In 2011 the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing (ONCWIC 2011) was held at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario and was attended by more than 135 women in computing representing 15 universities across Ontario, as well as women working in industry and academia. The event was clearly a major success. The participants were fully engaged, and the level of excitement and energy at the conference was palpable.
Highlights of the conference included the opening festivities held at the well-known Second City in downtown Toronto where lots of fun and laughter was had by all. This was followed the next day by the well received keynote by Alice Bonhomme-Biais, Senior Software Engineer for Google. Other exciting and informative talks were provided by Jennifer Stott, Director, Payment Technology, RBC, Lydia Lee, VP & CIO, University Health Network and John MacRitchie, Regional Director, OCE. Not to mention the prestigious participants in the IBM Panel and RIM Group Discussion, the CCICT speaker and student presenters and talk about academia by UofT's Associate Professor Kelly Lyons. An added bonus was the popular industry and academia booths where everyone enjoyed the opportunity of meeting and networking with friends and colleagues as well as industry and academic representatives.
To see the full program and learn more about our speakers, please click here. To see a list of our sponsors, to whom we are ever grateful, click here. And to view photos of the event click here.
And to everyone that played a part in the success of ONCWIC 2011 - thank you!
When asked what the highlights of the conference were for them, here's a sample of what participants had to say:
UofT Women in Computer ScienceAMC-W
Grace Hopper Conference
Anita Borg Institute
CATAWIT: Bring it On
Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's ICT Skills
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