Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2006 - Making Waves

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The Sixth Grace Hopper Celebration - Making Waves:


*** Photos 2006 ***

This year's theme was Making Waves. The conference was attended by 1290 technical women and men from the U.S. and 13 other countries, 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.


At the 2006 Grace Hopper conference Women@SCS were involved with 2 panel presentations, one in conjunction with TechBridgeWorld.

Ripple Effects: Increasing the Diversity of Creators and Consumers of Computing Technology

Despite major advances in computing technology and initial adoptions of this technology around the world, many developing communities have not benefited from computing technology to date. This panel will focus on our newest "wave" of efforts to increase diversity, beyond gender, in the creators and consumers of computing technology so that computing technology becomes relevant and accessible to developing communities. Many of our panelists champion the cause for gender diversity in computing. In this panel we will describe our newest initiative, TechBridgeWorld, which innovates and implements technology solutions to meet sustainable development needs around the world, through strong partnerships with developing communities. Specifically, this panel will focus on our educational initiatives that provide our students and faculty with non-traditional opportunities to learn about and work with developing communities towards relevant and sustainable technology solutions, and to also develop technology tools catered specifically to education in a developing community context.

*Panel:* M. Bernadine Dias (Carnegie Mellon University), Carol Frieze (Carnegie Mellon University), Joseph S. Mertz, Jr. (Carnegie Mellon University), G. Ayorkor Mills-Tettey (Carnegie Mellon University), Linh Xu (Carnegie Mellon University), Sarah M. Belousov (Carnegie Mellon University), Ariadna Font-Llitjos (Carnegie Mellon University), Vinithra Varadharajan (Carnegie Mellon University)

Making Waves in K-12 Perceptions of Computing. The Evolution of Outreach Programs

Outreach programs are an excellent way for women in computing to affect future generations of computer scientists. Several universities across North America are making waves to attract the next generation of potential students. By showing young students the diversity and excitement of computer science, we can change their perceptions of computing, erase harmful stereotypes, and make it an appealing career path for young women and minorities. We offer specific pointers, tips, and tricks on how to sustain a successful outreach program from two universities that have ongoing outreach programs: University of Victoria and Carnegie Mellon University. Further, the panel will address how to find continual funding, recruit new student presenters, build a supportive community, use audience feedback to improve presentations, evaluate the impact and benefits, and find new places and opportunities to present. We will also provide pointers on starting an outreach program and creating a good presentation.

*Panel:* Ariadna Font Llitjós (Carnegie Mellon), Anissa Agah St.Pierre (University of Victoria), Emily Treat (Carnegie Mellon), Vinithra Varadharajan (Carnegie Mellon), Ulrike Stege (University of Victoria), Ruizhen Feng (University of Victoria)