Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

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Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Abbreviation GHC
Discipline Computer Science
Publication details
Publisher Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Association for Computing Machinery
History 1994-current
Frequency annual

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing. The Grace Hopper Celebration is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. The 2012 conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] The 2013 conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2]

History[edit]

In 1994, Anita Borg and Telle Whitney founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. With the initial idea of creating a conference by and for women computer scientists, Borg and Whitney met over dinner, with a blank sheet of paper, having no idea how to start a conference, and started to plan out their vision. The first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing was held in Washington, D.C., in June 1994, and brought together 500 technical women.[3] Ten conferences have been held from 1994 to the present; the second was held in 1997 and the conference has been held annually since 2006.[4] The sold-out 2010 conference attracted 2,147 attendees from 29 countries. Beginning in 2011, the conference will be held in a convention center to accommodate its growing size.[5]

Conference Structure[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration consists of a combination of technical sessions and career sessions and includes a poster session, career fair, awards ceremony, and more. The conference features 650 presenters. Potential presenters submit proposals for panels, workshops, presentations, Birds of a Feather sessions, New Investigators papers, PhD Forum, and Poster Session, including ACM Student Research Competition.[6]

Tracks[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration features 10 tracks:

  • Invited Technical Speakers Track
  • Academic Track
  • Industry Track
  • Technical Track
  • Conference Theme Track
  • Student Track
  • Career Track
  • Steering Committee/Award Winners Track
  • Technical Theme Track
  • Birds of a Feather Sessions

2010 featured tracks on Open Source and Human-Computer Interaction.[7][8] The Technical Theme Track for 2011 will focus on Large Scale Computing.[9]

Speakers[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration features prominent women in technology as Keynote Speakers, Plenary Session Panelists, and Invited Technical Speakers. Speakers have included: Sheryl Sandberg, Shirley Jackson, Carol Bartz, Duy-Loan Le, Maria Klawe, Frances E. Allen, Mary Lou Jepsen, Barbara Liskov, Susan Landau, Jennifer Mankoff, Susan L. Graham, and Fernanda Viegas. Speaker presentations are available to watch online after the conference.[10]

Poster Session and ACM Student Research Competition[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration features one of the largest technical poster sessions of any conference, with over 175 posters.[11] Presenters can choose to have their posters considered for the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) at the Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest SRC of any technical conference.[12]

Awards[edit]

Several awards are presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration to recognize technical women and those who support them, including the Anita Borg Social Impact Award and Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award. The Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award recognizes a non-tenured faculty member for leadership, and the Anita Borg Change Agent Awards recognize technical women in developing countries.[5] In 2011, the first A. Richard Newton Educator Award will recognize teaching practices that attract girls and women into STEM fields.[13] Past awards winners have included Ruzena Bajcsy, BlogHer, and Elaine Weyuker.

CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshops[edit]

The Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) sponsors a series of sessions at the Grace Hopper Celebration aimed at undergraduates, graduates, and early career researchers. Sessions cover topics such as applying to graduate school, publishing papers, networking, work-life balance, and more.[14]

K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop[edit]

Hosted by the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, the K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop is a two-day event for K-12 teachers, covering challenges and ways to involve more girls in computer science. The workshop began in 2009, attracting more than 650 applications its first year.[15]

Technical Executive Forum[edit]

Begun in 2007, the Technical Executive Forum convenes high-level technology executives to discuss challenges and share solutions for recruiting, retaining, and advancing technical women. In 2010, 65 executives attended the event, from companies including Microsoft, Google, and Symantec.[16]

Senior Women’s Summit[edit]

The Senior Women’s Summit is a one-day event held at the Grace Hopper Celebration, that brings together senior-level women to discuss issues facing senior technical women and provide a learning and networking platform.[17]

Grace Hopper Open Source Day[edit]

Grace Hopper Open Source Day was held for the first time in 2011. One-day registration is open to the public and included for all conference attendees. The event includes a codeathon, skill-building workshop, and exhibition space featuring open source projects.[18]

Group collaborating on Wikimedia projects at Grace Hopper Open Source Day.

Participating organizations have included Google Crisis Response, Mozilla, Sahana Software Foundation, The Women’s Peer-to-Peer Network, Open Data Kit, Microsoft Disaster Response, OpenHatch, Wikimedia Foundation, E-Democracy, Systers, WordPress and OpenStack.[19]

Career Fair[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration features a career fair with over 70 high-tech companies, government labs, and universities.[20]

Scholarships[edit]

Students make up approximately half of the attendees at the Grace Hopper Celebration. The Anita Borg Institute offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students to attend the conference. In 2010, 321 scholarships were awarded.[21]

Childcare and Nursing Mothers Room[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration offers free childcare to all attendees, as well as an on-site Nursing Mothers Room.[22]

List of Grace Hopper Celebrations[edit]

Past and future Grace Hopper Celebrations include:[23]

Year Location Theme Date Links
2014 Phoenix, Arizona "Everywhere. Everyone." October 8–10 Website
2013 Minneapolis, Minnesota "Think Big. Drive Forward" October 2–5 Website
2012 Baltimore, Maryland “Are We There Yet?” October 3–6 Website
2011 Portland, Oregon “What If…?” November 9 – 12 Website
2010 Atlanta, Georgia “Collaborating Across Boundaries” Sep. 28 – Oct. 2 Website
2009 Tucson, Arizona “Creating Technology for Social Good” Sep. 30 – Oct. 3 Website
2008 Keystone, Colorado “We Build a Better World” Oct. 1 – 4 Website
2007 Orlando, Florida “I Invent the Future” Oct. 17 – 20 Website
2006 San Diego, California “Making Waves” Oct. 3 – 7 Website
2004 Chicago, Illinois “Making History” Oct. 6 – 9 Website
2002 Vancouver, Canada “Ubiquity” Oct. 9 – 12
2000 Hyannis, Massachusetts “Interconnections” Sep. 14 – 16
1997 San Jose, California Sep. 19 - 21
1994 Washington, D.C. June 9–11

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Grace Hopper Celebration on Twitter". ghc Twitter feed. Anita Borg Institute. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anita Borg Celebration: Changing the World for Women and Technology". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. YouTube. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Colborn, Kate (December 2008 – January 2009). "2008 Grace Hopper Celebration: "We build a better world"". Diversity/Careers. Diversity/Careers. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Colborn, Kate (December 2010 – January 2011). "Largest ever Grace Hopper Celebration brings tech women together "across boundaries"". Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Opens Call for Participation". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Open Source Track". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "HCI Track". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Schedule at a Glance: Friday, November 11, 2011". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology "Grace Hopper 2010". YouTube. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Call for Participation". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "ACM Student Research Contest Honors Student Innovations". Association for Computing Machinery. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Programs: Awards". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Ordille, Joann J. (January 2010). "CRA-W Showcases Its Programs at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing". Computing Research News 22 (1). Computing Research Association. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Dr. Suzanne Westbrook Brings First K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop to Tucson". University of Arizona Computer Science Events & News. Arizona Board of Regents. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  16. ^ Vivek, Wadwa; Whitney, Telle] (8 October 2010). "Practical Ways to Get More Women to Lead Businesses". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Senior Women’s Summit". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Grace Hopper Open Source Day". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Grace Hopper Open Source Day 2013". Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Registration Now Open for the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  21. ^ Gilmartin, Shannon. "Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2010 Evaluation and Impact Report". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  22. ^ "Free Childcare". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "History of the Conference". gracehopper.org. Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Retrieved 22 June 2011.