ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2017 September 6-8

REGISTRATIONS are OPEN — Register now!

Participation Scholarship application deadline June 12, 2017

We are excited about our line up of workshops that will take place just three months from today! We will have 5 workshops on 7th September 2017, that will keep you engaged and challenged all day, the hardest part is choosing which to attend. Will you challenge yourself by attending the CodeCon workshop presented by Bloomberg, or do you want to learn about the Greenfoot development environment which can be used in teaching? Accenture will present an exciting opportunity for your career goals, ACM delivers to you a Chapter in a Box and Women in HPC will present an introduction to HPC programming. Check out the abstracts on the website.

Also remember – the HACKATHON is on September 6, 2017.

If you want to attend these workshops, there are three steps:

  1. Be sure to submit your application for a Participation Scholarship by June 12.
  2. Register for womENcourage 2017 here.
  3. On the registration page, sign up for the workshops and the Hackathon.

We are looking forward to seeing you in September.

KEY DATES FOR womENcourage 2017

Registration Open Now!

Participation Scholarship Applications due June 12, 2017!

See details on the womENcourage 2017 website!

BIG THANK YOU to the Supporters of Participation Scholarships for womENcourage 2017.

In addition to funding our Participation Scholarships, our supporters will be available at the Career Fair on September 7th from 1:30 PM until 4PM. Come join us for lunch at the Career Fair, network with industry professionals who can give you information about internships and career opportunities.

Diamond: HP, Accenture and SIGCHI

Platinum: Google, Oracle Academy, Intel GmbH.

Gold: Bloomberg

Silver: Informatics Europe, Microsoft

Bronze: Inria

Conference Bag Supporter: Amazon Development

Additionally, our supporters are interested to see your CV as soon as possible, be sure to submit your name and CV to the CV database. We will forward this information to the supporters who will contact you prior to the event to discuss with you opportunities.

Local ACM-W Celebrations of Women in Computing

Here is the list of ACM-W Europe Women in Computing events for the coming months. A worldwide list can be found here.

Spain, Barcelona womENcourage 2017

Informatics for All, Mallorca, Spain May 5 2017

IPT 6.jpgIn less than a year since the first Spanish ACM Celebration of Women in Computing, we are very happy to announce that on 05 May 2017 we celebrated the second edition of this fantastic event, Informatics for All. It was held in Palma de Mallorca, at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. Not only the number of attendants increased since last year, but also the number of poster submissions and speaker proposals.

IPT 5.jpgThe event comprised four talks from female experts in different areas of expertise, a very interesting panel about the future of women in computing, and a poster session with 3 min presentations by all the poster authors followed by a coffee break in which the rest of the attendants could speak with the authors about their work.

Overall, it was a lovely day with very positive feelings, fruitful discussions, and plenty of time for networking and celebrating. The success of this event gives us even more energy to keep growing this community. We are already thinking about the next edition, and in the meanwhile, we are planning to create a female expert database to support future collaborations and interactions. For the next edition, we would love to increase the participation of men in this kind of events even more, and broaden the dissemination and include activities for young students in the event.

Ada’s Legacy celebrated in ADA University ada's-legacy-pic.jpg

On 15 April, Azerbaijan ACM Chapter partnered with ADA University School of IT and Engineering again to organize the second of its now-annual celebration of women in computing named Ada’s Legacy. Despite the similarity to the university’s name, it is a pleasant nuance – the event is actually named after a 19th-century mathematician, Lady Ada Lovelace, who is considered as the first programmer in the history.

“Ada’s Legacy: Celebrating Women in Computing” brought together more than 100 students, researchers and professionals from academia and industry to celebrate women in computing, as well as to promote ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2017 conference.

ada_poster.jpgThe guest of honour of this year’s event was Prof. Jennifer Widom, Dean of Stanford University Engineering School. Prof. Widom stayed till 17 April for the Big Data Weekend, where she ran short-courses on big data, data analysis and visualization, and machine learning, as well as big data’s implications and significance in today’s fast-paced world.

After welcoming notes and appreciation of leading women in IT, who supported last year’s event, the audience watched a BBC documentary “Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing”, courtesy of the Open University, UK, with Azerbaijani subtitles about the very woman the event was named after.

Following a short sandwich break, three ADA University students shared their experience at the two-day ACM womENcourage 2016 conference in Linz, Austria, and gave some tips about the scholarship opportunities to attend this year conference in Barcelona, Spain.

The most exciting and long-awaited final part of the event was the panel discussion with Prof. Jennifer Widom and three local women leaders in computing, who represented industry, academia and government sector.

The event was featured in major news program at the national TV and 74% of participants rated it as excellent in a post-event survey.

Prof. Widom`s blog post about the event:

Photos from the event:


ACM Award 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 – September 7, 2017

Distinguished Members – August 1, 2017

Senior Members – September 3, 2017

Nominations are due November 30, 2017 for the following ACM awards:

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

ACM Prize in Computing – (previously known as the 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 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 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 2017 Award Committees
  • links to the 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.