Women in HPC at SC17

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SC17 will bring together the international supercomputing community in Denver, Colorado, USA, for a week of HPC, networking, data science, cloud computing and of course discussion on how to improve the diversity and inclusion in the HPC community. We are delighted to be taking part once again, and hosting a wide variety of activities. We hope to meet as many of our members, supporters and advocates as possible during the SC17 week.

If you are interested in the work of WHPC, what we do and how you can get involved, join us at SC17 and contribute to the discussion.


Sunday 12th November, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Room 710, Colorado Convention Center
7th International WHPC Workshop: Diversifying the HPC Community

The 7th International WHPC workshop will provide a full day event, bringing together women, and their allies and advocates, from across the HPC community. This workshop will focus on supporting two key groups: women and their employers.

The morning session will provide a discussion on the skills needed to thrive in a career in HPC. We particularly encourage early and mid career women to attend but welcome all, including men to participate and contribute to this session.

The afternoon will be dedicated to identifying how employers, managers and hirers can make the workplace a more inclusive environment, identifying and overcoming the roadblocks facing women and other underrepresented groups in the workplace.

Full details on the workshop are available here.

Monday 13th November, 7:15 am – 8:45 am
Invitation Only: Mentoring Breakfast

Our early career presenters and mentors will have the opportunity to network over breakfast before the tutorials and workshops begin on Monday 13th November. This is an opportunity for our presenters to meet their mentors and peers in a relaxed environment and plan how to make the most of the week ahead.

This event is invitation only.

Tuesday 14th November, 12:00pm – 12:30 pm, Booth 2171, Colorado Convention Center
PRACE & WHPC SC17 Panel: Diversity on the International Stage

Women in HPC and PRACE will present a panel discussing how the international community is working towards improving diversity and inclusion in HPC. SC is an international community and each country and region has its own individual diversity challenges, local legislative barriers and opportunities.  This panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities that different international communities experience, and what we can learn from each other.

Full details on the are available here.

Tuesday 14th November, 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm, The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis Street
Networking and Careers Cocktail Reception: A celebration of women in high performance computing

Join us on the Tuesday evening of SC17 at The Corner Office for an evening of food and cocktails and get to meet employers who are keen to diversify their workforce. Our evening and lunch events have a reputation for being unlike any other HPC party you will attend, with a supportive and exciting networking atmosphere. Come and meet our sponsors including Intel, DDN, NAG, TACC, SLAC National Accelerator at Stanford and the University of Michigan, to find out about working with them and build your network by meeting women in HPC and their advocates.

Places for this event are limited, so please ensure you register early.


Wednesday 15th November, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm, Room 301-303, Colorado Convention Center
BoF: Women in HPC: Non-Traditional Paths to HPC and How They Can and Do Enrich the Field

There is often the unspoken expectation that those best equipped to work in HPC have studied computer science or a physical science to PhD level. However, those who have not taken such a ‘standard ‘ or ‘traditional’ route to HPC can and do contribute meaningfully to the field. In this BoF we examine how to broaden the community’s perceptions to access a more diverse talent pool. We will hear from three women who came to HPC from non-standard directions, followed by discussion with audience participation on how to recruit from non-traditional backgrounds, broadening the HPC talent pool.

Thursday 16th November, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm, Room 605, Colorado Convention Center
BoF: Recruitment: How to Build Diverse Teams

Diverse teams are now generally accepted as a ‘good idea’. However, a common refrain during discussions on improving diversity focuses on the lack of women applying for jobs. This session will address improving recruitment practices to reach more candidates from underrepresented groups. And will presentations from a panel of experts, followed by discussions on how to address the concerns of attendees, providing clearly defined steps for improving the recruitment process. This session invites participation from everyone in the HPC community, to help us gather knowledge from across the HPC workforce and provide clear guidance for steps to recruitment success.

Full details on this BoF are available here.

Find out how to register for our events here.


Our events our only possible because of the generous support we receive. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support of our work and activities.


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