Supporting women in computing within the capital region

Mar 4th, 2019

The future of being a woman in technology what it means for those within the NY Tech Loop. What lies ahead and how far have we really come?

Events like NYCWiC 2019 is a great opportunity for students to come and learn in an informative and supportive environment. The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, is an annual event with the ultimate goal of encouraging women to continue to pursue their careers in computing by exploring career opportunities and meeting highly influential women in business, industry, and academia.

Modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, the NYCWiC plays a key role in the Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W). The ACM-W was created with the key purpose of supporting, celebrating, and advocating for the continued growth of women in all aspects of the computing field on an international scale. As the number of women in computing grows throughout the capital region, so do the resources to help foster more talent. ACM-W is an active organization with over 36,000 members who some of which show interest in place we call home.

“NYCWiC is a unique way to bring together women, men who support women, undergraduate and graduate students, industry professionals and faculty together to develop professional, technical and social networks. There aren’t enough of us at any specific organization so this conference facilitates working together, making us all stronger.” - Jen Goodall, NYCWiC General Chair

As you know, the New York Tech Loops’ mission is to support and grow the software community throughout Troy, Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. The NYCWiC fits closely to our mission and empowers women, and more specifically women in technology to not only pursue careers, but come together to help grow the community.

The efforts of organizations like NYCWiC have not been in vain. In 2017, 26 percent of the computing workforce were professional computing occupations held by women. Moving forward into 2019, Forbes sees tech trends in political engagement, democratization of access, enterprise interoperability, safety and security considerations, and international customization all being driven by women. Women in computing are driving innovations and shaping our lives. At the 2019 NYCWiC event, keynote speakers Dr. Nicki Washington and Dr. Jane L. Snowdon will present on their own journey through the computing world.

Dr. Washington is an associate professor in the the Department of Computer Science at Winthrop University and author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field. Dr. Washington will be discussing her path to computing and sharing strategies for overcoming the “fear of the unknown” to successfully chart one’s unique path in this ever-growing field that’s still in dire need of diversity.

Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is the evening keynote speaker.  She is Associate Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health with an impressive history that includes working as a Director at IBM, an advisory board chair at The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and countless more positions in the tech industry.

This event also brings together the High School community (Emma Willard), College community (UAlbany, St. Rose, and Marist College), and local companies (Velan Studios and Datto) to learn from each other and network for possible opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more, supporting this event, or would like to register for the upcoming NYCWiC conference, please visit http://nycwic.hosting.acm.org by March 8th, 2019, to register.

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