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
Summer is waning and a new academic year has begun. After a much deserved break, the volunteers of ACM-W have hit the ground running with lots of activity already underway. Here are some of the highlights, which are followed by full articles from ACM-W Europe, the Celebrations Committee, the Chapters Committee, and the Scholarships Committee.
ACM-W Volunteer News
Welcome Jen Goodall to the Communications Committee of ACM-W. Jen will be assisting Melanie Wu with the production of this newsletter every month, which will allow Melanie to redirect some of her efforts to organizing those who have stepped forward as volunteers to increase our social media presence. I’ll be bringing more about that effort in a future month’s newsletter, but thanks to those who answered the call for volunteers!
Natasa Millic-Frayling has been named chair of the ACM-W Europe Committee, replacing Reyyan Ayfer who has moved into the ACM-W Vice Chair role this year. Natasa is excited to continue the great work of ACM-WE and we are pleased to have her on board.
I have just returned from Barcelona and my first opportunity to attend womEncourage, the all Europe Celebration of Women in Computing. This newsletter contains a full report from that event, but I would like to relate a little of my experience in attending the event.
I was asked to conduct a workshop on starting ACM Celebrations and ACM-W Student Chapters. I was overwhelmed with the response to the workshop – it filled to capacity and had a long waiting list! The attendees were eager participants, asking many questions and clearly having a strong interest in spearheading the creation of new Chapters and Celebrations in their home regions. The enthusiasm of those in the room was infectious and I was reminded of the importance of Celebrations in supporting our undergraduate and graduate students.
I especially want to give a shout out to three individuals. Taras Panchenko is an Associate Professor and Natalie Lytvyniuk a student at Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev, Ukraine. Taras and Natalie were key organizers of the first Ukranian ACM Celebration that was held in May 2017. Aylin Cakal is a student at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey who served as the president of her ACM-W Student Chapter and helped organize the first Ankara Celebration that occurred in March, 2017. Taras, Natalie and Aylin related the successes and challenges they faced while organizing their respective Celebrations. They also added ideas of events that ACM/ACM-W Student Chapters can do throughout the year. The input of these individuals was the icing on the cake for the workshop and I am most grateful for their willingness to participate and the opportunity I had to get to know them.
More good news for an ACM-W Chapters Best Officer Award winner
Mahum Tariq (Nust ACM-W Chapter, Islamabad, Pakistan), a recipient of an ACM-W Chapters Best Officer award, was one of 12 scholars from Southeast Asia selected to receive a Google Women Techmakers Scholarships. The scholarship award covers Mahum’s educational expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year and entitled her to attend a Google Scholars’ Retreat in Seoul South Korea in July. Congratulations Mahum!
Update from Stawa University
The good work in Uganda continues as students from Stawa University travel to various settings within Uganda to teach basic computer skills to women in poor urban and remote rural areas of the country. The chapter advisor, Laurence L. Maka reports, “Our students have continued to religiously go to the women in various settings to teach them basic computer skills. The difference this has made in the lives of those who have taken the classes is very gratifying, at different levels. We are working on establishing a consistent way of documenting and sharing these activities for others to rejoice with us.”
Updated ACM policy against discrimination and harassment
ACM has recently posted its policy against discrimination and harassment on the ACM web site (https://www.acm.org/special-interest-groups/volunteer-resources/officers-manual/policy-against-discrimination-and-harassment). All ACM-W events should publicize the link to this policy and expect that attendees will adhere to it.
A final note
We love hearing about the many activities that are occurring under the umbrella of ACM-W. If you have something you would like to share, please feel free to contact me (email@example.com) and I’ll be happy to help you get your news out to the ACM-W community.
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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