Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the World’s Largest Gathering of Women Technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM.

This conference is a big event that’s coming up next week and I fear it may be overlooked. It would be short sighted and misguided to do so.

The notion of “diversity” strikes me sorely. Being “diverse” is not an attribute to be achieved like some level up in a game. Diversity is the default. Failure to live up to that standard rests upon all of us who enjoy the benefits of having been born into that particular bucket that had a “Straight to the Top!” sticker slapped on the side. And, no, that’s not to dismiss the merits and work of anyone in the bucket who has made it. But let’s not pretend we didn’t get a boost.

The Grace Hopper conference will be held between the 14th to 16th of October. Many of the sessions sound terrific. They offer insights into how we approach our projects. Many others are sessions that you will never see at any other conference yet address what it means to be human in a field so rife with stereotypes.

I doubt they’ll make a deal of it publicly but Apple is a key sponsor this year and will be sending an awful lot of people. Google, Microsoft, CapitalOne and Cisco, along with Apple, are the “Diamond Sponsors” of the Grace Hopper conference.

We’re not likely to see any new product announcements there. It’s not that kind of event. It’s vital nonetheless.

Çingleton ended last year around this same time. How about this year, rather than getting together, we spend our time, effort and written words supporting a movement that makes us all better.

I’d appreciate that.