September 13, 2006

Making Waves - Joining Together

Grace Hopper Celebration celebrates diversity

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) today announced sessions to be held at the Grace Hopper Celebration focusing on the specific issues and challenges faced by African-American, Latina, Asian, lesbian and bisexual women, and women in developing countries. The sixth Grace Hopper Celebration will be held October 4-7, 2006 at the Town and Country resort in San Diego, CA.

The Grace Hopper Celebration has always been a place of inclusion and community. This year builds on that tradition by exploring the breadth and depth of women's experiences in new detail. Focusing on the diverse experiences of women gives us a better opportunity to develop solutions for problems facing women in computing. Shaping the conversation is a series of presentations and gatherings:


  • "Anatomy of a Nationwide, Three-year, Multidisciplinary Study of Diversity on the Computing Disciplines" The objectives of this panel are twofold: (1) Provide information regarding a scientific research study on gender-based differences and ethnic and cultural models in the computing disciplines that is presently underway in the United States, and (2) encourage others to undertake such studies so that results might be replicated and generalized across studies.
  • "Embrace Your Duality as an Asian Woman to Lead" This Birds of a Feather presentation will discuss the unique issues that Asian women face and explore various skills and resources we can use to address them. We will brainstorm how to leverage our gender strength to excel and to embrace our cultural advantage to lead.
  • "Latinas in Engineering" This Birds of Feather Session for the 2006 Grace Hopper conference is intended to facilitate informal discussion among Latina women in the computer science and engineering fields. Both women and Latinos are in the minority in technical fields in the United States, and it is rarer still to encounter a Latina in computer science or engineering.
  • "SpelBots: Women Making Waves in Robotics Research and Education" This talk will describe a cohesive, integrated approach to increase the participation and education of women and African Americans using innovative robotics and computer curriculum and competitions. We also discuss the joint Spelman and Carnegie Mellon University NSF-sponsored project, C.A.R.E. that is seeking to broaden the participation of young girls, women and students at historically black colleges and universities in the field of robotics and AI.
  • "Ripple Effects: Increasing the Diversity of Creators and Consumers of Computing Technology" This panel will focus on our newest "wave" of efforts to increase diversity, beyond gender, in the creators and consumers of computing technology so that computing technology becomes relevant and accessible to developing communities.
  • "Typing Lavender: LGBT Women in Computer Science" The goal of this session is to bring together LGBT computer scientists and allies to provide an opportunity to meet and discuss issues of particular relevance to the LGBT community.
  • "Closing the Achievement Gap: Tools for 21st Century Learning" This session introduce the work of the Technology Access Foundation (TFA) and discuss what some call an achievement gap for economically challenged students of color- but which is really an "opportunity gap".

In addition to these formal presentations, informal affinity groups are being encouraged throughout the conference. To encourage connections, networking and motivation the Women of Color luncheon will be held on Thursday sponsored by The National Center for Women and IT.

The Grace Hopper Celebration is proud to give all women the opportunity to work together to increase the impact of women on technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the world's women. We invite all people to register and get involved.

Grace Hopper Celebration Sponsors:

Gold sponsors: CA, Cisco Systems, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo! - Silver sponsors: Amazon, Arrow Electronics, Cadence, EMC, Fair Isaac, SAIC, Symantec, Thoughtworks, USENIX - Bronze sponsors: Adobe, Argonne National Labs, AT&T Labs, BMC, Goldman Sachs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NCWIT, Oracle, Qualcomm, Virsalent,, Wells Fargo.

Gold academic scholarship underwriters: California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, UC Irvine, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UC San Diego - Silver academic scholarship underwriters: Information Networking

Institute at Carnegie Mellon, DePaul University, Georgia Tech, Michigan State University, NCSA, New York University, Purdue University - Bronze academic scholarship underwriters: Indiana University, Tufts University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Texas at Austin.

Founding Sponsors : CRA & CRA-W

Government Sponsor : The National Science Foundation

About the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing:

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is a program of The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) and is co-presented by ABI and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, this technical conference is the world's largest gathering of women in computing, and is designed to bring the technology, research and career interests of women in IT-related professions to the forefront. Open to women and men from the undergraduate level to seasoned technical leaders and educators, GHC receives financial support from major corporations and universities and from the government through The National Science Foundation. GHC was founded by the late Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994.

About The Anita Borg Institute:

Founded in 1997, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) is a nationally recognized organization committed to advancing women into the mainstream of technology innovation and leadership. The Institute accomplishes its goals through collaboration with industry, academic and government organizations. A growing list of leading corporations-including partners HP, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Google and sponsors, IBM, Cisco, and Intel-recognize that by investing in ABI's programs to engage and develop technical women, they can achieve a more diverse, globally competitive workforce capable of producing higher levels of technology innovation and better financial performance. With their support, and the partnership of other visionaries and thought leaders, the Institute is delivering programs that are changing the world for women and technology.

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3):