New event looks to close technology gender gap

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take a long, hard look at gender and hiring practices in tech companies

It’s no secret that there is little diversity in the biggest technology companies. Both Google and Yahoo have released reports revealing that the majority of their employees are white males. The first step in making a change is acknowledging the disparity. The second, of course, is figuring out how to address it. Well, an upcoming three-day conference looks to do just that.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is an event that will take place in Phoenix in October. The show, which is put on by the Anita Borg Institute, has been steadily growing. According to Bloomberg, more than 8,000 people have signed up for the sold-out event this year, quadruple the number that attended in 2010. The event has been held 13 times since 1994, and approximately 98 percent of registered attendees are female. Seventy percent of this year’s attendees are expected to be first timers.

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Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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