Can cloud computing help cure the high-tech gender gap?


The U.S Department of Labor predicts the rise of cloud computing technologies and services will create 1.4 million specialized jobs by 2020. No one knows exactly how those positions will be filled. Right now, U.S. universities will only produce qualified candidates for about 29% of them.

Intel [fortune-stock symbol=”INTC”] is just one of a growing number of high-tech companies that view that anticipated gap as a way to get more women involved in technology careers. It’s putting money behind that belief by paying half the registration for women attending the inaugural IT Cloud Computing Conference (IC3) in San Francisco in late October. Actually, it will help up to 50 female students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math—known as STEM—majors get in for free. (The walk-in registration for the two-day event is normally $1,800.)

“By giving women the opportunity to meet and network at a conference like this really changes…

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