Call for Participation – Conference Sessions

2011 Grace Hopper Celebration India

Call for Participation for the following Session Tracks: Student, New Career, Technical, Academia/Research, Program Management & Strategy, Individual Contributor, Mid-Level/Sr. Management, and Entrepreneur Tracks

Submissions must be made electronically.

Key dates:
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Deadline to submit program materials and confirm participation: October 29th.

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Overview:
These session tracks provide the foundation of content for the conference and are designed and proposed by technical women across India after a review and selection process. The goal of the sessions is to provide attendees with valuable information that will help them in their careers or provide them with new perspectives on topics relevant to their career as technical women. A successful submission will provide an in-depth presentation of a particular topic.

A variety of formats are encouraged:
Panels discuss topics relevant to the audience and current in the industry. They range in size from three to seven panelists. Panels can take various formats, including a short introduction of the panel, followed by questions and answers or short presentations by three to four leaders in the field, followed by an interactive dialogue among the panelists and the audience members.
Workshops are designed to give attendees an experience with a particular topic and are interactive in nature. Workshops are run by one or two leaders who begin the session with structured training followed by in-depth discussions, exercises, or problem-solving. Unlike panels or presentations, workshops can be limited in size and can have attendance criteria. An example from GHC 2009 is the WomenBuild LEGO(r) Bricks Workshop.
Presentations give people an opportunity to share their work and insights they have learned. Presentations generally have only a single speaker and may be shorter than the 60 minutes usually reserved for a Panel or Workshop. Sometimes presentations are combined to share the 60 minute time slot.
Birds of a Feather sessions are interactive topic-based discussions led by one or more moderators and/or speakers. These sessions are scheduled at the end of each day in order to discuss the days events and give the attendees an opportunity to share their views and explore a more in-depth and interactive discussion.

Successful submissions focus on content relevant to the attendee for their particular track. Submissions in keeping with the theme of the conference “What Next?” are especially welcome. The theme “What Next?” recognizes the personal and professional challenges and growth technical women experience throughout their career. A technology culture that encourages participation and inquiry from a diverse workforce leads to greater levels of innovation. Submissions are encouraged that answer the question: “what next?” Professional and academic development topics of interest include mentoring, networking, time management, balancing professional and personal commitments, overcoming barriers to advancement, and exploring new areas of career growth.

For technical contributions, we seek submissions on technology benefiting humanity (both the technology and how people use it to meet social, environmental, or political needs) and topics on security and information management (e.g., identity theft, cyber tools, and privacy in defense, finance, health care, or social computing). We also seek submissions on other leading edge technical topics in computer science (e.g., cloud computing, nanotechnology, networking, ubiquitous computing, low-powered processors, Internet technologies and services, high-performance computing, and advances in computer hardware) as well as on a variety of other technical topics including medical/health care technology, sensors/embedded systems, assistive technology, social computing/networking, open source, mobile technology – wireless, robotics, green tech, outreach/giving back, human-computer interfaces, informatics, grid computing, programming languages, web services, computing education, and theory of CS.

Submission format:
Session Track panels, workshop, and presentation proposals may be at most 3 pages using a minimum of 10pt type. Proposals should provide the following and must be submitted electronically:
• The objectives of the panel/workshop/presentation.
• The targeted audience and any restrictions on attendance to workshops (size, background knowledge, etc.).
• The format of the panel/workshop/presentation.
• Proposed session length.
• An overview of the information to be presented including an explanation of why the information is relevant to the Hopper’s audience.
• A description of any written materials that will be available.
• A discussion of any competing points of view that will be covered.
• The number, name(s), and affiliation(s) of the speaker(s) or panelists. Please make sure the proposed speakers have agreed to participate prior to submission.
• The educational, technical, and professional background/qualifications of the speaker(s).
• For samples of submission formatting see Sample Proposal 1 and Sample Proposal 2

Description of each track:

Student Track (6 sessions, 2 birds of a feather session): The student track focuses on the challenges and opportunities students experience at the undergraduate or graduate level. Topics may include but are not limited to: considering graduate school, balancing studies and life, what skills to obtain to do well in industry or academia, how to find a job and career options.

New Career Track (6 sessions, 2 birds of a feather sessions): The New Career track is for attendees in the years 0-10 of their career when the majority of technical women are facing life changes such as marriage and/or starting a family. This track highlights ways in which women can overcome these challenges propelling them into new areas of career and personal development. Topics may include: finding a mentor, learning to balance career and home, critical questions to consider in career advancement choices, taking time off and re-entry, career challenges and building your brand towards success.

Technical Track (12 sessions, 4 birds of a feather sessions): For technical contributions, we seek submissions on technology benefiting humanity (both the technology and how people use it to meet social, environmental, or political needs) and topics on security and information management (e.g., identity theft, cyber tools, and privacy in defense, finance, health care, or social computing). We also seek submissions on other leading edge technical topics in computer science (e.g., cloud computing, nanotechnology, networking, ubiquitous computing, low-powered processors, Internet technologies and services, high-performance computing, and advances in computer hardware) as well as on a variety of other technical topics including medical/health care technology, sensors/embedded systems, assistive technology, social computing/networking, open source, mobile technology – wireless, robotics, green tech, outreach/giving back, human-computer interfaces, informatics, grid computing, programming languages, web services, computing education, and theory of CS. Finding excellent Indian female technologists are preferred, but not required.

Academia/Research (6 sessions and 2 birds of a feather sessions): Academics and research are critical to the future of technology and innovation in India. This track explores research and academic career options and discusses the challenges and opportunities in these fields. Topics may include, but not limited to: careers in academic or research, the path to tenure, the future of research in India, partnership models between academia and industry, and attracting and retaining more female student in CS.

Program Management and Strategy (3 sessions and 1 birds of a feather session): Program Management is a growing career path for technical women in India. It has a lasting and significant effect on the bottom-line of a business. Hence it is different from project management which tends to focus on schedules and day to day management. In cases where Program management has a more strategic focus, it helps define whether the enterprise will survive as a viable commercial/governable entity. This track will explore the challenges associated with mid-senior positions in this multi-faceted discipline in technology-oriented organizations. In addition, the track will also explore the interplay of product management and project management with program management.

Individual Contributor (6 sessions and 2 birds of a feather sessions): The individual contributor is the key to innovation and cutting edge technology for organizations. This track will explore the challenges and opportunity of the individual contributor. Sessions could include: the path to fellow, IP (patenting and publishing and other means of contributing innovation), brand management as an expert, career options as a technical expert, and working with non-technical managers.

Mid-level/Sr Management Track: (6 sessions and 2 birds of a feather sessions): This track explores the potential and pitfalls of management positions. Topics include: new to management, career options, building diverse teams, managing global teams, managing up, business acumen, and branding yourself as a leader.

Entrepreneur Track (3 sessions and 1 birds of a feather session): This new track explores the growing opportunity of starting your own company as an entrepreneur, or innovating within an organization as an intrapreneur (creating and bringing an idea to market within a larger organization). Topics may include: Building a business plan, funding options, developing products customers will buy, balancing the roles of founder and CEO, and tapping into networks and resources.

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