About womENcourage

womENcourage is an ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing, aimed at connecting women from diverse technical disciplines and encouraging them pursue their education and profession in computing.

womENcourage brings together undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, academics and practitioners to present and share their achievements and experiences and discuss pressing issues of women in the computing profession. WomENcourage 2018 is organized by the ACM-W Europe Chapter in Belgrade.

Previous womENcourage conferences were in Barcelona, Spain (2017), Linz, Germany (2016), Uppsala, Sweden (2015), and Manchester, United Kingdom (2014).


Past Events

The 4th ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing took place in Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain. It was inspiring be in the city of advanced super-computing centres and a vibrant business community, fostering new technology businesses and providing exciting career opportunities.

As the 3rd ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing kicked off in Linz, Austria, the first thought that came to mind was the theme of the event: Crossing Borders. It was evident that we were in the presence of many different cultures and people from many countries. The diversity was obvious when looking at the geographic origins of attendees, who came from four out of five continents, from as far west as Colorado in the US, to as far south as South Africa and as far east as Russia.

It’s Confirmed: Women Love Tech! And the participants of womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing deemed that the Celebration was a huge success! Over 180 participants from 28 countries attended the womENcourage Celebration in Uppsala. The Celebration exceeded everyone’s expectations, providing excellent opportunities to meet and connect, from the lively socializing during the career fair and the poster session before the opening Keynote (on Friday 25th September) to the ending Keynote on Saturday afternoon.

“I wanted to change the world… So I became a computer scientist“, declared a PhD student of computer science at Cambridge University during a discussion called “What can you do to change the world?”, part of our first ACM-W Europe Conference. Computer scientists from 28 countries convened in Manchester, UK on Saturday March 1st for the first womENcourage celebration of women in computing.


Organizing committee

Co-chairs – Bojana Milasinovic, Sandra Tomic
Program Chair – Manik Gupta
Supporters Chair – Bev Bachmayer
Scholarships Chair – Ruth Lennon
Posters Co-chair – Adriana Wilde, Duygu Bektik
Registrations Chair – Rukiye Altin
Workshops Chair – Lipika Deka
Hackathon Chair – Dorota Filipczuk
Evaluations Chair – Alexandra Dediu
Webmaster – Alexandra Dediu

Steering Committee

Virginia Grande
Ruth Lennon
Bev Bachmayer
Núria Castell Ariño
Adriana Wilde

ACM-WE Chair – Natasa Milic-Frayling
ACM-WE Past Chair – Reyyan Ayfer