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Conference Overview

GHC 15 is over. Please see the GHC 17 Conference Overview for current information.

GHC is a three-day conference designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests. The conference includes presentations on a variety of topics, professional development activities, an open source day and much more. Find out what each day has to offer below.

Daily, Oct. 14-16

  • Technical Tracks: GHC Tracks include sessions in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Security and Privacy, Gaming and Animation, Computer Graphics and the Internet of Things.  We’re excited to introduce our new GHC Tracks: Productization and Open Source.
  • Organizational Transformation Programs and Career Tracks: Join us for our many Organizational Transformation Programs and Career/Professional Development sessions!
  • Career Fair: Don’t miss the Career Fair—a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Check out this guide to see which organizations are attending.
  • Community Fair: New this year, the Community Fair is is a dedicated with in the Expo for attendees to interact with our GHC communities, alliance partners and nonprofits and learn how they can stay involved with the community after the conference.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 8:30 am-10:00 pm

  • Keynote and Awards
  • Leadership Workshops: Catch the Leadership Workshops at GHC 2015! Whether you are just starting out or are further along in your career, you’ll get great tips and insights to build your leadership skills.
  • Open Source Day: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) adoption and usage is becoming widespread and is increasingly a requirement for many employment opportunities.  RSVP to participate in our Code-a-thon for Humanity! RSVP available soon.
  • Posters Session: GHC hosts a mind-expanding poster session Wednesday evening. Learn about the innovative technology the next generation is dreaming up—some presenters are also competing in the distinguished ACM Student Research Competition.
  • Student Opportunity Lab (Session 1): Searching for a job in industry, academia or government? Looking for an internship or research opportunity? Thinking about continuing your studies? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the interactive Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) might be the session for you. Mentors and speakers will hold brief sessions at their own tables. Navigate your own path through the tables featuring topics of interest to you.

Thursday, Oct. 15 – 8:30 am-11:00 pm

  • Keynote and Awards
  • Senior Women’s Program and Luncheon: This program for senior-level women is a great way to connect with peers across organizations. By Invitation Only.
  • Male Allies Sessions
  • Technical Executive Forum: By nomination and invite only.

Friday, Oct. 16 – 8:30 am-12:00 am (midnight)

  • Keynote and Awards
  • Student Opportunity Lab (Session 2): Searching for a job in industry, academia or government? Looking for an internship or research opportunity? Thinking about continuing your studies? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the interactive Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) might be the session for you. Mentors and speakers will hold brief sessions at their own tables. Navigate your own path to the tables featuring topics of interest to you.
  • ABI.local Training
  • Movie Festival
  • Friday Evening Celebration: Bust a move on the dance floor at GHC 2015! Let’s make this a night—and a conference—to remember. It is a Grace Hopper Celebration, after all!
Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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