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FEB 27 - 28, 2016
Harvard University


About WECode

WECode (Women Engineers Code) is the largest student-run Women in Computer Science conference, held at Harvard University each February. Our mission is to expand the skills, network, and community of technical women worldwide. We bring together women over the course of two amazing days to share ideas and conversations on technology and innovation.


All genders are encouraged to attend! Enjoy empowering keynotes, intimate workshops and mingling with industry leaders from top tech companies. Expand your network, strengthen your connection to the Women in CS community, and explore new areas of interest.


Your $40 ticket includes:

Admission to Saturday and Sunday conference events, with 4 keynotes, lightning talks, panels, workshops, and other fun activities Admission to Friday night activity and Saturday night mixer
Chance to enter the Innovation Challenge Opportunities Fair
Breakfast and lunch each day A short sleeved, super-soft WECode shirt
Swag, swag, and more swag!

Please reach out with any questions to harvardwecode@gmail.com.

WECode 2015 Statistics

500+ attendees

4 Keynote Speakers

11 workshops, 6 panels and more

Scholarships to the Conference

Sponsors

A huge thank you to all the sponsors of Harvard Women in CS, who make this conference possible:

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Startup Sponsors

Interested in getting involved? It’s not too late! Reach out at wicsexternalrelations@gmail.com and we will send you sponsorship opportunities within 24 hours.


Schedule

  • FridayFeb 26
  • SaturdayFeb 27
  • SundayFeb 28
8:00 pm

Early Registration

Please have your ticket ready!


8:00 pm

Mixer & Ambassador Event

Come have fun with other WECoders and join us at our mixer! This will take place Adams LCR


8:00 am

Registration

Come prepared with your ticket!


8:00 am

Breakfast

Enjoy some yummy breakfast from Panera Bread!


8:00 am

Speaker Lounge

Speakers and panelists hangout space.


8:00 am

Board Lounge

WECode Board's hangout space.


8:00 am

Lounge - Amazon Robotics

Join Amazon Robotics in an Open-House style Lounge for ongoing activities including:

  • Fun table-top brain games with friends and colleagues
  • Talk to Amazon Robotics software engineers for personalized Q&A and career advice
  • Delicious treats from Sweet Cupcakes bakery to please your afternoon sweet tooth
  • Hear all about what it’s like to work at Amazon Robotics and great career opportunities available there

8:00 am

Lounge - Goldman Sachs

8:00am – 5:00pm – Ongoing Lounge Events

  • Ask our Engineers
  • We Build... with Blocks!
  • Add to our Post-It Mural
  • Networking Scavenger Hunt
  • Snacks

9:00am - 12:00pm - Resume Review

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Ask Jianran Li (Jenny) (Q&A session following Lightning Talk)

3:30pm – Deadline to return Networking Scavenger Hunt Sheets

3:45pm – Networking Scavenger Hunt winner announced

8:00 am

Lounge - Two Sigma

At Two Sigma we find connections in all the world’s data. These insights guide investment strategies that support retirements, fund research, advance education and benefit philanthropic initiatives. So, if harnessing the power of math, data and technology to help people is something that excites you, let’s connect.


9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:30 am

Keynote 1 - Laura Butler, Microsoft

Laura Butler is a Director of Engineering, Windows Fundamentals in Microsoft. She is Microsoft's first female Technical Fellow and excels with complicated logistics and making the trains run on time.Read more about her in the programming section below!

10:30 am

Panel A1 - Changing the Paradigm: Female Investors + Female Entrepreneurs

Only 20% of angel-backed firms and 13% of venture-capital-backed firms are women-led. What can we do to close the gender gap and empower both female entrepreneurs and female VCs?


10:30 am

Panel B1 - Fashion x Technology: Design, Ecommerce, Wearables Part 1

Technology has permeated the fashion world: we've seen the rise of the Instagram model and integration of wearables into our closets. Data analytics advances have transformed the ecommerce space as retailers strive to give customers a personalized experience, while clean design can add value to a company. this panel brings together some of the most innovative startups today in the Fashion Tech space.


10:30 am

Panel B1 - Fashion x Technology: Design, Ecommerce, Wearables Part 2

Technology has permeated the fashion world: we've seen the rise of the Instagram model and integration of wearables into our closets. Data analytics advances have transformed the ecommerce space as retailers strive to give customers a personalized experience, while clean design can add value to a company. this panel brings together some of the most innovative startups today in the Fashion Tech space.


10:30 am

Panel C1 - Technology for a Safer World

Technology has become a pivotal tool for entrepreneurs and innovators to implement new solutions to make the world a safer place, such as the use of technical intelligence to detect crimes or transform emergency assistance. This panel focuses on emerging companies that have provided new solutions and products to tack various safety issues.


10:30 am

Panel D1 - Technology for Social Good

Digital Technology has unlocked human potential to innovate and bring out a sheer breadth of creative and socially impactful projects to contribute to the social good. This panel brings together the leading players in the technology and social change sectors to discuss about entrepreneurial solutions and future opportunities to create scalable social impact.


10:30 am

Panel E1 - Product Management: Building Great Products

What is product management? Explore what it takes to build value-added products to satisfy unmet needs. Explore the process of going from ideas to building physical products, from getting customer feedback to modifying prototypes, and much more.


10:30 am

Workshop A1 - Acing Your Interview Workshop (Square)

Learn how to the interview with Square!


10:30 am

Workshop B1 - Data Analytics Consulting

APT is one of the many companies that have been harnessing the power of big data to give recommendations to companies on profit impact of pricing, marketing, merchandising, operations, and capital initiatives. This workshop focuses on how APT utizies data analytics to formulate business strategies recommendations.


10:30 am

Workshop C1 - Beaker Open Source Notebook

In this workshop, you’ll get to look at music through the eyes of a data scientist! We’ll be using Beaker, an open-source tool developed by engineers at Two Sigma, to perform exploratory data analysis of Columbia’s Million Song Dataset (http://labrosa.ee.columbia.edu/millionsong/). Installing Beaker prior to the workshop is highly encouraged (http://beakernotebook.com/getting-started). This hand-on workshop will be interactive and involve some coding, but all experience levels are welcome!


10:30 am

Workshop D1 - Machine Learning (Google)

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. It has been the foundational principles behind inventions self-driving cars, speech recognition, effective web search, and more. Get a glimpse of how machine learning works at this workshop.


10:30 am

Workshop E1 - Lean In

Lean In is a nonprofit organization and online community dedicated to helping all women achieve their ambitions. Learn how you can start and form a lean in group at your campus.


11:00 am

Two Sigma Lounge: Blinky Lab Class

Register for a Two Sigma Blinky Lab Class! This introductory class will teach you to make fun, easy personalized lighting with a microcontroller and LEDs. We will be hosting classes at the following times: 11:00AM-12:00PM ; 2:00PM-3:00PM ; 3:00PM-4:00PM. Coffee and Cookies will be provided throughout the day via Oakleaf Bakeshop.


11:30 am

Buffer Time

Take a break!


11:45 am

Keynote 2 - Pooja Sankar, CEO of Piazza

Pooja Sankar is the founder and CEO of Piazza, a company democratizing the way STEM students learn and find jobs. Each year Piazza supports more than a million student enrollments from 1200 universities in 70 countries. Read more about her in the programming section below!


12:45 pm

Mentorship Lunch

Eat and talk with representatives from various companies!


2:00 pm

Two Sigma Lounge: Blinky Lab Class

Register for a Two Sigma Blinky Lab Class! This introductory class will teach you to make fun, easy personalized lighting with a microcontroller and LEDs. We will be hosting classes at the following times: 11:00AM-12:00PM ; 2:00PM-3:00PM ; 3:00PM-4:00PM. Coffee and Cookies will be provided throughout the day via Oakleaf Bakeshop.


2:00 pm

Lightning Talk 1 - Azure Antoinette

2:20 pm

Lightning Talk 2 - Jianran Li (Jenny) (Goldman Sachs)

2:40 pm

Lightning Talk 3 - Ellen Zhong (DE Shaw Research)

3:00 pm

Panel A2 - Finnovate: Cutting-Edge Innovation in Financial & Banking Technology

From streamlined payment methods to new tools for asset management to increased quantitative finance capabilities, FinTech is one of the hottest sectors in 2016. The Financial Industry is rapidly changing by introducing new innovative technologies and upgrading existing architectures. This panel features some of the leaders who are ushering in new era of financial innovation.


3:00 pm

Panel B2 - Disruptive Innovations: Opportunities and Challenges

Technological advancements enable innovations that have defined and shape the course of traditional technology. In essence, some companies have redefined then norm businesses and customers interact, create ripples and revolutionize various industries, from hospitality to transportation to finance. This panel features some of the disruptive companies whose products have transformed their respective industries tremendously.


3:00 pm

Panel C2 - The Internet of Things: Connecting Devices to Your Life Panel

The Internet has allowed humanity to connect to each other in ways previously thought impossible. This panel will discuss how these new connections are being used to make people's lives more efficient and informed.


3:00 pm

Panel D2 - Applications of Technical Knowledge in the Real World

Explore how the knowledge of certain programming languages and technologies can be used in a professional or academic settings.


3:00 pm

Workshop A2 - Crash Course in Design Thinking (Capital One)

3:00 pm

Workshop B2 - Crush Your Coding Interview

Learn how to ace your technical interview with Facebook.


3:00 pm

Workshop C2 - Analyzing Taylor Swift Lyrics with Python

3:00 pm

Workshop D2 - Intro to Music Visualization

3:00 pm

Workshop E2 - Design Thinking (Two Sigma)

Come explore approaches that can help with good product design. In this workshop you will gain an understanding of what design thinking is, learn about some principles and practices for design thinking, and get a taste of some design thinking activities.


3:00 pm

Workshop F2 - Business Bootcam for Technical Startup Founders (2 hrs long)

3:00 pm

Two Sigma Lounge: Blinky Lab Class

Register for a Two Sigma Blinky Lab Class! This introductory class will teach you to make fun, easy personalized lighting with a microcontroller and LEDs. We will be hosting classes at the following times: 11:00AM-12:00PM ; 2:00PM-3:00PM ; 3:00PM-4:00PM. Coffee and Cookies will be provided throughout the day via Oakleaf Bakeshop.


4:00 pm

Fireside Chat 1 - Goldman Sachs

4:00 pm

Fireside Chat 2 - Capital One

Own it!: How to Continue Learning and Growing Beyond College.


4:00 pm

Fireside Chat 3 - Asana

Kicking off your career: know your strengths, figure out what you want, and go get it.


4:00 pm

Fireside Chat 4 - Microsoft

Managing your Manager.


4:00 pm

Fireside Chat 5 - AirBnB

Ownership and Impact: How to make the most of your internship and convert to full time with ease.


5:00 pm

Keynote 3 - Cathryn Posey, US Digital Services

Cathryn Posey heads up strategic partnerships and alliances for the United States Digital Service at the White House and is also the Founder of Tech By Superwomen. Read more about her in the programming section below!


6:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Hope to see you tomorrow and at the mixer!


8:00 pm

Capital One Mixer

Relax after an exciting first day and enjoy food, music, and good company at Harvard's only on-campus pub!


9:00 am

Registration

Please have your ticket ready!


9:00 am

Breakfast

Enjoy some yummy food from Panera Bread!


9:00 am

Speaker Lounge

Speakers and panelists' hangout space.


8:00 am

Board Lounge

WECode Board's hangout space.


9:00 am

Lounge - Capital One

Capital One Lounge will include:

  • Coffee / Hot Tea bar in the morning
  • Popcorn and Cotton Candy bar in the afternoon
  • We will have ‘jumbo’ games like: chess, checkers, connect 4 etc.
  • We will have digital demos of our products (both iOS and Android) throughout the day. There will be iphone, ipads, android devices setup for students to tinker with
  • We will have a tassel keychain maker activity. This only takes about 15 minutes. This should be a ton of fun too!

9:00 am

Coat Check

You can check in and check out your coat anytime.


9:00 am

Lounge - Microsoft

We will have a wall of affirmations, xbox Kinect game area (inclusive of Kinect adventures, and dance central 1-3 pm) and from 1-2pm: painting and coloring.


10:00 am

Sunday Yoga with Asana

Rejuvenate and get ready for another day of education and inspiration with fellow WECoders at this morning yoga session!


10:00 am

Innovation Challenge Pitches

11:00 am

Innovation Fair

11:00 am

Workshop A4 - Machine Learning (Microsoft)

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. It has been the foundational principles behind inventions self-driving cars, speech recognition, effective web search, and more. Get a glimpse of how machine learning works at this workshop.


11:00 am

Workshop B4 and Workshop C4 (Description below)

Workshop B4 - From Local to the World - a Beginner's Guide to Internationalization/Workshop C4 - Do I Need a Database and If Yes, Which One?


11:00 am

Workshop D4 - Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop

"The next industrial revolution is all about personal fabrication, and it’s happening now. 3D printing is poised to unlock the potential in every person to create, innovate and fabricate. It’s already transforming manufacturing; soon it will change the world" - Stratesy Education


11:00 am

Workshop E4 - Robotics

Introduction to foundations of modeling, design, planning, and control of robot systems.


11:00 am

Workshop F4 - Data Visualization

"Data visualization is the presentation of data in a pictorial or graphical format. It enables decision makers to see analytics presented visually, so they can grasp difficult concepts or identify new patterns" - SAS Institute


11:00 am

Workshop G4 - Natural Language Processing 101

Natural Language Processing helps computers understand human speech and language. Learn the fundamentals of how this magic works!


11:00 am

Workshop H4 - Game Design

11:00 am

Panel A3 - Applications of CS in Other Fields (Life Sciences, Finance, Business)

Cross disciplinary knowledge enables new understanding of complex problems. Explore how and why multidisciplinary has enabled people to redefinethe problems outside of the normal boundaries to reach high-level solutions.


11:00 am

Panel B3 - My Zero to One Journey Part 1

This panel features stories of female founders who built their products and companies from scratch. Come and hear how these incredible women transformed their ideas into reality and scaled their startups into impactful businesses.


11:00 am

Panel B3 - My Zero to One Journey Part 2

This panel features stories of female founders who built their products and companies from scratch. Come and hear how these incredible women transformed their ideas into reality and scaled their startups into impactful businesses.


12:00 pm

Keynote 4 - Tracy Chou, Software Engineer @ Pinterest

Tracy Chou is a software engineer at Pinterest, most recently on the home feed and recommendations team. She has previously been a tech lead on the ads and web teams at Pinterest, and worked on infrastructure, API, email, and growth as well. Read more about her in the programming section below!


1:00 pm

Lunch

Enjoy lunch while listening to Lightning Talks!


1:00 pm

Microsoft Lounge: Dance Central

Come dance at the Microsoft Lounge!


1:00 pm

Lightning Talk 1 - Julie Elberfeld (Capital One)

1:15 pm

Lightning Talk 2 - Vika Abrecht

1:30 pm

Lightning Talk 3 - Margo Seltzer

1:45 pm

Lightning Talk 4 - Marie Chatfield (Square)

How to Even Web? You've got clients and servers and static assets and databases and the ominous-sounding "cloud" and you're interacting with APIs and you think you might be a full stack developer... but what does all of that even mean? And how does everything fit together? If you've ever secretly wondered whether you actually understand the way web development works, gain confidence with this simple mental model. Audience participation politely requested!


2:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Innovation Challenge Ceremony

2:00 pm

TED Talk & Chill

2:00 pm

TED Talk & Chill

2:00 pm

Chill :)

2:00 pm

Microsoft Lounge: Painting Corner

2:00 pm

Mock Interviews, Room 1 (Technical)

Come get practice for the Technical Interview.


2:00 pm

Mock Interviews, Room 2 (Technical)

Come get practice for the Technical Interview.


2:00 pm

Mock Interviews, Room 3 (Behavioral, General)

Come get practice for the Behavioral and General Interviews.


2:30 pm

Opportunities Fair

Come get practice for the Technical Interview.


Programming

Workshops

Hands-On Learning Experiences - two hours of practical training given by our engineers from Google, Facebook and our other sponsor companies.

  • Acing the Technical Interview
  • Analyze lyrics with Python
  • Machine Learning
  • Intro to 3D Printing
  • And more!

Panels

One-hour long panel conversations led by professionals on one of the following tracks:

  • Data Analytics
  • Social Impact Tech
  • CS in Other Fields
  • And more!

Lightning Talks

Fifteen-minutes TED-Style talks designed to get you up to speed with the latest innovations and inspire you to dream big.

Livestream

WECode is excited to present a livestream edition of the conference! Streamed live by CS50. The lightning talks and keynote speakers will be broadcasted!

Keynote Speakers

Registration

Please refer to the register button above. Can't wait to see you all!

Housing

We will match you up with a Harvard WiCS member for Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday night as available. Please fill out this form and we will confirm by February 15th. Please note that due to limited housing, it will be provided on a combination of your distance from Harvard and a first come, first serve basis.

Scholarships

WECode is dedicated to making it possible for as many women to attend as possible. If it would be financially difficult for you to attend this conference on your own, please apply for a WECode Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the WECode and Harvard WiCS board based on a combination of demonstrated need and personal qualifications.

Volunteer to Host

Harvard students who volunteer to host will be provided with a full ticket discount. Please sign up here with your Harvard College email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have another question? Ask us harvardwecode@gmail.com.

  • Who is welcome at WECode? All genders are welcome at WECode! Everyone plays a role in supporting gender diversity. We also offer inclusive hosting with Harvard students. Please reach out to us at harvardwecode@gmail.com with any questions or special needs not addressed in our forms.
  • How can I register? Register here. After filling out the form, you will be redirected to purchase a ticket with Eventbrite. Registration for the hands-on workshops will be posted online and sent to registered conference attendees once the information is finalized.
  • Where is the conference? The conference will be held at Northwest Labs, Harvard University. Registration is on Saturday morning in Northwest Labs, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
  • How do I get to Harvard? The Northwest Labs is within walking distance of the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line of the T (Boston’s Subway). Parking spots, though few, are available in Harvard Square. A complete map of Harvard's campus can be found here.
  • Is attendance required for the entire conference? We hope to see you both days, but if you can’t make it, we understand. There are no discounts for Saturday or Sunday only.
  • Can I be reimbursed for travel? If it would be a financial burden for you to attend, please apply for a scholarship here. Groups are especially encouraged to apply (please submit a single application).
  • What are the expenses for the conference? Registration is $40 with several discounts available. We provide breakfast, lunch and plenty of snacks on both days. Dinner will be your own personal expense. Housing will be on a first come, first serve basis and attendees will be matched with Harvard students free of charge.
  • What are hotels in the area? Parking in the area? A list of hotels within walking distance to Harvard's campus and the conference destination can be found at here. Parking options are available at the hotels listed above and can be found here. Overnight parking may be possible at the Harvard Innovation Lab. Please contact us for further details.
  • Can high schoolers attend WECode? While WECode is primarily for college students, we aim to be as inclusive as possible in supporting our mission. Send your resume to harvardwecode@gmail.com with subject line "High School Applicant," and we will get back to you if you are accepted within our capped group of high school attendees!
  • What is the Code of Conduct? In order to create a positive conference experience, WECode will expect participants to behave in a manner that is welcoming and open to all. Please read the Code of Conduct.