Through the grant, AGH University of Science and Technology (AGH) together with the Kosciuszko Institute (KI) will conduct the GIRLS go CYBER project which will help to bring more women into the ICT sector with a special focus on cybersecurity. The project is slated to engage 60 women in hands-on tech & engineering activities (programming & cybersecurity training). It will also broaden their understanding of cybersecurity issues from a non-tech perspective.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations such as AGH and KI, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.
In Poland, the IT workforce gap is estimated at 50,000 specialists. According to forecasts, the market shortage in Europe will reach one million people in 2020. When it comes to cybersecurity female experts, global statistics are equally troublesome. Some estimates say that women represent 20% of the global cybersecurity workforce in 2019. With cybersecurity rising in importance as a backbone of our national security, society, economy, this workforce shortage must be overcome. By launching the GIRLS go CYBER project, we aim to contribute to solving these problems and give women the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the game. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on STEM education, specifically focused on technology and engineering, as well as public safety education programs around the globe. Received funding will enable our organization to equip students with the tools to excel through cybersecurity skills and knowledge and start their careers in this exciting field – said Joanna Świątkowska, the project coordinator.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 2 million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.
“We are very pleased to support the work of AGH and KI,” said Monica Mueller, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that foster innovation and drive change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they are making in the community.”
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, the leading provider of mission-critical communications, software and video solutions that help build safer cities and thriving communities. The Motorola Solutions Foundation makes strategic grants, forges strong community partnerships and fosters innovation by funding programs in public safety education, disaster relief, employee giving programs, and technology education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides over $11 million in support to over 250 charitable organizations and universities in over 30 countries annually. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation
AGH UST is an internationally recognized scientific university conducting research and education in science as a basis for development of broad spectrum of applied sciences. AGH UST also gives the opportunity of studying the humanities. Keeping pace with global development trends, AGH creates new directions while maintaining teaching classic, essential for the proper development of the country.
The University supports all activities aimed at creating strong research teams between faculties, universities and international. Conducting research on a high international level in various fields and scientific disciplines, AGH UST provides a high level of training and staff development, which is one of the fundamental elements of the activity and the position of the University. Since the beginning AGH UST has strongly cooperated with units of the national economy and local government implementing the requirement of service for the Polish economy and of advising state and local authorities.
Founded in 2000, the Kosciuszko Institute is a leading, non-governmental and non-profit think tank and research institute. The KI’s mission is to act in the interest of the socio-economic development and security of Poland as a proactive member of the European Union and NATO.
Specializing in making strategic recommendations, the Institute lays down the paths for the advancement of key public policies offering substantive support for Polish and European decision-makers alike. As a leader among Polish non-governmental organisations, the KI runs a range of national and international projects devoted to multifaceted aspects of security, including cybersecurity. The KI is the originator and organiser of the European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC, an annual conference dedicated to the strategic aspects of cyberspace.