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Grace Hopper Celebration

What is the Grace Hopper Conference? From September 26th to 28th, 2019, 49 Ohio State students attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas, supported by Ohio State’s ACM-W chapter. Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) is an international technical conference highlighting and celebrating the achievements of women in the technology field, as well as empowering all minorities in tech to make a place for themselves in the tech industry.

The conference’s namesake, Admiral Grace Hopper, was a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy in the late 1900’s and a contributor to the compiler for the COBOL programming language. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 for her contributions to the technology industry and humanity, and is today a worldwide role model to women in the technical field.

GHC is an annual 3-day technical conference featuring speakers, technical talks, workshops, a career fair with hundreds of companies, networking, poster showcases, and awards for remarkable technical women. Students, young professionals, and seasoned pros alike are all welcomed at Grace Hopper Conference to expand their technology skills, explore the industry, and meet peers.

Of Ohio State’s 49 students in attendance at GHC this year, 35 were sponsored and sent by Ohio State’s Women’s ACM chapter (ACM-W).