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2019 Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing Conference gives high school students the opportunity to network with women at undergraduate, graduate, and professional networks to promote the recruitment, retention and progression of women in computing related fields that lack diversity in the national work force.

Program Details

March 22 - 23, 2019

Location: James Madison University, Harrisonburg,VA

Registration Fee: $25.00

Meals are included with registration.

Student Rate with Single Hotel Room +$75.00
Student Rate with Hotel Room 1 Roommate (Max 2 per room) +$50.00 each
Student Rate with Hotel Room 2-3 Roommates (Max 4 per room) +$25.00 each
Non-Student Rate with Single Hotel Room +$100.00

Lodging provided by Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center.
If staying at hotel, on-site garage parking is $5.00 per day for self-parking, $10.00 for valet parking. Paid separately to Hotel Madison.

Top Reasons to Attend

  1. Practice public speaking by presenting a poster or flash talk.
  2. Share your work and ideas with your peers and experts during the poster session, flash talk, or technical short.
  3. Get valuable feedback about your work and ideas via your poster presentation or technical short
  4. Win a prize by competing in the Poster Competition.
  5. Be inspired. Meet technical women like you and celebrate your accomplishments together.
  6. Hear success stories of technical women who made it this far!
  7. Broaden your skills by attending a workshop.
  8. Meet recruiters from business, industry, and academia for internships, jobs, or graduate programs.
  9. Find a new job or internship. Bring your resume to our career fair to apply for job and internship opportunities.
  10. Did we mention that it is FUN!


We invite three different types of participation in the area of computing research as well as on efforts to increase diversity in computing, e.g. outreach programs or programs to engage students outside the classroom.

  • Flash Talks: Five-minute presentations of 20 slides, where slides automatically advance every 15 seconds. Talks will have a 15-minute window to provide time for feedback and mentoring. Reports on preliminary results, work-in progress, or anything fun and creative related to the conference are welcome in this category. Open to high-school, undergraduate, or graduate students as well as professionals.
  • Posters: Presenters create a 24” x 32” poster of research, a class project, or other type of work-in-progress including efforts to diversify computing before the conference and are present at the poster during the session to discuss content. Open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Research Shorts: An opportunity to give a 15-minute presentation with an additional 5 minutes for questions, similar to a talk at a research conference. Work should be technical in nature, investigating new ideas in any area of computer science. The intention is to give presenters a friendly environment in which to practice a future talk or work out details in an ongoing project with an audience capable of constructive feedback. No paper is required, only an abstract, so future publication of the work is not limited. Open to undergraduates, graduates, and professionals.

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