Grace Hopper Celebration kicked off this morning in Minneapolis with Geekon in full force. Grace Hopper is the largest technical conference for women in computing, resulting in collaborative proposals, networking and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing. 4700 global attendees came to listen to this year’s theme, “Think Big, Drive Forward.”
Our technology is driving Groupon forward and being at Grace Hopper is a great chance for us to showcase our groundbreaking work while developing our employees and attracting new engineering talent.
Being at Grace Hopper also perpetuates our goals around Women at Groupon (W@G), our company sponsored, empowered collection of Groupon employees voluntarily working together to support the attraction, engagement, and development of women.
The conference kicked off with a plenary session featuring Sheryl Sandberg in conversation with Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College, and Telle Whitney, President and CEO of Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
Sandberg exploded with energy around the importance of tech and women in tech driving the future of society – her overarching idea delved into how we can develop and support female engineering talent. It was engaging for women in engineering at Groupon to connect with Sandberg again after her recent visit to Chicago promoting Lean In.
Klawe shared the success of how Harvey Mudd’s Computer Science Department tackled the gender gap in computer science. Through an innovative, three-part plan, the percentage of women CS majors has shifted from 12 percent to 35 percent and reached a high of 40 percent for the class of 2011.
In the afternoon breakout, Technology Visionaries, a panelist stated that “Five years from now mobile is going to be the primary interface for customers.”
Ramping up on the first day it was inspiring to hear ideas about technologies emerging that will change the future and how engineering is the driving force.