October 22, 2007 - Twenty-four members of the engineering staff represented Sun at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).
GHC is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Sun was a Platinum Sponsor for the event, continuing the company's
support for women in computing. Sun sponsored GHC in 2002, 2004 and
2006 (GHC used to be held every other year.)
Sun's GHC attendees represent the broad and diverse opportunities Sun affords to women in
computing and technology, ranging from researchers at Sun Labs and
engineers in Microelectronics, Software and IT, to managers and
directors in Sales and Human Resources.
Sun's attendees were involved heavily at the event. Ten participated on panels and BOFs including:
Gilda Garreton, Sun Labs; Valerie Fenwick,
Software; and Katy Dickinson, CTO, were Official Bloggers. Gilda
blogged in Spanish.
Gilda focused on the track for Latinas in Computing: Latinas in GHC07,
which produced a panel titled "Successful Latinas Opening Doors to the
Future: Advancing Latinas in Computing," with six distinguished Latinas
from industry and academia; follow-up BOF session and lunch event.
The attendees staffed a recruiting table, participated in Sponsor Night
and gave away a Sun SPOT as part of the Sponsor's Raffle.
GHC 2007 was the seventh in
a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career
interests of women in computing to the forefront.
Presenters represented industrial, academic and government communities.
Leading researchers presented current work, while special sessions
focused on the role of women in computer science, information
technology, research and engineering.
Past GHC events have resulted in collaborative proposals, networking,
mentoring, and increased visibility for the contributions of women in