Arab Women in Computing to hold 5th annual conference Aug. 10

Acording to Sana Odeh, the founder of ArabWIC, the group organizes 100 events per year to support women in technology.

24 July 2017 | 12:56

Source: Annahar

The goal of the program is to inspire, support, celebrate women in computing in the Arab world, and to promote top quality research in the region.

BEIRUT: The Arab Women in Computing is organizing its 5th annual international conference at the American University of Beirut (AUB) set for a three-day run in August.

ArabWIC is an organization supporting Arab women in technology and connecting them across the globe. It has 18 chapters in 18 countries in the MENA region and elsewhere, it encompasses more than 2,500 members.

According to Sana Odeh, the founder of ArabWIC, the group organizes 100 events per year to support women in technology such as conferences, workshops, teaching apps oriented toward girls in school, and creating programs to bring applied tech skills to the region.

"This program is the only grassroots organization that brings all women in tech fields together," said Odeh.

The 5th AUB ArabWIC conference is organized by ArabWIC in partnership with the eco tech system in the Arab World- AUB Computer Science Department, Google, the Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W), Google's Women Tech makers, Anita Borg Institute, the NYU AD Cyber Security, Arabnet, Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), Wamda, and Zoomal.

"The goal of the program is to inspire, support, celebrate women in computing in the Arab world, and to promote top quality research in the region; It's not only about promoting women but also opening up an entire ecosystem to explore top level research in the country," said Odeh.

The convention 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 venture capitalists.

The seminar will touch upon the latest technological innovations, trends, women's involvement in computer science, academia, gender gaps, and tech industries, and will examine the gender barriers in this field of work.

According to Odeh, the conference will feature 20 interactive technical workshops and career coaching workshops by Google, IBM, and by professors from a variety of universities along with lecturers from a range of other companies.

Also, it will feature mentoring sessions and keynotes from LLWB, and student research paper submissions; noting that awards will be given to the top three student posters.

More than five hundred international and regional women and men from all technology sectors are expected to participate making this the largest conference on women in tech in the Arab World, according to ArabWIC.

Academics, researchers, faculty members from all fields of computing, students from all levels, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists are expected to attend the event; with the event hosting A list names such as Enaya Ezzedine from the Ministry of Administrative Development Affairs, President of AUB Dr. Fadlo Khoury, and Chair of the Computer Science department at AUB Dr. Wassim El Hage.


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