On Match 8th, the International Working Women’s Day is commemorated and the School of Computer Science of Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has organized a digital photography contest with the aim of creativity promotion amongst the young people in the Valencian Community through media, to make visible the image of the women within the world of computing. Also, it is important to raise awareness in young people and the university community towards the low rate of computer engineers who are women and to spread the computer engineer from a feminine point of view.
There are some false myths about computers such as a boring, nerdy, non-creative and non-practical activity. Truth is this world is reinventing itself every day through technology and computers play an important role in it.
Engineering degrees are still a men’s world. Only a 33,6% of students in the UPV are women, against 65,4% of students that are men. Of all the engineering degrees, the School of Computer Science in the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia is the one with less women studying the degree, making only a 15,3% against the 84,7% of male students (in 2012) and around 10% currently (2014).
This photographic contest is trying to raise awareness of the situation and it is trying to promote the role of women in engineer degrees. Computer engineering takes part in our personal and professional life, for this, we invite you to make a step forward to technology and computing and that girls and women have the chance to transform the future too. Other women made it like Ada Byron who is considered the first programmer in history; or Betty Holberton and Jean Bartik, who took part in the first team of six women who programed the first electronic computer.
The contest will start March 8th at 8 am and it will finish April 29th at 11:59 pm, in 2014.
The contest topic is:
Computing needs women to invent the future.
Students can participate in the contest within three categories:
- I Category: Middle School students, from 12 to 15 years, living in the Valencian Community.
- II Category: High School students, from 16 to 18 years, living in the Valencian Community.
- III Category: University students studying at the School of Computer Science.
There will be a winner for each category. The prize will consist of:
- A 7” tablet for each of the winners.
- A display of the winner’s photographs on the School of Computer Science, Museum of Computing and UPV communication channels.
- An exhibition of the winner photograph at Espai.inf, the exhibition area of the School of Computer Science.
The intellectual property of the images in the contest will be under the license of Creative Commons.
The prizes will be delivered at the Cultural Week of the School of Computer Science in May.
You can consult the contest rules here: