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ACT-W stands for Advancing the Careers of Technical Womxn. Our conferences, held year-round throughout the United States, are dedicated to helping technical womxn and allies feel empowered and stay educated. We welcome people from all backgrounds, including people who are just starting out in tech, people who have never been involved in tech, unemployed individuals, students, top level executives, and experienced technological professionals. ACT-W has something for everyone!
Answering to a growing need for community and diversity inclusion in tech, ACT-W began in 2013 as a successful one-day event in Portland, Oregon. We have since expanded to eight different cities around the United States. Learn more about our past conferences and the history of ACT-W.
In 2019, ACT-W began spelling womxn with an x to signal that all female-identifying individuals are included in our community. The word womxn refers to transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and cisgender female identities. You can read more about the history of the word “womxn” at the New York Times.
ACT-W is built for people like you! Our conferences are designed with inclusivity and acceptance at center stage. We welcome students, participants just starting out in tech, people who’ve never been a part of tech at all, unemployed individuals, top level executives, and experienced technical professionals. We welcome people of all genders, backgrounds, races, faiths, and beliefs who support our mission to promote diversity in technology and agree to our Code of Conduct.
Yes! Just like our high school students who attend ChickTech youth programs without any previous background in technology, ACT-W strives to make the tech industry more accessible to everyone. Whether you have no experience in technology or are a lifelong coder, ACT-W has something for you. Besides technical learning, our speaker tracks also include valuable lessons in career development, diversity, and leadership.
Yes! At its core, ACT-W is a place for people of all all genders, backgrounds, races, faiths, and beliefs to engage with a community that welcomes them and supports their interest in tech. Men attending ACT-W can look forward to engaging with outstanding content and diverse participants, showing an active commitment to allyship, and supporting ChickTech’s mission of increasing diversity in the technology workforce.
All talks, workshops, keynotes, and breakout session options are included with your registration. Depending on the conference, you may need to register separately and/or pay an additional registration fee to attend a conference happy hour.
Each ACT-W conference includes:
Yes! We strive to make ACT-W as accessible as possible. We offer special discounted rates for full-time students and anyone who is currently unemployed at time of payment.
When registering for the conference, you can use the coupon code STUDENT or UNEMPLOYED to access our special rates.
If you do not qualify for one of these discounts and need assistance in order to attend, please contact us to talk about how we can make attending accessible for you.
We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more on regular price registration. Please contact us for more information or to purchase bulk ticket packages.
Depending on availability, we will have a select number of tickets available for purchase at our conferences. We encourage you to secure your spot and register online, as it is the best way to guarantee your attendance.
While refunds are not typically available for our national or regional ACT-W Conferences, we have modified this policy for the 2020 conference season:
Tickets purchased for regional 2020 conferences dates are valid for the virtual 2020 conference. If you are unable to join us, you can donate the cost of your tickets to support ChickTech’s work in providing technology empowerment and education to under-served adults and youth OR request a refund.
Breakfast and lunch are provided each day at all in-person conferences, and light appetizers are available at our happy hours. It is important to us that your dietary needs are met. Please include any dietary restrictions during registration and we’ll make sure options meeting your needs are ready for you at the conference.
We do our best to create in-person events with accessibility in mind, an ensure all our events are wheelchair accessible. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! When registering for our events, you’ll have the option to include any accessibility needs. We welcome you to contact us at [email protected] for additional questions or concerns.
Yes! ACT-W conferences run on the energy of our volunteers who care about empowering women and supporters in technology. You can learn more about becoming a volunteer here. Our volunteers are a vital part of the conference and help us create a welcoming and outstanding experience for participants. Volunteers opportunities range from pre-conference planning and management to various day-of duties such as staffing the registration/information booth, crowd management, assisting speakers and pre-conference course instructors, and communicating information about the conference. People of all genders are welcome to volunteer. As a thank-you to their dedication and efforts, our volunteers receive a free ticket to their regional ACT-W Conference.
Yes. It is very important that all attendees adhere to it. Please take a moment to read our Code of Conduct before you attend.