What is MINK WIC?
The Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas Women in Computing (MINK WIC) conference is a regional meeting modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The conference began in 2011 and is held biannually. It brings together students, faculty, and technology leaders from the four state area to discuss the role of women in today’s computing and technology fields. They share experiences and strategies for success and explore issues common to women working in these fields. The goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore opportunities in computing, to network with other women from academia, industry, and government, and to create friendship among women in the region who share the same interest and passion for computing. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions.
This conference is a Project of ACM-W, the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing.
When is MINK WIC?
The 2017 conference will be held November 3rd and 4th at the Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center
Who should attend MINK WIC?
- Undergraduate and graduate students with interests in computing and information technology
- Faculty and technology leaders interested in meeting and mentoring the next generation of computing professionals
- Women interested in learning about the challenges and rewards of computing careers
- Women interested in advancing technology through broader representation of women
Quick Stats About MINK WIC
- 77% of our attendees said that they had increased confidence in their ability to pursue a technology career as a result of attending MINK WIC
- 93% of our attendees said that MINK WIC had a positive impact on their professional development
- 80% of our attendees said they feel less isolated as a woman in technology after attending MINK WIC
- 90% of our attendees said they feel more energized and confident about their careers in technology
- 90% of our attendees said they feel inspired by the role models that they saw at the conference
- 87% of our attendees said they feel part of a larger community of women in technology after attending MINK WIC
Quick Stats About the 2015 Conference
- had 235 attendees, including 159 students
- 97% of conference attendees are female
- 46% of conference attendees are undergraduates
- 70% of our student attendees are majoring in Computer Science, Information Systems, and/or Information Technology.
Quick Stats About the 2013 Conference
- had over 250 attendees, including 173 students
- 96% of conference attendees are female
- 42% of conference attendees are undergraduates
- 75% of our student attendees are majoring in Computer Science, the rest are majoring in engineering, information systems and mathematics