Hi, I’m Meghan and I’m a second-year dual master’s student in folklore and information science. I work as a graduate assistant for the CEWiT, helping put together the website and CEWiT Wire newsletter. I’ll be graduating this summer and moving to New York, where I’ll work for IBM as a UX Designer.
The Techie Women Have More… conference is one of my favorite things that CEWiT does, and this year’s was especially fun.
It’s pretty great getting to talk with astronomers, choreographers, computational linguists, and digital librarians, all while sipping “Maker Mai Tai” mocktails in the glamorous IU Tudor Room. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, so it seems like there’s something for everyone. I especially love it when a session or panel results in people with similar research or business interests meeting each other and deciding to collaborate. That moment at the end, when participants start exchanging e-mails and planning lunch dates to talk about projects … that is kind of the best.
There were panels this year about mentoring and patent law and current-events tech topics like GamerGate, the nationwide controversy sparked in summer of 2014 over discrimination against women in the field of video game technology. There were also lots of professional opportunities, including a career fair on Saturday. One panel I went to was led by a project manager from Salesforce, who talked a bit about UX Design. Because that’s what I’ll be doing after graduation, it was especially nice for me to hear about the experiences and perspective of a woman who is already in the field.
There was so much going on at this year’s conference, from virtual reality goggles to arduino bookmarks to those cleverly-named techie mocktails (seriously, two thumbs up, IU Catering!) to terrific keynote and plenary addresses by Mitzi Montoya and Anne Massey. It was just a great chance to interact with IU women across a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, and to encourage collaboration and innovation at IU, which is ultimately the goal of CEWiT. I’m excited to see how it will grow over the next few years, and can’t wait to come back as an alumna!