Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions we receive about GHC 17, grouped by audience.

General Attendees Sponsors Speakers & Presenters Scholars

General Attendees

When is GHC?

The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) will take place October 4-6, 2017 in Orlando, FL.

When will registration open?

Individual registration will open to the public July 19, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT.

What is a registration link?

Registration links are provided by your company so you can register using one of their pre-purchased registrations.

Do you have an age requirement for the Conference?

You must be 18 years of age to attend GHC. Students under the age 18 are required to execute and submit a Chaperone Agreement and Release Form at the time of registration. Chaperones must purchase their own individual general registration.

When will hotel information be available?

Hotel reservations for individuals opened July 19, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT. Sponsors will receive specific instructions via email.

Can I cancel my registration?

All sales are final and cannot be canceled or refunded. You may substitute a new attendee if you are not able to attend.

I am no longer able to attend GHC. Can I transfer my registration?

Yes you can transfer your registration to another individual until September 15, 2017. To transfer your registration complete the following steps.

  • Go to GHC Registration page
  • Select “Manage Registration”
  • Enter the email address used to register and the registration reference number found on your GHC registration confirmation email
  • Enter new email address and continue to the next page
  • Update registration information
  • Complete steps and submit
  • A confirmation email will be sent to new attendee

How much should I budget to attend GHC?

Travel and incidental costs can vary widely. GHC will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Final cost per person will depend on type of registration, point of departure, hotel and transportation choices and other factors.

Can a list of Conference registrants be provided?

As a rule and to respect the privacy of all GHC registrants we do not divulge or share registration information. Prior to and once on-site at the Conference there will be many ways in which to network with other registrants.

I would like to register a group of people for GHC. Can I do that?

Our system does not allow one person to register multiple individuals at the same time. You will need to begin a new registration for each person. Individual registration opens July 17.
However, if you represent an academic institution or student group and would like to purchase a group of student or faculty registrations, you can do that in increments of two or more by emailing us at We will verify your identity and help process your purchase.

What is the attire at GHC?

Casual to Business dress is appropriate. Remember to bring comfortable shoes as you may walk a lot. You should also bring a jacket. While it is warm in Orlando, the convention center will have air conditioning

I will need to bring my child(ren) with me. Will there be child care?

We offer complimentary child care for children 13 and under. You must register your child(ren) to participate in the program. Learn more.

Can my child(ren) or guest attend any of the sessions or events?

Unfortunately, attendance is only for registered attendees. Guests and anyone under the age of 18 are not allowed into any session, career fair or activity.

Whom should I contact if I have special dietary needs?

Menus selected for the GHC program are nut-free. There will be vegan options available at each meal function. For special requests, complete the specific dietary section upon registering or email


When will sponsorships become available?

Sponsorships are open. See specific opportunities.

What are the ABI Partner sponsorship options?

Certain sponsorships are available only to ABI Partners. To select or view any of these options, a password is required. If you are unable to locate your password or if you want more information on becoming an ABI Partner, contact us at Please use “Partnership Inquiry” as your subject.

I would like to purchase multiple individual registrations. Can I do that?

Yes. If you are a sponsor or patron you can purchase additional Student or Faculty registrations. These Registrations are available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis, in increments of one, up to a maximum of 100. If you want to add these to your existing registration, email us at

What is the GHC sponsor portal?

The GHC sponsor portal is a self-service portal. You will be able to view your sponsorship purchases, related benefits, registrations, and deliverables. It opened March 1. You can log in using the email with which you registered for sponsorship and your sponsorship reference number.

How can I book hotel rooms for my attendees?

For sponsors, group hotel reservations (10 or more rooms) will open on March 1. If you provided payment, you will receive an email with the link to make your hotel reservations. Please note, to ensure everyone has a chance to secure housing, you can only book rooms for the number of individual registrations you have purchased.

Can I purchase a career fair or interview booth without sponsoring GHC?

No, currently you must be a GHC sponsor to exhibit.

Speakers & Presenters

How can I speak at GHC?

To speak at any of our sessions, you will need to submit a  proposal through the Call for Participation process. You can learn more about it here.

When will the Call for Participation (CFP) open?

Our CFP opened mid-February. You can submit here. Before submitting, plan your session, by looking at our Cluster and Tracks and session formats.

How are speakers decided?

At ABI, we have a rigorous review process for all of our submissions. Find out about that process.

How many times can I submit to the CFP?

You can submit only one proposal per submission type. This rule applies to all submissions types: panel, presentation, workshop, student opportunity lab, and poster.

Can men submit a proposal to the CFP?

Yes! Men are welcome to submit a proposal to the CFP. We are looking for quality of content and experience, and we encourage all to apply.

I submitted a panel, but need help connecting to other panelists outside my organization. How can I find additional speakers?

ABI offers multiple places to connect with the community and find potential panelists outside your organization.

Can people from different teams or departments within the same organization be on a panel?

No, each panelist must be from a unique organization (company or institution). This requirement insures that we have a diverse set of panelists with different perspectives and experiences.


When will scholarship applications open?

Scholarship applications opened mid-January. You can apply here. They close March 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. PT.

Who can apply for a scholarship?

We offer two types of scholarships – Students and Faculty.
Scholarships cover conference registration, hotel accommodations, and you will also receive a stipend that, when used wisely, covers meals, flights, transportation to/from the airport, and other travel incidentals. We will provide the stipend after verifying your attendance. Selected scholars will initially pay for their flights and travel related costs for the conference prior to receiving the stipend.

Can I have more than one letter of recommendation associated with my application?

No. As GHC grows in popularity, we receive more and more applications. To respect the time of our volunteer reviewers, we are limiting applications to one letter of recommendation.

When will my recommender be contacted to submit my letter of recommendation?

An email with information about how to submit a recommendation will be sent to your recommender within thirty minutes of your providing your recommenders email information within the application.

Can I check to see if my recommendation was submitted?

Yes, log back into your application and you can see if your recommender has submitted your recommendation yet or not. You may also send a reminder to your recommender directly from the application system.

I am graduating in May or will no longer be a student in October, can I apply for a scholarship?

The GHC scholarships are only available to those still enrolled in a university during the conference (October 2017).
We do have a program, GHC Hopper, which allows individuals to attend GHC for free if they donate eight hours of time. Hoppers still have to pay their own travel expenses. The applications will open in summer. Learn more about this program and more volunteer opportunities.

Can high school students/teachers apply for a scholarship?

The Anita Borg Institute works with college students and above. We do not have the capacity to serve K12 students or teachers, and thus, we are unable to offer scholarships to that audience.

When will I be notified if I have been selected to receive a scholarship?

ABI will send an email on May 10, 2017 to all who have submitted a complete application (completed application and letter of recommendation) regarding your selection status.