"In 2011, Tracey Young's company PlanGrid was accepted into the prestigious start-up incubator Y Combinator, and with Young as CEO, it has since been used on 400,000 projects in 195 countries. Its benefits—logistical and economic—are so apparent that one project manager recently told Young that learning about it felt like being taught to use fire for the first time. Top venture firm Sequoia Capital sees the same magic; they've invested $30 million. "I joke that I used to work for one superintendent," Young says. "Now I work for hundreds of thousands." News story from Elle.com
Two Filipina scientists Maribel Nonato and Rizalina de Leon garnered this year's Gregorio Y. Zara Awards for Basic and Applied Research, respectively, for their forays into the study of plants native to the Philippines. Nonato studied the phytochemistry and biological activities of pandan plants, while De Leon pursued methods to produce bioethanol using local varieties of fungi as alternative sources of ethanol additives in place of food crops such as corn. News story from ABS-CBN.
Vizkidz Publishing LLC is co-founded by Filipina-American Designer Abigail Ricarte and Norwegian-American Data Journalist Liv Buli. Together, the pair has created a series of children’s books that illustrate the basic concepts of data visualization. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-source funding for the initial print, publishing, and distribution of the first book in the series: “Penelope Pie Throws A Pizza Party.”
Learn more about Vizkidz: http://www.vizkidz.rocks/
FASTERCON is the inaugural annual conference hosted at UC Berkeley by FASTER (Filipino Americans in Silicon Valley Tech) which aims to create, connect, and cultivate a valuable movement of Filipino Americans in the technology industry.
This year's conference is focused on highlighting and strengthening the network of Filipino American technology professionals in the Bay Area. Register for the conference or become a mentor!
New dad Mark Zuckerberg had a clever response to a comment on a recent Facebook post he made about building an artificial intelligence system for his home. On the post, a grandmother commented that girls should "Date the nerd in high school" because he might turn out to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. In response, Zuckerberg replied, "Even better would be to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor."
Though 7/10 employees at Facebook are men, Facebook has recently made mindful, intensified efforts to both garner interest, and recruit women in the technological field.
Each spring, the Anita Borg Institute hosts an awards banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of women in computing for leadership, entrepreneurship and inspiring others. Do you know a woman at your organization or in your life who deserves to be honored for her career achievements in a tech-related field? Nominate her for an award – nominations for the 2016 Women of Vision are open October 12-December 14, 2015.