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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8c780000More than half of all Americans own a smartphone. The explosion of this technology over the past few years has created a rapidly growing job sector in designing and developing smartphone apps. NHPR’s Amanda Loder looks at how this industry is growing and changing in New Hampshire: she introduces us to the world of mobile app development, introduces us to some Granite Staters who are gambling on startup success and the challenges they face, and talks with professors and students about how they see themselves fitting into the mobile app economy._____________________________________________0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8c790003Series made possible with support from the Southern New Hampshire University School of Business, emphasizing applications of theory and knowledge in the real world.

Despite Mobile Apps Boom, Women Remain Underrepresented

Josh Bancroft
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In the course of reporting this series, I spoke to very few women who were working with mobile apps.  It wasn’t for lack of trying.  This gender gap isn’t unusual in computer science in general.  And it isn’t confined to New Hampshire. 

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is a leader in bringing women into the field.  I recently spoke with Professor Lenore Blum.  She chairs Carnegie Mellon’s computer science department, and founded the Women at the School of Computer Science program.  I began by asking her about how Carnegie Mellon encourages female students.

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