GHC Bloggers

  • Safe travels everyone!
    by Zaza SorianoThe GHC Communities Committee had their last conference call last night. I ended that call by telling everyone not to miss their flights. They all laughed... but I have reason for that statement. :)My sister, Ant Soriano, was living with me at the time. She had a train ticket home to see her mom for a holiday. The day comes... and I remember being rudely awoken by Ant. "Zaza!! You overslept!"... whoops. The second attempt, we made it all ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 18-10-16
  • Meet your AnitaB.org GHC[2016] Communities Committee
    by Zaza Sorianovar GHC-CC = 'AnitaB.org GHC Communities Committee'GHC-CC.job = 'Organize Volunteers @ GHC 2016'GHC-CC.twitter = @GHC_CommitteeThe AnitaB.org GHC Communities Committee has some returning members (2015 committee) and some new members that manage various community activities at GHC. These include: note taking, blogging, and speed mentoring(A/B). The committee has been working for the past couple months to process and prepare some 140+ volunteers for GHC16. This year some of the manual intake processing was automated and will hopefully be polished in ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 18-10-16
  • Introducing Jewish Women In Computing Community
    Going through a GHC is an overwhelming and awe-inspiring experience.  One could think that being at a women’s engineering conference would give enough focus and common grounds with all the other members of the conference.  However, Aubrey and Rebecca both felt amiss. Small nuances took shape in other communities that allowed their members to come about a common denominator. Aubrey understood that while there are communities representing many different religions and opinions, she could not find hers and began her ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 14-10-16
  • NAWIC Events at GHC 2016
      By Andrea Delgado-Olson              We are so excited for another Grace Hopper Celebration! NAWiC has had a phenomenal year and we can’t wait to share it all with you today. Last week, a NAWiC member shared a blog with the GHC Bloggers about her perspective on diversity vs. candidacy in a tech company, and this topic may hit close to home with any woman of color in any industry. Our community was glad that she shared her experience and desire to ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 11-10-16
  • A NAWiC Perspective On Diversity vs. Candidacy in Tech
    by Amanda SharpThe hot topic of the moment in high-tech is employee diversity. Several well-known high-tech companies have made public commitments to increase the diverse population within their organizations. Over the past few years, I’ve learned that a number of my coworkers have strong opinions about these initiatives. Break room conversations include statements such as “Why aren’t we hiring qualified candidates?” and “This is discrimination.”I am a Mohave woman. This is how I was born. It’s absurd to think that ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 06-10-16
  • 2016 ABIE Awards at GHC
    2016 ABIE Awards at GHCby Faye ChengAs an emerging woman technologist, I find it extremely encouraging and motivating to have strong women leaders and role models who inspire me with their drive and passion in technology. The annual Anita Borg ABIE Awards celebrate the successes of such women, and highlights their outstanding achievements and contributions to the tech world. As I read through all of the profiles of ABIE Winners, I realize that there are countless inspiring women that have ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 04-10-16
  • GHC Accessibility
    Greetings!The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas and the George R. Brown Convention Center is no exception.  The convention center falls just shy of 2 million square feet (over 167,000 square meters) spread over three levels.  It is in the heart of downtown Houston, making the ideal place for the projected 15,000+ Hoppers to gather.  While getting from point A to point B in such a large facility can seem daunting, there will be plenty of help available.Move!All ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 29-09-16
  • Blogging and Note Taking!
    Hey everyone,So I'm sure by now you've all had a chance to take a look at the schedule and see all the amazing tracks and talks that are coming up at the conference! But, you may also have realized that it's physically impossible to go to each and every talk from every track that you'd like to see.But never fear, we've got you covered! Every year the communities committee organizes hordes of volunteers to do blogging and note taking for all ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 22-09-16
  • GHC Venue
    Hello again!The GHC Venue this year is the same as last year, so you can definitely get some insider info on this one! The brunt of the conference will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center along with a few events at the Toyota Center. So, what should you know before you get there?Getting to the George R. Brown Convention CenterConference Shuttles: There will be shuttles to and from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Toyota Center ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 20-09-16
  • The Low-down on Speaking at GHC16
    So you're speaking at GHC16. What do you need to know? How can you prepare to be the best you can be? How do you calm your nerves?!Although I wasn't lucky enough to have any submissions accepted to this year's conference, I have spoken at Grace Hopper before along with many other venues. Let me start by reassuring you that this is one of the very best places to present. I have rarely found a more wonderfully supportive audience.Let's get ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 13-09-16
  • GHC16 & (NoobTips | VolunteeringOpportunities | ScheduleExperiment)
    by Zaza SorianoNoob TipsI remember my first year attending GHC, I am too tired to calculate the exact year, but I remember that it was in Atlanta, GA and had maybe 0x07D0 attendees. Yet, I was still extremely overwhelmed. If it wasn't for being a hopper (one of the ladies (or men) you will see running around in red vests), I wouldn't  have talked to any one. As it was, I would go hide in my hotel room when I wasn't ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 08-09-16
  • Travelling to GHC!
    Hello all!I think it's quite ironic that I'm writing a post about travelling to GHC as I'm not actually able to attend the conference this year! But, I have done it quite a few times, so wanted to give you some tips!First off, flights there:Flights. Long haul or short haul, they're all stressful (well, they are if you're me). I do everything possible to try and make sure that my flight there will go as smoothly as possible from check-in ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 01-09-16
  • Ramping up for GHC16!
    by Zaza SorianoYou may be wondering why I am writing this post at 3am (EST). Well that's because, aside from the fact that I tend not to sleep much... it's that time of year again... GHC is around the corner (roughly 9 weeks away)!!This year I am the chair for the GHC Communities Committee (GHC-CC). We work with AnitaB.org to help organize the volunteers and other small items for GHC. Last years info post can be found here: meet-our-2015-ghc-community-committee. I believe ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 23-08-16
  • 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 ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 09-10-15
  • 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 ... Read the rest
    Source: GHC BloggersPublished on 09-10-15
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