Oct 12, 2020

Mastercard aims to inspire 5mn girls by 2025 in STEM

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Technology
Mastercard
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Georgia Wilson
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Mastercard commits to inspiring 5mn girls by 2025 to pursue a future in STEM...

In an announcement made by Mastercard, the company has reported its latest achievement of educating 1mn girls via its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program - Girls4Tech.

Launched in 2014, Mastercard’s STEM program provides activities and a curriculum built on global science and maths standards. As well as incorporating Mastercard’s experience in technology and innovation.

Since then the company has expanded its offering to provide sessions on new topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity, as well as enhanced access to its STEM curriculum via a digital learning experience platform - available in eight languages. 

Following its reach of 1mn girls, Mastercard has set new ambitions to reach 5mn girls by 2025.

“Our goal is to build foundational STEM knowledge and develop critical 21st century skills girls need for their studies and career success. Our program sparks their curiosity in STEM and teaches them real-world applications of those skills,” commented Susan Warner, vice president of talent and community engagement and founder of Girls4Tech™. 

Additional ways Girls4Tech reaches its participants

  • Partnering with Discovery Education to create its digital curriculum resources and content to reach 1.6mn girls by 2023
  • Partnering with global and national organisations - Scholastic, AIF, Major League Baseball, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), R&A, YCAB in Indonesia and Arus in Malaysia - to scale up its program and offer skills in unique ways
  • Launching new programs such as Girls4Tech 2.0 and Girls4Tech & Code

In 2019, Mastercard conducted a study to further understand gender and generational differences when it comes to perceptions and attitudes of STEM topics and programs, as well as exploring the challenges and motivations for students.

“The study showed that females are less confident, receive less encouragement and need more mentors in STEM. Mastercard’s Girls4Tech program provides each of those elements to young women,” commented Mastercard.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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