Student Opportunity Lab
a) Searching for a job in industry, academia or government?
b) Looking for an internship or research opportunity?
c) Thinking about continuing your studies?
d) Exploring career options?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the interactive Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) might be just the session for you. We will have around 30 mentors and speakers at each SOL session holding brief sessions at their own tables. Navigate your own path to the tables featuring topics that interest you most.
Find our SOL speaker list at our website here: http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/conference-overview/student-opportunity-lab-2015/
In this panel, participants will share their experiences, challenges and successes working as volunteers. Panelists from industry and academia will come together to discuss how volunteering has benefited both their communities and their careers. They hope to inspire the audience to volunteer, while also maintaining work-life balance.
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW calls data science “the sexiest job in the 21st century.” The development of data science has been triggered by the amount of data available through today’s technologies. Data footprints are generated every millisecond. Data scientists are artists, crunching the data, applying analysis models and creating narratives to explain the data. Sudeshna Banerjee, Data Science executive at Bank of America, discusses the characteristics of successful data scientists.
Entering the workforce is daunting. Even with internship experiences, it can be difficult to anticipate what day-to-day life as a software engineer will entail. This SOL will demystify what life is like in “the real world” as a female software engineer and shed light on the tools, projects, and interactions to expect on the job.
Have you ever wondered what a career in Cybersecurity looks like? This will be an interactive panel that features women working in six different areas of Cybersecurity. This interactive panel will cover topics such as careers available in this area, a typical “day-in-the life” and advice and experience/education needed for those who may be interested in a career in Cybersecurity.
What does it take to become a successful software engineer? The traditional path is to study computer science, graduate, and work as a developer. Now, coding bootcamps and self-teaching tools enable anyone with internet access to learn to code. We'll talk about how to launch a career as a non-traditional software engineer, adjusting to your new career, ways to move beyond "Junior Engineer", and tactics for recruiting other non-traditional engineers.
Join senior technologist from top financial firms to discover and discuss how technology helps drive financial services and how you can be apart of it. This interactive session will allow attendees to gain insight on technology challenges and advantages within a financial services firm.
With unprecedented amounts of data in the form of genomes, molecular structures, proteomics, diagnostics, and patient data, computer scientists have the opportunity to be at the forefront of biological and medical research. At this table, we will discuss the opportunities for computer scientists in bioengineering, computational biology, synthetic biology, and molecular biophysics. Learn about career opportunities in advancing computational biology through summer, undergraduate, graduate and postdoc programs.
This presentation will encourage students pursuing a Computer Science degree to start thinking about their future career paths early, by exposing students to some possible career paths, and guiding them in creating a career plan. Creating a career plan is extremely important as some career paths require advance preparation, standardized exams, and applications. With a career plan, students will be able to maximize their potential and streamline their careers.
Are you also a data enthusiast and curious about this amazing data-driven world? Do you want to turn your data analyses into interactive web applications that tell more insightful stories? Do you want to build some quick data science projects? Are you worried about the learning curves of web programming toolkits? This session gives you a brief but effective introduction of quickly building a cool Data Science WebApp with Shiny-R.
This is a Career Related talk, the target audiences are Students, and Early Career interested in software development for key areas in Software Defined Data Center. We will first provide a general overview of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) highlighting the Software As a Service role in SDDC. We then will walk through a day in the life of a few types of software engineers in the SDDC industry.
A job as a software developer presents an opportunity to be at the heart of creating software that can touch the lives of millions of users. However, perception of the job and reality are often apart. I will share the things I wish I knew in my formative years as a software developer and present insights that will benefit those starting their careers or in initial stages of this discipline.
Participants at this Student Opportunity Lab session will hear an overview of a woman developer’s career: discussion points include nailing technical interviews, overcoming diversity issues, and the importance of community involvement. We’ll talk about preparing for your first developer job as well as each job further along in your career. Learn how finding your place in a supportive group of peers can help advance your career.
So you want to be a data scientist? This Student Opportunity Lab presents a day in the life of an up and coming data scientist who describes how the experiences and skills gained in academia provided everything that she needed to begin a career in data science.
Humans prosper because of an innate need for relationships and interactions from like-minded individuals. Have you ever felt alienated, isolated and unequal to your peers in Computer Science? Ever considered starting your own organization at your university, but don’t know where to start? The focus of this talk is to give students practical tools and advice to start their own Diversity in Computing Organization at their university.
This is a Career Related talk, the target audiences are Students, and Early Career who are interested in program/project management for key areas in Software Defined Data Center. We will first provide a general overview of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) highlighting the ecosystem role in SDDC. We then will walk through a day in the life of program manager responsible for the success of SDDC programs.
Are you technically minded, but not sure you want to spend all your time writing code? There are many tech careers which require both the skills and knowledge of software and coding, in combination with superlative communication skills. No matter how great the product may be, it goes nowhere without clear marketing, training, documentation, communication, and implementation, and people with technical backgrounds are in high demand for these positions.
Ever thought about bringing beautiful designs to life and shaping a user’s interactions with a web application? Come hear what it’s like to develop simple and intuitive user interfaces, work with design, help make product decisions, and build a blazing fast website! Learn about the challenges of front-end development, such as usability, performance, and support. We’ll also talk about ways to gain experience before starting your career.
Torn between your love for healthcare and love for technology? Come learn how you can bridge your passion for software engineering, data analytics, design, games, security, and technology with healthcare.
This session will attract students who have heard of the term “Test Engineer” or “Quality Engineer” but don’t really know what the job entails. Many college students think that “developer” is the only role they should fill with their engineering degree. In reality, there are plenty of other areas, quality engineering being one of them!
In this Student Opportunity Lounge session, we will address the specific challenges of breaking into User Experience (UX), giving students the knowledge and confidence that they need to begin their UX Careers. We will explain different types of UX roles, career paths at different types of companies, and strategies for landing a job. We will tailor each session to the unique backgrounds and interests of the students who attend.
Cybersecurity job postings grew 74% from 2007 to 2013, twice as fast as any other IT category, yet it took 24% longer to fill the positions. At this session, students will be introduced to the challenges within cybersecurity industry and the variety of lucrative career paths that await them. Books, online resources, and interest groups that enable students to get into the cybersecurity industry will be shared.
Developer Relations is a hidden gem career for the engineer who loves teaching. Developer Relations focusses on creating great developer experiences by building code samples, writing tutorials and external documentation, speaking at conferences, mentoring at hackathons, and incorporating feedback from the community.
Find out what our day-to-day job looks like in Developer Relations and why this might be a good career path for you.
Springboard into STEM as a SharePoint Administrator. Consider different aspects of managing SharePoint farms, defining governance, processes, and policies, and increasing user adoption and engagement. Discuss overcoming challenges, maintaining users trust, and satisfying business needs. Focus on creating a SharePoint community, fostering knowledge, and growing users’ skill set. Review career paths, but emphasize soft skills needed to address technical peers, senior leaders, and users with a wide range of experience.
Are you thinking about a career in product management? Have you been wondering, what exactly a product manager does? Are you considering working at a startup? Join me for a discussion about what it is like to be a product manager at a startup. We will discuss a day in the life of a product manager, as well as the skills you will develop along the way.
Do you use the same password for everything? Do you frequently use airport or coffee-shop wifi? Do you know how to throw away old electronic devices? Physical and digital security is not just for hackers and experts! This lab will help you navigate common security vulnerabilities and prepare for the realities of computing in public by teaching easy-to-implement best practices in everyday life.
This session is to discuss in detail and advise participants on what it means to be in a pre-sales role as a technical advocate. An SE is a ‘Systems Engineer’ or a ‘Sales Engineer’. The SE is the technical half of a sales team, the expert in the area of products in which they are selling or evangelizing. The SE is the 'smart' half of the sales team.
“5 most lucrative careers!” “Big pay, big stress!” If you Google “Data Scientist Highest Paying”, you can instantly feel the heat about the data career. What’s this field really like? Is it too late to start? In addition to help you understand the data field, we will discuss how to leverage women’s natural strength to excel. Learn the trick, and be more confident about pursuing a data career!
Imagine if we could democratize access to servers where everyone can install any software they want. We would have access to better security and privacy by owning our data, which runs on our own infrastructure. Decentralized hosting is necessary for open source web applications to become not only a viable, but flourishing ecosystem on par with those of open source desktop and mobile applications.
The field of intellectual property (IP) law has seen a high level of demand and good job opportunities, providing a good alternative career path for engineers and scientists. In addition, there is a need to increase the pipeline of women and minorities in the IP profession. This panel seeks to raise awareness for this potential career opportunity and evangelize the exciting and challenging field of IP law.
Product Management is often the last job any technical graduate considers pursuing. This session explains who might be a good fit as a product manager and why great product management makes the difference for a company between winning and losing. Insights into the day to day challenges and rewards of the role is also provided.
Technical artists are unique hybrid developers in the game industry who bridge art and technology. While this role is still relatively new, it originated from a recognized necessity for creative problem solvers. This presentation will discuss this challenging multidisciplinary role and how art and programming knowledge converge to make an impact on games around the world.
Civic technology is a growing sector where technologists use their skills to serve their country and solve problems “for the people”. Stop by this session at the Student Opportunity Lab to learn about different career paths in civic technology and government, what a day in the life looks like in this industry, and how to best prepare for a career in civic tech.
For most college graduates, the transition from college to corporation can be exciting yet intimidating. No matter how strong your technical and communication skills are, there will be make-or-break moments that come as a surprise. You cannot escape these moments, but sure can equip yourself with tips to convert these hurdles to springboards. In this session, we will share 10 practical tips to use as you start your dream job.
Data, the most important piece of modern society is growing at an exponential rate. It is generated by a wide array of devices, is complex, often fragmented and vulnerable to security threats. There is also a need for high data availability with minimum time lag. This session is to explore technologies, trends and career opportunities in Information Management, Availability and Insight.
Looking for ways to expand your influence over the industry and establish your reputation in a modern meritocracy? Today’s Open Source is a mainstream source of innovation where development can happen on a global scale. From fledgling ideas, entire businesses have been created through the sharing of code in communities and meet-ups.
In this lab, we’d encourage students to consider building their developer reputation through Open Sourcexz community participation.
Systems Engineers are technologists who work with customers to understand business issues, engineering needs, and then create network designs to solve those problems while fitting budget, time, and other conditions. SEs work with customers, technology partners, sales, and product developers on a daily basis. If you enjoy real-world application of knowledge to solve problems, Systems Engineering is a great place to be. Come hear about a career in Systems Engineering.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of a user experience design team, I will walk you through a day in in the life of a UX Designer, touching on ways you collaborate with other designers and the product team, the tools and applications you use, and what kind of deliverables are expected. Find out what it takes to pursue a career in User Experience Design.
A product manager’s main deliverable is the product requirements document. This specification should succinctly capture not only the functionality expected of a feature, but also the business context and metrics of success. A well-written spec can help keep a project on track by providing clarity to engineers, testers and marketers. This Student Opportunity Lab will provide a template and tips to crafting a solid product requirements document.
As the cyber security industry keeps growing, it becomes critical to introduce new and creative solutions. Work in cyber security affects everyone, which is why it must come from a diverse workforce. But those combating security threats lack gender diversity, with women currently representing just 11% of the profession. This panel will discuss the exciting world of cyber security and why everyone should consider it a great career option.