s absence, what should be a joyous occasion and a precious memory often becomes quite stressful. Listed as one of Babble.com’s “50 Best Charities for Babies and Small Children”, Operation Shower (http://www.operationshower.org) is a non-profit organization that honors the sacrifices American military families make by producing and coordinating unit-wide baby showers for expecting military families in a deployment or high stress situation. Moms and dads receive gift boxes filled with baby supplies, clothing, toys, books, and much more.
Since its inception in 2007, the organization has showered over 400 women and hosted 12 unit-wide showers on military bases across the country for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support military families by hosting unique baby showers and providing a shared experience as well as products and services to make life easier for these moms,” says Chief Shower Officer, LeAnn Morrissey. The charity’s long-term goal is to reach every military base in the nation. To this end, Morrissey has developed Operation Give Thanks, a nationwide fundraising campaign to help Operation Shower meet this goal and ease the burden of deployment for military families.”
So, join the party and donate! We’ll see everyone on the 2nd at 9PM!
Oh, and a special tip of the hat to AboutOne for organizing this and XIPWIRE, who stepped up and is matching $1 for every $1 donation up to $5k. To donate via XIPWIRE (another Philly area startup) just text OGT to 56624 to donate your dollar. Nice going guys.
A while back, we were asked to promote World Habitat Day on the kiwiluv tech blog. We’re more than happy to do so for any worthy cause, so naturally we put up a post. We just got a kind pingback for that small act of kindness from Abraham Harrison. Still, looking at the list I’m a bit disappointed that the Internet couldn’t do better than 255 blog posts promoting this. 255? Seriously? That’s a suspicious number so I’m going to assume it’s a computer glitch…otherwise I’m calling out the bloggers of the world to do better next year!
We like to carve out space here to highlight good causes. October 4th is World Habitat Day. Habitat for Humanity works hard to advocate decent housing for everyone, not just with the building events everyone’s heard of, but by dismantling the government, social and commercial systems that make slums and poverty housing an unfortunate fact of life across the globe and even here in the US.
Here are some interesting factoids regarding the importance of safe and affordable housing:
Housing improves health
- The number of low-income families who lack safe and affordable housing is related to the number of children who suffer from asthma, viral infections, anemia, stunted growth and other health problems. About 21,000 children have stunted growth attributable to the lack of stable housing; 10,000 children between the ages of 4 and 9 are hospitalized for asthma attacks each year because of cockroach infestation at home; and more than 180 children die each year in house fires attributable to faulty heating and electrical equipment. (Sandel, et al: 1999)
- Children younger than 5 living in Habitat for Humanity houses in Malawi showed a 44 percent reduction in malaria, respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases compared with children living in traditional houses.
- Children in poor housing have increased risk of viral or bacterial infections and a greater chance of suffering mental health and behavioral problems. (Harker: 2006)
- Housing deprivation leads to an average of 25 percent greater risk of disability or severe ill health across a person’s life span. Those who suffer housing deprivation as children are more likely to suffer ill health in adulthood, even if they live in non-deprived conditions later in life. (Marsh, et al.: 2000)
Housing has a positive impact on children
- Children of homeowners are more likely to stay in school (by 7 to 9 percent), and daughters of homeowners are less likely to have children by age 18 (by 2 to 4 percent). (Green and White: 1996)
- Owning a home leads to a higher-quality home environment, improved test scores in children (9 percent in math and 7 percent in reading), and reduced behavioral problems (by 3 percent). (Haurin, Parcel, and Haurin: 2002)
- Children who live in poor housing have lower educational attainment and a greater likelihood of being impoverished and unemployed as adults. (Harker: 2006)
Housing strengthens communities
- Homeowners are more likely to know their U.S. representative (by 10 percent) and school board head by name (by 9 percent), and are more likely to vote in local elections (by 15 percent) and work to solve local problems (by 6 percent). (DiPasquale and Glaeser: 1998)
- Homeowners are more likely to be satisfied with their homes and neighborhoods, and are more likely to volunteer in civic and political activities. (Rohe, Van Zandt, and McCarthy: 2000)
- Resident ownership is strongly related to better building security and quality, and to lower levels of crime. (Saegert and Winkel: 1998)
There are a million ways to contribute, so check some of the links below out and see what you can do to lend a hand. Let’s fix this.
- Habitat for Humanity Web site
- World Habitat Day 2010 resources page
- Government Relations and Advocacy’s pages for Affiliates (Go here for PDF version)
- Ongoing advocacy information and Build Louder updates
- World Habitat Day Handbook
- Shelter Report: Housing and Health – Partners against poverty