NYUAD Women in Computing in the Arab World Conference


NYU Abu Dhabi Saadiyat campus

WHEN May 17-18, 2015
WHERE NYU Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
By Invitation Interested scholars please contact nyuad.cswomen@nyu.edu

The participation of women in Computing in the Arab world is an important and timely topic. At a time when female enrollment in Computer Science in the US has fallen from 37 percent in the early 80’s to a dismal rate nearing 20 percent today. In the Arab world, our preliminary research findings indicate that females comprise the majority of undergraduate students studying Computer Science in several Arab countries.

This conference explores our preliminary research findings focusing on representations, the opportunities as well as the diverse challenges facing women in computing in the Arab world. Prominent regional and international women in computer science discuss research and innovation in computing, opportunities for collaboration throughout the region and world, women enrollment in computer science, entrepreneurship, the role of women in tech start-ups, Women VC’s, promotion, gender gap, and positive trends as well as difficulties in the field.

Convener and Chair

Sana Odeh, Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, New York University Abu Dhabi, Clinical Professor Of Computer Science, and Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University, New York.


Arab Women in Computing (ArabWiC)
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Systers Communities
Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W)
The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)

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