Workshops and Tutorials

Workshop participants at womENcourage 2019.

Workshops and tutorials provide our participants with an opportunity to gain some knowledge and practical skills from selected experts, who share their experience with the audience.

All times below are given in local Baku (UTC +4) time. Click the session header to go to the corresponding day in the event program.

How/Why to Start an ACM Chapter? / Thursday, 24 September, 16:00-17:00

Reyyan Ayfer
Reyyan Ayfer
Reyyan decided to pursue a role in the field of education after working for various organizations as a computer engineer for more than a decade and noting the increasing demand for expertise in programming. In 1988 she began working at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and in addition to teaching held a multitude of titles including Department Chair, Director of the Institutional Relations and History Unit, and Manager of BETS Bilkent Educational Technology Services.

She also contributed her time to international committees, most notably as a council member of ACM Europe and as the Founding Chair of ACM-W Europe, as well as leading a community of students who have formed the first international ACM-W Student Chapter.

She is now serving for women in computing as the Chair of Regional Activities of ACM-W. She had received the Anita Borg Change Agent Award in 2008 after serving as the ACM-W Ambassador of Turkey for 8 years.
Rukiye Altin
Rukiye Altin
Rukiye is working at METU (Middle East Technical University) College Schools in Ankara, Turkey as ICT teacher. She is not only teaching but also couching students to both national and international computer science activities such as FIRST Lego League, TUBITAK Science Projects and Bebras International Challenge on Informatics and Computational Thinking.

Besides her teaching career, she is also pursuing her PhD studies at the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology of METU. Her research interests include programming, computational thinking, virtual worlds, computer science in education, gamification, digital citizenship, information ethics, educational technology, and robotics.

Rukiye first met ACM-W when she was an undergraduate student at Bilkent University. She worked as the Chair of BILWIC (Bilkent University Women in Computing) Student Club which was the first non-US ACM-W Student Chapter in the world and the first ACM-W Student Chapter in Europe. Currently, she is the Vice-Chair for Operations of the ACM-W Europe.

Introduction to Watson AI Services (Hackathon preparation session with IBM) / Friday, 25 September, 16:00-17:30

With the potential to change 100% of jobs, AI has been growing in importance and impact this past decade. Understanding the basics of this technology is a critical necessity to navigating many future choices you will have to make. By educating yourself, you can make better decisions about how to integrate AI into how you live, building professional career and work. This workshop will provide you a unique opportunity for working with the industry experts on AI, building your skills and turning into active players in the technological transformation. Download full details…

Alexander Gavrin
Alexander Gavrin
Alexander is Solution IT Architect at IBM East Europe/Asia.
He is an IT Architect with 20+ years of IT architecture experience in broad range of competencies (AI, Cloud architecture, Web solutions, high-loaded systems, etc), with deep knowledge in Data and AI technologies.

Please make sure to select the tutorials you are interested in from the list of parallel sessions below during your registration. We thank all who submitted their workshop proposals.

From Software Engineering to Digital Product Development / Saturday, 26 September, 17:00-18:30

We will talk about how we use data in banking sphere to learn deeply the customers’ journeys and to serve them more emphatically. Based on gathered data we generate specific customer profiles, audiences and solve their problems accurately. We will discuss how critical approach in data analysis helps us to understand correlation and causation differences in client profiles that had serious impact on our product sales for multiple audiences. Download full details…

Narmin Ibadullayeva
Narmin Ibadullayeva
Narmin is Digital Products Stream Lead in SME Banking Department at PASHA Bank. She has got a master’s degree in Computer Science and started her career as a software engineer in banking sphere.

After 4 years working with data structures, algorithms, object-oriented programming, databases, Narmin decided to follow product entrepreneurship road. Obtaining pain points of clients and creating solutions for them inspired her the most and she continued her career as a Product Owner.

Currently Narmin is a stream lead of Daily Banking services where they launch regions’ best digital solutions to the clients.

Search Engine: Apache Solr’s Feature – Streaming Expressions / Saturday, 26 September, 17:00-18:30

This workshop proposes to give an insight into Apache Solr, which is the blazing-fast, open- source enterprise search platform. In particular, the talk focuses on the Solr’s feature called Streaming Expressions. Streaming Expressions provide a simple yet powerful stream processing language that perform many different parallel computing tasks. Throughout the workshop Streaming Expressions business use cases will be discussed and the real code demonstration will be provided. The workshop is primarily intended for those who are interested in Search Engine but not limited. All students with strong distributed systems background are very welcome. Also, people who are in their mid-career can join the workshop. Download full details…

Nazerke Seidan
Nazerke Seidan
Nazerke is a software engineer at Salesforce. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary.

Prior to Salesforce, she has worked and interned at CERN, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, at HENNGE in Japan, and at Cloudera in Hungary. She has some experience in Big Data processing and storage.

Social Networks Analysis: Theory and Practice / Saturday, 26 September (Part 1 at 13:00-14:30, Part 2 at 15:00-16:30)

The workshop will help participants to learn about social networks analysis (SNA) from theoretical and practical perspectives and to become introduced to software that is used by researchers in the field. We would like to discuss several examples of researchers conducted with application of SNA tools and identify how the participants can use these instruments in their research. Anyone without previous expertise or background in SNA or with basic SNA knowledge are welcome. Download full details…

Deniza Alieva
Dr. Deniza Alieva
Deniza is leading researcher in Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and research fellow in Personal Networks and Communities Lab of the University of Seville, Spain. Lecturer in business and management modules, trainer in community mediation, conflict resolution techniques and social networks analysis in institutions and organizations of Uzbekistan, Spain, and Ecuador.
Gulnoza Usmonova
Gulnoza Usmonova
Gulnoza is Sustainable Tourism Planning specialist, educator with years of successful experience in Tourism Education, Community Based Tourism engagement and destination marketing. She is Research Fellow at Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development, Spain.

Gulnoza leads lectures on Tourism trends, such as tour product design, people factor in authentic routes, and analytics of destination attractiveness tools at leading universities of Uzbekistan, Spain and Italy.

How Can Software Help Mathematicians to Test and Prove Their Theories? / Saturday, 26 September, 13:00-14:30

Many professional mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers use mathematical software to test their theories and experiment with various mathematical tools. These programs include Wolfram Mathematica (Wolfram Alpha), Maple, Matlab, GeoGebra, Cabri, PhotoMath etc. Nowadays, the circle of people who have access and regularly use this technology has expanded dramatically. In this workshop the use of mathematical software will be discussed from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. Many elementary examples from the presenter’s diverse research in Analysis, Geometry and Number theory will be presented. The audience will also have opportunity to try their skills in using these free resources. Download full details…

Dr. Yagub AliyevDr. Yagub AliyevYagub is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the School of IT and Engineering at ADA University. He did his PhD in Baku State University and taught in several local universities since 2005. During this time he gave lectures in many branches of modern mathematics.

During the last few years he was more interested in teaching mathematics to non-mathematicians. His current listeners include the students from the departments of Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology.

His research fields include Sturm-Liouville Theory, Geometrical Inequalities and History of Mathematics.

Sustainable ICT Development in Bricks / Saturday, 26 September, 15:00-16:30

This will be a 90-minute hands-on workshop where the participants will have a chance not just to come across but also practice the LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP®) method while we will be exploring how ICT can contribute to sustainable development. All backgrounds are valued and welcomed – educators, computer scientists, students and members of the society from around the world interested in exploring LSP especially metaphor, analogies and storytelling possibilities in education; bringing forth dialogue about building-up positive ICT futures and inclusive society; understanding how to use LSP in the research. Download full details…

Gosia PlotkaGosia Plotka Gosia works for Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Gdansk and Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She is an experienced university lecturer with a BA expertise and researcher in ICT with a special interest in ethics education.

Co-organiser of a conference on computer ethics and a presenter at several events, Gosia held workshops on computer ethics, chaired and co-chaired a few LSP® workshop also in virtual environment.
Julia ReeveJulia Reeve Julia is Teacher Fellow, Library & Learning Services at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Her work focuses on creative and compassionate pedagogy: she adapts LEGO Serious Play plus other visual, tactile techniques to create memorable learning experiences.

She specializes in developing and delivering learning experiences that foster confidence, self-reflection and creative thinking for diverse learners and staff teams.
Marta CzerwonkaMarta Czerwonka Marta works for The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Department of Education, Warsaw and Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Gdansk. Her work focuses on creativity (specifically creative self-beliefs) and self-regulation in learning process: she is co-investigator in Creative Learning research grant (National Science Centre).

In work with gifted high school students and computer science students she focuses on boosting their creative way of thinking, as well as improving metacognition skills.