GHC News: Eight Activities Not To Miss at GHC 2012
By Carolyn Strobel, Marketing Manager, Anita Borg Institute
We have an amazing set of activities lined up for attendees at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration, but unfortunately it’s impossible to go to everything! To make sure that you don’t miss any of the key items at the conference, here are the must-do activities at GHC 2012:
Keynotes and Invited Technical Speakers: The keynote presentations at the Grace Hopper Celebration are always some of the most inspirational parts of the conference. This year we have two amazing women in technology who will be sharing their stories and advice: Nora Denzel, Technical Executive and Corporate Board Member (Thursday at 8:30 AM in BCC: Hall E) and Anita K. Jones, University Professor Emerita, University of Virginia (Friday at 8:30 AM in BCC: Hall E). Our Invited Technical Speakers are women and men who are experts in their technical fields. Read about all eight of this year’s Invited Technical Speakers, and put their sessions on your schedule!
Career Fair Launch: Don’t miss the Career Fair Launch on Wednesday from 4:30 PM – 10:00 pm in BCC: Halls A-C. The GHC Career Fair provides attendees with the opportunity to meet with leading high tech companies, research laboratories, government agencies and universities. Whether you’re looking for a job or internship, exploring potential career fields, or just looking to network, don’t miss the Career Fair Launch, which also includes boxed dinner. Career Fair booths will also be open Thursday from 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM and Friday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Plenary Panel: We’ve taken advantage this year’s conference location in the Washington, D.C. area to put together an exciting panel entitled Technology in Government with high-profile speakers from government agencies. Moderated by Dr. Francine Berman (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), this session will feature panelists Farnam Jahanian (National Science Foundation), Andrea Norris (National Institutes of Health), Debora A. Plunkett (National Security Agency), Dr. Laura Stubbs (Department of Defense). Be sure to attend this panel on Friday from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM in BCC: Hall E.
RockIT Science & Systers 25th Anniversary Celebration: THE place to be on Friday night in Baltimore is at the Maryland Science Center! The RockIT Science & Systers 25th Anniversary Celebration will be an evening to remember. Join us for IMAX and planetarium shows, dessert, dancing, museum exhibits, and of course, the 25th anniversary of Systers, the oldest email listserv of technical women in computing.
Tech Entrepreneurs Lab Workshop: New for 2012, the Tech Entrepreneurs Lab provides an introduction to the world of entrepreneurship and features leading women entrepreneurs and advice on getting started with your idea. The Tech Entrepreneurs Workshop, on Thursday from 2:00 PM – 3:15 in BCC: Ballroom I, is a hands-on workshop is designed to allow you to experience elements of entrepreneurial thinking. There will be a pitch session on the ideas developed in the workshop, and there will be live Twitter voting of the best idea/pitch.
Grace Hopper Open Source Day: Do you want to contribute to open source but don’t know how to start? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community and society while using your technical skills? Join us at Grace Hopper Open Source Day on Saturday, October 6. The purpose of Grace Hopper Open Source Day is to give attendees of the conference and some of our friends from local universities the opportunity to code, network and contribute to the greater social good. There are a number of exciting projects that you can work on at the event.
Awards Ceremony: Come and celebrate the accomplishments of technical women who are changing the world. Our award winners are leading technical innovation, getting more girls and women into technical fields, and making society a better place through the use of technology. Be sure to stick around after the Awards Ceremony for an evening of dancing!
Poster Session and ACM Student Research Competition: Come learn about the latest research and see what other women in tech are studying and researching at the Poster Session and ACM Student Research Competition on Wednesday night from 7:15 PM – 10:00 PM in BCC: Halls B-D.
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