• Our Breakfast Keynote:

    Dare to Be Dope: The Fear and Fulfillment in Following Uncertain Paths

    Pursuing anything new can be challenging and uncomfortable, especially as one of the few (if not the only) women. However, taking these risks in spite of the circumstances can often lead to unimagined opportunities and connections. In this talk, Dr. Nicki Washington discusses her path to computing and shares strategies for overcoming the “fear of the unknown” to successfully chart one’s unique path in this ever-growing field that’s still in dire need of diversity.



    Dr. Nicki Washington is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Winthrop University and author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field. She previously spent nine years at Howard University as the first Black female faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. Her research on culturally relevant pedagogy and curriculum to increase the participation and retention of underrepresented students in computer science includes partnerships with organizations such as Google, Exploring Computer Science,, Washington, DC Public Schools, and the South Carolina Board of Education to create K-12 local, state, and national computer science standards and programs. She has also been a featured writer, speaker, and interviewee for USA Today College, The Root/VerySmartBrothas, The Atlantic,, Bennett College for Women, Google, The DC STEM Summit, the National Coalition for Women in Information Technology, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She received her B.S. in computer science from Johnson C. Smith University (2000) and M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University (2002, 2005), becoming the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from the university. She is a native of Durham, NC.

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    Call for Participation

    NYCWiC 2019

    April 12-13, 2019, Lake George, NY

    NYCWiC 2019, the 6th ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, will be held April 12-13, 2019, at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George, NY.  The goal of NYCWiC is to encourage women to complete their studies in computing by exploring careers and meeting women leaders from business, industry, and academia.

    We invite presentations on computing research as well as on efforts to increase diversity in computing, e.g. outreach programs or programs to engage students outside the classroom.

    Computing Research

    • Research Talks: Fifteen minute presentations of research results; open to all.
    • First-timer Research Talks: Five minute presentations with room for feedback and mentoring. Open to students. Reports on preliminary results and work-in progress are welcome in this category.
    • Research Posters or Demos: Presentations of research, class projects and work-in-progress; open to students. Prizes will be awarded to the best student research posters in a poster competition.

    Diversity Initiatives

    • Diversity Panel Presentations: Presentations and discussion on successful programs to diversify computing; open to all.
    • Diversity Posters: Presentations of efforts to diversify computing, open to all. Reports on new efforts that have not yet produced measurable results are welcome in this category.

    Birds-of-a-Feather sessions 

    • Furthermore, we invite proposals for Birds-of-a-Feather sessions on any topic that might be of interest to the NYCWiC audience.

    Please see for more information on the different submission categories.

    Submit abstracts of no more than 500 words in PDF format using the submission link on the NYCWiC ’19 website ( by JANUARY 18, 2019. All abstracts should list the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenters. Students should also specify their status; for example: 2nd year undergraduate, 3rd year graduate student. (Title, list of authors etc. do not count toward the word limit.)

    If you have questions or if you would like to propose another kind of activity or session, please contact Caroline Buinicky, Program Chair, at If you would like to volunteer to help with the organization or running of NYCWiC ’19, please contact