Vassar Students attend 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing

4_grace-hopper-100576066-gallery.idgeFunded partially by grants from the Asprey Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science, more than a dozen Vassar computer science majors participated in the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing October 14th – October 16th, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women In Computing Conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. 12105732_918810834838728_5409904136833846943_nIt is the largest technical conference for women in computing and results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for junior women and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. Top researchers present their work while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields. According to computer science major Carly Bloomfeld (’17), the conference was a great experience. A major aspect of it was the job fair with representatives from hundreds of different tech companies doing interviews on-site. A lot of students who attend the conference get jobs and internships from the job fair. There are also a lot of lectures on a wide range of topics such as how to get involved in open-source programming and how virtual reality technology can be used for social good. The conference was a great opportunity for job searching, networking, and simply learning about technology.”