ACM-W Europe July Newsletter

ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage Hackathon 2018 – 3 October 2018

What problem can you solve with your coding skills? What about that app you always wanted to develop? We are kick-starting the womENcourage 2018 conference with a one-day-long hackathon, where you can use your coding skills to bring your ideas to life.

We are now seeking project proposals related to design and development (e.g. a mobile app, website or a hardware prototype) in areas of your interest or social problems (e.g. poverty, democracy) that you wish to solve using latest technologies (e.g. Blockchain, IoT, machine learning).

Please use this form to propose your ideas by 20th July 2018:

During the event, participants will be supported by mentors from the Belgrade Institute of Technology.

If you would like to participate as a mentor or become a sponsor for the hackathon or have any project proposal related questions, please feel free to contact

Information for supporters:

We are starting the womENcourage 2018 conference with a one-day long hackathon, where approximately 200 young women from different parts of Europe will get together to work on tech projects. We invite academic and industrial partners to participate and support us in the event in the following ways:

1) Supporters – You could provide swag for all participants (e.g. stickers) and prizes for the winners. Supporters will be advertised on the womENcourage website and all marketing materials. Supporters will also be eligible to receive the contact information of all participants who have agreed for their details to be shared. See the supporters webpage.

2) Project Leaders – During the event, industry and community representatives can lead participant teams working on pre-defined projects. The project details can be defined by the project leader. It could either be a contribution to a well-established open-source initiative or a new project from scratch. You can decide a problem for the teams and help them design and code the solution. The participants can select projects at the time of conference registration.

3) Technical Mentors – You can provide programming support to the participants and solve their coding related problems faced during the project execution.

We look forward to your support and help us in this endeavour by dropping an email at by the 20th July 2018.

News Around the World

Gender Gap in Science

The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists has been launched on May 1st, 2018 and will be opened for answers until October 31st, 2018.

Click to complete the 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists

You are welcome to forward this link to the survey to your colleagues, men and women. Invitation letters to participate in the survey are available here in English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic.

SIGCSE Special Awards Program

Today SIGCSE announce the accepted projects for the Special Awards Program. Congratulations to the winning projects.

More importantly the next deadline is November 15th, check it out here.

ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing

If you are planning a Celebration that will take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, please fill in this Registration Form. If you don’t know all the details yet, please fill in the form to the best of your ability at this time.

All Celebrations are expected to join Celebrations Facebook page.

If your event is not registered by July 31st, 2018, we cannot guarantee funding.

Contact Wendy Powley ( if you have further questions.

ACM Awards and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

Celebrating Accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe

Each year ACM recognizes outstanding achievements of its members through awards that cover a spectrum of professional and technological areas and different stages of professional development.

Following the mission of ACM-W to foster women participation in the field of computing, ACM-W Europe invites the community to welcome and recognize accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe who made significant contributions through their technical and professional excellence.

Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines:

ACM Fellow – 7 September 2018

Distinguished Members – 1 August 2018

Senior Members – 3 September 2018

Nominations are due 15 January 2019 for the following ACM Awards:

A.M. Turing Award –major contributions of lasting importance to computing

ACM Prize in Computing –   (previously ACM-Infosys Foundation Award):   early to mid-career fundamental innovative contribution in computing that, through its depth, impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline.

Distinguished Service Award –  service contributions to the computing community at large

Grace Murray Hopper Award – outstanding young computer professional, based on a single recent major technical or service contribution

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award – theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant impact on practice

Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award –  advancing new teaching methodologies, curriculum development in computing, or significant contributions to ACM’s educational mission

Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics –  recognizes an individual or group who has made a significant contribution through the use of computing technology. The presentation of this award alternates with the ACM Policy Award

ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award – career contributions with the breadth or that bridge computer science and other disciplines

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award –  outstanding contributions to ACM, in both value and degree

Software System Award – developing a software system that has had a lasting influence

ACM Athena Lecturer Award – celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science;   please note:  nominations for the Athena Lecturer Award are now open to all (prior to 2016 only SIG Leaders could submit nominations)

Please refer to the ACM Awards website at  for:

  • nomination process (“How to Nominate” and the online nomination form), members of the 2018 Award Committees
  • listing of past award recipients and their citations.

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit

Thank you for joining us in recognizing accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe and ensuring they are nominated for ACM Awards they deserve.

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