Academic Step-by-Step Guide

For all Academics

Step 1: Learn all you can about the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). Check out our Impact Report from GHC 16  and follow @ghc and @anitaborginstitute on social media to stay up-to-date. Want a better idea of what attending GHC is like? Have a look at #GHC16 on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.

Step 2: Encourage your academic institution to become a GHC sponsor. Take a look at our levels and the corresponding benefits here. If you think sponsoring GHC is a good opportunity for your school, we suggest doing the following as your next steps:

  • Prepare a presentation on the benefits of sponsoring GHC.
  • Speak with your department chair, dean or other relevant staff members to discuss your budget.
  • Purchase a sponsorship – follow our sponsorship step-by-step guide for this process.

Step 3: Decide how you want to determine which students attend. Do you want it to be open to all students, those just in your department, or those at a certain stage in their education or some other criteria? Some universities in the past have limited to just freshmen CS females as a way to excite new students and encourage them to stay in the field. Others bring only senior students who are about to transition out of their undergraduate programs and can gain a lot from the networking opportunities at GHC. Discuss with those in your department.

Step 4: Begin fundraising. See our tips for academics on suggestions of how to cover the cost of GHC. Involve everyone from all levels, including your alumni association, your department chair or dean, and your students.

Step 5: Encourage all of your students to apply for an existing scholarship program. Direct them to our Student Step-by-step Guide for information on this process.

Step 6: Purchase registrations. Depending on your funding distribution, you may choose Individual Registration or Multiple Registrations for your students and faculty who will attend.

  • Individual Registration for students and faculty: An individual pays for registration upfront. If your funding policies require students to be reimbursed, you will need to use this type. These open in July.
  • Multiple Registrations for students and faculty: You can buy as many registrations as you like in increments of one up to 100, without knowing the names of these registrants. If your school can pay upfront for students we highly recommend this option as it allows you to choose individuals at a later date. These open March 29, 2017.
  • NOTE: Our Academic Sponsors will be able to access Multiple Registrations during their sponsor registration process, before they are released to the general public. Becoming a sponsor gives you a better chance at ensuring registration for your students in case tickets sell out.

Step 7: Register your attendees. We will need registration details for each person attending.

Step 8: Book your hotel and flights. You’ll want to arrive in time for the morning keynote on Wednesday and stay through Friday evening to take advantage of the amazing sessions, workshops, and community events. Plus, you don’t want to miss the Friday Evening Celebration!

Step 9: Join the ABI Communities

Step 10: Attend GHC 17 in Orlando and connect with a global community of women technologists. See you there!

For GHC Scholar Applicants

Wait to hear from us. We expect to announce our decisions on June 1, 2017.