2017 Grace Hopper Conference: Career Fair

2017 Grace Hopper Conference: Career Fair

Another great year of the Grace Hopper Conference, including the Career Fair.  GHC is a three-day conference designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests.

Top Companies for Women Technologists evaluated 63 companies this year, accounting for more than 574,000 technologists across a variety of fields. Within the participating companies, women held 22.95% of technical roles. This 1.2% increase from 2016 represents a relatively small change, but corresponds to thousands of new jobs for women technologists.

2017 Leadership Index

The Leadership Index lists the companies whose representation of women technologists is above the mean. The winner will then be announced on the main stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration  in Orlando October 4, 2017. Companies are listed alphabetically; this list is not a ranking.

Allstate Insurance Company
American Express
Bank of America
BNY Mellon
Capital One
HBO Inc.
Intel Corporation
Macy’s, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual
The New York Times
Thomson Reuters
Visa Inc.

Career Fair Expo

Over 200 companies participated and they all brought their A game, starting with their booths, swag, and of course recruiters.

Don’t miss the Career Fair — a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Our Expo also features an Interview Hall, where sponsors host in-person interviews.

Dates Hours
Wednesday 10/4 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10/5 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday 10/6 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What booth were you most impressed with?  What would you have liked to see?

? Facebook Basketball App

During March Madness, whenever you send an Emoji basketball to a friend in Facebook messenger you can tap on the basketball and play simple free throw game. I just tried it with a high score of 10. Your score is shared with whoever is in the conversation and you can continue to play against each other. 

Gamefication at its finest!


Best of 2015 Lists

Best of 2015 Lists

A lot of people have been creating their end of the year “Best of 2015” lists and I wanted to aggregate them so you could go through them quickly. I have linked to the stories linked or listed below and tried to embed a couple of videos for easy viewing on my site.

This includes the Best of 2015 lists from across different media outlets:

  1. New York Times Magazine pictures and Recipes
  2. Harvard Business Review articles
  3. Economist
  4. Google Search Trends and Top 10 lists
  5. YouTube’s Annual Videos in Review
  6. NPR’s Top 30 Stories
  7. Lifehacker’s Top 10 Top 10 lists
  8. Gawker
  9. Gizmodo
  10. Slate
  11. TED Talks

Best of 2015 Lists

The New York Times Magazine’s Best Photos of 2015

List here:

Here at the magazine, we have the good fortune to produce and publish a wide range of photographs: From images of the refugee crisis to mischievous interpretations of “lost” recipes, it’s always something new.

This year, to pick our favorites, we spread out tearsheets of our most memorable photos on a big table, then made one lightning-quick round of cuts and selections — led by Kathy Ryan, the director of photography.

NY Times Most Popular Recipes of 2015

Click on the image or click here to review:


Your Favorite Harvard Business Review Articles of 2015

See full list here:

Here are the 20 articles you and your fellow HBR readers spent the most time reading in 2015. I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s a particularly good list this year. And as usual, it reveals a lot about what managers around the world are thinking and worrying about right now. A lot of us are feeling trapped in a work culture that’s unhealthy and unproductive. We’re working too many hours. We’re distracted. We’re sick of terrible meetings, and networking, and the annual ritual of ineffective performance reviews.


Here’s the list:

A FEW trends emerge from the list of The Economist‘s ten most-read articles of 2015. The theme of inequality remains top of mind for our readers; articles about Asian-Americans, working-class males and inherited privilege all found their way into the top four. Many articles in this list are amongst our longer offerings, suggesting that readers set aside time to read them rather than snacking on the go. And most of the pieces below are leaders, which tells us that our readers want to know not only what happened but what can be done about it. The top piece, however, is an exception to all these trends: a fascinating science report about a new breed of animal called the coywolf.

1. Greater than the sum of its parts
October 3rd | Science and technology

Over a century of interbreeding between America’s wild coyotes, wolves and dogs has created a new species: the coywolf. The genetic mix means the animal has the size and strength of a wolf and the social nature of a dog. The new breed is spreading across America at an astonishing pace—even into big cities.

2. The weaker sex
March 7th | International

Boys once spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now the balance has tilted the other way: one gender gap has closed, only for another to open up. Now it is not women who are suffering, but unskilled men.


3. America’s new aristocracy
January 24th | Leader

Privilege in America is increasingly passed from parent to child. The clever and successful are marrying each other more than ever before, an “assortative mating” process thought to have increased inequality by 25%. The best solution is to help clever kids who failed to pick posh parents—and the moment to start is in early childhood.

4. The model minority is losing its patience
October 3rd | Briefing

Asian-Americans are under-represented in top jobs despite being better educated than white Americans. This “bamboo ceiling” applies in businesses as well as Congress, where just 2.4% of lawmakers are Asian-American. Widely held perceptions of unfair treatment are pushing many into politics, and the minority is becoming more politically assertive.

5. Shape shifting
February 28th | Books and arts

“Curvology”, a book by David Bainbridge released in February, discussed why men’s and women’s bodies differ more than is necessary simply to bear children. Mr Bainbridge says it makes evolutionary sense for women to plump up as they prepare to reproduce. It is this biology—not just brainwashing by the tabloid newspapers that splash images of curvy women—that shapes humanity’s appreciation of the undulations of the female form.

6. Generation XXX
September 26th | Leader

Pornography accounts for more than a tenth of all internet searches, and its availability has sparked a moral panic. Teenagers are seeing debauched acts at a younger age; porn has become their main source of sexual education. Parents and governments wish to stem the tide of smut with porn-blockers. A better approach would be to take a long, hard look at what is out there—and start to talk about it.

7. The silent minority
February 7th | United States

America’s largest single ethnic group, German-Americans, are barely visible in public life. Companies (Pfizer, Boeing) and politicians (John Boehner, Rand Paul) play down their German roots, while private citizens have have grown rich and assimilated without political help. German-Americans are so well integrated that they barely noticed when Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, visited in February.

8. Putin’s war on the West
February 14th | Leader

In February, when eastern Ukraine was in flames, The Economist discussed how the West could best tackle Vladimir Putin’s incendiary foreign policy. Mr Putin had a grip on the Kremlin, a new toy in Crimea, a weakened neighbour in Ukraine and a divided opposition in Europe and America. The critical point was and remains Ukraine: it should be a lesson in the rewards of leaning West, not its perils.

9. Trump’s America
September 5th | Leader

Donald Trump rose to the top of the polls for the Republican nomination in the summer, despite saying things that would have torpedoed any normal campaign. His secret sauce has two spices: a genius for self-promotion and supporters who view his boorishness as a sign of authenticity. The Economist advised Republicans to listen carefully to Mr Trump, and vote for someone else.

10. Watch out
June 13th | Leader

In June, The Economist said that the fight against financial chaos and deflation was won. However, having moved on from one recession, the world is not ready for the next. Rarely have so many large economies been so ill-equipped to manage a slowdown. The best way for fragile economies to get back to normal is to allow the recovery to gather strength first.

Google Search Trends of 2015

Explore the year’s biggest moments and the questions they inspire

??A Year in Search 2015?? Google

and then view the top 10 lists broken down here.

See the Year in Search 2015 in Top 10 Lists

YouTube’s Annual Year in Review Videos

YouTube Rewind 2015. Celebrating the videos, people, music and moves that made 2015. #YouTubeRewind

Watch the year’s trending videos: http://youtube.com/rewind
See the trends as they happen on the new trending tab: http://youtube.com/trending

30 Most Popular Stories On NPR’s Website In 2015

NPR's audience were drawn to a wide range of topics in 2015, from music and politics to the lives of girls and the work of robots.

Nearly 20 of the most popular stories on NPR’s website in 2015 were viewed a million times or more. Many were also widely shared and discussed on Facebook and elsewhere — and now, they give us a way to look back on what at times seemed like a uniquely unpredictable year.

1. Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote after recounting the legal struggles faced by same-sex partners. – by Bill Chappell, June 26

2. Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain
There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she’s sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly? – by Michaeleen Doucleff, June 8

3. What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark’s Photo?
The photographer, who died in May, has a famous portfolio of arresting images. Among them is a shot of two children in 1990. One of them thought the photo shoot would change her life. It did not. – by Chris Benderev, June 27

4. Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free
Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR’s new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.
by Lulu Miller, Jan. 9

5. Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover
Texas’ GOP governor is sending the Texas State Guard to monitor a military training exercise after right-wing militia alleged it’s just a cover for the president’s plan to put Texas under martial law. – by Wade Goodwyn, May 2

6. Boy Says He Didn’t Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book
The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story behind the 2010 book was all made up. – by Bill Chappell, Jan. 15

7. How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?
A hi-def test for your ears (and your audio equipment): Listen to these songs and see if you can tell the difference between an MP3 and an uncompressed audio file. – by Jacob Ganz and Tyler Fisher, June 2

8. Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State
The jobs picture has changed profoundly since the 1970s. This map shows how those changes played out across the country. – by Quoctrung Bui, Feb. 5

9. People Are Finally Talking About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About
It’s menstrual hygiene. The topic makes many folks uncomfortable. Yet in the developing world, it’s a problem that keeps girls from going to school and playing sports. Now things are changing. – by Nurith Aizenman, June 16

10. Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?
Will your job be around in the future? We take a peek at the research. – by Quoctrung Bui, May 21

11. Vatican Details Pope’s Meeting With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis
Responding to a flood of interest, the Vatican says the private meeting shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of all of Davis’ views. – by Bill Chappell, Oct. 2

12. A Black Mississippi Judge’s Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers
Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced three young white men in the murder of an innocent black man. But first, he had something to tell them. – Code Switch blog, Feb. 13

13. South Korea? Trump’s ‘Where Are You From’ Moment
Donald Trump interrupted an Asian-American student this week to ask if he was from South Korea. “I was born in Texas,” he responded. – by Asma Khalid, Oct. 15

14. In Spain, Entire Villages Are Up For Sale — And They’re Going Cheap
As Spaniards migrate from villages to cities for work, education and access to health care, rural hamlets are ending up on the auction block. Foreigners are in the market for these properties. – by Lauren Frayer, Aug. 23

15. Babies On Display: When A Hospital Couldn’t Save Them, A Sideshow Did
Among Coney Island’s sideshows a century ago, one was different: an exhibit of premature infants. The show funded Dr. Martin Couney’s pioneering work — and saved thousands, including Lucille Horn. – StoryCorps, July 10

16. Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son
Bill Jones is thought to have been the first single man to adopt a child in California, back in the 1960s. His son has since died, but despite the loss, Jones says he never regrets adopting his child. – StoryCorps, Feb. 20

17. How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities
What do families in the middle of the income distribution actually make in cities around the United States? – by Quoctrung Bui, March 19

18. That Little Syrian Boy: Here’s Who He Was
A photo of a drowned Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach sparked anguish and outrage over the handling of the world’s migration crisis. – by Hannah Bloch, Sept. 3

19. Review: Mac Miller, ‘GO:OD AM’
The Pittsburgh rapper makes his major label debut and presents himself as a more balanced artist and human being. – by Timmhotep Aku, Sept. 14

20. A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed: #15Girls
When a teenage girl in rural Nepal gets her period, an ancient tradition may drive her to sleep outdoors. But one 15-year-old is trying to break the taboos around menstruation. – by Michaeleen Doucleff, Oct. 17

21. Paris Attacks: What We Know On Saturday
As France copes with shocking violence, the death toll from Friday night’s attacks is not yet final, and details are beginning to emerge about the attackers. – by Christopher Dean Hopkins and Bill Chappell, Nov. 14

22. 8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner
Every year, the president sits down for dinner with Washington reporters and delivers a stand-up routine. From his “bucket list” to Hillary Clinton, here’s what he came up with this year. – by Domenico Montanaro, April 26

23. 6 Clips Of Audio You Should Hear From The Planned Parenthood Hearing
The congressional hearing was oftentimes contentious, with the head of Planned Parenthood defending her organization and explaining that it does not receive federal money for most abortions. – by Eyder Peralta, Sept. 29

24. Rare And ‘Horrific’: Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia
The frilled shark’s roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal’s closest relatives are long extinct. – by Bill Chappell, Jan. 21

25. NASCAR’s Kurt Busch Testifies That Ex-Girlfriend Is An Assassin
The race car driver and others told a Dover, Del., court this week that his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, is an assassin. Driscoll did not deny the claims. – by Bill Chappell, Jan. 13

26. 5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton
She started out as a Republican and hasn’t driven a car since 1996. Here’s what you may not know or just may not remember about the former secretary of state and first lady. – by Tamara Keith, April 11

27. Here’s What People Are Saying About The Waco Shootout And Race
People are contrasting media and police reaction to the Texas shootout with their reaction to the recent protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo. – by Maanvi Singh, May 18

28. Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart’s Replacement, Goes From Hero To Villain In 24 Hours
Soon after it was announced that Noah will host The Daily Show, it emerged that some of his tweets mocked women and Jews — tweets that critics have called sexist and anti-Semitic. – by Krishnadev Calamur, March 31

29. Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean
First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what? – by Laura Starecheski, March 2

30. Review: Cast Recording, ‘Hamilton’
Don’t call Hamilton unlikely: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lauded musical about the life of the Founding Father is Broadway crafted by an artist who knows rap to be our cultural lingua franca. – by Frannie Kelley, Sept. 21

Lifehacker’s Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Lifehacker launched exactly ten years ago today (happy birthday to us)! In light of the occasion, let’s take a look back at some of the most popular posts we’ve shared with you this last decade.

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Programming is one of the most valuable skills you can pick up in these modern times, whether for career prospects or to stretch your brain and create something awesome. If you’re just getting started on your coding journey, here are ten tips and resources to set you off on the right foot.

Top 10 Ways to Look Better Based on Your Body Shape and Face Shape

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Our face shapes and body shapes can help us choose the most fitting hairstyles, clothing, and accessories. Here are ten tips to help you accentuate your best features.

Top 10 Gmail Labs and Features You Should Enable

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

As if Gmail wasn’t powerful enough, you can find all sorts of goodies and extra features in Gmail Labs. The list is pretty massive, so we’ve narrowed down our 10 favorite labs to help increase your email productivity.

Top 10 Skills You Need at Work That Have Nothing to Do with Your Job

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Hiring managers make the difficult decision of who the best candidate is for the job based not just on the specific job requirements but also basic“soft skills” every worker should have, like communication and teamwork. Here are the top 10 additional job skills everyone needs.

Top 10 Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping (And How to Fix Them)

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Buying groceries is one of those universal chores most of us could probably do better at, whether it’s saving money on food or spending less time shopping. Here are ten common mistakes we tend to make at the grocery store—and how to avoid them.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Monitor, the Screen You Stare at All Day

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Many of us are stuck behind our desk and computer all day long, which makes the hardware we use quite important. Let’s give some more thought to our monitors, with these ten tips for getting the most out of those screens.

Top 10 Smart Ways to Organize and Upgrade Your Garage

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

The garage is often a neglected, messy space. With a little organization and a few handy projects, though, we can get much more use out of our garages and also modernize them. Here are our top 10 garage upgrade ideas.

Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Weight loss isn’t easy (if it were, we wouldn’t have a billion different diet plans and products to waste our money on). But even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to sticking to your diet or weight loss plan. Here are 10 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.

Top 10 Things You Can Do with a Slow Cooker That Don’t Involve Food

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

The slow cooker (or crock pot) is a wonderful appliance for hands-off cooking, but the gentle, slow heating process can also be used for other things unrelated to food. Such as these ten things.

Top 10 Difficult Decisions You’ll Make in Life (and How to Make Them)

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Life is full of big moments and big decisions. But fret not, from deciding where to live to finding your true calling, here’s some advice to help you along the way.

Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort.

Top 10 Uncomfortable Situations and How to Deal with Them

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Life is full of awkward and uncomfortable moments. We can’t avoid them altogether, but we can handle them with grace. Here are ten situations we all might struggle with and how to relieve the discomfort.

Top 10 Essential Tips for Dating

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Dating is often awkward, sweet, and challenging (sometimes at the same time). But don’t worry, we’ve got more than a few tips for surviving the dating scene and improving your dating experience.

Top 10 Ways You’re Probably Using Email Wrong

Most Popular Top 10s of 2015

Email is the technology tool everyone relies on and yet perhaps also hates(it’s the cockroach of the internet!). Love it or hate it, we could probably all stand to improve our email skills, from managing our inboxes to sending more elegant email messages. Here are ten of the top mistakes we make with our email.

Thanks for a great 2015! And while you’re at it, don’t forget Lifehacker’s 10th anniversary celebration for even more great top 10 lists!

The 100 Most Popular Gawker Posts of 2015

The 100 Most Popular Gawker Posts of 2015

The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts of 2015

The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts of 2015

The 10 Most Popular Slate Stories in 2015

Check out The 10 Most Popular Slate Stories in 2015 here:

A glance at Slate’s top stories of 2015 offers a veritable Rosetta stone of our readership. History is represented here in several forms: from a mesmerizing interactive that recounted 315 years of slavery to a single momentous paragraph that launched a new era of progress. Millions clicked curiously on a piece about a deadly Chinese trend, and the many more tried our sex history calculator.


TED the Year of Ideas: 2015

Check out the aggregation of TED Videos from 2015 here:

The Most Powerful TED Talks of 2015Watch the talks we loved in 2015, and discover the year’s most powerful ideas: http://t.ted.com/skrPVM9

Posted by TED on Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference

2015 Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference

I get overwhelmed when I think about my GHC experiences so I am going to continue to think about the content of this blog post.  For now, here are all the notes to the sessions and the livestreams of the incredible speakers!


Session Wiki Notes

Volunteer note takers and speakers from the sessions are in the process of updating the wiki with notes from the sessions they attended or spoke at.

Remember the note takers are volunteers and you can deep dive into the schedule to find the sessions you’re most interested in reading about…I recommend dedicating some time to just browse too!

Speaker Slides

The speakers are uploading their slides to Dropbox here.

Watch the Keynotes and Panel Discussions

Clara Shih (CEO and founder of Hearsay Social), Blake Irving (CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy) and Megan Smith (Chief Technology Officer, United States of America) will discuss changing the culture of tech through transformation at the individual, company and industry level. A Q&A will follow their individual presentations. #GHC15

  • Clara Shih Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/clara-shih/
  • Blake Irving Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/blake-irving/
  • Megan Smith Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/speakers/megan-smith/

Hilary Mason, Founder of Fast Forward Labs, kickstarts GHC 2015 with a rousing talk on inspiring women in tech. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winner of the Technical Leadership ABIE Award, which recognizes a woman who inspires the community through outstanding technological contributions. #GHC15 #ABIEwinner

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and Nora Denzel, Vice Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, will discuss Lean In and other issues that are top for women in tech. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners the Social Impact ABIE Award. #GHC15 #ABIEwinners

  • Sheryl Sandberg Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/speakers/sheryl-sandberg/

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, delivers the Thursday morning keynote and will be joined in conversation by journalist Moira Forbes. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners of the Grace Hopper Celebration Change Agent ABIE Awards. #GHC15 #ABIEwinner

Manuela M. Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a technical keynote. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners of the A. Richard Newton Education ABIE Award and the Denise Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award, #GHC15 #ABIEwinner

Janet George, Isis Anchalee and Miral Kotb will be speaking about the importance of diversity in the technological field. A performance by iLuminate will follow. #GHC15

  • Janet George Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/janet-George/
  • Isis Anchalee Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/isis-anchalee/
  • Miral Kotb Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/miral-kotb/

Additionally “The Cube” recorded interviews during Grace Hopper with some of the tech stars and those can be streamed here.

Admiral Grace Hopper

Grace Murray HopperMy dear friend Randy Bear of Concerned Citizen blog  helped me find all this incredible information about Admiral Grace Hopper, the namesake for the Women in Computing conference on Houston, TX this year. 
What didn’t we find? Leave comments below. As I get more time I’ll include special stories including from Randy who have met the woman who inspires us all! 

· Her former husband, Vincent Foster Hopper, died in 1945 during World War II.

o They were married from 1930 but got divorced in 1945.

o She had never been married again and has chosen to keep her married last name.

· When working on the Mark I in 1944, she wrote the first users manual for a computer, a 500-page manual on the operations of Mark I

· While working on the Mark I, she coined the term “bug” describing a computer malfunction

· During her work on UNIVAC, she invented the first computer compiler, translating written instructions to machine code.

o It was during this time when she was able to develop her compiler which was then called the A compiler. The first version was called A-0.

o A few years later in 1952, she was able to come up with an operational compiler, however she said that nobody believed it and that she was told that computers were only limited to doing arithmetic.

o Two years later, she was named Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation’s director for automatic programming, and it was her department which released the first programming languages which were compiler based. These included ARITH-MATIC, FLOW-MATIC, and MATH-MATIC.

o In 1959, CODASYL or the Conference on Data Systems Languages brought together different computer experts for a 2-day conference. Hopper had been the committee’s technical consultant, and she along with her previous employees helped define COBOL.

· In 1967, Hopper was called back to active duty with the US Navy, and assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff as Director, Navy Programming Languages Group.

· The Cray XE6 “Hopper” supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, or NERSC, was named after her.

· When she was seven, she had a great urge to discover how alarm clocks worked and was able to dismantle seven alarm clocks before her mother discovered what she was up to. After that incident, she was then limited to studying just one clock.

· She tried to enter Vassar College when she was 16 but got rejected because her grades in Latin weren’t satisfactory. She was, however, accepted the following year.

· Hopper always had a first love for the Navy:

o While Grace Hopper wanted to be transferred to the regular Navy posts, her request was denied because she was already 38 then. She did, however, remain to serve as part of the Navy Reserve.

o Until 1949, Grace Hopper was part of the Harvard Computation Lab.

o She even turned down Vassar’s offer of a full professorship post, and instead chose to work as a researcher under Navy contract for Harvard.

o At the time of her retirement, she was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the United States Navy (79 years, eight months and five days).

o Coincidently, she was aboard the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy (188 years, nine months and 23 days). (USS Constitution)

· Apart from being known as “Amazing Grace,” another nickname she earned was “Grandma COBOL” because of her great work on COBOL’s development.

· She was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1991 by Pres. George W. Bush —becoming the first female individual recipient of the honor.

· At the age of 85, she died in Arlington, Virginia, on January 1, 1992. She was laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery.


· A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.

· If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

· Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.

· There’s something you learn in your first boot-camp, or training camp: If they put you down somewhere with nothing to do, go to sleep — you don’t know when you’ll get any more.

· I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.

· I’ve received many honors and I’m grateful for them; but I’ve already received the highest award I’ll ever receive, and that has been the privilege and honor of serving very proudly in the United States Navy.

· Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.

· Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, “We’ve always done it this way.” I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.

· A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.

Randy Bear

Concerned Citizens blog

Technology Blog

2015 Dragon Con Costumes

2015 Dragon Con Costumes

In the spirit of getting ready for Alamo City Comic Con check out these pictures from Hotlanta where Dragon Con is going on right now!

1987 marked the beginning of Dragon Con. John Bunnell, David Cody, Robert Dennis, Mike Helba, Pat Henry, and Ed Kramer formed the original Dragon Con Board of Directors and most remain an integral part of the convention today.

Here are some pictures my friend from Washington State, Kat Hathaway, took of her awesome time at Dragon Con this year. Here are some more hi-res photos (230+) from Redditor ScottWilkinson

Enter to Win!

If you’re in San Antonio today is the last day to enter and win two tickets to Alamo City Comic Con  


GIVEAWAY: 2015 Alamo City Comic Con

GIVEAWAY: 2015 Alamo City Comic Con

UPDATED: 9/9/2015 – I am so excited to announce the winner of a pair of tickets to the 2015 Alamo City Comic Con. I had a ton of great entries.  Take a second to subscribe to receive notifications for future giveaways by entering your email in the box.

The winner of the two tickets to 2015 Alamo City Comic Con is…Kelli B!!  If the tickets are not picked up I will try to announce an alternative winner!

After having an incredible time at the 2014 Alamo City Comic Con (check out the details from last year, costumes, pictures!!), I am very excited to share information about the 2015 ACCC event! You’ll get a chance to meet amazing comic book stars and legends like:

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

Pre-event Kick-off Party

Don’t forget the ?#?ACCC? 2015 kick off party THIS Saturday at 502 Bar!

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

Ticket Information

Ticket Sales: KISSROCKS for $5 discount! (Online through Sept. 4 @ Midnight)

*You can chance purchasing tickets in-person.

  • 3-Day Badge – $75.00
  • One Day Pass – $30-40
  • Kids Pass (Ages 3-10) – $15 good for the entire event!

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

NEW to 2015 ACCC

Lots of great things like a new area just for kids called Kidz Planet. We am have exhibits and activities scheduled from the Witte Museum, SA Zoo, SA Public Library, and more kid friendly vendors in this area.

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

 ACCC Mobile App




Search in the app store (Apple or Android!) for “Guidebook” and download the app.  Once downloaded you can search within the app for “Alamo City Comic Con” to keep track of your schedule, find out room locations, check out the vendors, and everything else you’d like to do. Click on the image below for a moving gif description.


Alamo City Comic Con Contest Giveaway

I want to win tix to from @geekettebits! #ACCC http://geekettebits.com/technology/giveaway-2015-alamo-city-comic-con/

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Here’s a picture of the message from then City Councilman Diego Bernal and the concession menu if you’d like to know what food options you have.

2015 Alamo City Comic Con menu

2015 Must Have iOS Apps

2015 Must Have iOS Apps

Over the past couple of weeks I have had hours and hours of road trip miles to download hundreds top iTunes chart apps (out of boredom) across multiple categories and these are the apps that stood out to me. Most of these are free, a couple a paid apps but well worth it (to me.) What did I miss?  I’d love to hear back from you on some stand out favorites!

Download the 2015 Best iOS Apps


Life’s most important numbers available at a glance by Numerous, Inc

So this app was created by two people who love visualizing the data. Of course we are surrounded by numbers every day but there is so much for us to consume that it can definitely be overwhelming. After downloading this app you’re prompted to add little widgets/tiles on the customizable screen. You can create custom countdowns (I created a countdown until my daughter leaves for college — not because I want her to leave but because I don’t want to take for granted how little time I have left with her!)

Part of the beauty of Numerous is seeing numbers in context you might not normally.  Its one thing to be able to see what the temp inside your house, according to your Nest is. But put that temp next to how hot it is outside and you have additional value!

Here are the some of the tiles I have customized:

  • Counter until my daughter leaves for college
  • Number of steps taken each day
  • Temperature of my house next to the temperature of the weather outside my house
  • Distance i currently am from my house in San Antonio (so you always know how far from home you are)
  • Connect to external apps like Google Analytics, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Countdown until the new Star Wars Episode 7 movie

Some things to remember:

  • Landscape mode shows graphs of the numbers over time
  • Swipe left to see update privacy settings, customize labels/pictures
  • Use the “+” sign to add tiles to your screen, hold down to move to a new screen, very similar to the iPhone layout


DO Button by IFTTT by IFTTT

For those that have heard me talk about IFTTT know how much I love it!  Check out details here. Basically, “If THIS happens, DO THIS.” Fully customizable it allows you to connect hundreds of sites to hundreds of other sites. (For example, whenever I post a picture to Instagram, a tweet is also published with the actual picture, not just a link to the instagram post.)

DO Recipes run with just a tap and enable you to create your own personalized Button, Camera, and Notepad.

  • DO Button empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap. Save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.
  • Basically it is saving you multiple clicks by customizing a button in an app to do what you wou




I have been going CRAZY for this app. You can see it highlighted best in my Arcade Last Lunch post.  Basically the paid app allows you to create a watercolor version of your image, instantly! Make sure that you scroll through the settings. The numbers 1-10 allow you to customize how detailed the water color is. I have mostly been setting the images to 10 so that I can keep specific details of the pictures.  Some people who want to create a more impressionistic view of the image might consider a less focused view.


Health Mate Withings

Steps tracker & Life coach by Withings by Withings

I quickly have gotten tired of Apple’s Health Tracker app not providing any value.  This free app allows you to historically look at your health (on load it will pull a past weeks worth of tracking information and keep track of health from that point on) so you can scroll for weeks and weeks through data. You can see how much you walked by day or week in detail, calorie intake/outtake. You can create walking goals (10,000 is recommended by the WHO) and it will show you in context to how many steps would equate to your goal. It let’s you know what percentage of your goal was met.

It also has nice plugins for other wearable device information as you start to track your blood pressure and other applications.



for Twitter by Codigami

What I liked about this application was that not only am I able to track how I am doing on Twitter but how other accounts that I care about (or compete with) are doing. You can see the number of followers lost and gained as well as many other valuable details.


Google Photos by Google, Inc.

EVERYONE needs to immediately stop what they’re doing and downloadGoogle Photos and upload ALL of your photos to the cloud (unlimited space if you let them optimize photo size.)

I have been using it for TWO days (and I work in IT) and I am amazed with what they have done.

Once your photos are uploaded they start to make “creations” for you including:
– movies that are stitched together movie clips and photos that you have taken, set to music that you can change (did a movie montage for my friend’s wedding, Jaden’s week at violin camp, memorial day service at Fort Sam…)
photo collages
– panoramic photos stitched together from pictures
– animated GIFs of images that are similar
– “stories” of pictures that are small albums of pictures taken on the same day, location information, automatically grouped for you

>>> Search by (automatically grouped for you):
– people’s faces
– places
– categories created by on your pictures (mine included “food”, “baby shower”, ducks, art museum, restaurants, concerts, dancing)

>>> Create your own!
– everything listed above you can also do manually by selecting the pictures/videos and telling it to make a movie, animation, story, etc.

It’s amazing, every hour or so it sends me a notification of more memories it has made!




2015 Best iOS Apps - Must Have Downloads for Your iPhone

Barbie Book Fail

Barbie Book Fail

I really push myself to be empathetic and consider multiples sides. I am frequently accused of justifying too much for people. But when I saw the headlines in my Facebook newsfeed about “Barbie’s I Can Be a Computer Engineer” book, I braced myself though for the worse and I was rewarded.

The book was first highlighted by The Daily Dot here and it is the anti-women in tech, empowering girls in STEM, or even encouraging girls to be independent. Even if Barbie couldn’t fix the computer, it would have been better if:

  • They showed her at least trying
  • Her girl friend (instead of boy friends) fixed the computer
  • She had her guy friends help her debug her actual program that she coded…not design that she was sending to a guy to code…

I majored in Computer Science and love #WomenInTech. If you want to know how you can set up girls in STEM for success check out my post about online programs for girls like Made with Code and how girls can be successful in math!

Barbie Book REMIX

And to end on a happier note…here’s the book remixed by someone who got insight from an actual computer programmer.

Full Barbie Book win! Read this to your kids tonight!

(Pictures from Buzzfeed here)


Join Women in Tech Facebook Room

Download Facebook’s Rooms

Download the new Facebook app called, “Rooms” from the Apple AppStore.

Rooms is an app that lets you create places for whatever you’re into. Pick a topic, create a room and customize its look and feel. Share invites anywhere online or off. You can use whatever nickname you want in each room you’re in.

Help guide here.

Blog here.

To enter a room, you’ll need an invite. You can find invites in the Recommended Rooms room, which shows up on your home screen automatically after you download and open Rooms. You can also search the web, explore social networks or ask friends. People share invites the same way they share photos (ex: on social media, in text messages or emails, printed out on paper). Once you have an invite, you can enter a room.

There are two ways to enter a room:

  • Take a screenshot of the room invite on your phone and open the Rooms app. The room will be automatically added to your home screen.
  • Open the Rooms app and tap Use Invite at the bottom-right corner of the home screen. Take a photo of an invite or chose one from your Camera Roll.

Join Women in Tech Facebook Room

Now that  you have downloaded Facebook Room’s join the room I created for “Women in Tech”!  It’s for anyone interested in tech, supporting women in tech, and getting kids interested in STEM.

Join Women in Tech Facebook Room
Join Women in Tech Facebook Room

2014 Alamo City Comic Con

2014 Alamo City Comic Con

My daughter (Boba Fett), my husband (Darth Vadar), and I (Jedi) LOVED our time at the 2014 Alamo City Comic Con held at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center. During the first year (2013), ACCC brought in 35,000 cosplayers, geeks, and SciFi lovers.

What to Expect

First time to a Comic Con?  I have been to a couple but its definitely a new experience!  This year almost 75,000 attended over the three day conference! That means there’s a LOT of people. However, it didn’t feel claustrophobic at all.

  • Panels, seminars, workshops with comic professionals (writers, publishers, artists, and celebrities) – listen and learn!
  • Costume contests (kids and adults)
  • Meet and Greets with A-list Comic celebrities
  • For Sale – select posters and get signatures from the artists, buy lightsabers ($25-$2,500!), toys, collectibles.


Don’t forget to dress up! Although you can attend the conference in your day to day clothes, you won’t feel out of place if you go all out for your costumes! You’ll get a taste of celebrity status, the better the costume, the more times you’ll be stopped for photo ops of conference attendees. Anyone can enter the costume contests and a lot of this costumes are hand-made creations, honoring the characters that inspired.

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Did you attend?  What was your favorite costumes and panels?  Some of my favorites

  • Don’t miss the costume contest! Great to hear the inspiration behind the costume and the time it took creating!
  • Stan Lee, co-creator of comic book characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, and Iron Man was there signing autographs!
  • Saw most of the Power Rangers
  • Learned about Batman over 75 years, through comics
  • 30 years of Transformers adorably neurotic voices geeky out together on the panel



Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con

Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con

Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con is finally hear!  Check out these pictures from the first day!  There is two days left at the Henry B. Gonzalez Center and you can find all the days’ events here.


Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 E Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Show Hours:

  • Friday, August 1, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, August 3, 2014 – 11am – 5pm

Tickets Details:

All Tickets Gain Entry to San Antonio Comic Con Wizard World Convention.  Bring your printed out e-tickets to the event to gain admittance.  Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets).  These prices do not include the 30% off discount:  SA30

  • 3-Day Weekend Tickets are: $75.00
  • 1-Day Friday Tickets are: $35.00
  • 1-Day Saturday Tickets are: $45.00
  • 1-Day Sunday Tickets are: $40.00

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2014 San Antonio Comic Con

As the mother of a daughter who had a “May the Fourth Be With You” themed birthday party and was Boba Fett for Halloween, I am very excited to announce the opportunity to win one of twenty 3-day passes to San Antonio’s Wizard World Comic Con, coming August 1st through the 3rd.

Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at San Antonio Comic Con to celebrate the best in pop culture. San Antonio Comic Con brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! This is Texas’ best new Comic Con! San Antonio Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour!

Details about the 3 day line up found here.  Here are three of MANY programs that we’re definitely going to check out.



Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 E Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Show Hours:

  • Friday, August 1, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, August 3, 2014 – 11am – 5pm

Tickets Details:

All Tickets Gain Entry to San Antonio Comic Con Wizard World Convention.  Bring your printed out e-tickets to the event to gain admittance.  Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets).  These prices do not include the 30% off discount:  SA30

  • 3-Day Weekend Tickets are: $75.00
  • 1-Day Friday Tickets are: $35.00
  • 1-Day Saturday Tickets are: $45.00
  • 1-Day Sunday Tickets are: $40.00

San Antonio Comic Con Giveaway

Here are all the ways you can enter for your chance to win a 3-day pass to San Antonio’s Comic Con, valued at $75 each ticket.  Remember that each ticket will also include the admission for two children.  Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 29 at noon CST.  Winner will be sent the codes via email so be sure to include your email address when you leave your comment.

Each action counts as a new entry, do them all multiple times to increase your chances of winning.  Thanks for leaving a comment either letting me know where you entered or a comment for each entry.  🙂  I will already try to gather all the entries myself but it will help me to make sure I catch them all. 🙂

  • Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/geekettebits
  • Post a picture on Instgram showing how much you want to win with the following:

    @geekettebits I want to win tickets to @wizardworld #SanAntonio!


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Discount Code:

Even if you don’t win the tickets by next Tuesday, you can still use my code “SA30” to receive 30% off any ticket purchased by Friday, 8/1.

  1. Click on our ticketing link: http://wizd.me/SA_TIX
  2. Choose any general admission ticket (3-Day Weekend Ticket, 1-Day Friday, 1-Day Saturday OR 1-Day Sunday)
  3. Add to Cart & Checkout
  4. Enter “SA30” in “Discount Code” section
*discount code expires Friday 8/1 at midnight

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Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con

GeoPalz ibitz wireless pedometer for adults and kids

ibitz™ by GeoPalz® is a wireless pedometer. The new ibitz Kid and Adult Wireless Pedometers, are physical activity based devices and apps that wirelessly syncs to your iOS Bluetooth 4.0® (BLE) phone or tablet and allows adults and children their own unique experience with personalized apps. The ibitz Unity for adults tracks steps, distance, weight (added manually), height, overall physical activity, even BMI, and allows them to incorporate their family and friends. Now you are able to form groups and post your progress on social media.

Buy at Best Buy here.

  • iBitz – Adult Unity Wireless Activity Monitor – Reg retail $49.99
  • iBitz – Kids PowerKey Wireless Activity Monitor – Reg retail $34.99

My daughter who is 11 and I used our together and LOVED it!  It definitely forced us in an easy way to pay attention to our activity (or sometimes inactivity) so we could improve!

GeoPalz ibitz wireless pedometer for adults and kids

GeoPalz ibitz wireless pedometer for adults and kids

The ibitz for kids wireless pedometer syncs to a rewards platform app. Parents can set goals and rewards such as play time, screen time, or an adventure with a parent. Now you are able to earn coins and content on Disney’s Club Penguin™.

The ibitz by GeoPalz wireless pedometers make investing in a healthy future completely effortless, fun, intelligent, and affordable.

· available in 7 kid-friendly colors
· free iOS app* syncs device wirelessly
· syncs via Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE)
· tracks activity
· set goals and rewards
· water-resistant
· durable clip for hip and shoe
· stores 30 days of activity
· earn parent directed rewards
· earn coins and content on Disney’s Club Penguin

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Star Wars Birthday Party

I am so proud of the Star Wars Birthday Party I just finished throwing. I’m exhausted, and for a brief moment I considered putting this post off and writing it eventually (or getting to it two years later…) but today is May 4th and there’s literally no better day to write a blog post about Star Wars birthday parties than today.

Eventually I will go back and make individual how-to posts on how I did everything inspired by Star Wars and Pinterest…and I’ll make the cute photo collages of the party for easy consumption but after a marathon of crafting craziness, here’s some pictures from my daughter’s 11th year old “May the Fourth be with You” party. (I will also soon write the blog post about San Antonio Laser Tag and their amazing laser tag guns that we rented for the party.)

Star Wars Birthday Party Pictures

Here are some of the pictures from the party.  I will go into detail about them in future posts but here’s the quick and dirty.

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Made with a linoleum cutter from Michael craft store like the poker pumpkin I made here.

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Bubble wands from the dollar store with strategically placed duct tape.

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80% off Star Wars goodie bag items from Target, Michaels, and the Dollar Store.

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Fresh veggies from the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market.

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Snowflake designs cut out and put on paper pinwheels.

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Trader Joe’s white and chocolate cake mixes with homemade buttercream frosting (coconut oil substituted for Crisco…)

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White bags from the dollar store with a storm trooper printed out.

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Clearance fabric from Michaels, $2.

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Logitech Harmony Keyboard at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Do you want to be able to easily and quickly start, find and control Internet entertainment in your living room? @Logitech @BestBuy #HarmonySmartKeyboard

Starting on March 23, 2014, Best Buy will offer the Logitech Harmony Keyboard through June 21, 2014! Play with it in-store or purchase it online for $149.99. The keyboard also allows control of your Apple® TV, Roku, Xbox and PS3, even while they are behind closed cabinets. It’s very lightweight yet durable and comfortable to type on from the couch! Would make a great Father’s Day present this summer. There is nothing more frustrating than using a remote to try to type in a video search on YouTube or Netflix. Nice to connect with the keyboard and the TV for a seamless experience.

The Harmony Smart Keyboard delivers the full Harmony control experience for TV-connected Internet and home entertainment devices.

Harmony Smart Keyboard makes enjoying digital media in your living room easier than ever. The specially designed keyboard simplifies text entry on internet-connected entertainment devices. Touch the “Movie” Activity button and the right devices switch to the right settings. Plus, it has integrated DVR and set-top box controls, playback and volume buttons, and a touchpad for cursor control on a PC or Mac.

  • 3 one-touch activity button
    • PC, TV, Movies
      • Short and long presses provide 6 total activities
      • Integrate touchpad for cursor control on PC or Mac
    • Media/Cable/DVR playback controls

Harmony Hub controls devices behind cabinets or walls

  • IR, RF, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Simple smartphone setup

Easy mobile setup

Download the Harmony App to your iPhone or Android smartphone.

The free app will walk you through the process step-by-step right on your mobile phone. And, Harmony users can use their current device and activity settings to make the setup process even easier.