Grace Hopper 2014: Breaking Records, Expanding the Discussion

The 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing was a record-breaker in every way. Eight thousand attendees. A waiting list of another thousand. Three thousand-plus attendees from academia, representing 144 colleges and universities. Students and professionals from sixty-seven different countries and 925 different organizations.

The 2014 event sold out months before its October 8 start. Attendance was nearly double the number that came to the 2013 conference, which was itself a record-breaker. The first Grace Hopper Celebration, held in Washington, DC in 1995, drew 500 attendees and was considered a big success, Dr Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), reminded attendees in her opening remarks on the first day. ABI, along with ACM, the former Association for Computing Machinery, has staged the Grace Hopper Celebration yearly since 2006. There were five conferences between 1994 and 2004.