I'm a geekette who enjoys playing with new technology for software developers. I work as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. My current focus is on machine learning and big data on Azure.
The third Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC) was held on April 1-2, 2011 at Oakland University. There were about 120 attendees – primarily female university students, along with faculty and industry professionals. This conference was modeled after the national Grace Hopper Celebration (which I was fortunate to participate in this year); numerous regional “Celebration of Women in Computing” events were formed as a way to bring the Grace Hopper Celebration experience locally to women who weren’t able to travel to the national event.
I was honored to present the opening keynote at the event. It was a session called “Technology Rocks”, which demonstrated some of the cool things that we can do with technology today and hopefully challenged the students to go out and build the next generation of awesome. I showed:
Highlights of the event included:
Finally, I want to give a huge thank you to the conference organizers! It is a great experience for young female college students to get to connect with each other and with women in the computing industry and academia. It’s also beneficial for us in industry to get to meet (and hopefully recruit) these talented ladies. I’m proud that Microsoft was a Silver Sponsor of MICWIC 2011.
If you ever get a chance to participate in a regional Celebration of Women in Computing or the original Grace Hopper Celebration, I strongly recommend attending! It is always an inspiring experience.