Female Founders Hit #GHC17 Main Stage

Today, we are proud to announce our main stage speakers for the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). These keynote speakers are dedicated to supporting women, breaking down gender barriers, and creating change within the tech industry. Their stories are certainly inspiring, and we are excited to hear them speak at #GHC17!

One of our keynotes will be Dr. Ayanna Howard, a professor and the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Endowed Chair in Bioengineering in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2013, Ayanna founded Zyrobotics, which creates therapy and educational products for children with differing needs. Her many accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of articles and awards, including the 2014 A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award.

Mary Spio, Digital Cinema Pioneer, has created technologies and content solutions used by global titans such as Lucas Films, Universal Music, Miami Children’s Hospital, Microsoft XBOX, Tribune News, Clear Channel, and Boeing. Today, she is the CEO and President of CEEK VR INC, a developer of innovative virtual and augmented reality experiences for entertainment, education, and healthcare.

Melinda Gates will also be on our main stage. As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda works to transform communities and empower women to help them realize their full potential. She recently launched an executive office, Pivotal Ventures, to bring together the different strands of her advocacy and philanthropic work and create meaningful change.

Our fourth keynote speaker is Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Vision Lab, and an Associate Professor in Stanford’s Computer Science Department. Fei-Fei is the inventor of ImageNet and the ImageNet Challenge, a critical large-scale dataset and benchmarking effort that has contributed to the latest developments in deep learning and AI. She is the co-founder of Stanford’s renowned SAILORS outreach program for high school girls, and also recently became the Chief Scientist of Google Cloud, AI/ML.

We look forward to hearing from all our main stage speakers at GHC 17!

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