Thousands Invited to Celebrate Women in Computing for 20th Anniversary of the Landmark Women in Tech Conference
The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, today announced three celebrated technology leaders who will keynote this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration. They are Shafi Goldwasser, Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and 2012 ACM Turing Award recipient; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; and Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of DARPA.
ABI also announced that registration is open for the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, to be held October 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here to register www.gracehopper.org.
GHC is the largest gathering of women in computing in the world, and is the “go-to” conference for women technologists at all levels. It is expected to attract approximately 6,000 participants, from over 50 countries. Attendees of the Grace Hopper Celebration include all levels of academia, industry, and government, including top technology executives, university faculty, students, and young professionals.
This year’s theme, “Everyone. Everywhere.” will focus on the ubiquity of computing in society today, and the need to include diverse groups in the innovation process. The event features sessions on cutting edge research, professional development, and technical innovation. Technical sessions will feature technology leaders including Elizabeth Churchill, Director of Human Computer Interaction at eBay Research Labs; Lorrie Faith Cranor, Director of the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation Board of Directors; Rayid Ghani, Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute and the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago; Yoky Matsuoka, VP of Technology at Nest Labs; and Linda Northrop, Chief Scientist of the Software Solutions Division of Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
The Grace Hopper Celebration has been a source of inspiration for women in computing for the past 20 years. The 2013 conference drew record crowds of over 4,700 attendees, hailing from 53 countries. In the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration Impact Report, a majority of attendees reported feeling inspired by the role models they heard from and met during the event, and left feeling less isolated as women in computing. The Grace Hopper Celebration has always been a valuable destination for students, but in recent years the conference has seen exponential growth in the attendance of professional women at all career levels.
“We are thrilled to offer such a diverse and prestigious line up of keynote and technical speakers to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing,” said Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. “It is an honor to share this important milestone with all those who share our passion for technology innovation and understand its importance in business, research, and education. We are focused on connecting women technologists around the world with the opportunities they need to succeed, and the Grace Hopper Celebration is the embodiment of this mission.”
The 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration features leading technical speakers, career development sessions, awards, a poster session, a hackathon, and the largest women in computing job faire in the industry. Participants who sign up before June 20, 2014 will receive the early bird price of $725 for general attendees, a $135 discount from the regular rate.
The 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration sponsors include the following:
Platinum Sponsors – Bank of America, CA Technologies, Cisco, GoDaddy, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nationwide, Thomson Reuters, VMWare. Gold Sponsors – American Express, Bentley University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech, Lincoln Laboratory, Palantir, Purdue University, Stanford University Computer Science Department, Two Sigma, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Virginia Tech, WalmartLabs. Silver Sponsors – AAAS, Accenture, Addepar, Airbnb, Akamai Technologies, AMD, Argonne, Aruba, AT&T, Barclays, Bloomberg, Box, California Institute of Technology, Comcast NBC Universal, EMC, FactSet, Freddie Mac, The FreeBSD Foundation, General Electric, GitHub, Goldman Sachs, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Macy’s, Morgan Stanley, Mylan, NCWIT, Neustar, Oakland University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Prudential, Penn State, Salesforce, Shopify, Square, State Farm, Symantec, Teradata, Travelers, University of Michigan Computer Science and Engineering, ViaSat, The Walt Disney Company, White Pages, Yahoo!, Yelp.