womENcourage 2017: Amazing, inspiring and fun!



Highlights from the inspiring three days of ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2017

A big highlight this year was the generosity of our supporters SIGOPS, SIGCHI, HP, Accenture, Intel, Google, Oracle Academy, Bloomberg, Sopra Steria, Informatics Europe, Microsoft, Everis, Inria, Thoughtworks, Amazon Development Center, InfomaTICS. Their generosity allowed us to grant seventy-two Travel Scholarships to participants from 19 different countries. Our scholarship participants pay it forward by volunteering their helping hands to keep the event running smoothly. Working together we are able to make womEncourage the success it is.


We began the conference by getting warmed up with a hackathon. Supported by Intel, the 60 participants were quite busy the opening day creating prototypes from the Sparkfun Inventor’s Kits that Intel provided. The hackathon resulted in 14 demonstrated projects targeted at improving the local environment. We heard that the participants liked being able to collaborate and learn new things (especially, hardware), they enjoyed the team spirit and building new relationships. workshops2.jpg

Workshops and the career fair filled the second day of the event. Seven different workshops offered many opportunities, for example, a CodeCon workshop presented by Bloomberg, or a workshop about the Greenfoot development environment which can be used in teaching. Accenture presented the workshop ‘From personalization to data and beyond”, where ACM delivered a Celebrations of Women in Computing workshop and Women in HPC presented an introduction to HPC programming.

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Following the workshops, HP, Accenture, Google, Oracle Academy, Bloomberg, Sopra Steria, Everis,Thoughtworks, and Amazon Development Center, as well as the HIPEAC Jobs portal participated in the Career Fair. The attendees were keen to speak with the company representatives and to find out about job opportunities and internships at each of the companies. The friendly discussions with the company representatives informed the attendees about jobs and careers. Learning directly from the source of what might be a great career path.


Seventy-four posters were available during the poster session times. The diversity, number of topics and depth of each of the research topics were incredible. Each of the posters as well as their abstracts are posted here.

It’s difficult to sum up Friday in a few words. Two hundred and six attendees from 31 different countries attended over the 3 days. We heard from the participants that the day was amazing, inspiring, and fun. Here are a few photos from the great final day of womENcourage 2017.

Call for Proposals: ACM Celebration of Women in Computing 2018

Deadline October 20,, 2017. We are looking for a venue for the womENcourage 2018 event next year. Please send your proposals to acm_w_europe@acm.org Proposals should include:

  1. Names of organizer staff in the host city. In order to be successful, we need the help of a team of local volunteers to manage preparation and the onsite coordination of the event.
  2. A short list of possible conference venues with the following information:
    • Name
    • Location
    • Transportation options (how do people get there from the airport?)
    • Attendance capacity
    • Layout of function space and costs for:
      • Function space
      • Catering
      • Audio-visual services
      • Any other fees or costs the venue requires.
  3. A good conference venue is/has the following:
    • Easy to reach from the airport and the conference hotel
    • Adjoins or within walking distance to a suitable hotel which can accommodate 250 attendees
    • Excellent Internet connectivity
    • Accessible to as many attendees as possible
    • Reasonable access to transit for sightseeing

Call for Papers deadline October 31, 2017: GEWINN: Gender. Knowledge. Computer Science. Network on Research Transfer of interdisciplinary knowledge on Gender and Computer Science (GEWINN)

Google announces 60,000 scholarships for Udacity developer courses –

Deadline Oct 31, 2017, https://www.udacity.com/google-scholarships

ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing

The number of celebrations is growing every year. From July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, 26 ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing took place worldwide and 9 of these were in Europe:

Spain Valencia, July 1, 2016

Cyprus womenpower November 16, 2016

Russia Perm, RusWIC March 1-3, 2017

Turkey Ankara, ACWiC March 11-12, 2017

Serbia Belgrade April 25-26, 2017

Spain Mallorca May 5, 2017

Azerbaijan Baku, April 15, 2017

UK Hertfordshire, May 12

Ukraine Kyiv, May 20-22, 2017

Thanks to all volunteers who gave their time and effort to organize these amazing events. We are hoping that this number will grow in the coming year. ACM-W Celebrations Chair Wendy Powley is inviting all past and potential Celebrations Coordinators to register by filling this registration form if they are planning a celebration between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. And please keep in mind that funding is not guaranteed if the event is not registered by July 31st, 2017. If you have not yet joined Celebrations Facebook page, please do so now!

To qualify as an ACM Celebration the event must comply with the following:

  1. The event must be branded as an ACM Celebration in the title — for example, “The ACM Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing” or “The XXX Celebration of Women in Computing, An ACM Celebration event” and this must be clearly indicated on your website. This is very important. We will not consider your event an ACM Celebration if not properly branded.
  2. The event must be at least one full day in length (preferably longer) and feature speakers or workshop leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Include attendees from a diverse population — that is, from more than one area or school.

If you have questions please feel free to contact Wendy Powley (wendy@cs.queensu.ca).

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 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 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 https://awards.acm.org/award_nominations.cfm 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 https://www.acm.org/special-interest-groups/sig-awards.

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