Every year, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology organises the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. This year, this event will be held in Portland, Oregon with the theme “What If…?”.
If flying to Portland sounds a tad too expensive, students and non-profit organisation employees can apply for a scholarship to cover the costs of attending. The deadline is fast approaching though – May 16th – so visit the website and get started!
I’m hoping to attend Grace Hopper this year. Dr Catherine Lang of Swinburne University of Technology will be co-presenting a session about the Digital Divas program in the K-12 Computing Teacher’s Workshop. In 2009, I worked in the program as an “Expert Diva” – in other words: a classroom facilitator. The facilitators worked with Year 8 girls in an IT classroom setting to show them how interesting and rewarding a career in ICT could be.
Given my past participation in the program, Catherine has invited me to speak at her session about my experiences as an Expert Diva. I’d certainly love to! Fingers crossed I can arrange some time to attend the event in November. I would be my first time at Grace Hopper.
Are you heading to Grace Hopper this year? Any tips for a first-timer?