University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) Associate Teaching Professor Judy Mullins and Northwest Missouri State University Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Carol Spradling will co-chair the first Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINKWIC) conference Oct. 7-8 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City – Plaza, 220 West 43rd St., Kansas City, Mo. A career fair featuring 14 companies and 4 graduate schools is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 8, as well. For more information, visit http://http://minkcwic.acm.org/.
This regional meeting, modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, will bring together students, faculty and technology leaders from across the four states to discuss the role of women in today’s computing and technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success and explore issues common to women working in these fields. Specifically, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore opportunities in computing, network with other women from academia, industry and government and create friendships among women in the region who share the same interest and passion for computing. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions. Representatives from Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cerner, Garmin, Monsanto, Hewlett-Packard, Booz Allen Hamilton and Principal Financial will speak at the event, and students can present their research and areas of study. See the UMKC Press Release.