Schedule at a Glance

12:00 – 6:00 PM Check in to the Conference West Foyer
1:00 – 3:00 PM Job and College Fair West Foyer
1:00 – 1:50 PM Panel Session “Encouraging interest in computing” Cumberland
2:00 – 2:50 PM Panel Session “Workforce Career, Ready or Not” Cumberland
2:00 – 2:50 PM Panel Session “You Can Bank on IT” Lighthouse B
3:00 – 3:50 PM Panel Session “Inside the Cyber Studio” Lighthouse A
3:00 – 3:50 PM Panel Session “Bridging the IT Classroom Gender Gap in Higher Education” Lighthouse B
4:00 – 4:15 PM Break coffee/tea/water cookies/fruit West Foyer
4:15 – 4:50 PM Technical Session “Using Python as an introductory Computer Programming Language” Lighthouse B
4:15 – 4:50 PM Technical Session “Git Control Cumberland
5:00 – 5:50 PM Panel  Session “What is the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing? Ten reasons why you should go.” Lighthouse B
5:00 – 5:50 PM Panel Session – Research “Why do they come, why do they stay?” Cumberland
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner Lighthouse A
7:00 – 8:00 PM Keynote:  Distinguished Speaker Soha Hassoun Lighthouse A
Why is re-designing biological systems so much harder than building smart phones? Abstract: Humans have engineered everything under the sun, from cars, to buildings, to mobile smart phones. Engineering biological systems is the next frontier, with recent gene editing techniques holding the promise of altering the fundamentals of life and producing valuable therapeutics to treat diseases such as malaria. This talk begins by drawing an analogy between re-designing biology and engineering a smart phone. The talk will then highlight some recent computational techniques for altering microbial cells to create biological factories capable of producing produce therapeutics, biofuels, and other useful molecules. No biology pre-requisites are needed to attend this talk!
8:00 – 9:00 PM Poster Session / dessert / group photos West Foyer
9:00 – 11:00 PM Code: Debugging the Gender Gap with discussion to follow. Lighthouse A
9:00 – 11:00 PM Networking / social time Lounge
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast Lighthouse A
8:00 – 9:00 AM Keynote: Distinguished Speaker Mary Fernandez Lighthouse A
Hidden in Plain Sight: Changing the Face of the U.S. STEM Workforce Abstract: In the past 10 years in the U.S., growth in jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was three times greater than non-STEM jobs.   Despite the many opportunities available to STEM graduates, women, African Americans and Latinos are critically under-represented in the STEM workforce and especially so in computing – the fastest growing and least diverse STEM field.  We will examine macro demographic and economic trends and micro phenomena of human psychology and sociology that contribute to the current deficit of diverse STEM talent.  We will also discuss interventions – like mentoring – that can help to change the face of the U.S. STEM workforce.  Ultimately, our vision is that increased access to STEM education and careers will provide all citizens with the opportunity to contribute to innovation and experience prosperity.
9:00 – 9:25 AM Tech Talk: “REST APIs in a Nutshell” Lighthouse B
9:30 – 9:55 AM Tech Talk: “Utilizing Browser Development Tools” Lighthouse A
10:00 – 11:45 AM workshop for middle and high school Cumberland
10:00 – 10:50 AM Panel Session “Why Graduate School in a computing discipline is for you.” Lighthouse B
11:00 – 11:25 AM Birds of a feather – Flock 1 Cumberland
11:30 – 11:55 AM Birds of a feather – Flock 2 Cumberland
12:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch with Flash Talks Lighthouse A