Canada’s first LGBTQA+ tech conference, Venture Out, is returning to Toronto for its third year. The two-day tech conference features a variety of talks and workshops surrounding technology, entrepreneurship, and coming out. “Venture Out has become so much more than just a two-day tech conference,” Lisa Durnford and Simon Mills, conference co-chairs of Venture Out jointly stated in a press release.
Late last year, in September 2018., only about 5 months ago, a respected industry research firm Statista published a report that projected that by 2023, the worldwide cybersecurity revenues will reach $248.26 Billion Dollars. Another research report released in January of 2019 goes a step further and projects that revenues in 2024 will”Eclipse” $300 Billion Dollars.
It’s not a new issue. Companies, universities and foundations have spent years and millions trying to attract women to tech. But the number of women majoring in computer science has actually declined. We wondered why those efforts have failed and found one group that may have a chance to finally crack the code.
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, announced an investment of up to $151,000 in a Vision Gaspé-Percé Now project that focuses on helping Canadians develop essential skills to begin computing with confidence.