On October 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM, the 3-day 2015 Grace Hopper Conference of Women in Computing commenced. With over 12,000 attendees in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, the impact of the conference was bound to be enormous. Students and professionals gathered from all over the country and world to learn, discuss, network, and unite for a common cause: encouraging more women to enter computer science, and stick to it.
Over the 3-day period for the conference, there was never a dull moment. From kicking off each day with a keynote from renowned professionals such as Hilary Mason, Founder and CEO at Fast Forward Labs; Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube; Hadi Partovi, CEO and Cofounder at Code.org; and Manuela Veloso, CSE Department Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Sessions throughout the days offered a variety of tracks, including Open Source Day, Tech Talks, Emerging Tech., and Career Guidance. There was a flavor for all. Afternoons and evenings transitioned into mixers and time spent at career fairs, with employers such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Cisco.
OU was well-represented at GHC, with four attendees, pictured above. Professor Sebnem Onsay mentored three students (Amanda LaBelle, Autumn Rossetto, and Soulmaz Salehian) from the computer science and information systems world here at OU. All representatives immersed themselves within the conference, whether it was through attending numerous sessions everyday, spending time job hunting at the career fair, or networking among other attendees. It was a transformational experience that will surely help inspire all whom attended for their future careers in computing.
For a more in-depth look at GHC, including summaries and reviews of the keynotes and access to livestreams of the talks, please visit this blog for more information.
We would like to thank Carl Erickson, CEO and co-founder of Atomic Object for his generous support for two of our GHC student attendees. Thank you, Carl!