Are you interested in volunteering at Grace Hopper Celebration? Take a look at the opportunities we offer all year long.

GHC volunteers contribute their time, skills, and expertise by serving on various committees in the months leading up to GHC and providing on-the-ground support during the Celebration. Help us in our mission to grow the number of women in computer science roles and to make GHC a tremendous success.

Pre-GHC Volunteer Opportunities: Committee Members and Scholarship Reviewers
Open Source Day Planning Committee

GHC On-site Volunteer Opportunities: Speed Mentor | Blogger and Note Taker
Open Source Day Mentor | GHC Research Mentor  |  GHC Poster Judge  |  Hoppers


Pre-GHC: Committee Members and Scholarship Reviewers

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Interested in helping shape Grace Hopper Celebration? Committee members directly impact the program by picking which scholars and speakers attend. The below opportunities provides early access to register for GHC.

See all Committee and Scholarship Reviewer Opportunities

Application period:

  • Applications are open in February.

Registration benefits:

  • This opportunity provides early access to register for GHC.

Requirements:

  • You must be available to review applications in March and April.
  • Students may be Committee Members but may not be Scholarship Reviewers.

Our committee opportunities include:

Scholarship Review Committee

Each year, we offer GHC Scholarships that enable students and faculty to attend the celebration. Each committee member reviews, on average, 15 applications online, and provides ratings and comments to help the committee co-chairs make decisions on applicants. Students are ineligible to be reviewers, but we encourage eligible students to apply for the scholarship.

Poster Session Committee

Submissions for the Poster Session are technical. Your co-chairs will assign you posters that best represent your area of expertise. You will review the poster submissions and rate them based on criteria provided by your co-chairs.

Track Committee

Track committee volunteers directly impact the GHC program. During our formal Call for Participation (CFP) process, track committee volunteers review CFP submissions to decide who will speak at GHC. You will rate each submission based on criteria provided to you by your track’s co-chairs. When selecting which track you would like to review, please select the one that best represents your area of expertise. See a list of our 2020 tracks.

Mentoring Circles Committee

This interactive mentoring session lets attendees seek personalized advice regarding their career or academic endeavors, in small groups. The topics of the submissions will be related to career opportunities, job search, tools for success at work, or academic paths. You will review the mentors’ submissions and rate them based on criteria provided by our co-chairs.

With thousands of attendees and hundreds of speakers, GHC is a major event that requires a lot of hard work to set up and run. That’s why we’re so grateful to the thousands of volunteers who help make GHC such a success year after year.


Pre-GHC: Open Source Day (OSD) Planning Committee

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The Open Source Day Planning Committee is an imperative part of creating OSD. As a planning committee member, you will participate in planning from start to finish doing anything from marketing, project planning, designing the structure of OSD, working with external organizations to bring them on as OSD project leaders and ensure they are ready for OSD, reaching out to attendees to make sure they know what to expect, and/or executing OSD during GHC.

Note: Our Open Source Day (OSD) Committee is separate from our Open Source Track Committee.

See details for OSD Planning Committee

Application period:

  • Applications are open in February.

Registration benefits:

  • This opportunity provides early access to register for GHC.

Requirements:

  • You must be able to dedicate 10-20 hours a month starting in March until GHC and attend GHC.

 

At GHC: Speed Mentor

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GHC offers three dedicated chances for our younger attendees to seek advice from mentors. Known as Speed Mentoring, our volunteer mentors discuss career paths, graduate schools, and personal aspirations with attendees in 10-minute focused conversations.

Learn more about Speed Mentors

As Grace Hopper Celebration continues to grow and evolve, so does the mission of the Anita|Bees. In the past, the Anita|Bees Speed Mentoring session provided the opportunity for attendees to garner career knowledge and experience from industry and academia experts in their field. The Anita|Bees Speed Mentoring session continues to offer attendees the opportunity to create lasting mentoring relationships with women working in technical roles.

This year’s Speed Mentoring event has been updated to keep in step with the growth and scheduling changes at GHC 20. In order to better accommodate attendees who will be coming from and going to talks/workshops intermittently, one two-hour long session is replacing three disjoint, one-hour long sessions. The two-hour event will feature several 10-minute rounds in which attendees are matched by career level and area of interest with industry professionals, academic professionals, and successful graduate students. Each mentoring round begins with the mentor sharing her personal information with the mentees in order to establish the mentoring relationship. They then engage in meaningful exchanges about all aspects of career and life in the specific discipline and level for which they were matched. Each mentee has the option of speaking with several different mentors over the course of several rounds – they do not, however, have the option of staying with the same mentor for more than one round. They are required to either seek out a new mentor after each round or leave the session altogether. This requirement allows for the greatest number of attendees to connect with the available mentors. In addition, the requirement encourages mentees to build a personal network of mentors. The 15-minute sessions are fluid and informal in that the discussions are driven by the mentees’ questions and concerns.

Industry professionals, members of academia, and outstanding graduates apply to serve as mentors. Anita|Bees committee members review each potential mentor’s application and come to a consensus on whether the applicant is suited to serve. In general, we are looking for more than just the person’s credentials. We are looking for the willingness to foster and maintain long-lasting relationships with mentees.

Application period:

  • Applications open in February.

Registration benefits:

  • This opportunity provides a free registration to GHC.

Requirements:

  • Students may not apply.

 

At GHC: Blogger and Note Taker

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GHC is a celebration for the community, by the community. At AnitaB.org, we rely on the passion of our dedicated volunteers to make GHC a success. Their voices help shape the conversations both at the venues and around the world. Their contributions help those who can’t attend in person experience GHC from home. Notes are often used years later to remember specific topics and discussions. If you want to be a part of sharing the knowledge gained at GHC, volunteer to be an official GHC community blogger or note taker.

Learn more about Bloggers and Note Takers

Bloggers and Note Takers are an imperative part of delivering the content of GHC to attendees seeking information about the Celebration. The hardest part about GHC can be scheduling. The content is so rich and it can be difficult to attend all the sessions and events you are interested in. Being a volunteer Bloggers or Note Taker gives insight into sessions that were missed by attendees who had scheduling conflicts, but really want to know key takeaways from sessions.

If you would like to be part of helping shape the largest conference for women technologists in the world and collaborate with peers from all over the world, then here is how you can contribute!

Please apply to help with blogging, tweeting, and more at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration.

Application period:

  • Applications open in February.

Registration benefits:

  • This opportunity provides early access to register for GHC.
  • This opportunity does not provide a free registration to GHC.

Requirements:

  • Students may apply.

 

At GHC: Open Source Day Mentor

Each year AnitaB.org hosts a day long Codeathon for Humanity with other organizations. This program, known as Open Source Day (OSD), gives GHC attendees the chance to learn about open source while working on projects designed to solve real world problems. As a mentor, you will work with one of our participating organizations to guide participants as they develop their solutions.

In addition to being a registered GHC attendee, mentors must review preparation materials and be available for correspondence from the OSD committee and project leaders leading up to GHC.

Learn more about OSD Mentors

Application period:

  • Applications open mid- to late summer.

Registration benefits:

  • These opportunities do not provide GHC registration. You must be registered to participate.

Requirements:

  • Student Applicants: Only graduate students may apply.
  • You must be able to commit a minimum of two (2) hours to OSD.
  • You must be able to commit to a pre-GHC planning meeting.
  • You must commit to a pre-OSD set up meeting.

 

At GHC: Research Mentor

GHC research mentors will be matched with one or more poster presenter according to their area of research/expertise. The research mentor will come at a specific time and day during GHC to examine the poster and give advice on how to improve the research project.

Learn more about Research Mentors

Application period:

  • Applications open mid- to late summer.

Registration benefits:

  • This opportunity does not provide a free registration to GHC.

Requirements:

  • You must already be registered to attend GHC.
  • Students may not apply.

 

At GHC: Poster Judge

Student research is essential to the growth of technology. Be a GHC poster judge and evaluate the posters of the students who participate in the ACM Student Research Competition. Prizes and awards will be attributed to six finalists.

Judges evaluate the students and their posters on:

  • Quality.
  • Clarity of visual and oral presentation.
  • Significance of work.

Learn more about Poster Judges

Application period:

  • Applications open mid-summer.

Registration benefits:

  • This opportunity does not provide a free registration to GHC.

Requirements:

  • You must already be registered to attend GHC.
  • You must have a Ph.D.
  • Students may not apply.

 

At GHC: Hoppers

Hoppers are volunteers who do everything from mic wrangling to managing crowd control at GHC.

More information on Hoppers

Application period:

  • Applications open in May.

Registration benefits:

  • This opportunity provides free registration to GHC.

Requirements:

  • You must pay for your own hotel, airfare, and meals at GHC.
  • Students may apply.

Learn more.