Indiana University Bloomington

Intel social computing expert to keynote Techie Women Have More conference

IU's new Center of Excellence for Women in Technology hosting its inaugural conference March 28 and 29

  • March 24, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A social computing expert from Intel Labs who studies new models of labor and enterprise both within and outside formal workplaces will provide the keynote address for this weekend’s Techie Women Have More conference organized by Indiana University’s Center of Excellence for Women in Technology.

Melissa Gregg, co-director of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing and Intel Labs’ principal engineer in user experience research, will open the inaugural two-day conference designed to offer IU women and high school seniors an opportunity to build technical skills, discover career and internship opportunities, and develop leadership qualities.

The conference opens Friday, March 28, with an open-to-the-public research poster competition where visitors can vote for a People’s Choice Award that also serves as an entry to win an iPad Mini. The competition runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union Street Center Auditorium.

Gregg, whose current research looks at technology’s role in the domestication of management principles and the development of professional subjectivity, will speak to conference attendees at a Friday night dinner. She holds a Ph.D. in gender studies from University of Sydney and specializes as a socio-cultural theorist and ethnographer.

The conference continues Saturday, March 29, with a presentation by Sarah Smith-Robbins, senior director of Emerging Technologies at Kelley Executive Partners at IU and a member of the marketing faculty at the Kelley School of Business. Smith-Robbins has counseled over 100 universities and businesses in the use of social and mobile technologies for education, promotion and process improvement; on Saturday, she’ll speak on the topic, “Stop Painting by Numbers! Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Create a Unique Career.”

A full day of sessions will be offered following the plenary by Smith-Robbins, with topics including “How to build a website in 15 minutes,” “Tips and tricks from a hiring manager,” “Prototyping ideas with PowerPoint” and “Leveraging LinkedIn.” A complete schedule is available online.

The cost for student attendees is $20, and online pre-registration will continue through Wednesday, March 26. On-site registration will be available, space permitting, at the Indiana Memorial Union Tudor Room from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Union Street Center, 445 N. Union St.

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