On “Why Empowerment”

A twitter link to an NY Mag article on why “Events for ‘Powerful Women’ Don’t Empower Anyone” has caught my eye, and so I thought I’d answer the question. First. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is *not* a bunch of rich, powerful women getting together to congratulate each other on being rich,…

GoDaddy: Redemption and Branding

Sooooo, as the internet is aware, notorious “misogyny sells” company Go Daddy was a platinum sponsor of this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Go Daddy has a long history of misogynist ad campaigns and a notorious dismissal of any critiques of said campaigns. It seemed an unlikely partnership, and caught me completely…

#GHC14 Our scavenger hunt

Jacqueline and Kim were talking over scavenger hunt ideas and I had to jump on that. Here’s the list we came up with in the end. I’m posting it here so we can post our finds. It turns out I have the short-term memory of a (metaphorical) goldfish, so writing some of my finds down…

#GHC14: Web Services – when to refactor

Or possibly “why to use a services-based system rather than monolithic” Or rather “strategies for rewriting legacy code”. Anna’s version: how do I stop myself from refactoring unnecessarily; look how long these major companies put it off. Oh, good point. The particular problem with web services is that people are *using* the service. So move…

Employment Equity Week

Employment Equity Week, March 17 – 21, 2014, will be comprised of short, practical sessions offered at no cost, with a few over the noon hour to accommodate busy work schedules: Applying Cree Storytelling to Address Contemporary Justice and Governance Issues Experiences of Diversity and Equity in the Faculty of Education The Art of Equity: From…

Academia or Industry?

My name is Neesha and I’m a 5th year PhD student. This was my third trip to Grace Hopper and wow has it grown! The last time I went was in 2009. Back then (only 4 years ago), the career fair booth was a collection of tables – one table per sponsor. Now, sponsors have…

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

My name is Kit and I’m a 5th year PhD student at the Computing Science department of the UofA. 2013 was my first year at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and my supervisor, Mike Bowling, was so awesome to fund my trip. My impressions of GHC 2013 can’t be summed up in…