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Hilary Mason, Renowned Data Scientist, Opens 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration

Registration opens June 2nd for the 3-day Grace Hopper Celebration of Women and Computing.

June 2, 2015 – Palo Alto, CA.:The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, today announced that Hilary Mason, renowned data scientist, and serial entrepreneur, will be the opening keynote at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Houston, TX.  Hilary Mason spent four years as the Chief Scientist at bitly, the provider of link-shortening services for sharing on social media platforms.  She then went on to work with the venture capital firm, Accel Partners as their Data Scientist in Residence, before founding Fast Forward Labs.

GHC is the largest gathering of women in computing in the world. The 2015 Conference will be held October 14-16 in Houston, Texas.

This year’s conference is expected to attract over 10,000 attendees from academia, industry, and government, including top technology executives, university faculty, students, and young professionals.

“The energy around this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration is remarkable,” said Mona Sabet, general manager of Grace Hopper Celebration.  “We received over one thousand submissions for sessions from our technical community, covering subjects from data science, artificial intelligence, and security and privacy, to topics on driving innovation through serious play and being a better engineer through writing. The Grace Hopper Celebration is now the place for technical women to convene, be recognized, and even be discovered.”

The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration features leading technical speakers, career development sessions, awards, a poster session, a hackathon, and the industry’s largest job fair for women in computing.

Participants who sign up before June 22, 2015 will receive the early bird price of $800 for general attendees, a $150 discount from the regular rate.  Students can qualify for a highly discounted rate of $300 by signing up early. For more information, visit www.gracehopper.org.

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About the Anita Borg Institute (ABI)

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) connects, inspires, and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 65 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration sponsors include Capital One, Cisco, Google, and Microsoft; Airbnb, Amazon, Bank of America, CA Technologies, Dropbox, eBay, EMC, Ericsson, Facebook, HP, Intel, Intuit, Juniper Networks, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, Mastercard, NetApp, Paypal, Qualcomm, Rackspace, Thomson Reuters, ThoughtWorks, Two Sigma, Yahoo!; Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech, Harvey Mudd College, Montana State University, New York University, Purdue University, Rice University, Stanford University, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC. The Anita Borg Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information, visit anitaborg.org

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