NCWIT is at Virtual GHC 2020! #NCWITOntheRoad



Anita B LogoThe Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration (vGHC) is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Co-presented by with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), this annual conference brings people together from around the world to highlight the contributions of women in computing. GHC presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia, and government. The celebration also offers professional development through a variety of activities. The theme for 2020 is #TogetherWeBuild. Learn, network, and be inspired as we work together to achieve intersectional gender and pay parity in tech.

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(Note: All times and locations are subject to change. Please verify logistics at the conference website prior to attendance.)


How can you connect with NCWIT?

Social Media Challenge

Bank of America PhotoWant to support NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) and make a powerful statement about the need for inclusion in the tech industry, all at the same time? Simply visit the “Find Your Power” photo booth at the Bank of America virtual experience, take a selfie using one of the inspirational frames, and post your picture along with the hashtag #thepowerto by Friday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. For every hashtagged post, NCWIT Strategic Partner Bank of America will make a donation to AiC, helping to bring resources and opportunities to a nationwide community of nearly 20,000 women and girls who love technology.



Invent Together: Closing Gaps in the Patenting and Commercialization of Inventions // Saturday, October 3, 11:00 to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Women, people of color, and low-income individuals are greatly underrepresented among patent applicants and holders. These lower participation rates in the innovation economy have significant consequences for individuals, families, and the broader economy. Invent Together will explore these gaps, their consequences, and the role we all play in closing them.

NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders and others will present on this panel.


Opportunities for College and Graduate Students

  • Collegiate Award

    The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. The Collegiate Award is open to all AiC Community members who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution (community college, college, or university) with a major or minor in a computing or engineering discipline, who have contributed substantially to a technical project involving computing or IT. Learn about eligibilities, prizes, the application process, and more here.

  • Aspirations in Computing Community

    The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community is a national peer network supporting womxn in tech from high school through college and career. In addition to a thriving online forum, members gain exclusive access to hackathons, internships, scholarships, jobs, awards, and more. AiC Community members also have the opportunity to lead computing experiences that inspire the next generation. Currently-enrolled undergratuate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in a computing or engineering discipline, and who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary, are welcome to apply. Find more details here.


Opportunities for Faculty

  • Research and Mentoring Awards

    The NCWIT Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research (MAUR) and the Harrold & Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award honor outstanding faculty mentors who participate in and advise high quality research opportunities, uplift the recruitment of women and minoritized students, and encourage and advance students in computing-related fields. Both mentoring awards include a $5,000 gift, and nomination materials are due for both awards by October 19, 2020. Nominate yourself or a peer for MAUR by following the information here. Learn how to nominate a peer for the Harrold & Notkin Award here.

  • Seed Fund

    The NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) Seed Fund provides up to $20,000 in funds to Academic Alliance member organizations to develop and implement initiatives to broaden participation in their computing programs. This year’s call seeks projects that support inclusivity in an online environment within postsecondary computing and information technology programs. Proposals will be accepted through November 2, 2020. Find more details here.


For more information about vGHC 2020, visit the conference webpage.


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