womENcourage 2024 

Responsible Computing for Gender Equality

ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Madrid, Spain, June 26-28, 2024

 

Welcome to the 11th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage™ 2024, hosted at Escuela Politécnica Superior of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Open to all genders, this event is aimed at celebrating the role and impact of women in computing and supporting participants at different stages in their STEM careers by offering an international, multisectoral, and multidisciplinary forum to share experience and knowledge, get constructive feedback, and promote meaningful networking.

This year’s theme, Responsible Computing for Gender Equality, highlights the gender gap in computing and puts the stress on the utilitarian nature of computing, as a tool to augment human capabilities and contribute to the progress of society.

A responsible perspective of computing has to permeate different domains, including artificial intelligence, software engineering, cybersecurity, and human-computer interaction… so that relevant concerns on the impact of digital technologies are taken into account. One of these concerns is gender equality, which should be addressed by developing new strategies to eliminate all kinds of biases not only in data and algorithms but also in user interfaces and the design of services.

A more pragmatic and social conception of computing may contribute also to attracting more women and a more varied profile of students to pursue studies and careers in ICT. The success of computing technologies depends on how we design and develop them to deal with the real needs of varied users and the constraints of the surrounding context. There are plenty of examples of computing technologies that changed our lives but there are still key challenges in our society that need passion, talent, creativity, responsibility, and empathy to look for holistic, fair, and sustainable solutions.

Join the vibrant ACM womENcourage™ community and celebrate with us the role and impact of women in technology, and the Women/Mujeres who are changing and will change our world for the better!!!

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