Back At the Grace Hopper Celebration

So I’m happy to say that I’ll be once again attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing! This years celebration is in Baltimore, USA.

I’m very much looking forward to it. I’ve started to build quite a network of friends that I see there every year. It will also be great fun to catch up with the other ThoughtWorkers there, as I haven’t seen a lot of them since I move to the UK this year.

Unfortunately I will not be speaking this year, after the amazing amazing experience of last year, I did try, but it wasn’t to be.

The main reason for me going this year is to start talking to people about the possibility of setting up a European version of the Grace Hopper Celebration! There is very little visibility of the Anita Borg institute and the work that they do in Europe and I think there are loads of great women in Tech in the UK and Europe that would get a huge boost out of events like this.

Anyway just a pipe dream at the moment, but watch this space.

The last 2 years I have attended have been really worth it. Totally exhausting, there are so many sessions, awesome people to meet and network with, and then ThoughtWorks always has a huge recruiting presence there too. But I always get such a boost just from being there. I meet really inspiring new people and I remember why I’m a women in technology and why it’s so great. Being surrounded by so many others you can’t help but leave on a huge high. (plus I’m really looking forward to the dance party as always!)

Hope to see you there and let me know if this European Grace Hopper Celebration sounds interesting!