JMU Hosts Celebration of Women in Computing


The Capitol Area Celebration of Women in Computing 2015 (CAPWIC) will be held at James Madison University for the first time in the university’s history.

CAPWIC 2015 is a two-day regional celebration of women in computing. The aim is to bring together women in computing from all stages of their careers. Invited are high school students, college students (including graduate students), and professionals to attend the three-day celebration themed “Computing Connects Us.”

“This conference is a chance for high school students to see their college futures and college students to see their higher education or career futures while being mentored by women who have led successful careers in technology. Our goal is to help increase the number of women in this discipline in which they are underrepresented whose voices are needed to face the computing challenges today and into the future,” explains Nancy Harris, Co Chair of the event.

The celebration features prominent and inspirational speakers from both academic and professional settings with topics ranging from: “Wearable Technology in the 21st Century” and “How To Get A Tech Job” to “Identity and Privacy”.

The conference includes hands on workshops that introduce women to different types of IT environments, provides an opportunity to network with others in the field, and a place where attendees can show off their work. Both days conclude with an exclusive career/college fair.

CAPWIC is sponsored by: ACM-W, Microsoft, Capital One, Carnegie Mellon University, PureStorage, FireEye, Deloitte, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Center for Open Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University, the Shenandoah Valley Tech Council, Signature Consulting, and Excelacom.

The conference will be held from Friday February 27 through Saturday February 28 at the JMU ISAT/CS/HHS buildings and the Festival Conference and Student Center.  

For more information about the conference and to register visit:

Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2018

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