Last week, I attended the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the largest gathering of women in tech in the world. Thanks to the support of the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, about 50 University of Maryland students and I were able to meet with some of the most successful and inspiring women (and men) in the tech industry.
Featured speakers included Latanya Sweeney (a Harvard professor and founder of the Data Privacy Lab), Ginni Rometty (president and CEO of IBM), Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce) and Megan Smith (CTO of the United States).
The week was a flurry of activities — attending workshops and panel sessions, meeting with user experience designers and software engineers, attending post-conference parties and making some new friends. My UMD peers and I even got to hang out with Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus VR for a little bit.
Here are some of my other highlights from the week: