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Hopper Down Under

July 29, 2019 · 5:00 pm - July 31, 2019 · 5:00 pm

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SAVE THE DATE!
COMING SOON HOPPER DOWN UNDER IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

 

WELCOME RECEPTION, JULY 29, 2019
CELEBRATION, JULY 30-31, 2019

Hopper Down Under is a celebration of diversity in technology in the Asia-Pacific. Created by women technologists, for women technologists, this inaugural conference is produced by AnitaB.org.

Background

Hopper Down Under is modeled on the AnitaB.org Grace Hopper Celebration, aimed to empower women technologists in the Asia-Pacific. It brings together women technologists at all levels, from undergraduate to CEO, along with members from industry leading companies, academia, and research, to build relationships, learn, and advance their careers.

Hopper Down Under offers technical and career development sessions, including Poster Sessions, a Career Fair, a Tech Expo, Mentoring Circles, and more.

 

The Call for Participation is now open! Click on the “Apply to Speak” menu tab above to learn more, or click here to submit your application.

 

Our event objectives include:

  • Building community.
  • Strengthening our collective, diverse voices.
  • Promoting inclusion.
  • Inspiring action.

Please send your questions and other inquiries to the following email address: HopperAustralia@anitab.org

If you would like to receive more information about Hopper Down Under and other events happening in your area, fill out this form.

Attend

We welcome people of all genders and backgrounds to attend the inaugural Hopper Down Under to celebrate diversity in tech in the Asia Pacific. Our program is designed to:

  •  Celebrate technical impact and accomplishments of women and gender diverse people at all career and academic levels
  •  Enable women to network with peers, allies and mentors in the Asia-Pacific region, and support one another along their career paths
  • Equip women and allies with technical and career skills through a variety of interactive and hands-on sessions
  • Inspire curiosity and action whether you are an experienced technologist or new to the technology field

Registration

We appreciate your enthusiasm for Hopper Down Under and your commitment to gender diversity in technology. To make attendance accessible to all, we will provide flexible registration options, including:

  • Full two-day registration (all programs, career fair and lunch for two days)
  • Scholarships (limited number of scholarships will be available to provide free admission to all programs, career fair and lunch for two days)

General Registration

General registration includes access to all programs, careers fair, lunch, and reception for the two-day conference.

  • General registration opens in mid-March 2019. Prices will be published soon.

Scholarship

Are you a student who is interested in attending Hopper Down Under and requires financial assistance?

At AnitaB.org we believe that registration cost should not be a barrier to attending this 2-day event. To make attendance accessible to students we will have Hopper Down Under Scholarships.

The timeline for Scholarship applications and Decisions will be available in March.

Apply to Speak

The Call for Participation for Hopper Down Under is now open! Check out our Tracks and the Session Formats in the menu tabs above. Once you have decided on your track and format, visit our submission site, create an account and submit your proposal to speak or present a poster.

Schedule

Key Dates
The Call for Participation in Hopper Down Under and the Sponsorship Prospectus will be available in mid-March.
Further details on key dates and important deadlines will be provided soon.

Tracks

Call for Speakers

There will be six conference tracks for the inaugural Hopper Down Under covering a wide range of fields for every technical woman. These include Research, Careers & Leadership, Products, Technology, Education and a Poster Session.

In mid-March we will release our Call for Participation at which time we will be seeking high-quality submissions that showcase the latest trends and research, emerging technology, practical experiences, technical solutions and projects led by women in one of the domains highlighted below. We invite perspectives from academic, industry, entrepreneurial, governmental and non-profit sectors. Submissions that explore diversity, inclusiveness and ethical considerations surrounding the technical work are strongly encouraged.

The conference tracks will include presentations, panels, workshops and posters.

Conference Tracks

There are six conference tracks for Hopper Down Under, including:

+ RESEARCH

The Research Track provides a place for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss latest technology trends and research results, novel tools, practical experiences, and technical challenges. We are looking for technical submissions in the broad fields of technology that the Grace Hopper Celebration is famous for, including, but not limited to: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Hardware, IoT/Wearable Devices, Computer Systems and Security/Privacy.

Key Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Hardware, IoT/Wearable Devices, Computer Systems and Security/Privacy.

+ CAREERS & LEADERSHIP

Women face a unique set of opportunities and challenges — both at a professional and personal level. The career track provides a platform for attendees to learn and discuss a wide variety of topics to help support one another and advance their careers. Proposals that present a unique perspective with clear takeaways are preferred. Topics of interest for the career track include but are not limited to:

Career Management and Mastery

  • Professional brand and presence.
  • Becoming a person of influence.
  • Career paths for technical, business, and management.
  • Startups vs. mid-size vs. global organizations vs. non-profits — finding the right fit and thriving in it.
  • Mentoring vs. sponsorship — gaining them and becoming one.
  • Building your dream network.
  • Collaborating and managing upwards and sideways.
  • Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
  • Crucial and difficult conversations in the workplace.
  • Strategic thinking skills and building alliances.
  • Defining balance and success in career.
  • Reaching the C-suite and what’s beyond it.
  • Inclusion and Cultural Awareness

Leveraging intersectionality in the workplace

  • Conscious vs. unconscious bias.
  • Imposter syndrome: identifying and overcoming.
  • Parenting in tech — the ups, downs and everything in between.
  • Motherhood in tech — the unique challenges and perspectives mothers bring.
  • Behaviors for inclusion.
  • Transforming men into allies.
  • Culturally conscious leadership.
  • Resilience and caring for your whole self.
  • The Future of Work

Building up the next generation.

  • Social innovation and using tech-for-good.
  • Pay equity in the workplace.
  • Acquiring new skills and knowledge for staying relevant and competitive in the future.
  • Fostering creativity and imagination.
  • Jobs of the future: what will go and what will stay.
+ TECHNOLOGY

Emerging technologies are breakthrough technologies that are likely to shape our lives in the near future. They are typically characterized by radical novelty, relatively fast growth, prominent impact, uncertainty, and ambiguity.

This track provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to present and discuss latest trends, technical innovations, research papers, and new applications related to emerging technologies such as quantum computing and blockchain. We welcome technical submissions, talks, workshops, tutorials, and demos that describe theoretical foundations, practical implementations, novel applications, and open source efforts in emerging technologies. We also welcome submissions that discuss the intersection of these emerging technologies with existing fields such as AI, security, IoT, cloud computing, etc.

Key topics: Quantum computing, IoT, Cloud computing, Wearables, Cybernetics, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, AI, Astrophysics.

+ PRODUCT

Launching a product involves several crucial functions, such as the conceptualization, design, development to marketing, and getting it to end users. In this track, the focus will be on relevant topics and preference will be given to submissions that provide cutting edge approaches and novel perspectives. Emerging technologies are breakthrough technologies that are likely to shape our lives in the near future. They are typically characterized by radical novelty, relatively fast growth, prominent impact, uncertainty, and ambiguity. This track provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to present and discuss latest trends, technical innovations, research papers, and new applications related to emerging technologies such as quantum computing and blockchain. We welcome technical submissions, talks, workshops, tutorials, and demos that describe theoretical foundations, practical implementations, novel applications, and open source efforts in emerging technologies. We also welcome submissions that discuss the intersection of these emerging technologies with existing fields such as AI, security, IoT, cloud computing, etc.

Key topics: Vision and strategy, Branding, Competitive differentiation, Market research, Product requirements gathering, Product design, Product life cycle, Product ecosystem development, Project management, Product quality attributes, performance scalability, usability, reliability, security, Technical launch, Commercial launch, Market study and development, Customer support, Key performance indicators, Case studies, User insight, Product strategy, Product prioritization, Launch and iterate. 

+ EDUCATION

With technology reaching into every part of the world around us, we are faced with the challenge and opportunity to enable all In our next generation to take their place as future tech leaders. Education plays an instrumental role in this endeavour to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills. How are we breaking down barriers and leading the way to engage all young women in tech? Let’s come together to celebrate and share our successes and to challenge each other to achieve our collective goal. We welcome proposals for presentations, panels and workshops that share practice, practical implementations, challenges and new approaches. We also welcome proposals for knowledge sharing and professional development.

Key topics:Inclusive pedagogy, supporting varied ability levels, DT project design, systems thinking, AR/VR, AI, Cybersecurity, assessment

+ POSTER
Hopper Down Under will host a technical poster session modelled after the mind-expanding session at the Grace Hopper Celebration. It’s the perfect opportunity to informally present your research to GHC attendees and experts in your field. Designed to help you solicit constructive feedback, the poster session lends itself to those who are still exploring an idea and have not fully developed their results into a completed paper for the Research, Technology, Product or Education tracks.

Submission Requirements

Speaker selection for any Hopper conference is highly competitive. To improve your chances of being selected, we recommend that you closely follow the speaker submission requirements.

 

General Requirements

  • Word count: Abstract – maximum 400 characters. Proposal – maximum four pages; three pages for submission content and one page for speaker bios. Only abstract will be published to attendees. We will not edit these, so please pay attention to formatting and grammar.
  • Font size: Minimum 10-point font. Use a common font such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman.
  • Audience: Use for career-related submissions to indicate your target audience. Understanding of the audience and tailoring the submission as such ensures a higher chance of success. If your submission is accepted, the audience label will be at the discretion of the track co-chairs.
  • Expertise level: Use for technical submissions to indicate if the proposal is aimed at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced levels. If your submission is accepted, the audience label will be at the discretion of the track co-chairs.
  • Templates: Use the Poster Starter Template to guide you.

Session Formats

+ PANEL

Panels let a group of individuals convene and discuss/offer opinions on a specific core point of contention. Diverse, cross-organizational, or interdisciplinary panels are strongly encouraged to ensure breadth and depth in discussion.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia, government, or non-profit
  • Number of panelists: One moderator and three to four panelists. No two people from the same organization (company or institution) can be on the same panel. Please indicate in your submission if the moderator has had previous experience moderating a panel.
  • Presentation time: 60 minutes.
  • Template: Use the Panel Starter Template to guide you.

+ PRESENTATION

Presentations allow a subject matter expert to share their in-depth knowledge about a particular technical or career topic.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia government or non-profit and PhD students.
  • Number of presenters: One presenter per presentation. Tag-team presentations are not permitted.
  • Presentation Time: Plan on 25 minutes including Q&A.
  • Template: Use the Presentation Starter Template to guide you.

+ WORKSHOP

Workshops are presenter-lead, structured training followed by in-depth discussions, exercises, or problem solving. They are interactive by nature and typically require 2 to 3 facilitators.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia, government or non-profit.
  • Number of presenters: Two to three facilitators.
  • Audience size: Please indicate your preferred and maximum audience size for an effective workshop.
  • Presentation Time: 60 minutes.
  • Template: Use the Workshop Starter Template to guide you.

+ POSTER

Posters are an opportunity to informally present your research to Hopper Down Under attendees and experts in your field. Designed to help you solicit constructive feedback, the poster session lends itself to those who are still exploring an idea and have not fully developed their results into a completed paper.

  • Eligibility criteria: Undergraduate and graduate university or college students, faculty members, and industry professionals.
  • Number of presenters: Only one presenter per poster.
  • Topics: Technical computer science research, computer science education, or broadening participation in computer science.
  • Submission format: Your submission will consist of two components: a proposal and an abstract.
  • Proposal: Your proposal describes the content of your poster, the problem you are seeking to solve, its significance, your approach, and your key results.
  • Use the Poster Starter Template to guide you.
  • Your proposal must be three (3) pages maximum, including references.
  • Use a 10-point font minimum. Use a common font such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman.
  • Abstract: Your abstract is a succinct description of your project (400 characters maximum). This paragraph will be published for the general public. We do not hold copyright on papers in our publications.

Sponsors

Sponsors are a key facet of our community and through Hopper Down Under play an important role in building a collectively strong, diverse and inclusive tech community in the Asia-Pacific.

As a Sponsor, your organization gets an opportunity to support an event aimed directly at improving Diversity and Inclusion in the tech industry. It is a great way to showcase your commitment and support for women in tech, engage and encourage your current employees by giving them an opportunity to leverage all the conference has to offer and recruit top local-talent at our career fair.

When released in mid-March, you will find that the 2019 sponsorship program offers you the convenience to pick the sponsorship package that best meets the goals and needs of your organization.

Scholarships

Our scholarship opportunities will be announced in April.

Hopper Down Under Scholarships will provide funds for undergraduate students and graduate students to attend our two-day Celebration. Scholars who attend Hopper Down Under gain access to career workshops, networking opportunities, and memories that will last a lifetime. Learn more about our Scholarships program below.

Scholarship Details

Student Scholarships include:

  • Registration
  • A stipend to cover travel costs provided at the discretion of the scholarships committee

Student Eligibility

  • You must be a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program at a college, university, or high school at the time of applying.
  • You must be a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program at a college or university at the time of Hopper Down Under (July 2019). Those graduating prior to Hopper Down Under are not eligible unless accepted to another related degree program (such as a M.S. or Ph.D. program).
  • Show satisfactory progress toward a degree such as, but not limited to, computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, human-computer interaction, math, physics, or management information systems.
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in computing.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age by July 29, 2019.
  • You cannot accept more than one scholarship to attend.
  • If you receive a scholarship and do not notify AnitaB.org that you cannot attend prior to Hopper Down Under, you will not be eligible in future years as this takes a scholarship away from another student that could have attended.

What are we looking for in a student scholar?

  • Student scholars are active in their community, including being involved with campus computing/STEM clubs and working toward the advancement of women in computing.
  • Student scholars have an understanding of how attending Hopper Down Under will have an impact on them and any messages or key learnings they take back to share at their schools.

Get Involved

Your voice and participation are important! To ensure that we incorporate the ideas and talents of our local community, please consider volunteering for Hopper Down Under.

There will be openings for reviewers in our scholarship and program track committees. Additional positions will be opened for some of our planning roles in March. General volunteers will be needed closer to the conference, so please keep checking back!

Program & Scholarship Committee Reviewers

Requirements
Reviewers must be able to commit to 6-8 hours of work between April to mid-May, possibly including online meetings.

  • If applying for a track committee, you must have technical expertise in the field of the track you selected and, ideally, prior experience reviewing proposals for a technical conference.
  • If applying for the scholarship committee, you must have at least two years of work experience. Prior experience reviewing scholarships or program tracks would be a plus.

Review Process
Each reviewer will be assigned proposals/scholarship applications from the committee chair and be given 2-3 weeks to complete reviews. After reviewing the proposal/application, they will fill in a review form using an online tool to provide a score and recommendation, as well as feedback/comments to the chairs and the submitter.
In the case of score/recommendation misalignments, the chair might invoke a discussion for further information or feedback.

Perks
All reviewers that fulfill their obligations, will receive priority registration and a discount on their ticket to Hopper Down Under in 2019.

  • Program & scholarship reviewer applications will open in mid-March

Additional Volunteer Opportunities
—– Additional volunteer opportunities will be posted in mid-March. Check back soon. —–

Details

Start:
July 29, 2019 · 5:00 pm
End:
July 31, 2019 · 5:00 pm

Organizer

AnitaB.org

Venue

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Merivale St & Glenelg Street
South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia
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