About This Conference
The goal of the 2017 ArabWIC 5th Annual International conference on Arab Women in Computing is to inspire, support and celebrate women in computing in the Arab world and create links with the global tech ecosystem. More than five hundred international and regional women and men from all technology sectors (academics, students, professionals, and entrepreneurs) are expected to participate making this the largest conference on women in tech in the Arab World.
This conference will explore the state of the art of computing/technology, the latest innovations and trends, entrepreneurship and the role of women in tech start-ups and of women VC’s. Women’s enrollment in computer science courses, their involvement in industry and academia, gender gaps, positive trends as well as barriers in the field will all be examined. The conference will feature renowned technical researchers, keynote talks, interactive technical workshops, hackathons, mentoring sessions, networking, career coaching for all levels, a career fair featuring top tech companies, and a gala to celebrate women in technology. The conference will end with a three days tour of Lebanon which will be scheduled from August 13 -16, 2017.
We would like to thank AUB CS Department (especially Dr Wassim El Hajj) for his tremendous effort to support this conference!
Important Deadline for Speakers Submissions:
- Research, Applied Technology and Coaching Paper, Workshop or Panel Submissions Deadlines: May 20th, 2017 - Submit a Proposal Here
- Notification of acceptance: June 30th, 2017
Conference Chair and Founder:
Prof. Sana Odeh, Chair and founder of ArabWIC, Clinical Professor Of Computer Science, and Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University, New York.
Research Track Co-Chairs:
- Dr. Kaoutar El Maghraoui, ArabWIC Co-Chair, Research Scientist, T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM, Yorktown Heights, New York
- Dr. Dalila Chiadmi, Full Professor at the Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs, Med V University Rabat, Morocco
Technology and Application Track Co-Chairs:
- Dr Ghida Ibrahim, Data Scientist, Liberty Global, Netherlands
- Susan Malaika, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM, USA
Get to Know Our Conference Committee
Conference Main Organizer; Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC)
The goal of ArabWIC is to support, inspire, retain, encourage collaboration, increase visibility and status of Arab women in computing, enabling them to achieve their career aspirations.
ArabWIC aims to create links with international women in computing organizations and is proud to be officially affiliated with the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), the Systers communities, and the Academic Computing Machinery Women in Computing (ACM-W). ArabWIC has forged important collaboration and partnerships with leading organizations in the Middle East such as ArabNet, Wamda, AUB CS department (American University in Beirut Department of Computer Science), Zoomaal, LLWB (Lebanese League for Women in Business), and Stanford’s Wids and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).
ArabWIC has built a community of more than 2500 Arab technical women (academics, students, entrepreneurs, VC’s, and industry professionals) from all over the world and has successfully created chapters in 17 countries. ArabWIC has offered scholarships to attend the GHC (Grace Hopper Annual Celebration) for ten women every year (Thanks to QCRI for the generous funding) since 2014.
ArabWIC members have organized several hackathons in many cities such as Beirut, Amman, Ramallah, Gaza, Dubai, Riyad, and Tunis along with major organizations such as AngelHack, LLWB, Wamda, ArabNet and Zoomaal. ArabWIC members have held mentoring, technical and research talks and workshops, career events, four annual conferences (three at NYUAD and one in Algeria), and sessions to teach young girls to code and many other important events in more than 10 Arab countries.
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