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Our Official Guide to the 2020 Grace Hopper Celebration

By Emily Gregor

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The annual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), produced by our friends at, is coming up, and we want to make sure you’re ready to take advantage of all this annual conference has to offer.

Running from September 29 to October 3, more than 30,000 women+-identifying technologists will gather (virtually!) to learn, network, and be inspired. This year’s theme is #TogetherWeBuild. Ready to register? Sign up today to get started.

With an agenda packed with impressive keynote speakers like Megan Rapinoe and Serena Williams, workshops to help you improve your skill set, and valuable networking opportunities and hackathons, this year’s GHC is bound to be an exciting way to connect with technologists around the world.

Outside of an All Access ticket, you can also choose to only attend the virtual Career Fair, which can help you access more than 100 companies that are currently hiring and meet one-on-one with recruiters.

If you’re not able to attend, there are other ways to get involved too. One conference partner, Accenture, is offering a host of workshops both leading up to and during GHC, with topics ranging from building leadership skills to how fast-evolving technologies like AI and ML are changing the industry.

There are also a host of free prep resources available too—whether you want to learn how to pitch yourself from Google Senior Project Manager Shilpa Vir, how to find a job at the conference, and how to network effectively.

If you are attending, to help you plan your conference schedule, we’re sharing a few of our must-watch events throughout the week.

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Tuesday, September 29

Seeing Beyond Yourself: Effective Allyship, Advocacy, and Activism for Women in Computing | 11:35am–12:35pm PT
This panel brings together a group of diverse women in CS to discuss the importance of same-gender allyship, advocacy, and activism.

An Engineer's Essential Tool in Agile is Design Thinking | 12:40pm–1:10pm PT
In this session, you’ll see how a design-thinking model called Design for Delight is applied within Agile frameworks, with tools that can be adapted for remote work due to COVID-19, to deliver thoughtful and inclusive solutions that can change the world.

Wednesday, September 30

Entry-Level Networking Session | 9:40am–10:10am PT
Get to know your peers at this entry-level networking session, perfect if you’re new to software engineering or the tech industry as a whole.

Who Tells Your Story—How Technology Can Help Amplify Underrepresented Voices | 10:10am–10:40am PT
In this talk, learn about how technology can help us create a history that is more diverse, more representative, and ultimately more accurate—and how you can get involved.

You're Asking Users the Wrong Questions! | 10:45am–11:15am PT
Learn how to overcome limitations and ask the right questions to identify true, unbiased user needs that set you up for product success.

Applying Accessibility and Gender-Sensitive Design Strategy to API Design | 11:15am–11:45am PT
Learn how design strategy can be adapted with ease to accessible API products that are usable by a diverse set of users.

Finding the Human Behind Tech: Building Products for Emerging Markets | 11:50am–12:20pm PT
In this session, you’ll learn the strategies that help you problem-solve for those who need it most and better understand hard-to-reach consumers.

Thursday, October 1

Experience Open Source—GitHub 101: An Intro to Git and GitHub for Newbies Session 1 | 8:30am–9am PT
Learn everything you need to know to get started with using GitHub in your next job or in your first Open Source contribution.

Becoming Visible: Increasing Engagement & Talent Pipelines for Women of Color in Tech | 10:10am–10:40am PT
Learn how to activate and energize underrepresented groups to lead the organization toward human connection, motivation, and belonging.

Forming Affinity Groups: Turn a Social Club into a Program That Makes Impact | 10:45am–11:45am PT
Are you inspired to create a sense of community at work? Do you see opportunity for the employee experience to improve at your workplace? In this workshop, you’ll learn practical steps to build your affinity group and create change at your company.

Exploring Intersectionality Across Dimensions of Race, Gender & Ability | 11:50am–12:20pm PT
This panel will examine some of the ways that life in tech for many of us has changed while reflecting on the ways that things have stayed the same. We will cover intersectional and systemic inequities experiences of women in tech, computing and social justice, and steps we all can take toward accountability.

Friday, October 2

Inclusivity Power-Up: Lessons Learned Mentoring Formerly Incarcerated Software Engineers | 10:10am–10:40am PT
This talk focuses on approaches to mentoring nontraditional students with an incarceration history. Learn how to set mentees up for success with insight and concrete skills that aim to provide an identity-affirming, holistic, and encouraging experience.

Count Like an Octopus: An Interactive Class on Numerical Programming | 11:15am–11:45am PT
In this talk hosted by Fullstack’s Director of Academic Product + Instruction Dan Sohval, students will be introduced to a core computer science concept. Using fun models from wildlife, students will leave with new strategies and a new appreciation for the way computers think.

Code & Deploy Your Technical Portfolio | 11:50am–12:50pm PT
This workshop will help you start coding a technical portfolio in Markdown and deploy it with Github Actions. Bring your laptop and a Github handle to learn how to build a portfolio as code and practice continuous integration and delivery.

Saturday, October 3

Career Moves—Changing and Taking Chances | 8am–8:30am PT
This talk will help you build a strategic plan for changing your career.

Hiring and Finding a Job in Tech: Your Guide to a Radically Evolving AI Landscape | 8:30am–9am PT
This conversation will shed light on how radically the job search has changed and how AI is changing HR. Understand the perils and potential of these new job search technologies, how to prepare, and how to build equitable workforces that innovate for all.

Make Your Visions Come True: Creating Your 5-Year Career Virtual Vision Board | 9am–10am PT
Set yourself up for career success by visualizing where you want to be in five years and creating an action plan to get there in this workshop.

Tackling the Technical Whiteboard Interview: An Organized Approach | 11am–12pm PT
This workshop provides an organized approach to help job seekers tackle any whiteboard question and work through it with confidence.

If the Grace Hopper Celebration has you excited about software engineering and you want to work to make tech more equitable for all, learn more about the Grace Hopper Program’s flagship 17-week web development program