Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration crowdfunding campaign! It is truly amazing to have over 85 individual donors help raise over $17,000, taking us well over our initial goal of $10,000! Your donations, in addition to departmental funding helped us send 32 students to the conference, our largest delegation ever.
Student attendees were able to see exceptional keynote speakers, attend panel talks and attend a three day career fair. This year I hosted an alumni/current student gathering that was very well received by all. During this event and at various times throughout the conference current students were able to connect with approximately 20 alumni attending with various companies from Google to Square, Amazon to Microsoft and many many more.
Olivia MacDougal a Product Owner at Carbon Black and 2018 CS graduate said, “It was an awesome chance to get to know students and reconnect with other alums. The coffee/snacks and room off to the side were a nice refuge / felt like home in a sea of 25,000 attendees and countless talks. It was one of the highlights of my conference experience. I definitely would love to see it happen again next year!”
All of these conference experiences would not have been possible without each and every one of you.
On behalf of everyone here at CS, thank you so much!