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Anita Borg Institute, Grace Hopper Celebration, Technical Women, Women in Techology

December 07, 2010 21:30 ET

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Announces First Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - December 7, 2010) - The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) today announced a turnout of almost 600 attendees from 79 organizations for the first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India Conference. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is the only annual conference exclusively for technical women in India; it brings the research and career interests of women in computing in India to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields representing industrial, academic and government communi­ties. Leading researchers will present their current work, while special sessions will focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is taking place at the Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore India, December 7 - 9, 2010.

"The Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing India Conference is more than just a conference. It's about creating a dedicated community of purely technical women in India. Over 100 Indian technical women from 50 organizations have worked together over the last year to develop sessions and content specific to the challenges for technical women. It's a conference created by technical women, for technical women. It's our hope to expand the conference and this community to include many more voices in the coming year," said Deanna Kosaraju, ABI's Vice President of Programs.

Wednesday, December 8th will feature a Keynote by Kalpana Margabandhu, 
Director of WebSphere Development, IBM India Software Lab. A Poster Session featuring 30 academic and industry posters will be featured. Conference sessions include Cloud Computing, Network Security, Working in Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship and How to be a Successful Manager. 

Thursday, December 9th will feature a Keynote by Nandini Chatterjee Singh of the National Brain Research Center. There will also be a Plenary Panel on the Challenges and Opportunities for Technical Women in India and the United States featuring Apala Chavan, Vice President of Human Factors International Asia; Krista Claude, Vice President Technology Thomson Reuters; Nagamani Murthy, Vice President of the Mobile, Automotive and Consumer Electronics (MAC) business, Wipro; Dr. Rebecca Parsons, Chief Technology Officer, ThoughtWorks; Justin Rattner, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Intel, and Dr. Radha Shelat, CEO Aviram Networks & Nevis Networks.

"The importance of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is both local and global in impact. The conference creates a local Indian community of technical women, and celebrates, for the first time, their success. By building on the approach of the successful North American Grace Hopper Celebration, we demonstrate to technical women around the world the possibility of women coming together to create the technology of our global future," said Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute.

The Grace Hopper Celebration India features more than 28 panels and birds of a feather sessions with over 162 speakers. Grace Hopper India Conference sponsors include:

Founding Sponsor: Google

Gold Sponsors: Cisco, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, and NetApp .

Silver Sponsors: CA Technologies and Thomson Reuters

Bronze Sponsors: Adobe, Goldman Sachs, HP, Intel, Symantec, ThoughtWorks, and Yahoo!

International Professional Society Co-Host: ACM

Scholarships for the conference were sponsored by: Akamai, CA Technologies, FirstRain, Juniper Networks, and Xerox.

For more information on the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India and to download a copy of our program go to http://www.gracehopper.in. Interested sponsors for the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration India should contact Jody Mahoney Vice President Corporate Partnerships jodym@anitaborg.org.

About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI)
The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. ABI programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. ABI Partners include: Google, Microsoft, HP, CA, Cisco, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, SAP, Oracle/Sun, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, Motorola Foundation, Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook, and Raytheon. For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org.

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