WICS has recently been announced as a winner of the Symantec sponsored Round 5 Student Seed Fund award from the National Center of Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)! As a winner, WICS will receive $750 to host a series of “Hacker” workshops for girls in elementary schools and middle schools to generate their interest in technology early on.
The Google discussion panel was incredibly informative and the panelists were very forthcoming with information about being a woman in CS, what it’s like to work at Google, and how to be a good Google candidate. We had over 45 members attending the event, and many enthusiastically rushed up to talk to the panelists after the event!
We had many delicious sandwiches and (amazing) ‘swag’ before the panel, and we had the fantastic opportunity of talking to the panelists one-on-one after the panel ended.
Google will be working with WICS on future projects this academic year, and have been very helpful and enthusiastic about working with our active WICS chapter. Thank you to Google for hosting this event with WICS!
Thanks to all of our members that attended Masimo’s “The Hidden Job Market” presentation. Remember it’s important to reach out and make connections, it make get you much further than just putting out resumes!
We had a fantastic turnout for our Mentorship Program. We printed out 35 mentee mixer sheets and we ran out! We had a mixer and ‘speeddating’ event so our mentors and mentees could get acquainted and find out who they best got along with. We’re looking forward to hearing more how our mentors and mentees are doing later in the quarter!
Before our trip to Grace Hopper, WICS hosted its first general meeting. We had a great turnout of about 40 people, with a much higher representation of women than previous years! Following our presentation of this quarter’s events, we pulled out the card games, and for the next hour and a half our new members met each other, ate pizza, and played card games.
We briefly asked people about how they felt about WICS this year, and many were relieved to have a friendly and low-pressure group in ICS that they can relate to. Many were able to dispel their fears that they would be isolated in ICS this year! As a result our organization will be hosting more social events for women in ICS to mingle and approach each other in a much easier environment than in the classroom.
We’re looking forward to a busy and productive year!
Last Saturday four of our members had the privilege to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, Maryland. The trip was incredibly inspiring for all of us and we agreed that we will raise funds to send UCI students to Grace Hopper every year.
We met many representatives from great companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, DropBox, Qualcomm, and many others who were enthusiastic about going to UCI to meet our WICS members! We also attended several workshops for professional development, technical issues in the industry, as well as how to be an effective organization for women in ICS.
On a lighter note, we attended two dances, ate the ridiculous amounts of desserts served at the conference, and picked up tons of free goodies. Check out our Flickr photostream for pictures of our experience at Grace Hopper.
At our next meeting on Tuesday, October 9th we will be giving away a bunch of company swag and we will raffle off a Google shirt!