Where are all the women in computing? At OCWIC!

The 2nd Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC) conference was held on February 16 and 17th, 2007 at the lovely and secluded Deer Creek resort in south-central Ohio. There were nearly a hundred attendees from all over the state, ranging from freshmen to grad students, from faculty to women working in IT jobs in industry.

OCWIC (say Oh, Quick!) is a low cost, regionally-tailored, professional conference, modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration. The goal of the conference is to provide social and professional support for women in computing. The program features highly successful technical women and provides opportunities for networking. Research indicates that such events provide attendees with access to role models, and solidifies their career goals.

The OCWIC 2007 program featured inspiring talks from CIOs Susan Sheskey and Jeannine Abele, from Dell and GE respectively. There were also several panel and technical paper presentations by faculty, graduate students and industry representatives, subjects of which ranged from applying for internships to upcoming Internet technologies to creative ways to teach computer science to elementary school students. Undergraduate students had the opportunity to showcase their research during the poster session.

The conference had strong support from sponsors, who provided mentoring and resume reviews during popular birds-of-a-feather sessions. Because of the generosity of these companies and schools, most attendees were able to receive scholarships that paid for all of their sessions, rooms and meals.

For many of the participants, it was the first time they had ever been in a room with more than one or two other women computer scientists. The energy level was high, even late, as large groups collected informally in the rustic lounge with laptops to create virtual worlds with the ALICE programming environment.

Linda Wang, an undergraduate from Ohio State University said, "OCWIC was more than just useful career advice or interesting papers and posters--it was a lot of fun!"

  • Share your blogs and pictures with the whole OCWIC community by posting links to this listserv. (anyone who is a member of the list can post messages). To get us started, I've posted a few pictures that I took in a facebook album:
  • If you have a Facebook profile, be sure and add me (and your other OCWIC contacts) to your list of friends. Encourage the other women at your school to join this OCWIC listserv and become a part of our community. The link is here:
  • Wear the OCWIC logo and talk about OCWIC when you can. It's shocking, but there are still people who haven't heard or don't know what OCWIC is. When your hoodie finally rots off your body, there are still lots of other OCWIC gear and t-shirts for sale in the online store (
  • Ask for help. Offer help. Hopefully you met a lot of great women this weekend with impressive skills and resources. Use this listserv to make contact with them. Anyone who is a member of the list can post messages.
Do you still remember our great time at OCWIC? Enjoy our Photo Album!

Are you curious about how other OCWIC participants think about OCWIC? Check out our Bloggers!

Press Release
The Second Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC) will be held February 16-17, 2007 at the Deer Creek Resort and Conference Center, located near Mt. Sterling, Ohio. OCWIC is a regional conference modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration of women in computing. Attendees will be women majoring in computing fields and enrolled in universities and colleges from all over Ohio as well as women teaching and working in computing careers.

OCWIC is an opportunity for young women to explore the opportunities in IT, to network with other young women and to meet possible mentors. OCWIC hopes to encourage women to complete their studies in computing by exploring careers and meeting women leaders from business, industry and academia.

The conference program includes parallel and plenary sessions, technical papers and posters and panels designed to inspire, educate and encourage technical women and to enable networking among women participating in the IT field in Ohio. The OCWIC2007 keynote speaker will be Dell CIO Susan Sheskey. Ms. Sheskey is a Miami University alumna who has worked for Dell for over 13 years.

To see more OCWIC in the news, check our Press Release.

How impressive! How outstanding! Now, we can check our great people's ideas anytime.
See more information in the Program section.

Strategies for a successful career in IT, Jeannine Abele - CIO, GE Aviation
From Informatino to Innovation, Susan Sheskey - CIO, Dell Computer

Developing Computing Outreach Activities, Karen C. Davis
Women Graduate Students in Computer Science, Jennifer L. Sader
Ontology research at Miami University, Valerie V. Cross
Querying with Terminological Ontologies and Their Annotations, Yi Sun

Different Careers, One Institution
Legends In Computing

OCWIC gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
AK Steel
Affiliate Sponsors
Bowling Green State University
Franklin University
Illee Rhimes, Ohio State's CIO
Ohio Northern University
Xavier University
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