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
The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL was the site of this year;s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which drew nearly 18,000 attendees. Once again, ACM and ACM-W were active participants in the event. I want to extend my personal thanks to the many ACM-W volunteers who staffed our Career Fair booth – Bushra Anjum, Laurie Dillon, Lindsay Jamieson, Martha Kosa, Melanie Wu, Priya Chawla, Rachelle Hippler, and Z Sweedyk. We had the chance to meet many of our ACM-W Student Chapter members and hear about the exciting things their chapters are doing. We also met many new women from academia and industry who we hope will become involved in ACM-W opportunities in their home regions. Thanks to all who stopped by to greet us!
Google Supports Scholarships!
Google has once again contributed $50,000 to our ACM-W Scholarships program. With this donation, Google seeks to encourage undergraduates to go on to graduate school, encourage Master;s students to pursue the PhD, and help early PhD students find a home in their research community. We extend our heartfelt THANKS to Google for this generous gift!
For the second time this calendar year, the ACM Ukranian Chapter has organized the Ukranian ACM Celebration of Women in Computing. In conjunction with Hackathon Expert Group, the conference and associated hackathon were held on September 15th at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Congratulations to this active student chapter on another successful event.
This month we hear about the experiences of Rachel Harsley, ,Mozhdeh Ariannezhad, and Li Chang. The Scholarship program continues to have a strong impact on the lives of the recipients. The next funding deadline is coming up in December.
A final note
October and November will be very busy months for our Celebrations project. Best wishes for amazing events in Chile, Kansa, Montreal, and Uppsala! We;ll look forward to your reports in future editions of the newsletter.
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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