Jessica Cotrina: How I won the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Grant

Jessica Cotrina: How I won the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Grant

Jessica Cotrina tells us about her experience applying for the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Grant. She has wont his year and will have the opportunity to go to Phoenix and attend this international conference. Here it goes an invited blog post. —- Hello everyone. I currently study Systems Engineering at Universidad Privada del Norte-Cajamarca. A few months ago; to be precise, in January; some information was published about a very important event: the Grace Hopper Conference. Grace Hopper Conference is the biggest celebration in the world for women in computing. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in association with ACM. I did not hesitate and applied for the grant. The one that applies to students. It needs some personal information, but the most important part is writing an essay. The essay should contain expectations about why you want to go; but the important part is to be able to describe what you are currently doing. If it is a project, the impact that it has over your city or the environment it is being developed on. Then you have to upload recommendation letters from people that know you in person. The other part was the presentation of a poster, where I added that I am working on a project called TECHMIN (Technology and Mining). I commented on the development of the project and the impact it has. The contest held to evaluate the presentation of the poster and the application for students was evaluated internally by people from all around the world. Now I have the opportunity to receive a Scholarship grant and go to...
Women in Technology Perú will present in the Grace Hopper conference

Women in Technology Perú will present in the Grace Hopper conference

Thanks to the support from the Latinas in Computing community, Women in Technology Perú could obtain two acceptances for the Grace Hopper conference, to be held in Arizona, USA in October 8th – 10th, 2014. The accepted presentations are: Lighting talk: Building the first Women in Technology community in Perú Poster: Building the first Women in Technology community in Perú Andrea Villanes, who is in charge of International Relationships for WiT Perú, will be travelling to Arizona to present representing Women in Technology Perú. When asked about it, Andrea said: “We are very happy for being able to participate in this conference. Sharing the information on how WiT started is very valuable for people from other countries who are looking to do the same and helps us learning too. The feedback on our proposals has been very good, and that has given us a lot of encouragement to keep doing things well”. On that matter, we would like to congratulate Rocio Arellano, a Women in Technology Perú volunteer, who also got a poster accepted for the conference. Her poster “Increasing success in technology workshops by incorporating team building activities”, incorporates her experience as a volunteer for WiT on Reaching Out Perú, and other events like the Rails Girls Lima. We will keep you updated on our activities this year in the Grace...