Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Read more about EA’s activities at this year’s event here.
EA is proud to be a part of Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Taking place next month in Houston, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is the world’s largest conference for women technologists full of inspiration and energy. Last year, the conference was attended by nearly 12,000 people.
We're excited to have a number of our employees attend and gain valuable insights, like Gracie Arenas (https://twitter.com/maze518), Technical Art Director at BioWare: “GHC 2018 will be my 4th consecutive year to attend, and I’m excited to participate again because it’s important for women industry veterans to be a part of the support network that shows women and underrepresented groups that there is a place for them in tech. When I first attended in 2015, there were only 3 people from EA, and to see it expand to full company support with over 150 individuals involved, it’s incredible. The rate of women in computing has been in a steady decline since the 90s and currently stands around 25% (with only 22% women in video games specifically). I believe that in order to insure the long-term success of the tech industry, we need to make sure that women are aware of possibilities and how they can make an impact in the field. GHC provides an inspiring forum for sharing the state of where women and underrepresented groups are, what we’re doing now, and where we’re going in terms of changing the shape of technology for the better.”
GHC spans across three days and is filled with empowering keynote speeches, hundreds of informative workshops and panels to attend, and, of course, on the floor interaction with the EA team for your chance to network and making impactful connections.
“I attended GHC in 2017 and it was simply incredible. There is no conference like it- that both nurtures and celebrates women in technology. I knew I wanted to be a part of it for 2018 and am so excited to be able to share my own perspective as a female game developer. GHC is so important as it gives us real strategies and the confidence to face the unique challenges we will experience as women in technology. I can’t say enough great things about GHC and am excited to share this awesome experience with my many coworkers,” said Katie Scott, Senior Game Designer.
We're also proud of our team members who will be taking the lead at panels at this year’s conference! Take a look at who is presenting what, and if you're going, we hope to see you there in attendance.
EA Schedule of Sessions:
Paper Presentation - Building a Highly Performant and Cost Efficient Ad-Hox Query Platform
Wednesday, September 26th, 11:30am-2:00pm
Creating Kim Hunter: The First Female Playable Football Hero
Wednesday ,September 26th, 2:30pm-2:50pm
Helping Close the STEM Gender Gap with Video Games
Wednesday, September 26th, 3:30-3:50pm, Room GRB 362C
Stimulating Life: Autonomy in The Sims
Friday, September 28th, 1:40 pm-2pm
Game On! Increasing Your Tech Career XP
Friday, September 28th, 11:45am-12:05pm
“The Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) is a great platform for women in technology to speak about the topics that they are passionate about. One of my passions is getting more women into gaming and GHC helps me reach out to women in other fields of technology and talk to them about the video game industry.” Pamela Iluore (https://twitter.com/SimGuruiluore), Development Manager.
If you’re attending this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, please come visit us at booth 5224. And if you stop by our booth and take pictures please join the conversation online by using the #EAGHC18! We look forward to meeting you there.
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