The 2016 NCWIT Summit has come and gone, but it’s not to be forgotten! We cannot help but to remember the 700+ educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and social scientists who tuned in virtually or joined us at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, just outside Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.
We archived an abundance of unforgettable videos, presentations, photos, and commentary to inspire and drive change-leading efforts until next year’s Summit in Tucson, Arizona.
Plenary speakers and special guests sparked days of conversations with their thought-provoking perspectives and data points on the importance of increasing the visibility of technical women through recognition, the question of whether or not only young people drive technological breakthroughs, finding balance in Hollywood storytelling, and more.
The NCWIT Flash Tank allowed six change leaders from the NCWIT community to give a five-minute FlashTalk on something NCWIT should prioritize in the areas of diversity, education, image, innovation, social movements, and more.
Congratulations to the winning Flash Tank presenter — Alberto Roca, PhD, Founder, DiverseScholar — who received a Microsoft Surface Book, courtesy of Microsoft. Alberto’s presentation, “NCWIT Summit Student Newsroom to Save Tech Journalism and Diversity,” will also be considered for ideation and possible implementation by NCWIT.
Celebrations of change leadership and mentorship in academia, technological accomplishments of college women, and inspirational role models in film elevated the importance of women’s contributions to innovation as well as the influencers who encourage them to persist in computing.
Read the press release for an overview of presented awards, and view videos of award celebrations.
In more than a dozen breakout sessions, fellow change leaders and NCWIT social scientists delivered practical, evidence-based strategies and checklists for overcoming common barriers for increasing girls’ and women’s participation in computing. Attendees got their hands dirty and discussed issues like designing maker spaces, including students with disabilities, creating a diverse faculty, responding to sexism, and more.
We would like to give a huge thanks to our Media Partners Johnson & Johnson, JupiterReturn, and SWIFT for production and making the livestream possible. We are also grateful to Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor, Link Technologies, Microsoft, and USAA for their support of Summit events.