Friday, October 9, 2015

Your Event Guide to Grace Hopper 2015

I know, less than a week, AAAHH! I'm so excited too, and the more I see your reactions, even more excited I get! Another thing that increases inversely proportional to the time till #GHC15 is, the number of events!

The GHC schedule is amazing, technically and socially mesmerizing, but it seems more awesomeness is on the way like previous years. Some companies, universities and special interest groups organize their own events and parties! So... I will try to be your party guide, girls!

Note: The events listed here are all unofficial ones, please check the conference schedule for the official events.

Let's start with a brief summary of last year. We have been to so many events that I apologize from the start that I'll only mention my top three unofficial parties. To start with, third place goes to Amazon (and Kiva), with their refreshing Amazonian cocktail:) Second place (unfortunately) goes to Pandora, unfortunately because that was one of the best conference parties I've been to. They closed a roof-top bar, turned it into an open-air disco, with awesome Pandora music. They also had delicious food and so useful swags that I still use (like little Pandora power stations!). Oh, and they also invented their special pinkish cocktail  (Pandora mist? I don't remember its name), And the first place, goes to: Pinterest. The most creative party I've ever seen! We've done our first dream-catchers, near "a mountain of cheese", with unlimited alcohol. There was also a photo-booth, swag, more food, and everything you can and cannot think to turn a regular place into an incredible party!

Ok, enough with the last year, let's start this years list! Click on the company names to access the event details.

    1. Pixar:  Curious about Pixar or how woman in tech side of Pixar is producing your favorite animations? Well, join us then:) (Yes, I highly recommend this one. And no, I'm not biased..:p) 
    2. Pinterest: I bet it will again be an awesome party, I highly recommend having a look at "A Night with Pinterest" :)
    3. Women TechMakers: It seems like something fantastic is coming up. Stay tuned! 
    4. Facebook: Instead of one big event, Facebook divided the teams into Research, DevOps, and others; and meeting in breakfasts, brunches, and lunches.
    5. Uber: LadyEng in Uber await you for games, food and networking! 
    6. Twitter: WomEng team of Twitter invites you to a panel followed by a Twitter party (following the special cocktail tradition that I mentioned before). 
    7. Github: A creative event comes from Github! Meet at Patchwork Houston for a workshop to learn and dig into Git! 
    8. Pandora: Not sure if it will be as heart-warming as last year, but give it a try.
    9. Instacart: Come, socialize and party with Instacart!  
    10. LinkedIn: WomenConnect at LinkedIn invites you to another networking event. 
    11. Square: This time you're invited to a breakfast! You'll be having coffee, breakfast, swag and fun time with Sarah Friar (CTO). 
    12. CMU: Carnegie Mellon University calls you for desserts!
    13. Axon & TASER: Interestingly, scholars, food and party time! 
    14. Cisco: Cisco also has a networking dinner. 
    15. Pros: Another networking reception by BLAZE at Pros.  
    16. Women in Technology: Houston: Another panel accompanied with food and surprises, that aim to strengthen our connection. 
    17. Salesforce: GirlyGeeks is organizing a wine event at a roof top, sounds like an awesome atmosphere to socialize:) 
    18. Mastercard: Another reception to enjoy, this time by Mastercard. 
    19. Career Incubator: A night of Martinis&Mentors, sounds interesting! 
    20. iOS: Are you an ios developer? Then join the crowd and make apps come true!

    As a last note, I would suggest to register for the events from the links. But don't worry if it's closed, or full, or invite-only. You never know who you'll meet with or where you'll be going to, in #ghc15 :) If there is an event or a party of your dream place, go to their booths to ask about it, or just learn the address and go! Remember that all those efforts are for you, just for you:) I'll keep updating the list as soon as I hear about more events. If you know of an event, leave it in the comments with the link, so that I'll add it to the list.

    Hope to dance with you all girls! I'll end this very informal post with a photo from last year's official party, thanks to Google:) Have fun!

    Ilke Demir

    Post syndicated from Over The Heels and Far Far Away.

    Introducing Black Women in Computing

    A special thing happens when bright minds come together. Things work. New relationships are forged. Deals are made. The needle moves. This is the power of community—the power of Systers’ Affinities Communities.

    Here at the Black Women in Computing virtual offices, we’re laying the building blocks for what we hope will be the best GHC experience to date! Every day leading up to the 2015 GHC, we’ve been sparking our own imaginations about what is possible this year. From our original founder to our committee members to our newest members, all ideas have been on deck. And it has been that way since the beginning.

    BWiC was born at the GHC 2010 Women of Color luncheon entitled, “Building Our Community: Moving Vision into Reality.” With the help of the Anita Borg Institute, the group grew some legs in 2011. We held our official kick-off event for our BWiC online community at the 2011 GHC Birds of a Feather session entitled, “Black Women in Computing: Increasing Numbers Through Networking.”

    Since then, we’ve been working towards impacting change by “supporting each other, leveraging our knowledge in the industry and passing it on to others.” Our core goals to increase:
    • BWiC Presence
    • Recruitment and Retention
    • Online Resources
    • Support System (National & Local)
    • Outreach into black and under-served communities, including Hispanic and Native American communities.
    If you haven’t linked up with Black Women in Computing yet, here are a few events where you can get a good feel for the community. You must be a registered conference attendee to attend events on Oct. 14-16, 2015.
    • Saturday, October 10, 2015:
      • HBCU Tech Inclusion Workshop | 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. | Texas Southern University Science Center @ Eagle and Ennis Streets | Sponsored by Facebook, CMD-IT, Microsoft 
        • Find out more at:
    • Wednesday, October 14, 2015:
      • BWiC Reception | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Sponsored by Google
      • BWiC Community Booths | 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | @ Community Fair
    • Thursday, October 15, 2015:
      • UWiC Panel: U-turns, Detours and Roadblocks | 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.
      • Women of Color Lunch | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Sponsored by Facebook
      • UWiC Speed Mentoring Sessions | Session 1| 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Session 2 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      • BWiC Community Booths | 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | @ Community Fair
    • Friday, October 16, 2015:
      • Black Women in Technical Roles Lunch | Keynote: Debora Plunkett, National Security Agency and Speaker: Jennifer Jackson, CapitalOne | 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
      • UWiC Panel: Bringing Your Whole Self to Work as Underrepresented Women in Computing | 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 17, 2015:
      • BWiC Gaming Workshop | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Prairie View A&M University Northwest Campus, 9440 Grant Rd. | Sponsored by Intel
    Year-round, you can join our online community on Twitter @BWiComputing and follow our Wordpress at For more information on getting involved, email Danielle Cummings (DanielleNCummings at

    See you there!

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Introducing the Vietnamese Women in Computing

    One of our most recent additions to the Systers' Affinity Communities, Vietnamese Women in Computing will make their first appearance as an affinity group at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing next week!

    Started by Sophia Ngo and Anh Tu Quach, when Sophia was inspired by the work of other infinity groups at GHC14.  Sophia had heard about Anh, and kept trying to meet her in person, but alas, as is typical of any GHC - their schedules were so booked they couldn't find a moment to meet.  Not letting that hold them back, they worked together virtually over the last year to bring VietWiC into existence!

    Sophia had long ago wanted to be an engineer, but fell off of the technical path and instead got a degree in psychology, with a minor in information systems. After seeing the inspirational Duy-Loan Le at the GHC10 keynote - Sophia knew her path was set! Now she is currently enrolled in a master's program at San Jose State, and is moving full steam ahead in a technical career.

    Anh, who works at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, earned her B.S.C.S from the University of the Pacific, then several years later her M.B.A. from CSU Stanislaus while working fulltime and raising two children under the age of six. In 2012, Anh embraced the challenge of becoming a manager while pregnant with her third child. She has learned much for these challenges and is ready to share her experiences with others - and excited to learn more herself!

    Did you know why Duy-Loan Le is such an inspiration? Duy-Loan is a Houston native and the only female Texas Instrument Senior Fellow? She was a GHC10 keynote ( Duy-Loan was ABI's Women of Vision 2007 Leadership award recipient and part of the Notable Women in Computing Card Deck. Duy-Loan has rock star status among Vietnamese women, especially if they've had a chance to meet her in person.

    Sophia and Anh want to share their inspiration with others, particularly young girls still living in Vietnam.

    You can connect with them on Twitter, @VietWiC, and in their new Facebook Group.

    If you'll be at GHC15, you can also connect with them:
    • Wednesday October 14:
    • Thursday October 15: 
      • 1:00-2:30PM Lunch Time Table Topic
      •  2:30-3:30PM Maternity Leave Survival Guide (Anh is facilitator) #GHCmoms
    • Friday October 16:
      •  2:00-2:30PM Anh will be at NIST/LLNL booth #126
      • 5:30-6:30PM ABI Communities Meet Up
    Hope you all have a chance to connect at the conference! Be sure to follow @VietWic on twitter for any last minute changes or meetups!

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