GHC 18 Highlights

We know it’s difficult to choose from the amazing speakers and sessions planned for the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 18). Here are some recommendations for things you won’t want to miss. You can also pre-register for certain sessions. Learn how to pre-register here!

Wednesday and Friday Keynote Sessions

GHC 18 kicks off on Wednesday at 9 a.m. with a Keynote Session featuring Padmasree Warrior and Jessica O. Matthews at the Toyota Center. On Friday, Dr. Justine Cassell and the winners of the inaugural PitcHER™ competition  will close out the Celebration at the 3 p.m. Keynote Session.

Featured Speakers

Don’t miss our amazing lineup of featured speakers, including Dr. Anita Hill, Joy Buolamwini, and more! All sessions take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center’s General Assembly B, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, September 26  11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sara DeWitt – More Than Child’s Play: The Science (and Art) of Tech for Kids
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Dr. Constance Steinkuehler – Played: The Troubled Relationship Between Women and Games
2:30 p.m. –3:15 p.m. Sophia Dominguez – The Future of AR & VR
Thursday, September 27  10:30 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. Dr. Priscilla Chan – Engineering Change at Scale: Reimagining Philanthropy through Technology
12 p.m. – 12.45 p.m. Andrea Sreshta – Innovation and Impact: Lighting up Lives
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Noramay Cadena – One Woman’s Journey from Pacoima to Startup Investor 
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Joy Buolamwini – AI, Ain’t I A Woman?
Friday, September 28  9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Dr. Anita Hill – The Past, Present, and Future of the #METOO Movements (Marriott Marquis, Texan Ballroom D) 
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Dr. Rebecca Parsons – The Evolution of Evolutionary Architecture
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m Emily Chang – Breaking Up The Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Gwynne Shotwell – Launching Our Future

Abie Awards

The Abie Awards celebrate the success of women technologists and those who support women in tech. Our 2018 award winners – Dr. Rebecca ParsonsChiara AmisolaHolly LiuDr. Debbie G. Senesky, and Mariana Costa Checa – will speak during the Keynote Sessions. You can also meet past and present winners at Speakers Corner in the Booth (#7032) at noon each day! PitcHER™ Competition

Ten finalists from the inaugural PitcHER competition will compete for a total of $65,000 in prize money, split among the top three finalists and an Audience Favorite.

GHC Expo & Technology Showcase Theater

Discover job opportunities and attend interviews with our sponsors at the GHC Expo, and catch the presentations at the new Technology Showcase Theater. Click here to see who is exhibiting.

Mentoring Circles

This interactive mentoring session will offer great tips on job searching, interviewing, and furthering your career. Join any time on Wednesday between 11:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m. See the topics here.

Speed Mentoring

The Anita|Bees Speed Mentoring session takes place on Wednesday, 3 – 5:30 p.m. During several 15-minute rounds, attendees will be advised by mentors in their fields and/or at their career levels.

Community Socials

Network with other women in tech and learn more about our Community. We’ll have Community Socials for Systers, Systers Affinity Groups, and our online Community.

Gallery: Our Time

Located in the Expo Hall, our GHC 18 Gallery is the place to be inspired by stories of women technologists from the past and present, with a chance to share your personal «coming-up» story.

Evening Celebration

What is GHC without a party? Bring your badge, ID, and raffle ticket, and join us on Friday at 7 p.m. for a night of food, games, and dancing to close out another great year!


Looking for more great GHC sessions and events? View our full GHC 18 schedule.

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