GHC Day 2: Welcome

02Oct09

Unfortunately the “Communicating Powerfully Across Gender” session today was cancelled. That was to be the first Industry-track session of the day.

The first speaker at the Welcome was a woman who worked with Grace Hopper in military computing. No matter how much time I have spent in the U.S., it still astounds me how much larger of an influence the military has than it does in Canada, and how much more people actually care about it. She presented a special coin to the Anita Borg Institute (whose representative I actually met while supervising the cyber cafe yesterday!)

I Am A Technical Woman: video put on by the Anita Borg Institute to encourage young women to join computer science. I liked how it even had men saying that they support technical women and that they showed women of all shapes, sizes, colours, and languages wearing anything from jeans to business clothes to dresses – we look just like everyone else.

From the ABI staff: This is the toughest time for industry and academia since the Great Depression, yet the sponsors are still here in full form! They help to keep the student registration costs so low (only $250). This conference was even sold out this year!

Special guest: Dame Wendy Hall, President of ACM

Dame is the female equivalent of a knight and the title was created only in the 21st century. She is also the first non-NA president of the ACM.

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