Bangalore, June 08, 2016: The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing and technology, today opened the student scholarship applications (for women students) for its flagship conference in India, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India (GHCI) 2016.
The scholarships will be awarded to deserving female under-graduate, post-graduate and PhD students in computing and IT, to attend the GHCI 2016 conference from 7-9, December, 2016 in Bangalore. GHCI 2016 is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM India.
The GHCI Scholarship program aims to increase the participation of women students from science and technical backgrounds across India. At GHCI students get a chance to meet other women in technology, connect directly with innovative organizations, learn from peers and experts and get quality career advice. During GHCI 2015, 170 scholarships were awarded to women students in technology.
The student scholarships cover the expenses for attending the GHCI conference including the registration fee, meals and lodging for every scholarship recipient. Travel (by train or bus) is reimbursed up to a maximum of Rs 2,000 per student. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is 29 July, 2016.
"It is important for women to build a career identity and then work towards having a career of their choice," said Geetha Kannan, Managing Director, Anita Borg Institute India. "Our primary goal of offering these scholarships, is to give young and dynamic students the exposure that will inspire and get them excited about creating a successful career in technology. GHCI provides learning opportunities through workshops and sessions and networking with some of the best minds in the industry."
Another main attraction for students attending the conference is the Student Career Fair. It gives women students the chance to meet top recruiters from global technology companies and explore opportunities for internship and full-time jobs.
About The Grace Hopper Celebration India
The Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) is the largest gathering of women technologists in the country. ABI India has been successfully organizing this annual conference since 2010. GHCI focuses on the career, research and entrepreneur interests of women in computing and technology. Presenters at the conference are leaders in their respective fields from industry, academia and government.
GHCI 2015 drew 2,258 attendees (41% growth over 2014) from 11 countries and had 450 volunteers. The key highlights of the conference are various Tracks covering topics such as Technology, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Management, Back to Work, Early Career and more. Event participants can also look forward to the Hands on Lab, Student Career Fair, Poster Session and the Women Entrepreneur Quest.
About the Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) connects, inspires and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 67 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization in the US and a non-profit organization registered as a section-8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013 in India.