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The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery will be held from 8th -11th October 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of women throughout the world are leading technology innovation, but their contributions often go unnoticed and unrewarded. The Anita Borg Institute has pioneered a collection of awards to honor the important contributions and accomplishments of these technologists during The Grace Hopper Celebration.

Over 6000 participants from over 50 different countries are expected to attend the conference.  ABIE Awards have been given away to women who have succeeded in industry, government, and the academic world. Past winners include Fran Allen, Christine Alvarado, Shikoh Gitau, Margaret Martonosi, Alice Pawley, Ann Quiroz Gates, Mary Lou Soffa, and Lisa Pruitt.

ABIE Awards are as follows:

  • The Technical Leadership ABIE Award recognizes women technologists who demonstrate leadership through their contributions to technology and achievements in increasing the impact of women on technology. The recipient is invited to give a presentation on her work and accomplishments at the conference.
  • The Social Impact ABIE Award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on women, technology, and society.
  • The Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award recognizes a junior faculty member for high-quality research and significant positive impact on diversity.
  • The A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award recognizes educators for developing innovative teaching practices and approaches that attract girls and women to computing, engineering, and math.
  • The Change Agent ABIE Awards celebrate the accomplishments of rising women in technology  from outside the United States, with an emphasis on developing countries, whose work results in social, cultural, and/or behavioral change.

Some of the important dates to remember are:

Friday, March 14, 2014 : Call for Participation Deadline


Margaret Bullen, who helped wire up the original Colossus at Bletchley Park during World War II, attended the opening of the Heroines of Computing gallery.


The National Museum of Computing has opened a gallery celebrating the role of women in computer history.

Sponsored by Google, it documents the important role women have played in building and programming pioneering computers.

The idea for the gallery arose when the Museum found that only 10% of students on its educational courses were women.

It is hoped that the gallery will help to inspire more young women and girls to take up a job in the computer world.

“Girls must take advantage of the revival of computing in schools and recognise and grab the opportunities that our wonderful sector offers,” said Dame Stephanie Shirley at the opening ceremony for the gallery.

The Museum is sited in the grounds of Bletchley Park, the wartime code-cracking centre.

On show at the gallery are contributions from Joyce Wheeler, one of the first academics to use the Edsac computer; Mary Coombs, the first female programmer for the Lyons Electronic Office and Kathleen Booth, an academic who wrote the first book about programming in Assembly language.


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24036723