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FEB 4 - 5, 2017
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
  • Breakfast and lunch each day
  • Puzzle Hunt
  • Opportunities Fair
  • 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


Bronze Sponsors

Conference Schedule

Detailed Schedule here.

Guidebook App here.

  • FridayFeb 3
  • SaturdayFeb 4
  • SundayFeb 5
5:30 pm

WECode Mixer & Ambassador Event

Come have fun with other WECoders and join us at our mixer!


8:00 am

Registration

Come prepared with your ticket!


8:00 am

Breakfast

Enjoy some yummy breakfast and fuel up for a busy day!


8:00 am

Speaker Lounge

Speakers and panelists hangout space.


8:00 am

Board Lounge

WECode Board's hangout space.


8:00 am

Sponsor Lounge

Sponsors hangout space.


8:00 am

VR/AR Demo

Check out some of the latest VR/AR technology.


8:00 am

Photobooth

Grab some friends and make some memories!


9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:30 am

Keynote - Lili Cheng, Microsoft

Lili Cheng is a Distinguished Engineer, and General Manager in Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research, focusing on conversational experiences, bots, and intelligence systems. Read more about her in the programming section below!

10:30 am

Tech Talks and Workshops

12:00 pm

Mentorship Lunch

Eat and talk with representatives from various companies!


1:00 pm

Keynote - Latanya Sweeney, Harvard University

Latanya is a professor of government and technology in residence at Harvard University. She’s also the Editor-in-­Chief of Technology Science and the director and founder of the Data Privacy Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2001, being the first black woman to do so. Read more about her in the programming section below!


2:00 pm

Panels

3:00 pm

Workshops

4:00 pm

Fireside Chats

5:00 pm

Keynote - Natalie Glance, Duolingo

Natalie Glance is Director of Engineering at Duolingo, where she has been working on conversational bots for teaching languages, improving performance for users on poor networks, and monetization. Read more about her in the programming section below!


6:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Hope to see you at the movie screening tonight!


8:00 pm

Movie Screening and S'mores

Relax after an exciting first day!


8:00 am

Board Lounge

WECode Board's hangout space.


8:00 am

Speaker Lounge

Speakers and panelists hangout space.


8:00 am

Sponsor Lounge

Sponsors hangout space.


9:00 am

Registration

Please have your ticket ready!


9:00 am

Yoga

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


9:30 am

Brunch and Bond

Bond with fellow attendees over a delicious brunch!


10:20 am

Tech Talks

10:30 am

Fireside Chats

12:00 pm

Keynote - Julie Elberfield, Capital One

Julie Elberfeld is a Senior Vice President in Shared Technology and the Executive Sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion for Technology at Capital One Financial Corporation. Her responsibilities include transforming Capital One’s mainframe environment as applications and data are migrated from mainframe platforms to the Cloud. Read more about her in the programming section below!


1:00 pm

Panels and Workshops

2:00 pm

Closing Remarks

2:30 pm

Opportunities Fair and Mock Interviews

Past Programming

Programming for our 2017 conference coming soon.

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

Register here. 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 as soon as possible. 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. Sign-up form coming soon!

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? Unfortunately, we are not accepting high school students at this time as our conference focuses on undergraduate communities. However, we hope to see you in a few years!
  • 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.