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Does anyone here know if there exists something similar to the Grace Hopper celebration, but for EE's?

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mrs_dragon
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Can you fill us in on the Grace Hopper celebration? I'm not familiar with it.
ms_geekette
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
I was assuming sairaali was meaning this:

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
http://gracehopper.org/

From the website: "The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

Past Grace Hopper Celebrations have resulted in collaborative proposals, networking, mentoring, and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing."


(had to Google it, b/c I am familiar with Grace Hopper, but not the "Celebration" part)

And if that is not what she meant, then she can just ignore my lengthy comment below yours. ;-D

gaudysalamander
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's what I meant.

I was at a fandom con last weekend and some CS women were talking about how awesome the Grace Hopper Celebration was. I looked it up and then got a tiny bit jealous that I do circuit design and not something more software-ish :)
jessiehl
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
The GHC is so great! They do explicitly include CompE as of the last couple of years, and have been adding more CompE materials to the program, so if you can make a case for being CompE, there's no reason you can't go. :) I have definitely met a number of people there who were more EE than CS.
gaudysalamander
Mar. 15th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I have about a 75% chance of switching departments from EE to CS for ridiculous political reasons next fall :)
ms_geekette
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
I didn't even know there was a conference centered around Grace Hopper...that's cool.

My background is mostly in ME, so I have really no idea about EE-only focused women's conferences. Maybe IEEE Women in Engineering does something on their own or as a part of a bigger IEEE event??? (I don't see anything jumping out at me, but I didn't look very hard.)

http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/women/index.html
http://www.facebook.com/ieeewomeninengineering

I'm sure you know about SWE (Society of Women Engineers). I've only been to a regional conference (many moons ago)...I don't really recall any technical sessions, per se...it was geared to more professional development type stuff, IIRC. Don't know what they do @ national conventions....if they have paper presentations and the like.

http://we11.swe.org/ (SWE nat'l convention link)
http://www.swe.org
http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=278&Itemid=190 (you can get to regional conferences from here...different regions might have different things)
gaudysalamander
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as far as I know, WIE doesn't do anything as big or elaborate as Grace Hopper. And my experience with SWE mirrors yours -- lots of great professional development type stuff, but lacking the technical tracks -- I guess because it's hard to do technical tracks that are relevant to all the many fields represented by SWE members.
ms_geekette
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I keep adding to this comment; I will stop now. ;-D
You should look into what IEEE does at a local level in your region, if you aren't already involved in what they do.

Hate to say it, but my lone ASME regional conference experience (also many moons ago) trumps my SWE ones from a technical standpoint. Of course, it is hard to top getting to tour the Shuttle Assembly complex at Cape Canaveral (which was AWESOME, btw). ;-D Of course, there may have been all of two women there (me and an ASME nat'l staffer), but then I'm sorta used to it, being of a ME persuasion. :-/ (Only gal in the class/lab/office = usually moi)

From looking at the SWE Nat'l conference link, it looks like they DO have a technical-ish track ("Innovation in Technology and Business: Gain insight on new and emerging technologies that you can take back to strengthen your workplace"), which is probably a grab-bag of stuff, like you said.

Not much specific deets here (unless I'm looking in the wrong place), but then it's not until Oct.
http://we11.swe.org/attendees/benefits-for-professionals
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