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!
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.
Resources for Women in Technology
- Grace Hopper 2016 – Women and the future of technology
- Summer isn’t the same without the IBM Technology Camp for Girls
- Girls who code (and change the world!) one Watson API at a time
- IBM and Girls Who Code: Off and running for 2017 with our Summer Immersion Programs
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
- Grace Hopper India
- Anita Borg Institute
- Connect with ABI Local
- Lean In for computer science and engineering
- IBM Research
- Women at IBM