Conferences and Trips

Each year, students travel to attend conferences and programs for professional development and career exploration.

Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC)

The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is organized by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The conference is designed to connect research and career interestes of women in computing.

Thanks to the generous donation of an alum, Bowdoin Women in Computer Science (BWiCS) is able to sponsor a group of Bowdoin students to attend GHC every year. By mid-spring semester (or earlier), interested students should email Professor Toma or Professor Freire that they are interested in attending the conference. Interested students must apply for the GHC scholarship; the scholarship deadline is usually late April. Over the summer, students will be notified by if they won a scholarship. Students interested in attending GHC who did not win a scholarship can register for the conference in July and Bowdoin will reimburse the cost.

Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

The Tapia Conference is the most diverse tech conference in the U.S., and is supported by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). There are a variety of opportunities available for students who attend, including technical workshops, networking/employment events, and professional deveopment sessions.

West Trek

West Trek is a Bowdoin Career Planning program for students to explore career opportunities in technology through a trip to California over spring break. West Trek helps put students who would not otherwise be exposed to California’s tech culture in contact with graduates working for innovative companies.

In the past, alumni have hosted student visits at:

  • Airbnb
  • Pinterest
  • Okta
  • Collective Health
  • Fitbit
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Lyft

West Trek is an initiative run by Bowdoin Career Exploration and Development (CXD).