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May 9-10: Pacific Northwest – Celebration of Women in Computing 2014

Over 100 women in Computer Science from the Pacific Northwest region will come together at UBC’s Point Grey campus for two days of professional development, networking and inspirational activities. Students will get a chance to hear from, interact with and be mentored by industry professionals, researchers and faculty members.

The theme this year is passion and purpose. Passion draws from within; rooted in talents, interests and identities, while purpose connects outwards, enabling support of others, building community, and making a positive difference in the world.

Registration is now open online. The registration fee for PNW-CWIC 2014 is complimentary but there is a mandatory charge of $25 plus GST (5%) per registrant to cover the cost of catering during the conference.  The registration deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014.

The Research Poster Competition is a great showcase for students to create a poster, display their work, experience what a peer review process is all about, and win prizes!  Employers love to see students who have honed their communication and critical thinking skills through poster preparation and presentation.

The conference will feature three keynote talks:

“Mobile Camera-Based Systems for Low-Resource Environments” by Nicki Dell, PhD Candidate, CSE at U. Washington.
Nicki works in the fields of human-computer interaction and mobile computing, with a focus on design of systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions, and leads the Change group at U. Washington.

“Passion for making the world a better place” by Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College. Formerly Head of CS and Dean of Science at UBC and currently serving on the board of Microsoft Corporation, Broadcom Corporation, the nonprofit Math for America, and the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association.
Maria is passionate about and enormously effective at increasing the participation and success of women in computing.

“Damn the Torpedos! or how to build a successful career in the Tech Industry” by Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder and Silicon Sisters Interactive Inc., a studio that is building top quality games for women and girls since 2010.
Brenda thrives on bringing innovative business ideas to fruition and is a member of the DIGIBC Board and the Advisory Board of Women in Games International.

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