“The most damaging phrase in the language is, ‘It’s always been done that way.’”
– Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, United States Navy
This year Hortonworks was a Gold Sponsor at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Houston, Texas. This conference is named in honor of Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computing who invented the first programming language compiler.
I have attended this conference twice before, but this was the first time I attended with 12 Hortonworkers. As technology innovators, we set out to join Grace Hopper’s flourishing community of like-minded and diverse women who are innovating at the forefront of technology and organizational change.
We attended primarily to learn – to see what others are doing to empower women in the workplace, to attract more women to open source, and to further encourage a younger generation of women to pursue degrees in STEM.
Some of the highlights of the event included:
Besides the keynotes, we attended a wide variety of sessions that ranged from technical to career-oriented, with an entire track on open source. This was a great opportunity for us to interact and exchange ideas with the broader community (including other open source enthusiasts!).
We came back from the conference energized and very hopeful for the future, and we are looking forward to continuing to participate in this great event.
Conference keynotes can be watched online at http://gracehopper.org.