Women in Technology: Meet Kamisha Williams
Splunk Gains Young Talent Through Partnership With Year Up
I first heard about Kamisha Williams’ impressive leadership skills when she led a new-hire group in a volunteer Splunk4Good afternoon at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Horace Mann Community School. When I learned that she had participated in the Year Up program that guided her toward a contractor position at Splunk, I couldn’t wait to learn more from her. I had heard of Year Up before I met Kamisha and understood it was an incredible force in closing the opportunity divide so I was excited to learn that Splunk was involved in this program.
Tell me about your role at SplunkI’ve been …
George Mason University – Leading the way to develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts
Splunk4Good recently sponsored a Youth Cybersecurity Conference on October 29 hosted by George Mason University at its Fairfax, VA conference. Since it was the first such event, we did not know what kind of reception we would have. It turned out to be a stellar success – 800 confirmed registrants with 300 on a waiting list!
Organized by Dr. Kammy Sanghera, Exec. Director, STEM Outreach for the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, the event had a high-profile billing – Dr. Angel Cabrera, President of GMU kicked off the event and was followed by Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion Office of Science & Technology Policy Executive Office of President, White House. Dr. Dietra Trent, Virginia …
Another Successful Year at EDUCAUSE
— Splunk Public Sector (@SplunkGov) October 26, 2016
Last week, Splunk was at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. The Splunk higher education team met with thousands of attendees and nearly 300 other exhibitors over the course of the week.
The Splunk booth was packed at all times with people interested in learning more about Splunk solutions and how higher education institutions can use Splunk to ensure a safe, connected campus and a high-quality student experience.
Chris Kurtz from Arizona State University (ASU), who was selected as one of the …
Splunk at EDUCAUSE 2016
Last month, Splunk reaffirmed its commitment to higher education by announcing the global expansion of its Splunk Academic Program and introducing Splunk Pledge, a new initiative that will commit $100 million to invest in training, education and support to empower the future workforce. These initiatives will enable hundreds of universities and millions of students around the world to take free tutorials and hands-on exercises, learning skills that will make them highly attractive candidates for employers across industries that need expertise in analytics and operational intelligence. In fact, Splunk certifications have been shown to align with six-figure salaries and improve earnings potential in the workforce by as much as 14 percent. As you can tell, this is a very exciting …
Splunk4Good Helps Fund Computer Science Summer Course at UNLV
The following is a guest blog post by Molly Marks, director of special events and PLTW affiliate director, UNLV, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering…
At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering we were thrilled to host our fifth annual Project Lead The Way STEM (PLTW Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer training program for middle and high school teachers from July 11 to August 6. This year, thanks to a grant from Splunk4Good, we were able to offer a new Computer Science Principles course, adding to a range of offerings like Green Architecture, Automation and Robotics.
The $25,000 Splunk4Good donation funded startup program costs, instructor fees and enabled us to sponsor …
The Sisters Crush Breast Cancer 5K: Running for a Cause
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the past three years I have been running a 5K race with Sisters Crush Breast Cancer, benefiting Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) and Pink Heals Napa Valley.
For reference, BCEF is a Bay Area organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men battling breast cancer. This includes any of the following:
- Keeping up with medical treatment
- Avoid utility shut-offs
- Prevent eviction
- Maintain stable housing
According to statistics:
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (~12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with
Splunk Pledge and Education
This September marks my fifth year at Splunk. Since day one on the job, I have spent a great deal of my waking time thinking about how to scale up educating folks on Splunk, in particular for universities and other educational entities. There is a bit of chicken-and-egg to this dilemma, as most teachers and students don’t see the value of Splunk until they have had some exposure to it.
Over the past five years, we have built programs around licensing and training on Splunk that give not-for-profit educational entities a way to learn, use, and teach Splunk without spending anything but time. We have had some success, but the efforts did not really scale up until we …
Stepping Up Our Commitment with the Splunk Pledge
From our very early days, Splunk has had an active culture of giving. Whether volunteering in schools, mentoring young people, holding bowl-a-thons, or using data to actually save lives, it’s always been clear that we care about our communities and the world we live in. Over the years that activity has grown in official and unofficial ways – first with the availability of licensing and education for members of Internet2, followed by availability for small nonprofits and the founding of Splunk4Good, and even some paid volunteer time for employees. We’ve gotten good response, with more than 300 universities and 50 nonprofits participating in the program.
But we have also heard that these programs – while increasingly visible outside of …
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Partners with Splunk
Noted psychologist Jean Piaget, known for his pioneering work surrounding the cognitive development of children said, “Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” Piaget’s words ring true at Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM), where children learn, play and discover. With the donation of Splunk® Enterprise software through Splunk4Good, CDM staff working behind the scenes now have a software solution that enables them to learn, play and discover (while making a positive impact on museum operations).
Splunk4Good works to help governments and nonprofits at all levels showcase the power of data. By partnering with Splunk, CDM can maximize its budget and staff and focus on its mission: instilling creativity, curiosity and lifelong learning in children.
Since deploying …
Splunkers Braved The Shave for Childhood Cancer Research
When my colleague, Eric Scher, asked me if I would help raise awareness for Team Splunk’s participation in St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave Silicon Valley event last week, I told him I’d do one better – I’d join him – and 120 other men, women and children who came together for the event at the SAP Palo Alto campus.
St. Baldricks is the largest private fundraiser for children’s cancer and funding from St. Baldricks has led to breakthrough techniques and medicines. They are making a difference and need to keep pushing.
When I explained to my daughters what I was planning on doing, there was what can only be described as an extremely negative reaction from both, and my eldest …