GHC 17 Conference Overview

Black woman laughing with GHC 16 Keynote GHC is a three-day conference designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests. The conference includes presentations on a variety of topics, professional development activities, an open source day and much more. See what each day has to offer, below.

We know there are a lot of sessions! To help, we grouped tracks that cover similar topics into Clusters. We’ll place tracks within a cluster near each other in the conference venue, so it is easier for you navigate our schedule and the rooms.

General Sessions Special Sessions Posters
Technology Cluster Products A to Z Cluster Open Source World Cluster
Emerging Technology Cluster Career Cluster Organization Transformation Cluster

Wednesday, October 4 

General Sessions Keynotes and Awards
All attendees will meet in West Hall for our headliners
Expo
Don’t miss the Career Fair — a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Our Expo also features an Interview Hall, where sponsors host in-person interviews.
Featured Speakers
Building off of the morning keynotes, these featured sessions highlight industry leaders and innovators
Posters General Session
GHC hosts a mind-expanding poster session. Learn about the innovative technology the next generation is dreaming up—some presenters are also competing in the distinguished ACM Student Research Competition.
Track Sessions Technology Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Systems Engineering (CSE), Data Science (DS), Interactive Media (IM), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Security/Privacy, and Software Engineering
Products A to Z Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Products A to Z
Emerging Technology Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Internet of Things/Wearable Technology
Open Source Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following track: Open Source
Career Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: General Career (Sessions for Students, Early Career, Mid-Career, Senior Career/Exec), Community, and CRA-W
Organization Transformation Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following track: Organization Transformation
Special Sessions Professional Development Workshops
Catch the Professional Development Workshops at GHC 17! Whether you are just starting out or are further along in your career, you’ll get great tips and insights to build your leadership skills.
Academic Corner
Academic Corner offers academics workshop opportunities, exposure to experts in the field and the latest research regarding the status of women and underrepresented minorities in computing.

Thursday, October 5

General Sessions Keynotes and Awards
All attendees will meet in West Hall for our headliners
Expo
Don’t miss the Career Fair — a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Our Expo also features an Interview Hall, where sponsors host in-person interviews.
Featured Speakers
Building off of the morning keynotes, these featured sessions highlight industry leaders and innovators
Track Sessions Technology Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Systems Engineering (CSE), Data Science (DS), Interactive Media (IM), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Security/Privacy, and Software Engineering
Products A to Z Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Products A to Z
Emerging Technology Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Internet of Things/Wearable Technology
Open Source Cluster
Special feature: Open Source Day and the Code-a-thon for Humanity – Participants will develop these humanitarian projects using open source software (OSS). OSS is an increasingly important skill to have, as companies often require an understanding of and ability to contribute to it. You will work in groups, gaining the opportunity to learn from each other as well as the experienced mentors there to guide you. By RSVP only (opens in summer).
Career Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: General Career (Sessions for Students, Early Career, Mid-Career, Senior Career/Exec), Community, and CRA-W
Organization Transformation Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following track: Organization Transformation
Special Sessions Professional Development Workshops
Catch the Professional Development Workshops at GHC 17! Whether you are just starting out or are further along in your career, you’ll get great tips and insights to build your leadership skills.
Senior Women’s Symposium
This program for senior-level women is an invite-only program for up-and-coming women technologists on the cusp of the C-Suite, providing a great way to connect with peers across organizations. By invitation only.
Technical Executive Forum
This opportunity includes two keynotes, case studies focused on actionable solutions and tools, a networking lunch, peer-to-peer sharing and a networking reception. By nomination and invitation only

Friday, October 6

General Sessions Featured Speakers
These featured sessions highlight industry leaders and innovators
Expo
Don’t miss the Career Fair — a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Our Expo also features an Interview Hall, where sponsors host in-person interviews.
Closing Keynotes
All attendees will meet in West Hall for our closing keynotes
Track Sessions Technology Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Systems Engineering (CSE), Data Science (DS), Interactive Media (IM), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Security/Privacy, and Software Engineering
Products A to Z Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Products A to Z
Emerging Technology Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: Internet of Things/Wearable Technology
Open Source Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following track: Open Source
Career Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following tracks: General Career (Sessions for Students, Early Career, Mid-Career, Senior Career/Exec), Community, and CRA-W
Organization Transformation Cluster
Sessions throughout the day for the following track: Organization Transformation
Special Sessions Professional Development Workshops
Catch the Professional Development Workshops at GHC 17! Whether you are just starting out or are further along in your career, you’ll get great tips and insights to build your leadership skills.
Student Opportunity Lab
This program will provide students looking to start their careers or further research with the opportunity to connect with mentors and speakers that will hold brief sessions at their own tables. Navigate your own path through the tables featuring topics of interest to you.
Friday Night Celebration
Bust a move on the dance floor at GHC 17! Let’s make this a night to remember. It is a Grace Hopper Celebration, after all!