Chinese Women in Computing

The story of founding Chinese Women in Computing

Oct. 9, 2014 | Nataliemao

I’m Qiaolin (Natalie) Mao, the co-founder of Chinese Women in Computing and the co-founder & officer of the Seattle ACM SIGKDD Chapter. Last year, I attended Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing the first time after working in online advertising, search and big data for about 10 years at Microsoft. During the registration, my co-worker Fetiya, a Turkish woman, told me that I could get an extra badge if I belong to an ABI community so I went with her and tried to get my extra badge. To my surprise, there was no community for Chinese Women in Computing and even no community for Asian Women in Computing so I couldn’t get my extra community badge. We have so many Chinese women and Asian women working in IT industry. How could we be so underrepresented? Instead of complaining and wondering, I immediately decided to establish a community for Chinese Women in Computing and/or Asian Women in Computing if nobody else is doing that. In a session talking about “sponsorship”, I happened to sit next to last year’s program co-chair Wei Lin. I was so happy and inspired to see a Chinese Woman like Wei actively leading the conference efforts for technical women and making such huge impact. I told Wei about my idea. Wei said she also thought about it and we could do this together. I fortunately found my very achieved and experienced co-founder Wei at GHC2013 and also visited ABI community booth to understand the process of founding a community. At ABI community both, I got the contact information of Rosario Robinson who manages the syster program and ABI community efforts. After GHC2013, I went back to Seattle. I was very pumped by the conference and wish I could have attended when I was a student. When studying computer science as an undergraduate student in China, I was never encouraged to code. I was always told that boys are better coders than girls, and I have never heard about Grace Hopper conference when I was in China. I couldn’t forget about the idea of establishing a community of Chinese Women in Computing to get Chinese Women in Computing connected and inspired. I contacted Wei and Rosario, and started the journey of establishing Chinese Women in Computing. With Rosario’s help, I eventually founded Chinese Women in Computing in this April along with my co-founder Wei Lin as a sub-community of Asian Women in Computing. It took time, energy and passion outside work to make it happen. The community volunteering experience is very rewarding and I can see the meaning of my work. I am very inspired to connect all Chinese women in computing globally to help each other achieve more and make bigger impact. If you are a Chinese Woman in Computing, please join us to grow our community. Hope we can together bring Grace Hopper to China one day! During the conference, I’ll be at the following sessions: Wednesday: • 8:30 AM – 9:00AM Newcomers session on Wednesday morning – will receive appreciation for establishing Chinese Women in Computing • 7:30PM – 8:30PM Asian Women in Computing community co-chairs meet-up • 8:30PM – 9:30PM Asian Women In Computing Booth Thursday: • 1:15PM – 2:15PM Chinese WiC lunchtime table topic – Will moderate the table topic “Connecting Chinese Women in Computing in U.S., Asia and Around the World” Friday • 11:00AM – 12:00PM Asian Women in Computing Booth • 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Chinese WiC lunchtime Table Topics – Will moderate the table topic along with the co-founder of Chinese in computing Wei Lin • 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM New Systers Communities Panel – Will be one of the panel speakers for “Expanding Reach for African and Asian Systers and Women in Computing EVERYWHERE” • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ABI Communities Meetup

A word from the Co-Founder Wei Lin

Oct. 7, 2014 | Wei Lin

I’m Wei Lin, the co-founder of Chinese Women in Computing Community and the General Co-Chair of GHC 2014. At GHC 2013, Qiao Lin Mao, an energetic and motivated Chinese computer scientist brought up the issue of lack of Chinese Women in Computing. We both wanted to bring all Chinese women in computing together and beyond. Now, there is, a new Syster community for the Chinese Women in Computing. You might want to know how I become the GHC 2014 General Co-Chair. I grew up in Shanghai, studied in Paris, worked in Montreal, and now live in Los Angeles. Various cultures have influenced me throughout my life. I’m quite proud of my Chinese heritage and what I’ve learned living in Western cultures. In 2009, I was asked to represent Symantec at the GHC 2009 Industry Advisory Board and this was the start of my incredible journey with the GHC conference. During the following 5 years, I was the co-chair of IAB (2010), member of Selection Committee of Panel, Presentation and Workshop (2011), member of Senior Women Summit (SWS) Committee (2012), Co-Chair of the Career Track, Program Co-Chair (2013), and now General Co-Chair (2014). This involvement required your commitment, your organizational skill, your drive and your time to get the job done. During GHC 2014, I’ll be at the Wednesday: 8:30 am Newcomers session 9:30 am Opening Welcome session 6:30 – 7:30 Asian Women In Computing Booth Thursday: 8:20 am Awards Presentation AND Keynote – will introduce Dr. Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College for her conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella 12:00 pm General Speed Mentoring session serve as a Facilitator 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Asian Community Booth Friday 8:30 am Awards Presentation AND Keynote – will introduce Dr. A Prabhakar along with my co-chair Tiffani Williams. 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Chinese WiC Lunchtime Table Topics along with the co-founder of Chinese Women in Computing Qiao Lin Mao 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Asian Women in Computing Booth 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm New Communities Panel 6:30 – 7:30 ABI Communities Meetup