Ginni Rometty speaking at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2016
Ginni Rometty speaking at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2016

Good News! Despite Hurricane Irma’s devastating impact across Florida, Grace Hopper 2017 is still on in Orlando, from October 4-6. While Orlando was spared much of the brunt of the storm, I want to express my concern for communities across Florida and Caribbean, and hope that assistance flows quickly to the impacted areas.

Back to the good news — after attending Grace Hopper for the first time in 2016, I can’t wait to get back. IBM will be there in force with speakers, panels, workshops and posters, plus best of all: JOBS! We look forward to meeting potential job candidates, and rubbing shoulders with other women technologists to share stories, develop skills, and celebrate where we’ve come in the past year.

Must-see Grace Hopper 2017 key notes

Last year’s keynotes were one of the highlights of the conference for me. Just being in a arena with 17,000 women technologists was an incredible feeling, and seeing so many young women dancing and cheering was an inspiration. Ginni Rometty’s 2016 talk will be a hard act to follow, but I imagine Melinda Gates will do just fine. I’m also looking forward to hearing Dr. Ayanna Howard from the Bioengineering Dept at Georgia Tech talk about her work in the field of AI, computer vision and robotics. Add to that Dr. Fei-Fei Li of Stanford AND Google, an expert in deep learning and AI, and Mary Spio, a “Digital Cinema Pioneer” whose company CEEK VR develops virtual and augmented reality experiences for healthcare, education and entertainment – the technology content of these keynotes will rival any of the myriad tech conferences around the world.

IBM sessions on this year’s Grace Hopper agenda

While not on the main stage this year, IBMers will be attending in force and want to connect with you! Please check out the following sessions with IBM speakers, including mine at 3pm on Wednesday. Please stop by to say hello!


Featured Speaker
The history of accessibility, the latest technologies, and the future enabled by AI and the power of diversity
Chieko Asakawa
Wednesday, 10/04/2017
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Panel
Why and How to Prepare for Hackathons
Shaila Pervin
Thursday, 10/05/2017
11:30 am – 12:30
Panel
Accessibility in the Digital Age and Cognitive Era
Ruoyi Zhou
Wednesday,
10/04/2017
11:30 – 12:30
Panel
Systers Celebrates 30 Years Supporting Women in Computing
Neetu Jain
Wednesday, 10/04/2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Presentation
Demonstrating Value: Managing Your Manager with Compassion, Humor, and Data
Stephanie Parkin
Wednesday, 10/04/2017
3pm – 4pm
Presentation
Scaling for the Modern World, The Serverless Revolution: Look, Ma, I Made All the Servers Disappear!
Ioana Baldini
Friday, 10/06/2017
9:00 am -10:00 am
Poster Session
Ioana Baldini
Wednesday, 10/04/2017
1:00pm -4:00pm
Poster Session
Shruti Saxena
Wednesday, 10/04/2017
1:00pm -4:00pm
Student Opportunity Lab
User Experience Consultant in Technology Field
Jennifer Hatfield, Pier Dinan
Wednesday,
10/04/2017
9:00am -12:00 pm
Systers Communities
Systers Communities
Kaoutar El Maghraoui
Friday,
10/06/2017
10:30am -11:30 am
Workshop
Speed Up Your Projects with DevOps
Sara Willett
Wednesday, 10/04/2017
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Workshop
Designing with Color: A Collaborative Curiosity
Maureen Kraft & Charu Pandhi
Thursday, 10/05/2017
11:30am – 12:30pm
Repeat session:
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Workshop
How to Design and Develop Highly Reliable Service and Products
Anuradha Pariti,  Neelam Tolmare, & May Chu
Thursday, 10/05/2017
3:00 PM – 4:00PM
Workshop
Inclusive Design Workshop
Mary Jo Mueller, Susann M. Keohane & Hayley C. Hughes
Friday, 10/06/2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come work with us!


Of course the main purpose of the Grace Hopper Celebration is to connect women with job opportunities in technology. IBM as usual will have a large booth with opportunities to interview for job openings.

I’m very proud of IBM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  From our Girls Who Code summer immersion sponsorships, to the IBM Tech Re-Entry Program and the Pathways in Technology program to train “new-collar” workers for jobs of the future, IBM continues to find innovative ways to recruit and retain female workers.  Please check out Women at IBM for more information.

Ginni Rometty recently discussed the how IBM values and commitment to skills development connects with our view of the future of technology at the Bloomberg Sooner Than You Think Conference.

See Ginni Rometty’s full talk online.

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2 comments on"Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2017 – IBM hopes to meet you there!"

  1. I’ll be at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing 2017 and hope to see you at the IBM Booth!

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