Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Time: October 3, 2012 - 9:00 AM - October 6, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore


The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest convening of technical women in the world—an opportunity to gather, learn, connect and have fun with other like-minded people.

The conference Steering Committee has designed a program that will meet the needs of many audiences: students, faculty, researchers, and industry professionals, early career through senior leaders. The theme this year, "Are We There Yet" has provoked some great innovative sessions focused on making an impact in many domains—technical to social.

This year's program is very exciting and offers much for new and returning attendees. A few highlights:

  • Sessions focused on key technology areas: Big Data, Security, and Social Collaboration.
  • Tech Entrepreneurs Lab: For those who are considering starting a new venture, or who want to explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur, this lab will open with a presentation by Robin Chase (Founder and ex-CEO of Zipcar, currently Founder and CEO of Buzzcar). Her story will inspire you!
  • Sessions designed for mid to senior career professionals: Responding to feedback requesting more content for experienced technical women, this year features sessions on developing leadership presence and recruiting and team building.
  • Plenty of networking opportunities: targeted meet-ups, lunchtime topic tables, and Birds of a Feather sessions.
  • For the first time, a high level government plenary: A panel of technology leaders in government talk about the role of technology in solving big societal problems, and the cool technology challenges being pursued to solve those problems.
  • For the first time, there is a track of sessions related to Women of Under-Represented Groups (WURG). This track will address the unique challenges associated with these communities, and increase the accessibility of the conference.
  • Fun! In addition to the usual dance party after the awards ceremony, there is a great celebration planned for Friday night at the Baltimore Science Museum, situated on the beautiful inner harbor. The event serves both to close the conference and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Systers, the online community of technical women.
  • The "usual suspects" that have always been very popular: Leadership Development with Jo MillerCRA-W career development sessions for researchers, Grace Hopper Open Source Day, and of course, the Career Fair.

Please come along for what promises to be a fantastic conference.

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