Grace Hopper Celebration Included in Developer Conferences Report by Independent Research Firm

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(Marketwired – Feb 11, 2016): The Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC) has been included in the February 2016 report: « Developer Conferences Speed Your Transition To Modern Application Development » by Forrester Research.

« I’m proud to see GHC cited by Forrester Research, » said Telle Whitney, President and CEO of AnitaB.org. « We’ve worked incredibly hard to make GHC the leading conference for a diverse audience of women technologists who seek deep technical insights as well as valuable opportunities to connect with others in and out of their field, and this is a wonderful recognition. »

The full Forrester report is available for clients or for purchase here.

For over 15 years, GHC has been connecting and inspiring women technologists with engaging technical tracks and prestigious speakers, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, United States Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Shafi Goldwasser, recipient of the A.M. Turing Award and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

GHC offers tracks that cover a range of technical topics from artificial intelligence to human computer interaction, as well as sessions dedicated to career development and organizational transformation. GHC also hosts the industry’s largest career fair for women technologists, as well as a general poster session and the ACM Research Competition.

About GHC:

Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. GHC sheds light on the research and career interests of women in computing, and is is co-presented by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

GHC 2015 hosted nearly 12,000 attendees from 63 countries, with over 1,300 companies present to be part of this global event. GHC 2015 had a 50% increase in attendees from 2014 and we expect it to grow to 15,000 attendees in 2016. Read more about GHC 2015 in our detailed impact report.

About ABI:

AnitaB.org for Women and Technology (ABI) connects, inspires and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 65 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. AnitaB.org is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information, visit anitab.org.

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