NGCP & FabFems at the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Hosted by the Anita Borg Institute, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Of Women in Computing Conference is the largest technical conference for women in computing. The conference has increased the visibility of the contributions of women in computing, and provides participants with opportunities to collaborate on proposals and network. In addition, young women who attend the conference can connect with a mentor.

Nimisha Ghosh Roy represented the National Girls Collaborative Project and the FabFems Project at the Student Opportunity Lab on October 2nd during the 2013 GHC in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The goal of the Student Opportunity Lab was to provide techniques/tools that can help students achieve their personal career aspirations. It had an interactive format consisting of twenty-minute sessions where students had the opportunity to circle through different table topics for a deeper connection with the speakers/mentors. Nimisha’s table focused on the topic: Finding Your Fit: Exploring Non-Traditional Computer Science Careers and Opportunities. Co-facilitators at the table included Nicki Washington, Associate Professor, Howard University; Gail Chapman, National Outreach Director, Exploring Computer Science; and Shawna Young, Executive Director, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.

Computer science (CS) is a discipline that encompasses numerous areas of focus and infinite possibilities. While most students and graduates are aware of the traditional career opportunities in CS, there are a large number of non-traditional careers available for individuals at all career levels to pursue. Nimisha and her co-facilitators provided information on non-traditional careers, strategies for identifying and succeeding in them, and advice on leveraging these careers to form collaborations and partnerships.

One of the resources Nimisha shared with the students that visited the table during the afternoon (over one hundred and fifty students!) included a new FabFems resource for young women looking for mentors in the field of computer science and engineering.

Be sure to check out posts from the Grace Hopper Community Bloggers for stories about other events and resources shared during this year’s conference.