It’s Really Happening!
I’m really going to be at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in computing!
Okay, a little History.
Many months ago, Dayo, a friend, shared a link on facebook for the application. A little research on GHC and I enthusiastically applied. Now, this application was for an all-expense-paid grant to attend the conference as I knew there weren’t many possibilities of my affording to go.
Boom! On June 27th I got an acceptance email. (Funny how some years ago, It would have been I got an acceptance letter!) That was the beginning.
I have never travelled out of Nigeria before so I began the process of securing a passport and a Visa.It was not the smoothest of all things to do, (I even mentally have a whole blog post lined up about my getting-an-American-Visa Experience) but eventually, I had both.
Now, it is exactly 9 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes to the conference and I can’t keep still. I am making notes about sessions and keynotes to prioritize and people/companies to meet. I am particularly interested in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and plan to shape my experience around those areas. Software engineering is also welcome as well, of course.
I’m also a little nervous as it is a little too many first times for me. First time travelling outside Nigeria, First time in America, First time at GHC.
For a sense of belonging, I dug through twitter with the Hashtag #GHC15 for people who are going to be attending too as I personally do not know anyone that is.
Apparently, the excitement is not exclusive to me! 😀
— Andrea McGonigle (@andreawork) September 21, 2015
Very excited and looking forward to meet lots of awesome women at the #GHC15
— Gabriela Villalobos (@ghavi) September 23, 2015
— Sara Heitkamp (@saraheitkampmn) September 30, 2015
— Nathan Hurst (@nahurst) September 30, 2015
Getting excited at the thought that I'll have to wait in line to use the bathroom at a tech conference! #GHC15
— Amelia Boli (@AmeliaCodes) October 1, 2015
— Nitya Narasimhan (@nitya) October 1, 2015
— Valerie Bubb Fenwick (@bubbva) October 3, 2015
— Paula Paul (@paulapaultweets) September 23, 2015
🙂 What can I say?
Oh, and I volunteered for Blogging & Notetaking at this event. You should definitely look forward to a recap of everything I can possibly capture on this blog. Category is GHC15.
Too many thanks to my Sponsors Capital One who made this possible.
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