CanCon Podcast Ep. 61: Is it wrong to encourage young women into STEM careers?

STEM girls

After a unanimous panel verdict of “cautiously optimistic” last week regarding Canada’s #Budget2017, the CanCon podcast delves this week into a different strand of government “innovation” investments. Ford is getting cash after also grabbing BlackBerry employees in a manner that has inspired a class action lawsuit, while Bombardier’s bailout is being seen in a new light following revelations about the company’s executive compensation.

Speaking of large companies in need of cash injections, Samsung’s notorious no good, very bad 2016 is seemingly in the rear-view mirror following the announcement of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The company has a lot riding on the superlative phones, but how should consumers respond in an age replete with quality mobile gadgets?

It is no secret that women in STEM careers are in the minority. But is the current movement to inspiring girls to enter STEM unfair? An op-ed published in The Toronto Star argues that this is the case. CanCon argues the ethics of encouraging girls to enter a field many grown women find unbearable.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88, Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – discusses BlackBerry/Bombardier boondoggles, if smartphones are still cool, and if we’re failing young girls with good intentions.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 61 (04/01/17)

Government grifting
Bombardier’s top execs get almost 50% pay raise as company lays off thousands, taps government aide
Ford gets $200 million investment from Ontario and Ottawa
Ford taps BlackBerry talent to double its in-house mobile engineering team
BlackBerry employees file $20-million class action lawsuit over transfer to Ford

Is the smartphone dead?
Samsung announces the comeback kid(s) – the Galaxy S8 and S8+

We’re failing girls and STEM
Girls in STEM culture is failing both girls and STEM

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Grifting” by Timber Timbre

Feature image courtesy Toronto Star 


Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

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