Maybe you've heard someone tell you our origin story...? About how this "Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing" started back in 2004? There were just a few of us talking about how we could get all of you together to share your experiences, so that you could see each other, find friends and mentors, to have the feeling of belonging to a community. That first discussion was just Bettina Bair, Ellen Walker, Bob Walker, Valerie Cross, and Tim Long eating burritos in my living room... but look how we've grown! That's how it goes with seeds. You plant them, care for them and they grow.
On February 24 & 25th, 2017, almost 300 attended the biannual Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing at the spacious Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio. Attendees ranged from freshmen to grad students, from faculty to women working in IT jobs in industry. Participants attended career panels, workshops, technical paper presentations and posters, and formed personal and professional networks.
[Read the full recap for details, quotes, links and photos.]
[photo credit: Robert A. Walker]
Congratulations to the three students who won the poster competition!
On Friday, February 24, 2017, there was a poster competition at OCWiC17. The Student Research Poster Competition is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes.
Twenty-two students prepared posters, gave a brief "lightning talk", and discussed their work with several of the judges. Each poster was judged on its visual quality, as well as the student's oral presentation and discussion.
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Also, watch for us (wearing Press Badges) at OCWiC 2017. We'll be live-blogging, taking pictures and doing video.
Maintaining the OCWiC website is a big job. There are many contributors and the content changes frequently. The OCWiC planning committee depends on Sami Glass to keep everything running smoothly. I interviewed Sami to find out more about her, and how got involved with OCWiC as a student volunteer.
BB: First of all, who are you?
SG: I am a senior Computer Science major at Kent State University.
BB: How did you hear about OCWiC?
Have you registered for OCWiC yet? Look at these schools and companies who are coming to OCWiC17. (below)
Don't be left out. There are only a few more days left to register.
Register now at: https://www.regonline.com/ocwic2017
Our crack team of experts carefully read and reviewed dozens of submitted proposals for talks, panels, BoFs, workshops, and posters. We were so impressed with the scope and depth of the submissions. More than 35 were accepted for the OCWiC 2017 program. Author notifications were sent on December 22nd.
Register here: https://www.regonline.com/ocwic2017
Announcing our Industry /Policy Plenary Talk!
Championing Change: Building the Movement for Computer Science for All
Abstract: Ruthe Farmer, former White House Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion, will share her story of championing inclusion & diversity both in and outside of the White House over her 16 year career.