Bangalore, December 4, 2012: The third edition of the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing India (GHCI) returns to Bangalore, on December 12- 14, 2012 at the Lalith Ashok Hotel – and it promises to remain the largest gathering of women in the Indian IT industry with over a thousand women expected to attend. Leading researchers will present their current work, while special sessions will focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering. This year’s theme “Beyond Boundaries” recognizes that innovation in technology arises from the willingness to cross the boundaries and cultures of technology.
Highlights of the 2012 conference include the 2nd edition of Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ), a Hackathon and a Career Fair for Students. The winner of WEQ who will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of a panel of eminent VCs, angel investors and serial entrepreneurs, will be presented Rs 500,000, sponsored by Intel & Anita Borg Institute of Technology. Thought Works Social Impact Program and Yahoo in collaboration with the Anita Borg Institute have put together GHCI’s first ever Women-only Hackathon, to provide women participants a platform to collaborate and to write code on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), contributing to humanitarian projects. This Hackathon is free and open to the first 50 women developers who sign-up.
Also planned, a career fair for students where they will meet sponsor representatives, apply for jobs and internships, and network with industry women and students.
“The Grace Hopper Celebration India provides a wonderful forum for technical women in India to come together and share technical and career information that will help them advance their careers and deliver more innovative solutions for their companies,” says Jagruti Bhikha, Director of the Grace Hopper Celebration India.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is sponsored by 24 leading technology companies that include: Google, Cisco, Microsoft and NetApp. The three day event will feature 120 speakers, presenters and workshop leaders, including industry leaders Kirthiga Reddy (Director Online Operations, Facebook India), Nora Denzel (Technical Executive and Corporate Board Member), Raji Arasu (CTO, StubHub), Meena Ganesh (Promoter and Board Member, TutorVista; CEO and MD, Pearson Education Services) and many others. Register for Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing India (GHCI).
The Anita Borg Institute is a not-for-profit charitable organization. Partners include: Google, HP, Microsoft, Amazon, CA Technologies, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, Marvell, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, Salesforce.com, SAP, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Broadcom, EMC2, Neustar, Raytheon, VentureLoop and Yahoo!