ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.
Our Corporate Supporters
We are very grateful for the support of several corporate sponsors. At present, ACM-W has funding from Oracle (through Oracle Academy), Microsoft Research, and Google for our scholarships, from Google for the Athena Lecturer Award, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations and for community college related activities. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.
Letter from ACM-W chair
These are exciting and busy times for ACM-W! In addition to a high level of activity in our “regular” projects, we are pleased to have been able to support and endorse important efforts that will have a long term positive impact for women in computing.
ACM-W Joins International Gender Gap Project
The International Council for Science (https://www.icsu.org/) has launched a major initiative aimed at reducing the gender gap globally in the natural sciences, mathematics and computing. ACM-W is now a participating partner in this important effort. The three-year project – Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It? (https://icsugendergapinscience.org/) – will focus on generating sound data that will inform recommendations on best practices to encourage girls and young women around the world to study and work in these fields. During November and December, three workshops are being held in Taiwan, Columbia, and South Africa to onboard participants and develop plans for achieving the main tasks of the project. My thanks to our ACM-W volunteers who are attending the workshops – Catherine Lang, Aruquia Peixoto, and Laurence Maka. Your efforts are much appreciated!
ACM-W Endorses “Code Like a Girl” Act
In July, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (Nevada) introduced a bipartisan bill now known as the “Code Like a Girl Act” in the US House of Representatives. ACM-W was pleased to endorse this bill, which, if funded, would make funding available via the National Science Foundation for research and programs that encourage early childhood education in STEM for girls under the age of 11. A similar bill, also endorsed by ACM-W, is being discussed in the Senate. In an update provided by Congresswoman Rosen’s office just this week, the act will be added as an amendment to a broader bill, “Building Blocks of STEM Act”. It is anticipated that this integrated bill will pass out of Committee this week and hopefully soon make it on to the House floor for a vote. You can learn more about this legislation and follow its progress via the following links:
ACM-W Project Reports
- The Celebrations report this month focuses on the second ACM Chile Women in Computing Conference, which was held on October 13th in Santiago, Chile.
- In the Chapters report, the latest winners of the chapter networking awards are announced.
- The Scholarships report includes the experiences of three recipients: Alison Paredes (University of New Hampshire), Vidhi Jain (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India) and Lauren Gillespie (Southwestern University, Texas).
- The news from ACM-W India provides an in-depth report on the the ACM India Celebration of Women in Computing (AICWIC 2017), which was held in Chennai, India in September.
The December issue of Connections will unveil our latest project undertaking – not to be missed!
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
womENcourage 2017: Amazing, inspiring and fun!
A big highlight this year is the generosity of our supporters SIGOPS, SIGCHI, HP, Accenture, Intel, Google, Oracle Academy, Bloomberg, Sopra Steria, Informatics Europe, Microsoft, Everis, Inria, Thoughtworks, Amazon Development Center, InfomaTICS. Their generosity allowed us to grant seventy-two Travel Scholarships to participants from 19 different countries. The scholarship participants pay it forward by volunteering their helping hands to keep the event running smoothly. Working together we are able to make this happen.
We began by getting warmed up with a hackathon. Supported by Intel, the 60 participants were quite busy the opening day creating prototypes from the Sparkfun Inventor’s Kits that Intel provided, resulting in 10 demonstrated projects targeted at improving the local environment. We heard that they liked being able to collaborate and learn new things (hardware), they enjoyed the team spirit and building new relationships.
Workshops and the career fair filled the second day of the event. Seven different workshops offered many opportunities, for example a CodeCon workshop presented by Bloomberg, or about the Greenfoot development environment which can be used in teaching? Accenture presented the workshop ‘From personalization to data and beyond, where ACM delivered a Celebrations of Women in Computing workshop and Women in HPC presented an introduction to HPC programming.
Following the workshops, HP, Accenture, Google, Oracle Academy, Bloomberg, Sopra Steria, Everis,Thoughtworks, and Amazon Development Center, as well as the HIPEAC Jobs portal participated in the Career Fair. The attendees were keen to speak with the company representatives and to find out about job opportunities and internships at each of the companies. The friendly discussions with the company representatives informed the attendees about jobs and careers. Learning directly from the source on what might be a great career path.
Seventy-four posters were available during the poster session times. The diversity, number of topics and depth of each of the research topics provided the opportunity to connect through common interests. Each of the posters as well as their abstracts will be posted here.
It’s difficult to sum up in a few words the entire day on Friday. Two hundred and six attendees from 31 different countries attended over the 3 days. We hear from the participants that it was amazing, inspiring, and fun. Here are a few examples of the great final day of womENcourage 2017.
Why You Should Join ACM-W
If you think it is important to recruit and retain as many women as possible in the computing field, you should join ACM-W! Together, we will help celebrate, inform and support women in computing:
- Celebrate: One of the most popular ways to celebrate women in computing is by starting and/or attending an ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing; the accomplishments of women in computing are at the heart of ACM-W’s e-Newsletter. And ACM-W encourages its members to celebrate the work of prominent women by nominating them for Awards — such as the Athena Award & Lecture — as well as ACM Advanced Grade Membership.
- Inform: Via ACM-W’s student scholarship program, young women are informed about the research going on, and become acquainted with the researchers, in their field. Members of ACM-W Student Chapters are informed about the educational and career opportunities available to them.
- Support: Lend your enthusiasm, inspiration, and support to ACM-W, and help make a difference in the global computing community!
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