2015 NCWIT Summit Rewind: We learned. We FlashTalked. We celebrated. We watched.

2015 NCWIT Summit: We learned. We FlashTalked. We Celebrated. We watched.

Another #NCWITsummit is in the books! Thanks to the hundreds of change leaders from our community of educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and social scientists who came to Hilton Head Island or tuned in from afar to learn about research, ideas, and action items for increasing girls’ and women’s participation in computing. View the Summit Archive online, and read through the highlights below.

We would like to give a huge thanks to our 2015 NCWIT Summit sponsors — NCWIT Lifetime, Strategic, and Investment Partners; with support from Media Partners JupiterReturn, Microsoft, and FabLab; as well as IT-oLogy and the Royal Bank of Canada.

A look back:

We learned.

Learn Plenary speakers, special guests, and workshop presenters kept us enthralled with their inspirational remarks, research-based insights, and real-world tips for achieving goals. And, we’ve archived it all!

  • View videos of presentations from plenary speakers Karen Ashcraft, Professor of Communication, University of Colorado Boulder; Benjamin Todd Jealous, Partner, Kapor Capital; and Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Director, Center for WorkLife Law who spoke about social identities of occupations, collective action, and bias in the workplace.
  • View a candid conversation between Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, NCWIT and Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Microsoft on corporate change leadership.
  • View presentation slides from workshops on stereotype threat, inclusive classrooms, technical boot camps, computing competitions, and more.
  • View presentation slides from NCWIT Empower Hours. NCWIT staff, alliance members, and supporters joined forces to guide attendees on ways to achieve goals by leveraging NCWIT research and programs.

From strategies for announcing diversity data to ways families can encourage girls’ interest in computing, there was no shortage of new resources introduced:

CC Poster
A Lucrative, Secure Computing Career: Community College Can Take You There
CS Quality
Computing: Get the Most Out of Your College Degree
8 Tips
NCWIT Tips: 8 Tips for Announcing Your Workforce Diversity Numbers
7 Tips
NCWIT Tips: 7 Tips for Conducting Inclusive Faculty Searches
Diversity Data
Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing a Diverse Technical Workforce: Data Collection and Strategic Planning Guidelines
Top 10 Ways
Top 10 Ways
Families Can Encourage Girls’ Interests in Computing
Bias Video
Unconscious Bias and Why It Matters for Women and Tech
Business Case
What Is the Impact of Gender Diversity on Technology Business Performance: Research Summary
The Facts
Women in IT: The Facts (2015 Update)


We FlashTalked.

Flash Tank For over ten years, NCWIT has depended on members’ ideas in order to create the most useful research, tools, and platforms to support their efforts to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing. At the 2015 NCWIT Summit, we put five members of the NCWIT community — Leslie Aaronson; Owen Astrachan; Amy Gurley; Linda Ott, PhD; and Alberto I. Roca, PhD — in the NCWIT Flash Tank to present a new way that NCWIT can continue to empower change leaders for women in technology. (View all five presentations.)

Congratulations to NCWIT Flash Tank Winner Linda Ott who received a Surface Pro 3, courtesy of Microsoft, and whose idea will be considered for ideation and possible implementation by NCWIT. Huge thanks to the Flash Tank Moderator Jeffrey Forbes, Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Associate Dean, Trinity College at Duke University and the Flash Tank Judges — Colin Bodell, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Time Inc.; Ileana M. Rivera, Sr. Director, IT, Cisco Systems; and Jeremy Sonnenburg, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets.

The NCWIT Flash Tank was sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada and the NCWIT Board of Directors.


We celebrated.

Celebrate With the help of Actress and Activist Mayim Bialik, PhD, we honored legends and budding innovators with outstanding technical accomplishments, as well as role models and evangelists who are exemplary change leaders for women in tech.

  • Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden received the 2015 NCWIT Pioneer Award — an award that recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technical innovation. (Watch a video of the ceremony, beginning at 21 minutes.)
  • NCWIT teamed up with the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) and Google to present the first-ever SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology. The inaugural winner, Actress Renée Felice Smith, was determined by a combination of public voting and expert input from entertainment and technology professionals. (Watch a video of the ceremony.)
  • The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of undergraduate women at the junior level or above by recognizing a specific technical project. We congratulate Brianna Connelly, Natalia Rodriguez, and Angela Sun as the 2015 NCWIT Collegiate Award Winners. (Find out more.)
  • The NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards, funded by Google.org, reward departments at higher education institutions that show significant positive outcomes in women’s enrollment and graduation rates and have excellent potential for building on these gains. Each of these departments are clients of the NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP). We congratulate computer science, engineering, and other computing-related departments at the University of Washington, Indiana University, and Michigan State University as the 2015 NCWIT NEXT Award Winners. (Find out more.)
  • The NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM) Award, sponsored by AT&T, recognizes NCWIT Academic Alliance representatives for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields. We congratulate Dr. Renee Bryce, Dr. Margaret Burnett, Dr. Colleen Lewis, and Dr. Lorie Loeb as the 2015 NCWIT URM Award Winners. (Find out more.)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Belding received the 2015 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award. Sponsored by the NCWIT Board of Directors, this award recognizes faculty members from non-profit U.S. institutions who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields. (Find out more.)
  • The EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Awards, funded by Google, recognize faculty who are making a difference in their intro CS classrooms through excellent and engaging curriculum, contributing the best of the best to the EngageCSEdu collection. We congratulate Christine Avlarado, Sarah Diesburg, Zachary Dodds, Richard Enbody, Geoff Kuenning, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Bill Punch, and Ben Schafer as the 2015 NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Award Winners. (Find out more.)
  • The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund, funded by Microsoft Research, provides NCWIT Academic Alliance institutions with startup funds to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting and retaining women in computing fields. We congratulate Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach; University of Maryland, College Park; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in collaboration with Kennesaw State University; and the University of Texas at Dallas as the February 2015, Round 11 Winners. (Find out more.)


We watched.

CODE We screened CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary that exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers, and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers, and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code, and how do we get there? Find out more at codedocumentary.com.




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