In less than a month, the Anita Borg Institute will host their annual Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. I didn’t get the opportunity to attend in person last year, but watched it on the livestream. Functioning as a conference event, the celebration is one of the most popular in its category. Last year, Megan Smith (formerly of Google, presently the Federal CTO) was the keynote. This year, women of color leaders Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Lori Mackenzie, Director of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, will be featured speakers. Also, Uganda’s own Barbara Birungi will be the 2014 Honoree for her work as a founder and leader of the Women in Technology Uganda organization and CODE GIRLS program. The outreach of these programs has helped over 100 women find tech jobs and up to 500 girls (so far) learn to code. Our Code congratulates her!
Now, I won’t be attending in person again this year, due to the price of last minute airfare and hotel arrangements I’m choosing not to stress out about. However, I will be taking advantage of resume database available at the event’s webpage here. I encourage you all to place upload a resume in the database as well. Don’t worry about not having the programming skills yet, think outside the box and apply with the objective of being an intern or apprentice. Also keep in mind that there is more to tech than just programming. If you have experience in social media, web design, UX, or project management, you should definitely upload a resume and go for it. There will be many sponsors for tech companies in attendance, all of which you have a chance to showcase your skills to.
The conference takes place October 8-10th this year in Phoenix, AZ. Registration is still open and ABI is looking for volunteers who can help throughout the event. If you would like to register or volunteer, visit GraceHopper.org