Join us for presentations, panel discussions, a poster session, and career exploration. We welcome participation by anyone interested in learning about rewards of careers in computing fields or in advancing technology through broader representation of women.

Students! Come meet other people interested in computing, learn about career choices and graduate study, and attend a career fair.

Professionals! We invite academic and industry leaders to come meet and mentor the next generation of computing professionals.

Download the Call for Participation Flyer.

What is MICWIC?

The 4th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC) is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of American women choosing computer science professions. This historic conference will focus attention on the research and career interests of women in computing and information technology. It will bring together students, faculty, and business leaders from across Michigan and neighboring states to discuss the role of women in today's technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success, and explore issues common to women working in these fields.

Hear what people had to say about previous MICWIC conferences.

Keynote Speakers

Title: Solving World Problems with Computer Science
Speaker: Rane Johnson-Stempson

Rane Johnson Stempson

After 9 years at Microsoft, Rane has held a variety of positions. She started as an Public Sector Global Account Manager, Server and Tools Core Infrastructure Field Liaison, CEE Regional Core Infrastructure Product Manager, and CEE Regional Leader responsible for developing and supporting the mission in helping all IT Professional and IT Managers in CEE to reach their full potential.

Title: The Power of Encouragement
Speaker: Ruthe Farmer

Ruthe farmer

Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on increasing girls' participation in technology and engineering since 2001. As Director of Strategic Initiatives, she provides strategic planning and direction, fund development, and cultivation of new partnerships for NCWIT. Ruthe oversees the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and efforts to accelerate distribution of NCWIT promising practices and resources throughout the computing community and beyond.

Title: Put the Ladder Away!
Speaker: Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is one of the directors of development at TechSmith, which builds innovative tools ––Snagit, Camtasia Studio, Camtasia Relay, Coach's Eye, Jing, Screencast.com–– to facilitate engaging visual communication. Tricia is responsible for creating and maintaining an empowering environment for software engineering teams to deliver high quality products. With the last six years focused on agile principles, her passion for mentoring and coaching has been essential in successfully transitioning into an agile leader.

To find out more about our speakers, please visit our Keynote page

Calling All Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering before or during the conference, please email Bee Yang at micwic@cse.msu.edu to sign up.


March 22-23, 2013, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Prince Conference Center

MICWIC will be held at the Prince Conference Center and the DeVos Communication Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.