The History of ACT-W

2013 | ACT-W begins as a 3-hour career fair in Portland, OR with 100 attendees.

2017 | Conferences are held in 7 major cities across America, each with 200+ attendees.

2018 | Our very first 3-day National Conference brought together 500+ women and allies from across the country in Phoenix, AZ.

2019 | We hosted Achieving Equity, a complementary two-day diversity & inclusion focused conference in Portland, OR.

2020 | Responding to the changing landscape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT-W went all-virtual, combining regional events into one massive online experience.

Answering to a growing need for community and diversity inclusion in tech, ACT-W began in 2013 as a one-day community fair and conference. To date, we’ve hosted conferences virtually as well as in Portland, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, and Austin.


Past Conferences

August 30 – September 1, 2022

July 26-30, 2021

August 26-28, 2020

Austin, TX

Past Conferences

August 5-6, 2017 at Norris Event Center

Bay Area, CA

Past Conferences

October 26, 2019 at Akamai Santa Clara

October 20, 2018 at General Assembly

April 8, 2017 at Galvanize San Francisco – Soma

Boston, MA

Past Conferences

August 26, 2017 at The Non-Profit Center

Chicago, IL

Past Conferences

May 6, 2019 at Harold Washington Library Center

October 20, 2017 at The Chicago School

October 14-15, 2016 at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

New York City, NY

Past Conferences

May 18, 2017 at Galvanize New York

Phoenix, AZ

Past Conferences

April 10-13, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center

Portland, OR

Past Conferences

June 28-29, 2019 at Portland State University

July 20-21, 2018 at Portland State University

June 16-17, 2017 at Portland State University

April 22-24, 2016 at Portland State University

April 10-12, 2015 at the Art Institute of Portland

Seattle, WA

Past Conferences

October 26, 2019 at RealSelf

September 15, 2018 at RealSelf

September 23, 2017 at Galvanize Seattle

September 9-10, 2016 at The Cobalt Building/Porch Headquarters

May 16, 2015 at Zulily