I was taught to always have someone to look up to and for the vast majority of my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have just that. There was a time though when I was an undergrad where that wasn’t exactly the case. I was having a difficu…
Did you know you can connect with Systers at the Grace Hopper Conference as well as in your home town? Are you in Boston, Mountain View, Atlanta, Seattle, New York or San Francisco? Then we have a meetup coming up for you!Boston, MA, Sept 2…
Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy, Brian Nosek, executive director of the Center for Open Science and Grady Booch, IBM Chief Scientist will join ABI at the Grace Hopper Celebration 2015.
All registration codes must be redeemed by Friday, September 18, 2015. You can check the status of your codes …
Hi again everyone!The applications for our communities volunteers closes TODAY, September 18!We are looking for people that can write blogs or take notes for at least 3 sessions, for video bloggers, for folks to lead lunch time table topics and for oth…
I’ve recently returned from Chicago for a work event that was also dubbed “the in-person networking event”. Most people saw it as just that work. Thing is…networking shouldn’t be “work”. If you think about it,…
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and United States CTO Megan Smith will be plenary speakers at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration.
by Zaza Soriano
<Excitement> <APL> <Coworkers/> <Committee> <Purpose/> <Benefits/> </Committee> <Recruiting/> </APL> <GHC type="Community Committee"> <Members> </GHC> <GHC type="Inspiration"/></Excitement>
for Topic in Excitement.Children: print """I work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) as an embedded software engineer. This will be my 6th year attending GHC, my 2nd representing APL, and my first on the ABI Communities Committee.""" if Topic.Type == 'APL': print """APL is a non-profit company and because of that it’s not an easy task to justify spending money on a non-technical conference. This however has been changing,and is one of the things I am really excited about this year.""" for Info in Topic.Children: switch(Info.Type): case 'Coworkers': print """It’s exciting to watch the GHC bug start to spread to other departments in the organization.""" break; case 'Committee': print """A couple of us started up a committee to help with the influx of APL’ers attending. The road has been bumpy so far and I am very excited to see how this year goes!""" for Item in Info.Children: if Item.Type == 'Purpose': print """Our motivation behind the committee had a lot to do with wanting to make the experience as smooth as possible for new attendees, as well as making sure we as a lab are able to continually benefit from what was learned at GHC.""" if Item.Type == 'Benefits': print """I’m really excited about seeing how each pair of APL’ers will share what they learned this year.""" break; case 'Recruiting': print """Last year I headed up the recruiting for our department. This year I am excited to see how my friend does with recruiting. So far I am extremely happy and love to witness young woman gaining confidence and experience doing something they love.""" break; if Topic.Type == 'GHC': if Topic.getAttribute('type') == 'Community Committee': if Topic.ChildNode(0).Type == 'Members': print """I LOVE working with everyone on the committee! It’s like being surrounded by amazing woman all the time! I am looking forward to finally meeting everyone next month. :)""" else if Topic.getAttribute('type') == 'Inspiration': print """I saved the best for last...The thing I get the most excited about GHC is the inspiration you get from attending. Yes the sessions are great, very informative, generally always useful, but there is something about being in a room full of THOUSANDS of other technical woman that is just SO INSPIRING!! It’s not something that can be described with words, so I hope that every technical woman at some point gets to experience that amazing feeling at least once in their life."""
“Think Outside the Box”
I was downtown last weekend and realized all of the great venues to host Grace Hopper parties or networking events! I figured I’d compile a list of places in and around downtown where companies can begin looking to host their events. This of cour…
So, having NEVER attended a GHC before, what should I expect? I mean, I hear 12,000 people are expected at this conference (the largest ever), but how do I navigate an all female tech conference of that size and magnitude? Have you seen the schedule: http://schedule.gracehopper.org/? Seriously, there are very important questions that I need answered like, when should I arrive, what sessions do I attend, if I am an introvert, how to “extrovert”, how do I truly get the best experience from the GHC 2015? I don’t want to be “lost in the sauce” of 12,000 amazing and incredibly smart female engineers.
Well, I compiled a list of questions and former attendees and was able to garner some pretty nifty and helpful answers! Let’s take a look below.
When should we arrive and what do we need to do when we first get to Houston?
Are there going to be long lines? If so, is there a strategy to avoid having to stand in long lines?
What day/time of day should we arrive in Houston? What day/time of day should we depart?
How early do we need be at the convention center? Do we need to stay for the full day?
If I am not within walking distance, how often do the shuttles run to/from the hotel and conference center?
Are they crowded?
Is there a “strategy” for boarding times?
Which sessions should we try to attend and why:
What is the attire for each day and sessions?
If we can’t get to a speaker/sessions leader, personally, will there be contact information for each speaker?
How do I break the ice with someone (especially if I am an introvert)?
What things should I avoid?
Should we bring copies of paper resumes? If so, how many copies?
Should we bring business cards? If so, how many copies?
What information should business cards have on them?
If we miss certain sessions, are the sessions recorded?
Are there capacity issues for certain sessions, luncheons, etc.?
WHEW! Okay. I think I just may be ready to navigate GHC 2015, now. These answers from prior attendees were extremely helpful.
Hope to see you all at GHC 2015! This is #OurTimeToLead !