womENcourage 2017: Amazing, inspiring and fun!
Highlights from the inspiring three days of ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2017.
Located in the charming city of Barcelona, this year womENcourage was attended by two hundred and six participants from 31 different countries.
A big highlight this year was the generosity of our supporters SIGOPS, SIGCHI, HP, Accenture, Intel, Google, Oracle Academy, Bloomberg, Sopra Steria,
Informatics Europe, Microsoft, Everis, Inria, Thoughtworks, Amazon Development Center, InfomaTICS. Their generosity allowed us to grant seventy-two
Travel Scholarships to participants from nineteen different countries. Our scholarship participants volunteer their
helping hands to keep the event running smoothly.
Working together we are able to make womEncourage the success it is.
We began the conference by getting warmed up with a hackathon. Supported by Intel, 60 participants got busy creating prototypes from the Sparkfun Inventor’s Kits that Intel provided. They produced 14 demo projects targeted at improving the local environment. We heard that the participants liked being able to collaborate and learn new things (especially, hardware). They enjoyed the team spirit and building new relationships.
Workshops and the career fair filled the second day of the event. Seven different workshops offered a variety of topics, including CodeCon workshop presented by Bloomberg, and a workshop about the Greenfoot development environment which can be used in teaching. Accenture presented perspectives ‘From personalization to data and beyond’. ACM delivered a Celebrations of Women in Computing workshop, Women in HPC presented an introduction to HPC programming
Following the workshops, HP, Accenture, Google, Oracle Academy, Bloomberg, Sopra Steria, Everis,Thoughtworks, and Amazon Development Center, as well as the HIPEAC Jobs portal participated in the Career Fair. The attendees were able to speak with company representatives about job opportunities and internships. Through lively and friendly discussions they learned about inspiring and exciting career paths.
Seventy-four posters were presented during the poster session. The diversity and depth of poster topics were remarkable. Posters and their abstracts can be found at the WomEncourage poster site.
It is difficult to sum up Friday in a few words. We heard from the participants that the day was amazing, inspiring, and fun. Here is a collage of photos from the final day of womENcourage 2017.