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ACT-W Conference: Advancing the Careers of Tech Women

Art Institute of Portland
1122 NW Davis
Portland, Oregon 97209, US (map)

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Now in its third year, the annual Portland conference known for creating community, building skills, and supporting empowered women in technology is back. And not only does it have a fancy new name and branding, but it has expanded to a full weekend!

This year, in partnership with the Art Institute of Portland, four Portland WIT organizations passionate about increasing the numbers of women in tech are organizing a weekend of career-building interactive booths, breakout sessions, networking, technical workshops, a career fair, and inspiration. Women of all levels of interest and involvement in tech are invited to attend. Whether you have a lot to learn or a bit to teach, we hope you join us! Stay tuned for more details; as we solidify our sessions, sponsors and partners, we will add them to this page and email you. Keep in contact with the hashtag #actwpdx!

**Note: you do not have to "feel" technical to attend this conference. Any woman involved in the tech industry is welcome; there will be no tests to decide if you're technical (or "woman") "enough".

Sessions: Are you interested in doing a lightning talk? Running a hands-on session? Leading a discussion? Being a speaker? We want you to help empower women in Portland! http://act-w.org/rfp

Sponsorship: If you are interested in sponsoring this event and/or being a part of the career fair, please contact [email protected] for the sponsorship deck.

This conference is a collaboration between ChickTech, Girl Develop It, Lesbians who Tech, and Women Who Code, with the help and support of The Art Institute of Portland.

Tentative Agenda: Friday, April 10 7pm-11:30pm Kickoff party at Smarsh

Saturday, April 11 8:30-10:00 Limited space breakfast with special guest speaker 10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee/pastries 10:30-11:00 Keynote speaker 11:00-11:30 Lightning talks 11:30-12:00 Speed networking 12:00-1:00 Lunch with small group activity (goal setting) 1:00-5:30 Career fair + organization booths + activity booths open (including mock interviews and resume reviews) 1:00-5:30 Breakout sessions run, including activities on negotiation and imposter syndrome 6:00-7:30 Birds of a Feather dinners at local restaurants 7:30-11:30 After-party at local technology company

Sunday, April 12 9am Hackathon, organized by Girl Develop It, kicks off 9:00-12:00 Morning technical workshops (organized by Women Who Code) 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:00-5:00 Afternoon technical workshops (organized by Women Who Code) 5:00-5:30 Wrap-up, Thank you for attending from all groups

Platinum Sponsors -CDK Global

Career Fair Participants -Cinder Solutions -Puppet Labs

Hosts -The Art Institute of Portland -Smarsh

Marketing Sponsors -Smarsh -Slalom Consulting