A Recap of the 2014 NCWIT Summit (and a Heads Up for 2015)

2014 NCWIT Summit: A Recap

The 2014 NCWIT Summit is a wrap, but the moments live on. This year marked NCWIT’s 10th anniversary — a time to celebrate accomplishments and to gear up for ongoing efforts to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing.

The scenic surroundings of Newport Beach, California were matched by invaluable presentations and remarks by our esteemed speakers and special guests, inspiring award presentations and community announcements, as well as new social science research — all to help you, as a change agent, leverage your efforts to support women in technology.

Whether you missed a moment or want to see it again, it’s all pulled together below.

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  Sit With Me chair kits.


  view hours of the Livestream.


  speakers, presenters, and special guests including Maria Bello, Actress and Activist; Donna Brazile, CNN Correspondent and Founder and Managing Director of Brazile & Associates, LLC; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation; Andrea Jung, President and CEO of Grameen America and Board Member, Apple; Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University; and Maggie Neale, Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford University.


  new NCWIT resources debuted.


  food trucks.


Summit Archive

We’ve assembled videos, slides, and programs in our Summit Archive. We’ve also put our favorite Flickr photos in an album on our Facebook page. Want to share your favorite moment? The conversation’s still going on Facebook and Twitter.


New NCWIT Resources

Over a dozen new resources, including NCWIT’s first mobile app and interactive video, were introduced at the Summit, solidifying May as #NCWITresourcemonth.

  • NCWIT PockIT Facts (a mobile app)
    This mobile app delivers statistics about women and girls in technology as shareable infographics. Each fact links to full reports available at the NCWIT website. Discover resources and best practices for improving gender diversity in technology in schools, universities, and businesses. Search the Apple App Store or the Android Apps on Google Play for “NCWIT” or “PockIT.”
  • Unconscious Bias and Why It Matters For Women and Tech (an interactive video)
    Use this interactive video to learn about some of the hidden barriers that often prevent technical organizations from hiring and retaining top talent. You’ll go through a series of engaging, interactive experiments that introduce the concept of unconscious bias and explain why this information is vital for technical companies. The video will also point to free NCWIT resources you can use to address these hidden barriers in order to better attract and retain a diverse workforce that will drive future innovation. (A big thanks to Entrepreneurial Alliance member Rapt Media for their production support.)

Other new NCWIT resources include:

We also updated the NCWIT Scorecard and By the Numbers, two popular resources that present the most compelling statistics on girls’ and women’s participation in computing. These are just the latest in the NCWIT collection of research-based practices that equip change leaders to take national action based on fact, not an anecdote or a whim. Find out more at www.ncwit.org/resources.


Award Presentations and Special Announcements

From a veteran technologist to future trailblazers, we celebrated some astounding women for their computing achievements and aspirations.

  • The 2014 NCWIT Pioneer Award winner, Eleanor Kolchin, is a retired computer scientist and web developer who’s well known for her work at IBM and NYU. The Pioneer Award recognizes individuals whose lifetime contributions have changed the way we think about women’s participation in the history of computing and technology.
  • The 2014 Southern California Affiliate Award recipients were recognized for their computing aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and their plans for post-secondary education. Additionally, the 2014 Southern California Educator Award winner, Leslie Aaronson, was recognized for encouraging students to continue their interest in computing and technology and promoting gender equity in computing. Find out more about Aspirations in Computing at www.aspirations.org.

We also honored members of the higher education community.

  • The 2014 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM) Award winners are Dr. Robert Beck, Dr. Marie Desjardins, Dr. Silvia Figueira, and Dr. Alan Jamieson. The URM Award, sponsored by AT&T, recognizes U.S. 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. Find out more about the winners and their efforts in this recent press release.
  • The first annual winner of the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award is Professor Nancy M. Amato. This award, sponsored by the NCWIT Board of Directors, is given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, in honor of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions. The award recognizes faculty members 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.
  • The 10th round winners of the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund are the College of St. Scholastica (Jennifer Rosato), Georgia Gwinnett College (Sonal Dekhane, Kristine Nagel, and Nannette Napier), South Carolina Technical College System (Stephanie Frazier and Salandra Bowman), Tufts University (Benjamin Shapiro), and University of Arizona (Gondy Leroy & Paulo Goes). The Seed Fund, sponsored by Microsoft Research, awards members of NCWIT’s Academic Alliance with startup funds (up to $10,000 per project) to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting or retaining women in computing and IT. Find out more about the winners and their efforts in this recent press release.

In addition to these honorable recognitions, we provided a platform for special announcements on Monday and Tuesday from members of our community about forthcoming collegiate programs, award programs, new research, and more. Additionally, actress and activist Maria Bello introduced the DevelopHer Toy and Game Challenge, a new competition to encourage the development of new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-based toys for young children, particularly girls.


Save the Date: 2015 NCWIT Summit

Join us in Hilton Head, South Carolina on May 18-20, 2015! Stay tuned for details, as they become available.


Thanks to NCWIT Partners and Sponsors

We’d like to give a huge thanks to NCWIT Strategic Partners — NSF, Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, and Intel — and Investment Partners — Avaya, Pfizer, Merck, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., AT&T, Bloomberg, and Hewlett-Packard — for sponsoring the 2014 NCWIT Summit, as well as the event co-host Qualcomm and NCWIT Media Partner Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. for video production and livestreaming. We’re also grateful to Cox Communications, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Rapt Media, and MakerBot for their support of the 2014 NCWIT Summit.


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