June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Women in Engineering
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Supporting Women in Computing through Regional ConferencesThe Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is an annual, international meeting designed toprovide support and inspiration to women to pursue and stay in computing careers. This week-longconference provides attendees with access to many technical and non-technical presentations, nightly funactivities, many mentoring opportunities, and a plethora of industry recruiters hoping to hire talentedfemale students and professionals. Unfortunately, the cost and length of time of the event is prohibitivefor many students. Fortunately, there are many smaller versions of the celebration events at the regionallevel. The Indiana Celebration of Women in Computing (InWIC) began in 2004 as a way of offering theGrace Hopper Conference experience without impeding on students’ desire to attend classes and reducingcosts to make it affordable to larger groups of students. In the past, the venue for this event, whichoccurred every two years, was an inn at a state park, which provided a quiet and relaxing setting fornetworking, mentoring, learning, presenting, and having fun. Beginning with 2015, this regionalconference will become an annual event in a more central location that is closer to an international airportto be more accessible to more students in the region as well as be more conveniently located for industrysponsors who recruit at the event. This paper and presentation will share the event’s general program aswell as participant feedback collected at the 2014 InWIC meeting, which demonstrate that the event hasbeen successful in reinforcing the decision of pursuing a computing career path by young femalecomputing students.
Harriger, A. R., & Townsend, G. C., & Laux, D. (2015, June), Supporting Women in Computing Through Regional Conferences Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24781
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