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Hopperx1 Seattle

March 22, 2019 · 8:00 am - March 23, 2019 · 6:00 pm PDT


The Seattle AnitaB.org chapter is pleased to announce the return of a Hopperx1 conference to the region in 2019.

March 22 – 23, 2019

Amazon Meeting Center

As with the 2017 event, Hopperx1 Seattle will be modeled after GHC and held in partnership with AnitaB.org.

For 2019, in response to your feedback and interest, we are expanding the content to 4 tracks that will span 2 days of exciting keynotes, career and technical content showcasing the thought leadership of the Seattle area female tech talent, while remaining true to our stated goals of:

  • Growing Community
  • Strengthening our Collective, Diverse Voices
  • Fostering Inclusion
  • Inspiring Action

We look forward to your participation!


We welcome people of all genders and backgrounds to attend 2019 Hopperx1 Seattle. Our program will be designed to:

  • Celebrate technical impact and accomplishments of women and gender diverse folk at all career and academic levels
  • Enable women to network with peers, allies and mentors in the Seattle area, 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


We appreciate your enthusiasm for Hopperx1 Seattle and your commitment to gender diversity in technology. To make attendance accessible to all, we will provide flexible registration options, including a full two-day general registration and a limited number of scholarships that provides free admission to all programs, career fair and lunch for two days.

  • General Registration is sold out and Scholarship Applications are closed. We look forward to seeing you at the conference in March!
General registration include access to all programs, career fair, lunch, and Friday night celebration for the two-day conference.

General Registration $345 Includes admission to all sessions, career fair, lunch, and Friday night celebration. SOLD OUT
Are you a student, academic, or professional in technology who is interested in attending Hopperx1 Seattle and requires financial assistance?

At Seattle AnitaB.org we believe that registration cost should not be a barrier to attending this two-day event. To make attendance accessible to all, we are delighted to announce the availability of Hopperx1 Seattle Scholarships. Apply today to receive FREE admission to the conference, including all sessions, career fair, lunch, and Friday night celebration. Please note that scholarship recipients are responsible for their own travel costs.

Scholarship FREE Includes FREE admission to all sessions, career fair, lunch, and Friday night celebration. CLOSED

Please note: All sales are final and cannot be cancelled or refunded. You may substitute a new attendee if you are not able to attend.


  • Washington State Convention Center Hyatt Regency – 808 Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98101
    Individuals can go to www.hyatt.com to book a room and input the code 60675 for a special rate.
  • Hyatt at Olive 8 – 1635 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • The Westin Seattle – 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Hotel Max – 620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
  • The Paramount Hotel – 724 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Hilton Seattle – 1301 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Conference Schedule

Click here to view the full conference agenda, including details on keynotes, sessions, career fair, lunch, and Friday night celebration!

Agenda at at Glance

General Session (ALL) Breakout Session (ALL) Career Fair (ALL) Special Session (Invite Only)
March 21, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Speaker & Sponsor Reception (Invite Only)
March 22, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opening Keynotes featuring Brenda Darden Wilkerson and Sandy Carter
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Featured Speaker François Locoh-Donou. Presentations and workshops across the following tracks:
[ Career ] [ Data Science & AI ] [ SWE, Systems & Security ] [ Product A to Z with Inclusive Design ]
11:50 a.m. – 12:50 a.m. Lunch
11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Scholars Lunch (Invite Only)
11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Systers Lunch (First-Come, First-Served)
Underrepresented Women in Computing Lunch (First-Come, First-Served)
12:50 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Panels, presentations, and workshops across the following tracks:
[ Career ] [ Data Science & AI ] [ SWE, Systems & Security ]
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Featured Speaker Cindy Alavarez. Presentations and workshops across the following tracks:
[ Career ] [ Data Science & AI ] [ SWE, Systems & Security ] [ Product A to Z with Inclusive Design ]
2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Snack
3:20 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Panels, presentations, and workshops across the following tracks:
[ Data Science & AI ] [ SWE, Systems & Security ] [ Product A to Z with Inclusive Design ]
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Fireside Chat with Laura Butler and Bridget Frey
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Celebration
March 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Career Fair
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Panels, presentations, and workshops across the following tracks:
[ Career ] [ Data Science & AI ] [ SWE, Systems & Security ] [ Product A to Z with Inclusive Design ]
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Featured Panel with Lisa Stiffler, Nicole Buchanan, Ambika Singh, and Alice Steinglass
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Panels, presentations, and workshops across the following tracks:
[ Career ] [ Data Science & AI ] [ SWE, Systems & Security ] [ Product A to Z with Inclusive Design ]
2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Snack
3:20 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Panels, presentations, and workshops across the following tracks:
[ Career ] [ Data Science & AI ] [ SWE, Systems & Security ]
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closing Keynote featuring Kathy Alexion

Call for Speakers

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal to speak at Hopperx1 Seattle! We’re excited to put on such an exciting event to highlight the voices of our amazing community and we thank you for your commitment to Seattle women in technology!

  • Our Call for Speakers closed on December 11, 2018. The conference schedule has been finalized and all speakers have been notified.

Questions? Email: seattle@communityanitab.org

Featured Speakers

Brenda Darden Wilkerson
AnitaB.org – President and CEO

Sandy Carter
Amazon – Vice President of Windows and Enterprise Workloads at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Kathy Alexion
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Laura Butler
Microsoft – Vice President and Technical Fellow, Notes and Tasks

Bridget Frey
Redfin – CTO

Lisa Stiffler
GeekWire – News Reporter

Nicole Buchanan
Ada Developers Academy – Former Executive Director

Ambika Singh
Armoire – CEO

Alice Steinglass
Code.org – President

Rebecca Norlander
HP Inc. – Global Head & Vice President, Personal Systems Software Engineering

François Locoh-Donou
F5 Networks – President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Cindy Alvarez
Microsoft – Principal PM Manager

Amanda Casari
Google – Engineering Manager, Google Cloud Developer Relations


Sponsors are a key facet of our community and through Hopperx1 Seattle play an important role in building a collectively strong, diverse and inclusive tech community right here in Seattle.

  • Thank you for your commitment and support of Seattle women in technology. At this time, all Sponsorship Levels are sold out.
Questions? Email: BusinessDevelopment@AnitaB.org

Corporate Gold

Cisco Edelman
Microsoft Oracle

Corporate Silver

Axon Capital One Dropbox
HBO Hulu
Qualtrics smartsheet Snap
Stripe Wizards of the Coast Zillow

Academic/Nonprofit/Startup Gold

University of Washington - Foster Master of Science in Information Systems University of Washington Global Innovation Exchange WGU Washington

Academic/Nonprofit/Startup Silver

Integris Software Metis Polly
University of California, Berkeley - School of Information University of Washington, Bothell - Computing & Software Systems Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Sponsor Guide

Check out information on your tabletop exhibit participation as a sponsor. View the Sponsor Guide.

Career Fair Map

Learn where all each sponsor’s table will be located at the Hopperx1 Seattle Career Fair. View the Career Fair Map.

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 Hopperx1 Seattle.

  • All Volunteer Opportunities have been filled. If you would like to get involved in future events, we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list.

To keep informed about future volunteer opportunities, sign up for our mailing list!

Questions? Email: seattle@communityanitab.org

Who We Are

The local Seattle AnitaB.org community is part of a network of self-organized local communities that meet in person to grow and support current and aspiring women technologists. Our purpose is to inspire women to pursue and remain in technical fields, and provide the guidance they need to advance their careers.

Our leadership team is made up of volunteers who are passionate about supporting the local community of women technologists. Organizing this event has been a true team effort and reinforces the amazing things that can happen when we, as a community, work together.

Our Leadership Team

Sheila Oh
Seattle AnitaB.org
Community Leader

Ross Smith
Seattle AnitaB.org
Community Leader

Kiki Tsagkaraki
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Attendance Chair

Lilia Abaibourova
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Program Chair

Ronda Thomas
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Event Planning Chair

Namita Parab
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Sponsorship Chair

Audrey Van Belleghem
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Scholarship Chair

Zontziry (“Z”) Johnson
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Marketing Chair

Katie van Zyl
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Keynote Co-Chair

Alice Steinglass
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Keynote Co-Chair

Debbie Dubrow
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Career Track Chair

Amy Hebert
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Products A to Z with Inclusive Design Track Chair

Jodie Draper
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Track Chair

Jennifer Lin
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Software Engineering, Systems, and Security Track Chair

Rekha Nair
2019 Hopperx1 Seattle
Registration Lead



Will you release any more registrations or sell registration at the door?
We are unable to release any additional registrations. To be notified of future events, please join the Seattle AnitaB.org Community.
Can I still sponsor Hopperx1 Seattle?
Thanks for your interest, but we’re excited to say Hopperx1 Seattle sponsorships are sold out. There may be additional opportunities for you to sponsor our events later. Email BusinessDevelopment@AnitaB.org for more info.
Can I still volunteer?
Volunteers are our best resource. We are covered for this event. However, we’ll definitely need volunteers again, so if you’re still interested, join our mailing list to be notified when we’re looking for volunteers!


When can I pick up my badge?
Registration and badge pickup begins on Friday, March 22 at 8 a.m. PT. Be sure to bring your ID!
How do I get to the Amazon Meeting Center?
Click the link to see a map to get to the Amazon Meeting Center: 2031 7th Avenue Seattle, WA 98121

From the north, head south on I-5 and take exit 166 (Stewart St). Then take Stewart Street to Denny Street, turn right, follow the street as it curves to the left and becomes Lenora Street, then turn left onto 7th Avenue. The Amazon Meeting Center will be on your right.

From the south, head north on I-5 and take exit 165 (Seneca Street). Take a slight right onto 6th Avenue, then turn right on Westlake Avenue, stay left and take a sharp turn left onto Lenora Street, then turn left onto 7th Avenue. The Amazon Meeting Center will be on your right.

What hotels are nearby?
For a list of the closest hotels to the Amazon Meeting Center, please go to our ATTEND tab and scroll down to the Hotels section towards the bottom of the page.
Where should I park?
Due to extremely limited on-site parking options at Amazon, use of alternative modes of transportation is strongly encouraged. The closest garage to the Meeting Center (2021 7th Ave Garage) will most likely be full on Friday; it is not recommended that you drive on this day. Parking availability on Saturday is much more likely. Parking validation is not available.

2021 7th Ave Garage:

Garage Entrance:

  • Off Lenora St between 6th Ave and 7th Ave
  • Off 6th Ave between Virginia St and Lenora St

Daytime Parking Rates:

Weekdays 2 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Weeknights 2 – 7 a.m.

  • 0-1 Hour: $3.68
  • 1-2 Hours: $4.90
  • 2-3 Hours: $7.36
  • 3-4 Hours: $9.81
  • 4-5 Hours: $12.26
  • 5-6 Hours: $14.71
  • 6-7 Hours: $17.16
  • 7-8 Hours: $19.62
  • 8-10 Hours: $22.07
  • 10-24 Hours: $25.75

Weekends 2 – 7 a.m.

  • $10 Flat Rate plus tax

Free ($0.00) Parking Times:

  • Weeknights 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Weekends 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Off-site parking garages, surface lots, and on-street parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Off-site parking is most readily available before 9 a.m. In addition to the nearby visitor parking options below, please see Parkopedia.com and the SDOT Parking Map for more options.

Alternative Temporary Garages

  • 2200 Westlake – 2200 Westlake Ave
  • 7th & Pike – 1508 7th Ave
  • Komo Plaza: 140 4th Ave N
  • Alley 24: 224 Pontius Ave
  • Allen Institute – 615 Westlake Ave N
  • 818 Steward – 818 Stewart St
  • PEMCO – 300 Yale Ave N
  • Rollin Street – 120 Westlake Ave N
  • 401 Terry Ave – 401 Terry Ave N
  • 8th & Olive – 720 Olive Way
  • 321 Terry – 321 Terry Ave N

Alternative Surface Lots

  • Castle Lot: 613 Fairview Ave N
  • Conoco Phillips Lot: 965 Valley St
  • Rexland Lot: 421 8th Ave
  • King County Library Lot: 309 8th Ave
  • 9th & John Lot – 200 9th Ave N
  • Seattle Times Lot: 210 Minor Ave N
  • Seattle City Light Lot: 121 Pontius Ave N
  • 901 Lenora Lot – 2030 9th Ave N
  • Trick & Murray Lot – 230 Westlake Ave N
  • Guitar Center – 530 Westlake Ave N
Can I get to the meeting center by transit?
Absolutely! The top three nearest bus stops are:
  • Virginia St and 6th Ave
  • Blanchard St and 6th Ave
  • Stewart St and 7th Ave
See other bus stops near the meeting center on Google maps.
Is there a coat/bag check?
Unfortunately, we will not have space to accommodate coat and/or bag check.
Is there a mothers’ room?
Yes! The Mothers’ Room will be located on the first floor of the Amazon Meeting Center, and signs will direct you to the location.
Where can I find the conference agenda?
For the full conference agenda, including details on keynotes, sessions, career fair, lunch, and Friday Night Celebration, please go to our SCHEDULE tab and click the GO TO AGENDA button. Please note that all sessions are first-come, first-served and will adhere to the capacity limit for the room.
Are the Systers or Underrepresented Women in Computing Lunches by invitation only?
Not at all! These lunches are intended to be inclusive. Feel free to join the community lunches. Please note we do need to adhere to the capacity limit for the room and when the room is at capacity, we will be unable to accommodate further participants. Arrive early!
Is the Scholars Lunch by invitation only?
Yes. For those unfamiliar with our scholarship program, AnitaB.org awarded 50 Hopperx1 Seattle registration scholarships based on an application process that started in late 2018. The Hopperx1 Seattle scholarship recipients have a private lunch on Friday to meet and mingle.
Can I check in and pick up my badge before 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22?
There is no early check in, so please be prompt for the 8 a.m. opening.
I just found out I won't be able to attend and would like to transfer my ticket to someone else. Can you help me?
Absolutely! Contact us at Seattle@CommunityAnitaB.org for registration transfers. Please be aware that all registration transfers need to be completed by Tuesday, March 19, at 5 p.m. PT. Please note that all sales are final and cannot be cancelled or refunded. You may substitute a new attendee if you are not able to attend or we can help connect you with someone who is interested in a ticket transfer.
When is the Career Fair?
The Career Fair will be held Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will be in the area outside the main conference rooms – you won’t be able to miss it!
What can I expect from the Career Fair?
During the Career Fair, you will have the opportunity to meet the corporate, academic, and nonprofit sponsors whose support allowed us to host this event. You can learn more about what they do and if you’re looking for new opportunities, you can share your resume and start discussions to see if there is a good fit for future employment. Check out the Career Fair Map to see who will be there.


How do I register the attendees that will use the conference passes that come with my sponsorship?
You should have received registration codes when the sponsor contract was finalized. Please contact BusinessDevelopment@AnitaB.org if you cannot find these registration codes. Please note that all attendees need to be registered by Tuesday, March 19, at 5 p.m. PT.
I am an exhibitor at the Career Fair. Where can I find more details for that event?
Please see the Career Fair Sponsor Information for all the details.
How are exhibit locations determined and when will I find out my tabletop exhibit location?
Tabletop exhibit location assignments are done by the AnitaB.org staff based on sponsorship level, date of agreement and receipt of payment. They were emailed to all exhibitors on March 11.


When are speaker presentations due?
Speaker presentation drafts are due by Friday, March 8. Your final presentations must be delivered by March 13. All presentations will be loaded on the presentation machines in the Meeting Center and Doppler.
Can I use my own laptop?
For presentations in the Meeting Center, we can consider speakers using their own machines on a case by case basis, but it is not recommended. Please email Seattle@CommunityAnitaB.org if you have any questions.

For presentations in Doppler, you may use your own laptop. Cables will be available, but please feel free to bring your own. Please let us know ahead of time if you are intending to use your own laptop during your presentation.

How should I handle video or audio clips in my presentation?
Presentation machines are air-gapped and are not connected to the internet, therefore, all media content in any presentation needs to be embedded into the PowerPoint presentations themselves.
What types of microphones are available?
We have both lavalier and handheld microphones available. Our best practice is to put speakers on lavaliers. For panels of 4 or more, we offer 1 handheld microphone for every 2 panelists and 1 dedicated handheld microphone for the moderator.
Will speakers be able to see their presentation notes?
Speakers in the Meeting Center will be able to see their presentation notes through a confidence monitor in front of the stage with the PowerPoint presenter view. A slide advancer will also be provided.
Does my presentation time include Q&A?
The time allotted for your presentation, workshop, or panel is inclusive of Q&A time, so please plan accordingly.
When should I get to my session?
Please arrive at your session during the talk before yours, so the session chair can meet with you and get you fitted for a microphone.
Can I do a sound check?
No, we will not be able to provide time for sound check. Please email Seattle@CommunityAnitaB.org if you have any questions.


March 22, 2019 · 8:00 am
March 23, 2019 · 6:00 pm
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