GHC 20 Tracks

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The 2020 Call for Participation (CFP) is closed. Thanks to all who submitted!

Our GHC 20 tracks offer a wide-range of fields for every technical woman. Speakers will participate in presentations, panels, or workshops. We are actively looking for and encourage you to submit intermediate and advanced level content.

Click on the track name to see a description of it. Make sure to check out our session formats and requirements before applying to speak.

Academic | Artificial Intelligence | Career | Computer Systems Engineering
Data Science | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) | Emerging Technology
NEW – Entrepreneurship | Hardware | Human Computer Interaction | Interactive Media
Mentoring Circles | Open Source | Poster Session | Product Management
Security/Privacy | Software Engineering | Tech Meetups
Tech for Women | Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality


Women in academia are in an environment that is unique from others, and in that environment, they face a unique set of challenges.  The academic track provides an opportunity for people in academia to meet to discuss the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in academia.  It also provides a space to discuss how best to navigate academic life, promote institutional changes, and prepare for the future.

We invite submissions in, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Preparing for an academic career: choosing the right department/school (culture, fit, funding, teaching vs. research, etc.), managing dual-career job searches, interviewing, negotiation within academic setting, etc.
  • Managing an academic career, from emerging to emerita: navigating various career paths (tenure track, non-tenure track, administrative track, etc.), work-life balance, mentoring students and junior colleagues, networking, getting research funding, publishing research results, finding and maintaining productive collaborations, leadership development, course development, managing large courses, developing a teaching style, finding service opportunities, life after tenure, etc.
  • Institutional support for a diverse workforce: effective policies for an inclusive environment, support for dual-career couples, flexible tenure and promotion policies, parental leave policies, part-time and shared positions, diverse recruitment and hiring strategies, etc.
  • Broadening participation in computing in higher education to engage a more diverse population: pedagogical interventions, culturally sensitive teaching and research initiatives, outreach initiatives, recruitment and retention strategies, etc., as they pertain to students, faculty, staff, and administration.

NEW! Finally, we also welcome industry-led and/or academia-industry collaboration submissions that can be of interest to the academic community. Submissions may originate from either academics or their industry partners, but they must be focused on academia.

Academics who wish to make full presentations of a technical nature are encouraged to submit their ideas in the technical tracks.

Valid Submission Formats (please read): PresentationsPanelsWorkshops, and Tech Meetups. Click the links for more information and for Starter Templates.

Artificial Intelligence

Envisioned in the 1950s at a workshop at Dartmouth College, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field with a rich and varied history. Contributions over the decades include research on expert systems, knowledge representation, evolutionary algorithms, and advanced statistical techniques. More recently, explosive growth in computing power and data availability has enabled multi-layer artificial neural networks, well known as deep learning, to revolutionize the field of AI. With applications ranging from cancer research to self-driving cars, AI has become one of the most exciting areas in tech.

The AI Track provides a place for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the latest trends and research results, novel tools, practical experiences, and technical challenges. As this is a technical track, we especially welcome presentations and workshops and do not encourage panel proposals. Submissions should have enough content for the program committee to fully evaluate your work: please consider this equivalent to a short paper submission for an academic conference (3-4 pages). Please keep in mind that this is our most a competitive technical track, with an acceptance rate on par with top tier AI conferences.

We are looking for technical submissions in the broad field of AI, including, but not limited to:

Research Topics in AI

  • Machine Learning (Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Active Learning, Model Interpretability, Transfer and Multitask Learning, etc.).
  • Computer vision.
  • Natural Language Processing (machine translation, generation, dialogue systems, speech recognition, and synthesis).
  • Robotics and Autonomous systems.
  • Constraint Satisfaction and Optimization, Heuristic Search.
  • Information Retrieval.
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (Logic, Reasoning with Beliefs, Reasoning Under Uncertainty, Geometri,c and Spatial Reasoning).
  • Game Theory and AI.
  • Planning, Routing, and Scheduling.

Humans and AI

  • AI and Privacy
  • Ethical AI (e.g. fairness, impact of AI on society)
  • AI for social good
  • Augmented intelligence
  • Human-centric AI (helper robots, sensing systems)

AI Application Areas

  • Medicine and Healthcare
  • Finance and Commerce
  • Education and Social Sciences
  • Security and Privacy
  • Energy and Environment (e.g. smart cities)
  • Customer interaction (e.g. chatbots)
  • Gamification

Career Track

Women face a unique set of opportunities and challenges- both at a professional and personal level. The career track provides a platform for attendees to learn and discuss a wide variety of topics to help support each other and advance their careers. Proposals that present a unique perspective with clear takeaways will be preferred. Topics of interest for the career track include but are not limited to:

Career Management and Mastery

  • Professional brand and presence
  • Practical tips to securing your dream job
  • Product vs. Developer vs. Design vs. Data Scientist — demystifying the tech roles
  • Startups vs. mid-size vs. global organizations vs. nonprofits vs. government — finding the right fit
  • Mentoring vs. sponsorship — gaining them and becoming one
  • Building your dream network
  • Collaborating and managing upwards and sideways
  • Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship
  • Crucial and difficult conversations in the workplace
  • Strategic thinking skills and building alliances
  • Defining balance and success in career

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  • Leveraging intersectionality in the workplace
  • Conscious vs. unconscious bias
  • Imposter syndrome: identifying and overcoming
  • Parenting in tech — the up’s, down’s and everything in between
  • Motherhood in tech – the unique challenges and perspectives mothers bring
  • Reentering the workforce after a break
  • Cultivating the sense of belonging at work
  • Becoming better allies
  • Pay equity in the workplace
  • Resilience and caring for your whole self

Senior Career Transition

  • Interviewing for a senior leadership position
  • Reaching the C-suite and what’s beyond it
  • Navigating mergers and acquisitions
  • Traits of a successful leader
  • Senior career trajectories for different disciplines
  • Culturally conscious leadership

Computer Systems Engineering

Computer systems have evolved from the massive yet inefficient compute engines of the World War II era to the amazing low power mobile devices of today. Yet another, somewhat antipodal, trend over the past few decades has shifted mainstream computing from personal desktop computers to the cloud. These seismic shifts in technologies were fueled by innovations in interdisciplinary fields of computer hardware, software and networking. We want to dive into the engineering technologies that tackle interesting challenges of today. We also want to peek into the future to see how computer systems engineering needs to adapt to handle the death of Moore’s law, emerging computing technologies and ubiquitous presence of smart devices.

We seek high-quality submissions on systems engineering topics that include but are not limited to the focus areas below. Preference will be given to technical workshops and presentations targeting intermediate and advanced audiences.


  • Memory and Storage systems (e.g. caching, storage, compression, resource scheduling)
  • Operating systems (e.g. distributed, embedded, mobile)
  • Large scale resource management (e.g. elastic compute, concurrency control)
  • Fault tolerant systems (e.g. availability, reliability, resiliency)
  • Automation (e.g. monitoring and operational tools)


  • Wireless networked systems (e.g., 5G/6G network, MVNO)
  • Backbone and edge networks (e.g. SDN, CDN)
  • Efficient networking (e.g. self-organizing networks, mobile data offload)
  • Real-time streaming systems


  • Mobile platforms (e.g. resource efficient architecture, energy management)
  • Cloud and multi-tenant systems (e.g. virtualization, containers, IaaS, PaaS)
  • Robotic agents (e.g. autonomous vehicles, warehouse automation, drone delivery)

Data Science

In recent years, data has exploded, and the need to make sense of it and harness it towards practical applications is stronger than ever. Data science has emerged as the discipline to tackle this vast data, develop insights, and deliver intelligent solutions to optimize business performance as well as improve customer experiences.

As the discipline has been developing, the importance of sourcing and using data ethically and equitably has become a key area of focus for practitioners, further encouraged by privacy laws and considerations, so perspectives in that aspect of the field are highly encouraged.

We are looking for submissions in the following categories:

Data Engineering & Infrastructure

  • Data pipelines (e.g. from acquisition to prediction)
  • Heterogeneous data integration
  • Data management, including quality, and lineage
  • Infrastructure, cloud, and distributed applications
  • Model productionalization
  • Data scaling

Data Analysis & Modeling

  • Data analysis (e.g. statistical, in situ, real-time)
  • Streaming and other novel algorithms in support of data science
  • Cloud and distributed data analysis
  • Applied machine learning
  • Knowledge discovery and data mining
  • Search and recommendation
  • New interfaces and visualization

Novel Applications, Use Cases, and Lessons Learned

We encourage submissions focusing on novel applications, use cases, and lessons learned in any field, including but not limited to:

  • Social sciences and social media.
  • Physical sciences.
  • Life sciences.
  • Medicine and health informatics.
  • E-commerce, advertising.
  • Technology (networks, privacy and security, IoT).

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) track—formerly known as the Organizational Transformation (OT) track—features DEI solutions that have contributed to measurable and sustainable changes for workers across an organization or sector. For the next GHC, we will give preference to submissions that address one or more of the following topics:

  • Disability inclusion and accessibility
  • DEI tech, e.g., VR training
  • Employee activism and workers’ rights
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
  • Global diversity practices
  • Inclusion of caregivers in the workplace
  • Legal agreements, e.g., arbitration clauses
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Mentorship and sponsorship
  • Pay equity and pay equality
  • Recruitment, retention, and advancement
  • Under-tapped groups

In addition to welcoming submissions on the topics listed, we prioritize diversity in our selection process and encourage participation by speakers from backgrounds that are under-tapped in technology. We also give extra consideration to submissions that apply an intersectional lens across a wide range of identities and experiences to the chosen subject matter. Please note that we will not review sessions on K-12 education or individual professional development, which more closely align with the Academic and Career tracks, respectively.

DEI Definition incorporates DEI into our framework focusing on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women across a broad range of intersectional identities that include (but are not limited to): gender, race/ethnicity, age, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality/belief systems, and abilities. Diversity, equity and inclusion are each important concepts that do not live in silos, and are a means to an end. By bringing these concepts together in DEI, we can enhance strategy, actions, and impact for all communities.

For example, when it comes to the employee lifecycle, equity can ensure fairness of policies and process in support of diversity, which helps develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of consumers and societies, while inclusion supports the employee experience by enabling colleagues of diverse backgrounds to feel welcomed, valued and able to leverage opportunities to thrive at work.

DEI should not be pursued in a generic, “catch-all” way. This approach neglects the important distinctions between and experiences of diverse communities, especially those from underrepresented and marginalized groups, and also makes it more difficult to set clear strategies and goals. Therefore, it is imperative to take into account the needs of all with a global lens, based on up-to-date data, which include strategies that address bias and discrimination to advance DEI for all women in tech.

Emerging Technology

Emerging technologies are breakthrough technologies that are likely to shape our lives in the near future. They are typically characterized by radical novelty, relatively fast growth, prominent impact, uncertainty, and ambiguity.

This track provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to present and discuss the latest trends, technical innovations, research papers, and new applications related to emerging technologies such as quantum computing and autonomous things. We welcome technical submissions, talks, workshops, tutorials, and demos that describe theoretical foundations, practical implementations, novel applications, and open source efforts in emerging technologies. We also welcome submissions that discuss the intersection of these emerging technologies with existing fields such as AI, security, IoT, cloud computing, etc.

Quantum Computing Related Topics

Quantum computing is computing using physical quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement. It is a radical shift in the way we perform information processing. Quantum computing is slowly coming out from theoretical concepts and finding its applications in the real world. We welcome submissions related but not limited to one of the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of quantum computing.
  • Quantum sensors and quantum component technologies.
  • Quantum technology opportunities in areas such as financial services, pharma, chemical, healthcare, automotive, defense, government, and R&D.
  • Quantum impact on AI, machine learning, and blockchain.
  • Algorithms for quantum computers.
  • Quantum cryptography.
  • Theoretical developments and experimental implementations of quantum information technology.
  • Quantum programming platforms.
  • Quantum simulation.
  • Open source quantum computing framework.

Autonomous Technology

Autonomous technology aims to enrich automated systems with sensors, AI, and analytical capabilities so they can make decisions independently based on the data they collect. In recent years, we have seen robots, drones, cars, everyday appliances, and other types of autonomous things perform tasks that would normally be performed by humans. Autonomous technology is being used in a wide range of industries spanning from agriculture to national security. We welcome submissions related but not limited to:

  • Impact of autonomous technology on human jobs.
  • Future of autonomous technology in regulated and unregulated industries.
  • Social acceptance and the impact of autonomous technology on everyday productivity.
  • Case studies of the use of autonomous technology in agriculture, transportation, aviation, manufacturing, mining, healthcare, and retail domains.
  • Security and Privacy implications of autonomous technology.
  • Challenges in framing regulations for autonomous technology.
  • Role of autonomous technology in solving global issues such as climate change.

Other Topics

This track will also consider submissions in other emerging disciplines. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Digital twins.
  • Crypto-anchors.
  • Computing and personalized medicine.
  • AI-led molecular design.

NEW! Entrepreneurship

This new track for 2020 is designed to highlight opportunities for founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to launch, nurture, and grow a tech startup. Data shows that women-founded companies perform 63% better than all-male founding teams while also generating 78 cents in revenue for every dollar invested. Despite the data-backed success of female entrepreneurs, all-women founded teams receive only 2.8% of capital invested across the U.S. startup landscape. This track is curated to educate, support, and inspire current and future entrepreneurs in the tech industry, including venture capital, fintech, health tech, edtech, and more.

We invite submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Identifying a business idea.
  • Building your product.
  • Finding customers.
  • Scaling your business.
  • Growing your team.
  • Identifying funding sources, including venture capital, grants, and pitch competitions.
  • Identifying key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Creating an effective pitch.
  • Finding resources and mentors.
  • Succeeding outside of large cities.
  • Building your network.


We are now at an age where hardware plays a pivotal role in how we as computer scientists build complete software systems, develop new algorithms, and deploy applications. Mobile devices, IoT, autonomous vehicles, and even most off-the-shelf computing systems now make use of accelerators such as GPUs or FPGAs, low cost systems such as Arduinos, or custom hardware for computation.

This track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the latest trends and research in the hardware of computing.  We welcome submissions in the broad category of hardware, including, but not limited to:


  • Open source hardware trends and obstacles
  • Hardware 3D printing and other small-scale manufacturing innovations
  • Gateway Hardware for non-established users such as artists or underserved communities

Novel Uses of Emerging Technologies and Post Moore’s Law Technologies

  • New architectures and packaging: dark silicon, 3D stacking and advanced packaging, etc.
  • New devices and materials: Spintronics, carbon nanotubes and graphene, etc.
  • Novel models of computation: Adiabatic/reversible computing, neuromorphic, quantum, analog
  • FPGAs and other programmable devices
  • Accelerators, including those for machine learning

Hardware Outside the CPU

  • Uses for MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechnical Systems)
  • Unique Human Input Devices
  • Power saving technologies, wireless charging and battery innovations
  • Wearables for the masses — how to scale
  • Medical requirements influencing the development of wearable technology

IoT and Challenges for Hardware at the Edge

  • IoT for our everyday lives: smart homes, wearable tech, healthcare
  • IoT for infrastructure: smart cities, connected transportation, autonomous cars, and drones.
  • Social, legal, governance, and ethical aspects of IoT
  • Trusted Hardware — Privacy built in

Human Computer Interaction

The way we interact with computers has drastically changed over the last decade. Human-computer interaction (HCI) research is extending beyond its discipline origins of computer science, cognitive science, behavioral science, and design to include new platforms, interfaces, and interaction paradigms. Unique and interesting challenges and opportunities around the interaction between humans and the computing systems that surround them is rapidly emerging.

We are accepting submissions that discuss the latest trends, pioneering tools and procedures, practical experiences, and technical challenges on a wide range of topics mentioned below.

Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Inclusive design reinvents the relationship between technology and humans by adapting the means of information delivery and interaction to enhance the human experience. Most importantly, it levels the playing field so that all people – including those with visual, auditory, mobility challenges as well as the growing aging population, novice technology users, people with language, learning, and literacy constraints, or any individual facing situational challenges while using a system — have equal access to the information they need for work and life. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Design approaches, techniques, and tools for inclusive design.
  • Assistive technologies, aging-related research, and technology for kids.
  • Web and internet accessibility for digital inclusion.
  • Accessibility within organizations: good practices and experiences.
  • Technology for neurodiverse population.

Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD)

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become pervasive in the lives of people globally. Diverse users from varying socio-economic background across the world interact with and are impacted by the design of computing technologies as well as use of big data, interventions, and platforms built on such technologies. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Technologies for low- and middle-income regions and/or other resource-constrained settings.
  • Design, application, and adoption of ICTs in underdeveloped communities and regions.
  • Technologies for poverty alleviation, education, and sustainability.

The “Human” Factors of Human Computer Interaction

A compelling product has a substantial thought-process behind every step of the user experience. The human factors such as ergonomics and cognitive psychology play a major role in the user experience as well as product growth. We are accepting submissions with concrete examples that discuss:

  • The human aspects of a compelling user experience.
  • The emotional aspects of design.
  • The influence of human-centered design on the core product metrics.
  • Best practices with proven results around usability testing, concept-value testing, etc.

Interactive Media

Interactive Media is how we interact and extract value from various Media types. “Media” can refer to any medium of data such as video, images, speech, text, etc. Interaction with Media can have powerful applications in our daily lives, education, technology, e-shopping etc. Some examples for interactive media:

  • Video: Netflix Bandersnatch
  • Speech: Google Home and Alexa
  • eShopping: Warby Parker Home Try-on feature
  • Social: Snapchat and Insta, Apple Avatars

In this track, we welcome submissions in Interactive Media space, from content Creators, to Distributors. We welcome submissions that discuss the technology needed for Interactive Media, to applications it can enable. Remember, we want to see how you are tying Media with Interactive to provide experiences!

Based on past successful years, here are the domains that fit, but are not limited to:

  • Entertainment.
  • Gaming.
  • Sports.
  • eShopping.
  • Home & Lifestyle.

Mentoring Circles

This interactive mentoring session lets attendees seek personalized advice regarding their career or academic endeavors, in small groups. Topics must be related to at least one of the following: career opportunities (e.g. how to become successful in a particular technical field), job search, tools for success at work, or academic paths. Your topic must also be intended for students/early career, midcareer, or both.

Open Source

Following last year successful track, we continue to encourage submissions for the open source software track and focusing on hands-on workshops as well as presentations. The content designed to introduce new skills and deepen technical expertise in this area.  We’re looking for presenters with a range of experience to share from how to get started when you’re new to open source to pro-conning where open source makes the most sense to deeper dives into technical topics our audience may not find elsewhere. Submissions are encouraged in the following areas:

  • Making a living with free software:  Workshops should help our audience understand what role free and open source software plays in the tech industry and IT/ICT; high-demand languages, tools, and platforms; how to work in virtual open source communities; where to find great jobs at any stage in your career, how to get started.
  • Developing a product while having open source in mind.
  • Developer tools and platforms and methods: Automation, IDEs, Git and GitHub. Agile, Security tools, and auditing your code. Bug-Tracking, documentation. Team building, giving back. Languages you may have missed in C.S. class: Python, PHP, Python, Ruby, Rust, and Golang to name some. Introductory or Intermediate workshops recommended.
  • Securing your Open Source Software: Some say that open source software is more secure since there are many pairs of eyes fixing issues. Some say it is just the opposite. From hackers to stealing, we invite workshops on how you take all precautions to secure your open source software.
  • Teaching Open Source: How to get OSS curriculum into the classroom; best practices, success stories and train wrecks to learn from, exemplary institutions, resources.

Poster Session

Grace Hopper Celebration hosts a mind-expanding technical poster session. It’s the perfect opportunity to informally present your research to GHC attendees and experts in your field. Designed to help you solicit constructive feedback, the poster session lends itself to those who are still exploring an idea and have not fully developed their results into a completed paper. If you are a student, you can also choose to submit your poster to the ACM Student Research Competition.

Product Management

Launching a product involves several crucial functions, such as the conceptualization, design, development to marketing, and getting it to end users. In this track, the focus will be on relevant topics and preference will be given to submissions that provide cutting edge approaches and novel perspectives including but not limited to:


  • Vision and Strategy
  • Branding
  • Competitive Differentiation
  • Market Research
  • Product Requirements Gathering


  • Design Thinking in Product Management
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Product Ecosystem Development
  • Project Management
  • Product Quality Attributes, Performance Scalability, Usability, Reliability, Security


  • Technical Customer Support
  • Technical Launch
  • Commercial Launch
  • Market Study and Development
  • Customer Support
  • Key Performance Indicators

Product Excellence

  • Case Studies
  • User Insight
  • Product Strategy
  • Product Prioritization
  • Launch and Iterate


This track provides a symposium for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the latest trends, research, tools, procedures, practical experiences, and technical challenges in the field of security and privacy. We invite submissions in all areas related to cybersecurity and data privacy, and specifically encourage submissions in:

Data Anonymization and Privacy

  • International laws and regulations
  • Usability tradeoffs in security and privacy
  • Security and privacy in social networks

Security Attacks and Defenses

  • Cybercriminals and latest in cryptojacking/cryptomining attacks
  • Social engineering impacts
  • Intrusion and anomaly detection
  • 5G deployment and impact on security attacks

Security and Privacy Aspects of the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (CI)

  • Compliance, risk management, user training, and audit processes
  • Multi-factor authentication, authorization, and identity management frameworks and design
  • Infrastructure and information security
  • Security as a service

Data Security, Privacy, and AI

  • Impact of machine learning/AI
  • Using AI to aid assaults
  • Ransomware using machine learning
  • User behavior analysis and automation of threat detection

Software Engineering

Software increasingly underlies the technologies that permeate every aspect of our lives. Its ubiquity and inherent complexity emphasize the importance of adhering to responsible and well-defined practices. Software engineering is the application of knowledge, methods, and principles to the development of creative software solutions that are often enriched through collaborations with individuals from different disciplines, such as business, engineering, and science.

We seek high-quality submissions on fitting within one of the focus areas described below.

Continuous Integration, Agile Methodologies, Testing, and Automation

From ideas to methods to frameworks and tools, automation of quality assurance efforts increases the value of your products. Agile practices such as iterative planning, short feedback loops, early delivery, and continual improvement are a major contributor to building higher quality software.

  • State-of-the-Art Testing: eg. Testing-as-a-Service, IoT testing, testing in DevOps, CrowdSourced testing, AI/ML and automation in testing
  • Agile Engineering Practices, Testing, and Automation
  • Quality of Code: Continuous Integration, Deployment, and Delivery
  • Code reviews, Programing Styles

Digital transformation, DevOps, and Programming Languages

According to Forbes, 89% of enterprises have plans to adopt or have already adopted a digital-first business strategy.” With such a high interest from all businesses, we seek to explore arguments like the digital integration of social networks with agile and DevOps; the novelties in business process management; the evolution and trends of programming languages; the latest techniques within Biomedical Informatics. Moreover, as technology continues to fill every aspect of our lives in stronger and deeper ways, issues of integrity and standards have become increasingly important, hence we invite submissions evaluating the short-term and long-term ramifications digital transformation has on society.

  • Digital Transformation
  • Programming Languages (evolution and trends)
  • DevOps Tools, Automation, and Patterns
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Software Engineering Ethics and Policy

Large-Scale Software; Trends and Future of Software Engineering 

With the next billions users still following to become active Internet users, designing scalable software is one of the main focus in architecting software today. Innovation, whether evolutionary or revolutionary, requires well-defined practices and discipline. For example, the huge growth of the as-a-service model is opening so many new opportunities to simplify IT infrastructure, and furthermore, according to, by 2020, “the global XaaS (anything as-a-service) market is forecasted to grow by 40 % each year.” We seek submissions exploring the latest trends, pioneering practices and tools, research, and driving digital disruption and innovation in 2019 may be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cloud Computing, Serverless, and Microservices.
  • Performance/Load Testing at Scale.
  • Scaling DevOps Capabilities.
  • Cultures and Leadership.
  • Strategic automation, renewable energy expansion, and sustainability are becoming  a major innovation driver.
  • Disruptive technologies and redefining the way we interact with machines.

Tech Meetups

Tech Meetups have been postponed for vGHC 20.

Tech for Women

Innovation by women increasingly took center stage in 2019, as more companies founded by women reached “unicorn” status — companies valued at one billion dollars — than any time in the past. We have become more aware of the ways in which much of our tech and products are designed with “coded patriarchy” — the assumption of a male default and exclusion of women and underrepresented perspectives in design, business, media, and technology. Women have been at the forefront of driving change, through innovation, investment, organizing, and impact.

Tech for Women track was launched at GHC 18 and expanded in 2019. It brought together tech makers, policy makers and philanthropists to highlight innovations and programs developed by women, for women. We are excited to make it even stronger in 2020! We are looking for submissions focused on:

  • FemTech and Inclusive Innovation: products, services, and projects that either explicitly focus on women or are designed to account for the needs of women and other underserved groups in the areas of health, fitness, wearables, safety, networking, lifestyle, and more.
  • Investments and VC Funding: the rise of funding to women-led businesses and initiatives to address systemic barriers to advancement and parity.
  • Impact Focused and Mission-driven Solutions: the use of tech to create solutions in economics, climate change or other systemic challenges through mission-driven companies, social enterprises, or B-corps.
  • Policy, Activism, and Philanthropy: the use of technology to spread awareness about the issues and create solutions for women and underserved populations including internet access, electricity, access to healthcare, communication tools, education, safety, women’s rights and empowerment
  • Media and Communities: conferences, media, and networking projects led by women for women to foster female leadership and help close the gender gap in technology and business

Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality

Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) bring 3D digital experiences that augment, replace or combine the real world with virtual worlds. An explosion of desktop, mobile, robotic, and body worn platforms for VR/AR/MR that have emerged recently create experiences that enhance and transcend the physical world. The fast-growing field of VR/AR/MR builds upon advances in optics, computer vision, computer graphics, hardware, and artificial intelligence, while leveraging design innovations, user experience research, human-computer interaction, game design, human factors, and ethnography. The multidisciplinary nature of VR/AR/MR allows for researchers and engineers from different backgrounds to work together in creating unique experiences that can benefit humanity.

We are calling for submissions that discuss technical advancements, social and ethical impact, VR/AR/MR hardware and software, ergonomics, design strategies, novel applications, and multidisciplinary work of VR/AR/MR in diverse fields ranging from entertainment to health to education on a wide range of topics mentioned below.

Applications/Case studies of VR/AR/MR

We are looking for submissions that explore concrete applications of VR/AR/MR, including but not limited to:

  • Adoption of VR/AR/MR in entertainment, education, journalism, scientific exploration/visualization, retail, health, art, etc.
  • Novel applications and future vision for VR/AR/MR in consumer and enterprise spaces.
  • Privacy and ethics of VR/AR/MR adoption.
  • Social impact of VR/AR/MR and collaborative experiences.
  • Methodologies for discovering application areas for VR/AR/MR.

Design Aspects of AR/VR/MR

Creating an experience for smartphone-based AR has different interactions and considerations than a desktop-based virtual reality experience with full body and hand tracking. Topics for this track include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and UX research approaches, methodologies and tools to create VR/AR/MR experience and content.
  • Industrial design and ergonomics of VR/AR/MR.
  • Game design and content creation for VR/AR/MR.
  • Multi-modal interaction that leverages sensing of hand, eye, head, voice, and haptics in VR/AR/MR systems.
  • Accessibility for VR/AR/MR applications.
  • Short-term and long-term health impacts of head-mounted displays and optical tracking technologies.

Engineering Aspects of AR/VR/MR

VR/AR/MR brings new challenges to sensing, perception and high level understanding of the real world. This track calls for talks on these unique challenges and solutions such as:

  • Advances in Computer vision (CV) and deep learning pertaining to VR/AR/MR including, but not limited to, improved visual sensing, perception and understanding of the real world.
  • Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) on VR/AR/MR.
  • Advances in spatial audio, audio sensing and perception technology for VR/AR/MR.
  • Advances in haptic technology for VR/AR/MR.