Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

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Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
AbbreviationGHC
DisciplineComputer science
Publication details
PublisherAnita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Association for Computing Machinery
History1994-current
FrequencyAnnual

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 celebration, named after computer scientist Grace Hopper, is organized by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. The 2020 conference will be held virtually at the end of September 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[1]

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.[2] More than a dozen conferences have been held from 1994 to the present; the second was held in 1997 and the conference has been held annually since 2006.[3] The sold-out 2010 conference attracted 2,147 attendees from 29 countries. Beginning in 2011, the conference has been held in a convention center to accommodate its growing size.[4]

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.[5]

Tracks[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration features 20 tracks:

  • Academic
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Career
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Emerging Technology (new for 2019)
  • Hardware (new for 2019)
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Interactive Media
  • IoT/Wearable Tech
  • Mentoring Circles
  • Open Source
  • Organizational Transformation
  • Poster Session
  • Products A to Z
  • Security/Privacy
  • Software Engineering
  • Tech Meetups (new for 2019)
  • Tech for Women
  • Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (new for 2019)

2010 featured tracks on Open Source and Human-Computer Interaction.[6][7] The Technical Theme Track for 2011 focused on large scale computing.[8]

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, Nonny de la Peña, Maria Klawe, Frances E. Allen, Mary Lou Jepsen, Barbara Liskov, Susan Landau, Jennifer Mankoff, Vivienne Ming, Susan L. Graham, Melinda Gates, and Fernanda Viegas. Speaker presentations are available to watch online after the conference.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Awards[edit]

The Abie Awards honor women technologists and those who support women in tech. There are a total of eight Abie Awards: the Technical Leadership Abie Award, Student of Vision Abie Award, Emerging Technologist Abie Award, Educational Abie Award in Honor of A. Richard Newton, Social Impact Abie Award, Technology Entrepreneurship Abie Award, Emerging Leader Abie Award in Honor of Denice Denton, and Change Agent Abie Award. Each year, five Abie Awards are presented at Grace Hopper Celebration (the Technical Leadership Abie Award and Student of Vision Abie Award are awarded every year, while the remaining awards alternate each year). Past Abie Award winners include Ruzena Bajcsy, BlogHer, Elaine Weyuker and Unoma Ndili Okorafor.

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Career Fair[edit]

The Grace Hopper Celebration features a career fair with over 70 high-tech companies, government labs, and universities.[18]

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. The scholarship includes:

  • Individual registration for the three-day conference
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Meal card for use at the convention center during the conference
  • Airfare
  • Travel stipend

In 2010, 321 scholarships were awarded.[19] In addition to the GHC Scholarship, Anita Borg Institute offers the ABI-Heinz College Partnership Program. This is designed for students who have successfully completed their bachelor's degree, have been named a GHC Scholar by AnitaB.org, and are interested in obtaining a master's degree from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. GHC Scholars who are accepted into master's programs at the Heinz college are eligible for tuition scholarships of a minimum of $6,000 per semester.[20]

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.[21]

Criticisms[edit]

The GHC conference has been criticized for a lack of diversity, particularly racial diversity,[22] and financial inaccessibility due to the high cost of attendance.[23][24] In 2019, the cost of registration, not including hotel, transportation, or other costs, was $450 for students, $600 for academics, and $1,150 for general registration.[25]

In 2015, GHC faced criticism, including from engineer Erica Baker, when two white men and zero black women were featured as "headline" speakers.[26] The organization responded by targeting more diversity in speakers and collecting race and ethnicity data at the following year's event.[27]

GHC does not pay its speakers. In past years GHC required speakers to purchase their own conference ticket, but as of 2020, speakers receive complimentary registration. (In the case of two selected poster presenters, only one will receive complimentary registration.) Speakers are not paid and travel and hotel expenses are not covered.[28] The "pay to speak" approach has been criticized by people including author and software engineer Gayle Laakmann McDowell.[29]

List of Grace Hopper Celebrations[edit]

Past and future Grace Hopper Celebrations include:[30]

Year Location Theme Date # of attendees Links
2020 Virtual event Sep. 26, 29 - Oct 3 Website
2019 Orlando, Florida "We Will Change the World" October 2-4 25,000[31] Website
2018 Houston, Texas "We Are Here" September 26–28 20,000[32] Website
2017 Orlando, Florida October 4 – 6 18,000[33] Website
2016 Houston, Texas October 19 – 21 15,000[34] Website
2015 Houston, Texas "Our Time to Lead" October 14 – 16 11,702[35] Website
2014 Phoenix, Arizona "Everywhere. Everyone." October 8 – 10 7,830[35] Website
2013 Minneapolis, Minnesota "Think Big. Drive Forward" October 2 – 5 4,758[35] Website
2012 Baltimore, Maryland “Are We There Yet?” October 3 – 6 3,592[35] Website
2011 Portland, Oregon “What If…?” November 9 – 12 2,784[35] Website
2010 Atlanta, Georgia “Collaborating Across Boundaries” Sep. 28 – Oct. 2 2,070[35] Website
2009 Tucson, Arizona “Creating Technology for Social Good” Sep. 30 – Oct. 3 1,571[35] Website
2008 Keystone, Colorado “We Build a Better World” Oct. 1 – 4 1,446[35] Website
2007 Orlando, Florida “I Invent the Future” Oct. 17 – 20 1,430[35] Website
2006 San Diego, California “Making Waves” Oct. 3 – 7 1,347[35] Website
2004 Chicago, Illinois “Making History” Oct. 6 – 9 899[35] Website
2002 Vancouver, Canada “Ubiquity” Oct. 9 – 12 630[35]
2000 Hyannis, Massachusetts “Interconnections” Sep. 14 – 16 550[35]
1997 San Jose, California Sep. 19 – 21 600[35]
1994 Washington, D.C. June 9 – 11 500[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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