Recap: The Final Day of a Record-Breaking Grace Hopper Celebration

Recap: The Final Day of a Record-Breaking Grace Hopper Celebration

As GHC 2015 came to a close on Friday, Houston was abuzz with excitement for the evening’s festivities. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of the day:

The day kicked off with a keynote presentation from Manuela Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Manuela discussed the research she’s conducted on robots in collaborative networks communicating with humans and themselves.

“Technology is about diversity,” Manuela said. “You don’t have to do everything, but some do things that others can’t.” She pointed out that when some of her robot assistants can’t navigate around obstacles, they send her emails asking for help!

Another highlight of day 3 at GHC was at the LGBTQ Luncheon, where Houston Mayor Annise Parker made a special stop to give remarks on her technology journey and her love for the city of Houston.

The day wrapped up with an afternoon plenary session focused on the importance on diversity in technology, featuring Janet George and Isis Anchalee. Audiences were also treated to a special performance from iLuminate, a dance show featuring wearable wireless lighting suits. The final celebration continued through the night at a dance party for all GHC attendees at Minute Maid Park.

If you missed any of the main stage sessions at GHC, catch them from the comfort of home on Livestream. Stay tuned for a more in-depth recap of the whole 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration soon!

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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:  

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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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