Participate

There are 4 ways you can participate in the conference.

  1. Register for the conference! Come learn and meet new people!
  2. Present a Poster
  3. Give a Lightning Talk
  4. Give a Graduate Research Presentation

How to Apply

Follow our directions and guidelines in the tabs below. You must register for conference before you can enter your submission. Please register for the conference by clicking the button below. Once you have registered, remember your username and password. You can log back in at any time to enter your submission. Please make sure that you have your title and abstract ready, you will need these in order to complete your submission. Once we receive your submission you will be notified by the committee if your presentation has been accepted. There is a limited number of spots and submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. So don’t wait!

Deadline to Apply

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th. If you have questions please email info@minkwic.org.

Who Should Apply

We encourage all students (even if you are a freshman) to present at MINK WIC. This is a safe and casual environment to practice presenting. Never presented before? Just try it! This is a good time to practice your public speaking skills. Show us what you have learned, tell us why you are passionate!

MINK WIC is dedicated to encouraging young women who are pursing degrees in technology, as such we will only be accepting student submissions.

Titles and Abstracts

If you are presenting a poster or a lightning talk your abstract should be be a minimum of 70 words and no more than 100 words. If you are presenting a graduate research talk your abstract must be between 100 and 500 words and not to exceed 500 words. Typically, an abstract includes motivation, problem tackled, approach, solution, results and conclusions. After the submission deadline, the presentation committee will contact you if you have been selected.

Need a presentation topic?

Presentations can range from a class project, research, inside information on how to survive a computing major, programming tips, ideas on how to create a successful women in computing group, etc. Students may also talk about experiences, such as what it is like to be a woman in technology, internships or study abroad. Other topics may include but are not limited to: new devices, software, systems, networks, media, social networking, cloud computing, open source, security, ethical issues, social issues, curricular issues of computing, etc.

Presentation Etiquette

  • If giving a presentation, please be respectful to others presenting. Do not open and close the doors while someone is speaking. Please wait until a transition and then quietly excused yourself.
  • Please be quiet in the hallway. It may be easy to hear you through the doors and it may disrupt those who are speaking.
  • Due to the time restraint, we appreciate your cooperation in a quick transition between each presentation.

Posters

Posters provide an opportunity for an informal presentation featuring “give and take” with conference attendees. Presenting a poster is also a good way in which to discuss and receive feedback on a work in progress that has not been fully developed into a paper. You do not have to have conducted research to present a poster.

Poster Competition

Best undergraduate and best graduate posters will be recognized and awarded with prizes. There will also be a prize awarded to the best overall poster.

Two categories of posters will be accepted: general and research. General posters will be evaluated by a committee using the following criteria.

  • Significance of topic and relevance
  • Visual presentation
  • Oral presentation

In addition to the above criteria, research posters will also be evaluated on

  • Scientific or Technical approach

Recent course projects as well as research work are excellent candidate topics. The judges committee will use their discretion in determining whether a poster falls into the general or technical category.

Directions

You will be expected to arrive prior to the poster contest starting. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to setup your poster. Typical poster size is 48×36 inches. We will provide a tri-fold of this size for presenting the poster at the conference. A poster is expected to visually and concisely describe your work in an organized manner. You are expected to remain by your poster during the length of the contest. Judges will make their rounds during the contest.


Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are short, mini-presentations to provide opportunities for people to share their work/research/educational activities, insights learned, as well as promoting interactions and collaborations.

Presentation Time

Lightning talks will take place on Saturday, November 4th. Each lightning talk presentation will be about 5 – 7 minutes. To accommodate multiple presentations in a limited amount of time, we will enforce strict time control to make sure everyone gets the allotted time to give their talk.

Directions

You are expected to arrive 5 minutes earlier before your scheduled session and introduce yourself to the moderator. This would be a good time to test your slides before your presentation begins. You will be provided with a computer with Microsoft Office PowerPoint. Your moderator may instruct you to copy your slides to the computer. A flash drive with your presentation slides is highly recommended. If your presentation slides are not Microsoft Office PowerPoint compliant, you will be responsible for the technical support of your presentation (e.g., bring your own laptop).


Graduate Research Presentation

Graduate Research Presentations are for those who have completed or are currently pursuing graduate-level research in computing. This is a 15-minute presentation to present your findings. There will only be 3 spots available for graduate presentations. Your acceptance will be based on the abstract you provide.

Presentation Time

Graduate Research Presentations will take place on Friday, November 4th. We will only have a few minutes between each presentation therefore strict time control will be enforced.

Directions

You are expected to arrive 5 minutes earlier before your scheduled session and introduce yourself to the moderator. This would be a good time to test your slides before your presentation begins. You will be provided with a computer with Microsoft Office PowerPoint. Your moderator may instruct you to copy your slides to the computer. A flash drive with your presentation slides is highly recommended. If your presentation slides are not Microsoft Office PowerPoint compliant, you will be responsible for the technical support of your presentation (e.g., bring your own laptop).

Additional Information

Due to the limited number of slots, selection will be competitive. You are encourage to apply early. Once a decision has been made, the presentation committee will contact you.