History of the Conference
Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Of Women In Computing Conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is the largest technical conference for women in computing and results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for junior women and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. Top researchers present their work while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields.
October 3 – October 6, 2012
Theme: Are We There Yet?
The 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration was sold-out with 3,592 attendees from 41 countries. Our theme this year, “Are We There Yet?” has provoked some great innovative sessions focused on making an impact in many domains — technical to professional development.
We gave out 313 GHC student scholarships and had a tremendously successful career fair.
We had sold-out attendance at the Open Source track designed to provide a variety of offerings involving Open Source and for different audiences, culminating at the end of day with a code-a-thon for Humanity.
Keynote speakers this year were Nora Denzel, Technical Executive and Corporate Board Member; Dr. Anita K. Jones, University Professor Emerita, University of Virginia. We also had a high level Government Plenary featuring Francine Berman (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) as moderator. The panelists included – Dr. Farnam Jahanian (National Science Foundation), Andrea Norris (National Institutes of Health), Debora A. Plunkett (National Security Agency), Dr. Laura Stubbs (Department of Defense)
November 9 – November 12, 2011
Theme: What if…?
The 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration once again sold-out and experienced a 34.6% growth with 2,890 attendees from 34 countries. This year’s theme recognizes that innovation in technology arises from the question What if a culture of technology that encourages participation and inquiry from a diverse workforce leads to greater levels of innovation.
We gave out 198 GHC student scholarships, had a tremendously successful career fair and held the third annual K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop in partnership with Computer Science Teachers Association.
We had incredible attendance at the Open Source track designed to provide a variety of offerings involving Open Source and for different audiences, culminating at the end of day with a Codeathon for Humanity and a Large Scale Computing Track
Keynote speakers this year were Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
September 28 – October 2, 2010
Theme: Collaborating Across Boundaries
The 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration once again sold-out and experienced a 37% growth with 2,147 attendees from 29 countries collaborating on ways to create technology for social good. This year, we gave out 315 GHC student scholarships, had a tremendously successful career fair and held the second annual K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop in partnership with CSTA.
We had incredible attendance at the Open Source track designed to provide a variety of offerings involving Open Source and for different audiences, culminating at the end of day with a Codeathon for Humanity and the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) track with sessions including a panel discussion of the career opportunities in HCI to an invited technical speaker, Fernanda B. Viegas, who discussed her work using visualization as a medium and culminated at the end of day with a field trip to the GVU Center at Georgia Tech.
Keynote speakers this year were Duy-Loan Le, Senior Fellow & World Wide Advanced Technology Ramp Manager, Texas Instruments; Carol Bartz, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo! and Barbara Liskov, Institute Professor Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT.
September 30 – October 3, 2009
Theme: Creating Technology For Social Good
The 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration was again a sold-out success with a record-breaking 1570 attendees from 20 countries collaborating on ways to create technology for social good. This year, we gave the largest number of scholarships totaling 331, had a tremendously successful resume clinic and incredible attendance at the Jo Miller workshop and panel where she discussed the theory of becoming a person of influence and the attendees hearing real-life experiences of senior-level technical women in industry. Once again, we offered the CONNECT project which allowed attendees to network and keep track of their connections electronically. This was the first year we had a K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop in partnership with CSTA and the University of Arizona. Keynote speakers this year were Megan Smith, Vice President, New Business Development & General Manager, Google.org and Fran Berman, Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
October 1-4, 2008
Theme: We Build a Better World
This years Celebration had many firsts and was the best Hopper ever. A record 1447 attendees and 301 speakers gathered from 22 countries discussing how they were building a better world using technology. This was the first year we had a track dedicated to Hardware, we offered free childcare to attendees, a very successful resume clinic and a workshop dedicated to women creating and leveraging their networks with Jo Miller which included a speed networking event with over 400 women. We changed the format of the awards ceremony highlighting the winners and had a performance art show by David Garibaldi. We offered the CONNECT project where attendees to set networking goals online and keeping track of those connections electronically – over 18,000 connections were made.
October 17-20, 2007
Theme: I Invent The Future
A sold out Conference with 1430 attendees gathered at the seventh Grace Hopper Celebration. Women from over 23 countries attended from 212 universities and 93 companies. Students made up 41% of attendees an 8% increase over the previous year. 47% of the students are at the PhD level and 34% at the undergrad level. Impact results show sharp increases in career and degree commitment, breaking feelings of isolation and increasing confidence, and inspiration as a result of attending GHC2007.
October 3-7, 2006
San Diego, California
Theme: Making Waves
1,290 participants attended the sixth Grace Hopper Celebration, representing a 49.9 percent increase over the last conference in 2004. Forty-two percent of attendees were students, from undergraduates to post-doctoral scholars, and of that number, a record 221 attended on scholarships underwritten by universities, corporations, ABI and the National Science Foundation. A record 36 corporate sponsors provided nearly $400,000 in conference funding. Over two and a half days, a roster of more than 200 presenters, including thought leaders from government agencies, leading universities and some of industry’s top technology companies led programs to explore the state-of-the-art in computing technology, examine strategies for attracting and advancing women in science and technology professions, learn career-building skills and celebrate the accomplishments of women in technology. Additionally, a widely diverse technical poster session by students and researchers drew a record 66 entries.
October 6-9, 2004
Theme: Making History
900 participants attended the 5th Grace Hopper Celebration. A full decade since the first Grace Hopper Celebration the Making History theme was not a simple look back into history but emphasized the importance of cooperation and collaboration with women of different generations. It highlighted the impact and history that women have made, are making, and will continue to make on technology and innovation. Twenty-four universities from all over the country sent over 400 students to Chicago.
October 9-12, 2002
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
600 women attended the fourth Grace Hopper Celebration and they came from all over the world including the United Kingdom, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, India, Germany, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Haiti, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Norway, Kenya, Bangladesh, Japan, Mexico, and Turkey. The theme for 2002, “Ubiquity,” focused on the ubiquity of the impact of computers on our daily lives and the ubiquity of the impact women are making on this technical force.
September 14-16, 2000
Hyannis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod
The theme of the Third Grace Hopper Celebration was Interconnection; connections between computing and other fields, the connections among women in computing around the world, and the connection between technology and the needs of the world of women. Keynote speakers included Dr. Rita Colwell, Director, National Science Foundation and Ellen Hancock, CEO, Exodus Communications.
Septmber 19-21, 1997
San Jose, CA
In its second iteration the Grace Hopper Celebration had already become known as a world-class technical conference presenting the significant contributions of women to the computing field. In addition the conference encouraged women by making visible the possibilities, success stories, and rewards available to women in computing. In San Jose, more than 600 women computer scientists and students exchanged ideas and updated their knowledge, fostered collaboration between individuals working in various fields of computing.
June 9-11, 1994
“Welcome to the first Grace Hopper Celebration. Welcome to the future.” With those words co-founder Dr. Anita Borg opened the inaugural event inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computing and an inspiration to women and scientists everywhere. The Grace Hopper Celebration celebrated the continuing achievements and contributions of women in computing and over 450 women attended. The outpouring of enthusiasm from participants, organizations, associations and companies qualified the need for this event and foretold of great things to come.