womENcourage 2016 - Crossing Borders


“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.”
— Rear Admiral Grace Hopper


womENcourage 2016 - 3rd ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing is going to take place in Linz, Austria on September 12th to 13th.


ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing:  womENcourage 2016 is a networking event par excellence. Tailored to encourage young women including students at all levels, researchers and early practitioners it promotes discussion among peers as well as senior people in the field. Meet colleagues just like you - inspired by your field, highly motivated and very good at what they do! Share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others.


Previous womENcourage iterations were the inaugural womENcourage 2014 in Manchester, UK and the womENcourage 2015 held at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Thanks to all the participants, speakers, and supporters who help to make this year's womENcourage another tremendous success!


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The pictures of the 2016 event can be viewed here at we2016pictures.tk.jku.at .


2016 Program at a glance

Monday, September 12

16:00 - 16:45

womENcourage 2016 - 3rd ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing

17:00 - 19:45

Career Fair
Posters and Reception
Tuesday, September 13



09:00 - 11:30

Keynote: "From Linked Data to Stories"
 Lynda Hardman, CWI, Netherlands
TechTalk:  "Android development at Google"
 Robin Bennett, Google
Break (Posters)

11:30 - 13:00

Keynote: "Computational Music Perception"
Gerhard Widmer, Johannes Kepler University Linz
TechTalk: "Programming Languages in the Age of Multiple Processors"
 Susan Eisenbach, Imperial College London



13:00 - 14:15

Lunch (Posters)

14:15 - 16:00

Keynote: "Cross-disciplinary Modeling"
 Gerti Kappel, Technical University of Vienna
Industry Talks: "Entrepreneurship: the value of teams and social capital"
 Natasa Milic-Frayling, University of Nottingham
Break (Posters)

16:00 - 18:00

Panel: "Promoters and Prohibitors for a Career in CS"
  Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton
  Toni Collis, University of Edinburgh
  Becky Plummer, Bloomberg LP
  Pearl Pu, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  Jane Richardson, Oracle



Registration for womENcourage 2016, an ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing is now open. Visit the link below to register.

Register for womENcourage 2016


Registration Fees:
ACM Professional Member (Early Bird) 70 Euro (Standard) 80 Euro
ACM Student Member (Early Bird) 50 Euro (Standard) 60 Euro
Non-Member (Early Bird) 80 Euro (Standard) 90 Euro


The deadline for Early Bird registration is June 27, 2016.


The registration fee includes:

If you need a visa for entering Austria, the instructions for requesting a visa letter can be found here.


Organizing Committee


Conference Chairs

Registration Chair

Poster Chair

Scholarships Chair

Outreach Chair

Local Arrangements Chair






Local Information


The venue is the Management Zentrum at the JKU Campus, Altenbergerstrasse 69, 4040 Linz.

The carreer fair and display of posters take place on JKU Campus at the Management Zentrum Foyer and HS17.

Accomodation is possible in Raab-Heim Hotel Sommerhaus and Dormitory. There are special conditions for conference-attendees if they apply for a room directly at the hotel via e-mail to the adress hotel@studentenwerk.at using the subject "ACM Womencourage". This special price is 46€ per night, including breakfast.

For convenience we assembled information on directions here.
A more elaborate textual descripton of the possibilities to come to the university can be found at the JKU-Website.

We also collected some images of the city and the campus to let you have a glance at what awaits you.

Call for Posters

WomENcourage solicits posters from all areas of Computer Science. Posters offer the opportunity to engage with other conference attendees, disseminate research work, receive comments, practice presentation skills and benefit from discussing ideas with other researchers from the same field.


Accepted posters

With the support of an international programme committee, 32 submissions have been selected and accepted as posters for WomENcourage 2016.


Important Dates

Poster abstracts due

May 9, 2016
Notification of accepted posters June 13, 2016
Final poster abstracts due June 27, 2016
Poster PDF due August 1, 2016


Submission Details (download full call for posters (pdf))

Posters are to be submitted electronically through EasyChair. Submissions should introduce the area in which the work has been done and should emphasize the originality and importance of the contribution. All submissions must be in English, in pdf format. They must not exceed one page in length and they must use the ACM conference publication format.  This one-page extended abstract must be submitted to EasyChair as a paper which also contains a short (one paragraph) abstract.  Poster abstracts that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be reviewed.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by an international Poster Evaluation Committee. Accepted submissions will be archived on the conference website (but there will be no proceedings). The Guide to a Successful Submission(pdf) provides tips for preparing a good poster and provides information about the reviewing criteria. A submission may have one or more authors of any gender.

At least one author of each accepted submission is expected to attend the conference to present the ideas discussed in the submission. Information about student scholarships for accepted posters is given below.







ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in computing: womENcourage 2016 and the supporters are proud to announce Scholarships for female students. A number of scholarships will be available for students who present papers or posters at womENcourage, additionally a limited number of scholarships will be offered to students who have not had a paper/poster accepted for presentation but who have shown exceptional interest in the relevant fields.


The purpose of these womENcourage Scholarships is to encourage women in the field of computing to:

  • Accelerate in their career through learning from others and asking for help when necessary;
  • Converse with others on how best to manage their work life balance and
  • Meet with their peers in order to build on their networks of expertise.

The award amounts are based on the applicant’s zone and not on the actual expense of traveling to attend the conference. The maximum amount of the award is €500 and discussion will not be entered into. Award amounts include the cost of registration to the conference.

The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria set out in this document (pdf) in order to be considered. The applicant must follow all the required procedure listed in this document and furnish the required information in sufficient time in order to be considered eligible.


Important Dates

Scholarship applications due

May 9, 2016
Notification of scholarships June 13, 2016


If you are not considered for a womENcourage scholarship, you might also have a look at this document (pdf) . It provides information on other possibilities of scholarship from different organizations.




Group picture of the 2016 scholarship-students (original image).












Google is a Diamond-Level Sponsor of WomENcourage 2016






Bloomberg is a Platinum-Level Sponsor of WomENcourage 2016

Oracle is a Platinum-Level Sponsor of WomENcourage 2016






Informatics Europe is a Silver-Level Sponsor of WomENcourage 2016

Intel is a Silver-Level Sponsor of WomENcourage 2016

The FreeBSD Foundation is a Silver-Level Sponsor of WomENcourage 2016



Become a supporter

womENcourage 2016 - 3rd ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing aims to connect, inspire and encourage women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.


The next womENcourage will include keynotes, Technical Talks, Panels and Poster session. The career fair will start on Monday 12 at 4PM and will continue during the entire Celebration of Women in computing on the 13. WomENcourage is sponsored by the Association of Computer Machinery Europe (ACM Europe), the ACM committee on women in computing (ACM-W), and ACM-W Europe (ACM-WE).

Supporter Levels with Benefits

Benefits Diamond
Recognition on conference website Prominent Diamond Status logo Prominent Platinum Status logo Prominent Gold Status logo Silver Status logo Recognized
Recognition on conference program Prominent Diamond Status logo Prominent Platinum Status logo Prominent Gold Status logo Silver Status logo Recognized
womENcourage registrations 4 3 2 1 0
Option to have inserts, gifts in registration packet
Receive report outlining regional evaluation and impact
Speaker Slot √ ( first 4 only )        
Opportunity for womENcourage participation on a panel   √ ( confirmed before April 30 )      
Career Fair 2 1 1 1  
Career Fair Table Selection priority 1st 2nd 3rd    
Visibility on womENcourage press releases    
Access to the student CV database On CV opening day Opening
+ 3 days
+ 1 week
+ 2 weeks
+ 3 weeks


The ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing is a scientific event, and also an event aimed at networking and exploring career opportunities for women in computer science and related disciplines. This conference brings together undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students, as well as researchers and professionals, to present and share their achievements and experience in computer science. The program includes technical presentations and also discussions related to career issues in academic and industrial research. Participation in womENcourage is subject to the conference's Code of Conduct(pdf).

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