The Computing Research Association (CRA) is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. CRA seeks to strengthen research and advanced education in computing and allied fields. It does this by working to influence policy that impacts computing research, encouraging the development of human resources, contributing to the cohesiveness of the professional community and collecting and disseminating information about the importance and the state of computing research. Mission: Develop a deeper understanding of policy issues and their impact, and work for informed policies involving computing research and computing technology in general. Influence policy related to computing research by improving public and policy maker understanding of the nature and role of such research. Increase the computing community's awareness of and participation in policy issues.
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.
Founded in early 2008, Coolest Women is composed of more than 100 women in director-level and above positions representing 90 high-tech companies or companies that serve the high-tech industry. Coolest Women aims to foster growth, promote leadership, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among women in high-tech. Coolest Women also works to increase the interest, participation and leadership of more girls and women in engineering and science.
DC Web Women (DCWW) is a not-for-profit organization of more than 3,000 members in the Washington, D.C. area. Members are professionals, students and enthusiasts who specialize in the fields of blogging, copywriting, computer science, editing and proofreading, e-marketing, graphic design, information technology, marketing/communications, multimedia, search engine marketing and optimization, social media, web analytics, web content, web design, web development, and web editing.
DCWW is committed to the support and advocacy of girls and women in technology by providing a community in which they can develop, nurture, and promote their leadership, technical and professional skills.
DCWW offers monthly workshops and panels on a variety of web and tech-related topics from coding to career development. DCWW also hosts regular happy hours and major networking events.
The mission of the DiverseScholar non-profit is to diversify the workforce in the STEM disciplines, science communication profession, and tech industry. We accomplish the latter by advocacy at the conferences of AlterConf, Open Source Bridge, Latino Startup Alliance, Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media (LATISM), and the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. We make a special effort to bridge the gap between the separate diversity initiatives happening in academia versus the general public/workforce. Finally, our diversity activities in the Open Source Software community connect organizations such as Outreachy and OpenHatch to coders/scientists of color at the Tapia and SACNAS conferences.
The Women in IT Constituent Group collects and disseminates effective practices in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in higher education IT. Through both virtual and face-to-face networking opportunities and by making good use of its affiliation with the National Center for Women & IT, this group provides a venue for addressing a wide range of issues affecting women IT professionals in colleges and universities, including securing high level leadership roles in higher education.
Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup is a Boulder, CO-based professional group that supports and empowers individuals and organizations working towards increasing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender diversity awareness and inclusion within local tech startup communities. Everyone is welcome to join. As a group of professionals, we organize events in partnership with local LGBTQ- and diversity-focused educational and nonprofit organizations as well as local tech startup companies. We meet at least 1x/month and stay connected through a sponsored online meetup group.
Girl Develop It is a nationwide nonprofit leading the industry-wide movement to get more women into technology careers today. GDI provides affordable in-person classes for adult women (18+) to learn to code in a judgment-free learning environment through chapters in 45 cities and growing.
Girl Geek Dinners was founded in August 2005. Its central mission is to: break down old fashioned social stereotypes, identify routes around barriers to entry for anyone to get into technology, to encourage and nurture those interested in technology by working with local schools, colleges and universities, and to support those currently in the industry and work together to figure out the issues and solutions.
GlobalMindED is an action-oriented, collaborative community committed to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline for minority learners and job seekers. We bring together leaders in education, business, government, and non-profits, each dedicated to increasing access and opportunity for those who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, or underrepresented in education and careers including STEM. GlobalMindED provides opportunity to learn first-hand how to forge connections, close opportunity gaps, and commit to actions that will create mutual advantages.