Agenda Computing and Current Business Applications
January 8, 2015 By admin
January 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm
I say good on them. There used to be a lot more women in tech, specifically
sticking to their Uni courses.
But now you see lots of women dropping out mid-course, due to
discouragement and it not being a “girly” thing.
January 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm
Here comes the trolls saying this is somehow reverse racism/sexism.
Chris Duncan says
January 7, 2015 at 3:10 pm
I’m sorry, but isn’t doing that, in and of itself, sexist and racist?
Shouldn’t we be hiring people on the skill and drive and character, and not
because they’re of a certain sex or minority?
January 7, 2015 at 3:12 pm
So Intel is hiring people even if their not good just to get publicity?
Dont put gender and race before job. I would use 300 mill for space,
seriously its more interesting.
January 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm
I know that stuff like this is done with the best of intention but what is
honestly out there already that is causing these minorities to not join
these fields? What good will this be if they start to hire people just
based on their race or gender to pander their numbers rather than their
qualifications and interests? A woman/minority shouldn’t get special
advantages over other qualifying individuals just because they’re a
woman/minority. The key thing here being equal opportunity, not equal
Sean Cosenza says
January 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm
Glad to hear Intel is doing this. Diversity is never a bad thing, if
anything it brings more markets to light and more markets is always a good
thing. Also curious they used “underrepresented minorities” meaning that
they’re probably excluding Indian and Asian groups.
January 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm
Yes. What a good idea. Hiring people based on their gender/race rather than
their actual qualifications seems like a genius idea. Fine. Whatever. You
don’t want smart, qualified, skilled white dudes, you won’t get them.
George Harris says
January 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm
Why don’t people just hire based on merit? You don’t need to have a
‘minority quota’, just don’t use gender or ethnicity to discriminate
against otherwise qualified applicants. If you need diverse feedback, just
use diverse focus groups – you don’t need to make sure that there are
definitely women designing the products as long as they like the end result
Ownzem K says
January 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm
Although it kinda looks weird, because you need to hire based on skill and
drive and not based on minority or gender, their reason behind it makes a
lot of sense. It’s bad for them to not have the variety of different
thinking people that they can get advise from. Not to mention the different
ways of thinking due to cultures and different ways of nurture and
I don’t think it’s such a bad idea.
Violet Hyena says
January 7, 2015 at 3:42 pm
I’m a woman who works in STEM, I have over 15 years of experience in the
industry I’m in, and over 20 in actual hands on experience including self
employed work before I was even in college.
I know for a fact, from talking to recruiters and other industry
professionals that the hiring managers of STEM departments could get the
same exact resume with a male name and a female name on the cover letter,
all the same experience, and they’ll throw out the female name without even
interviewing them. Or they’ll submit a woman with 10+ years experience and
a man with only 5 years, and they’ll hire the man over the woman. And pay
him more than they would have the woman.
This industry is shit towards women, especially talented women who know
their fields. Men get such an inferiority complex over whether or not a
woman might be better than them and it scares the fuck out of them. Or
they’re afraid the woman wont fit in because the group is already a boys
club. The whole thing is bullshit. It isn’t a meritocracy like everyone
tries to claim.
So good on Intel. I hope it works out.
Jennifer Ess says
January 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm
Kudos to Intel for doing this. I was told last year when I started studying
computer science by one of the department heads that I would find it much
harder to find a job than the guys in my course. Males have a definite
advantage in finding a job in this area, and then there’s the considerable
pay difference between men and women. I think this will encourage women in
particular to look into fields that they initially wouldn’t even consider
because it’s considered a “male” subject, when in fact anyone can do it.
This will hopefully encourage more of them to look into tech based jobs.
January 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm
I read some of the press release, and it looks like they are going to spend
money on education programs to help train these people for jobs. That’s
good, as technology-based fields are going to need more qualified people as
the tech market expands.
What I don’t understand about Intel specifically, though, is what new thing
need to understand and design for their own customers. Intel makes computer
hardware, mostly sold to corporations for use in their own technology or as
part of network solutions for businesses as well as a smaller market of
individual enthusiasts who would like to build heir own computers. No
matter how diverse those companies and people are, I’d wager the only thing
they care about in their computer hardware is if it’s powerful and works
well. They’re getting into the whole wearable technology thing, and it
makes sense there that they’d need more unique perspectives for that (what
would a person with this background want to wear, etc., and they’ve teamed
up with a bunch of fashion labels anyway, so they have that down pat) but
that’s still a small sector of their company and most likely will not be
the meat and potatoes of their revenue in the future.
Swizlet McSwagger says
January 7, 2015 at 4:15 pm
NICE! As a White male I totally have a chance of getting employed by
Intel. Just kidding, I have no fucking chance now.
Connor Tyler says
January 7, 2015 at 4:53 pm
Does this seriously piss off anyone else out there ! I’m honestly fuming
about this it really hits a nerve !
January 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm
i wonder if the comments have it wrong, like maybe they mean this as in a
scholarship, cause they have some pretty weird scholarships, like for being
native america or being a midget. I can understand them using the money
for scholarships, but if they hire them merely because their gender or
race, then that in itself is discrimination
Pedro Navarro says
January 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm
This is cool. I’m a minority from a poor area in LA. Though I myself
wouldn’t take advantage of this opportunity, I imagine many people in my
situation will. The cool part is that intel will be using THEIR money to
create new jobs as opposed to firing people and replacing them with the
aforementioned demographic. It’s a shame people are so ignorant in 2015
“them tryin to indoctrinate us with their liberal, progay, feminist agenda.
Murica”. When in reality these opportunities were invented; they didn’t
exist before intel said they exist. noone is “stealing” anyone’s job. They
can do with those jobs whatever they want, so long as they’re not
offshoring. Remember, America is only as strong as their weak.
What I Bought on Steam says
January 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm
I hate stories like this because It brings out the racism in people in the
comments when they’re not hiring people based on their gender or
race–they’re stopping that practice by evening it out! Women are 50% of
the population, roughly, but not 50% of the hires. You think maybe that has
to do with a certain practice where women are seen as unfit or less fit
than a man? Probably! Therefore, this is straightening (trying to anyway)
that practice out. Same with minorities unrepresented in the field.
January 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm
guess I should invest in AMD…
John Skelley says
January 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm
That’s one of the many reasons not to buy Intel products. Hiring should
always be based on ability and never on gender or ethnicity. A better
investment would have been computers donated to elementary schools and high
schools so that women and minorities would have more access to them. Maybe
if you could create that spark early on then they may develop the talent.
Gaming does not foster the skill so buying your kid a game system won’t
help. Getting your kid a PC and letting them play games they write will
January 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm
Women and minorities are not represented enough in the technology
industries, and I think this is a step in the right direction.
Dio Brando says
January 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm
I almost didn’t click on this video because I knew the draw to look at the
circle jerk of comments would be too much but go Intel and the comments
were exactly as i thought they would be. stay classy, men.
Tom S says
January 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm
So they pledge a shit ton of money to recruit women and minorities in the
name of equality, but isn’t that in itself an example of inequality? All
they’re doing is shifting the preferential treatment. It doesn’t fix
anything. If they really cared about equality, they’d hire based on skills
and personality, not race and gender. This is a publicity stunt. Put the
money towards technological advancement.
Any company that does this crap loses any respect I had for them. not that
they really care.
Gart Temporal says
January 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm
I hate black people’s bitching and complaining about racism. An innocent
black guy gets shot, everyone gets pissed. An innocent white guy gets shot,
who cares? And only a minuscule percentage of Black people have advanced
society. They ruined slavery when they called it “racist.” Slavery would be
so useful nowadays, a sort of alternative to welfare.
Sonofa Preacherman says
January 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm
For all the “why not just hire on merit?? Why you gotta make this about
race??” people in here, I’ll explain it for you. If you give the white men
in charge of hiring the opportunity to hire purely on merit I’m sure they
will try, but everybody in the world has little prejudices buried in them
and show them in varying ways. Prejudice against women in the workforce in
general and especially in the tech industry is not an ancient thing- the
concept of equal opportunities in the workforce is shockingly new- and it
follows that for now at least ‘race’ and ‘gender’ are still going to be
factors in selection of employees, consciously or not.
The people with the most privilege need to be offering hands-up like this
to purge the ideas that would stand in the way if everybody tried to hire
just on merit today.
January 7, 2015 at 11:14 pm
Guys, I don’t think they’re talking about hiring a women or minority *in
favour* of a white male with the same qualifications, I think they’re
trying to overall *level the playing field* and reel in talented people
whom otherwise would not be inclined to take a career in the tech industry.
I do however think the problem they’re trying to solve is one deeply rooted
in society, and I’m sceptical they’ll be able to put a big enough dent in
it before time itself changes attitude towards tech careers. We already see
extremely young boys and girls, of all ethnicities, introduced to tech at
younger and younger ages. It stands to reason that this exposure will cause
the next few generations to have a influx of diverse interest in the the