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The Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP) is undertaking an initiative called Women in Computing headed by Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas in coordination with the ACM-WiC http://women.acm.org/ to encourage the enrollment and eventual, completion of computing degrees among women in the country and hopefully, in the ASEAN region.

The WiC celebration is usually held as a pre-conference event during the annual professional meeting of the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP) called the Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC).  https://women.acm.org/celebrations

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WiC-Ph 2017

WiC-Ph has partnered with the 

2017 ACM ICPC Asia-Manila Regional Contest

programming competition which is sponsored by Ateneo de Manila University.  Special prizes will be given out to performing teams who have female members.  More details of the Call for female contestants can be found at:


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WiC-Ph 2017

For 2017, we hosted the WiC-Ph courtesy of CSP and ACM as a pre-conference activity of the PCSC 2017 which was held on March 16, 2017 in Cebu. 


Announcement: Women in Computing - Philippines (WiC-Ph) 2017 Celebration

The Computing Society of the Philippines, Special Interest Group – Women in Computing (CSP – SIG – WiC) [and co-organized by the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM) - Women in Computing, the University of San Carlos, and the National University-Philippines] held a Women in Computing-Philippines 2017 Celebration. It was held on March 16, 2017, 9:00am – 12:00nn as a pre-conference of the Philippine Computing Science Congress 2017 at the University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus, Cebu City, Philippines.


We would like to thank you for participating in the conference. It was attended by both faculty members and students in information technology education from different schools and universities.  Thank you too to our speakers!

Reputable speakers Dr. Susan P. Festin of UPDiliman, Dr. Mercedes 'Didith' T. Rodrigo of ADMU, Dr. Rachel Edita Roxas of National University, Ms. Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana (CITU), and Dr. Allan Sioson, President of the Computing Society of the Philippines, were invited to share their experiences, knowledge and expertise in computing.

Thank you for being committed to empowering our women in computing today.

The programme of activities is below:

08:00-09:00              Registration

09:00-09:30              Opening Program: by USC

09:30-09:45            Welcome and Opening Remarks by: 

                                   Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas

                                   National University

9:45 - 10:15             Expert's Talk

                                   Dr. Susan P. Festin

                                       UP Diliman 

10:15 – 10:45           Expert's Talk

                                   Dr. Mercedes 'Didith' T. Rodrigo

                                   Ateneo de Manila University

10:45 – 11:15           Expert's Talk

                                   Ms. Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana

                                   Cebu Institute of Technology University

11:15 - 11:30            Closing Remarks

                                   Dr. Allan Sioson

                                   President, Computing Society of the Philippines

11:30 - 12:00        Open Forum/Panel/Raffle/Lunch


THE SPEAKERS


Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the National University, Manila, Philippines.  Dr. Roxas obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Diploma in Computer Science from the Australian National University, and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science cum laude from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.  Dr. Roxas also completed her Ph.D. in Education major in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013 from the De La Salle University.  She gained top #7 (among 57,723 examinees) in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (or LET) conducted by the Philippine Regulatory Commission in 2007.

Dr. Susan P. Festin is the founder of the Computer Security Group, one of the research groups of the Department of Computer Science of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, that focuses on the enhancement of the security of enterprise and mobile applications through research in cryptographic algorithms, message protocols and the latest developments in cryptographic attacks.

Dr. Mercedes T. Rodrigo is a full professor of the Ateneo de Manila University.  She teaches at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science.  Her areas of specialization are educational technology, intelligent tutoring systems, and affective computing.  In 2011, she established the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences through a grant from the Department of Science and Technology's Engineering Research and Development for Technology program.  She is currently studying students' behavior and affect while using intelligent tutors, educational games, and other learning software.

Young Women in Computing. The goal of this talk is to share some of the experiences of young women who recently completed their master’s or doctoral studies.  This talk describes their backgrounds, their research, and the questions that interest them.  It presents some of the challenges that they confronted while doing their studies.  It will end with some advice that might help younger women as they embark on their own studies and careers.

Ms. Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana is the Dean of the College of Computer Studies of the Cebu Institute of Technology University. She obtained her BS Computer Science and MS Computer Science degrees from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Information Technology. She is currently a member of the Technical Committee in Computer Science of the Commission on Higher Education, Vice President for the Visayas of the Philippine Society of IT Educators and board member of the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology.

Event Organizers:

Ms Mary Jane Sabellano, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines

Ms Susan Caluya, National University, Manila, Philippines

Hosted in Cooperation with the:

Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), Women in Computing

Association for Computing Machinery, Women in Computing (ACM-W http://women.acm.org/)

University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines

National University-Philippines



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Thank you all for contributing to the great success of the hosting of the Women in Computing Celebration 2016 held at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines!


Thank you to our participants, our speakers, to our local organizers headed by Dr. Jeanne Alcid of PSU, and our WiC coordinator, Ms. Susan Caluya of NU, to ACM WiC, and of course, CSP for the encouragement and for the kind support!


We had an ocular inspection a day prior the celebration.  The venue was well-prepared and the organizers were working on the give aways.




On March 26, the day came. The students were pouring in - there were more than 300 participants.






Then the program started with the Vice Dean of the College of the Sciences. The three speakers gave their inspiring talks. The program was ended by the closing remarks of the President of the CSP.



Dr. 'Didith' Rodrigo shared her story: "Finding and building a research practice requires discernment. I spent quite literally years looking for my niche.  A continuous process of contemplation, conversations with friends and colleagues, as well as series of very fortunate events helped me find a research area (artificial intelligence in education) that I enjoy and that has helped me help others build their own research practices."

Dr. Roxas shared her story: "I shared the reasons for going and persisting in the area of ITE in the Philippines considering also global trends, and their eventual contribution to the knowledge generation in the country. I further shared about my area of specialization in Natural Language Processing and its practical applications in data mining, machine translation and corpus building."


Thank you all for making this year's celebration a big success!

Announcement: Women in Computing - Philippines 2016 Celebration

The Computing Society of the Philippines, Special Interest Group – Women in Computing (CSP – SIG – WiC) [and co-organized by the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM) - Women in Computing, the Palawan State University, and the National University-Philippines] will be having a Women in Computing Celebration 2016. It will be held on March 16, 2016, Wednesday, 8:00am – 12:00nn as a pre-conference of the Philippine Computing Science Congress 2016 at the Skylight Convention Center, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  Note that the venue has changed from PSU to the Skylight Convention Center, Roxas Street, Puerto Princesa City. Also, please take the Skylight along Roxas Street and NOT the one along Rizal Avenue.

In this regards, we would like to invite you to participate in the conference. The event is for free to all women (whether in computing or not), as well as faculty members and students in information technology education from different schools and universities to attend and be informed of the current trends in research and innovations in the computing field.

Reputable speakers Dr. Susan P. Festin of UPDiliman, Dr. Mercedes 'Didith' T. Rodrigo of ADMU, Dr. Rachel Edita Roxas of National University, and Dr. Allan Siosion, President of the Computing Society of the Philippines, were invited to share their experiences, knowledge and expertise in computing.

Please send the list of participants preferably 10 faculty and 20 students respectively at sscaluya@national-u.edu.ph until February 26, 2016. You may also send your questions or any clarifications in the given email address.

Thank you for being committed to empowering our women in computing today.


The tentative programme of activities include the following:

08:00-09:00              Registration

09:00-09:30              Opening Program

09:30-09:45            Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                   Dr. Sonia Bonagua

                                   Dean, Colleges of Sciences, Palawan State University

9:45 - 10:15             Expert's Talk

                                   Dr. Susan P. Festin

                                       UP Diliman 

10:15 – 10:45           Expert's Talk

                                   Dr. Mercedes 'Didith' T. Rodrigo

                                   Ateneo de Manila University

10:45 – 11:15           Expert's Talk

                                   Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas

                                   National National University

11:15 - 11:30            Closing Remarks

                                   Dr. Allan Sioson

                                   President, Computing Society of the Philippines

11:30 - 12:00        Open Forum/Panel/Raffle


THE SPEAKERS

Dr. Susan P. Festin is the founder of University of the Philippines, Diliman, Computer Security Group, one of the research groups of the Department of Computer Science that focuses on the enhancement of the security of enterprise and mobile applications through research in cryptographic algorithms, message protocols and the latest developments in cryptographic attacks.

Dr. Mercedes T. Rodrigo is a full professor of the Ateneo de Manila University.  She teaches at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science.  Her areas of specialization are educational technology, intelligent tutoring systems, and affective computing.  In 2011, she established the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences through a grant from the Department of Science and Technology's Engineering Research and Development for Technology program.  She is currently studying students' behavior and affect while using intelligent tutors, educational games, and other learning software.

Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the National University, Manila, Philippines.  Dr. Roxas obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Diploma in Computer Science from the Australian National University, and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science cum laude from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.  Dr. Roxas also completed her Ph.D. in Education major in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013 from the De La Salle University.  She gained top #7 (among 57,723 examinees) in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (or LET) conducted by the Philippine Regulatory Commission in 2007.

Event Organizers:

Ms Jeanne Alcid, Local Organizer, Palawan State University, Palawan, Philippines

Ms Susan Caluya, National University, Manila, Philippines

Hosted in Cooperation with the:

Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), Women in Computing

Association for Computing Machinery, Women in Computing (ACM-W http://women.acm.org/)

Palawan State University

National University-Philippines


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Thank you all for supporting this Women in Computing 2015 initiative! Many thanks to our professional organization that encouraged us to pursue this celebration, the Computing Society of the Philippines, the Association for Computing Machinery-Women in Computing, our speakers, our organizers, and our host, USL-T.

Here are some pictures of the event.

We had a warm welcome at USL-T, Tuguegarao, Cagayan City.



With a school gymnasium waiting to be filled ... I suddenly felt some butterflies in my stomach ... stage fright, I guess, as well, as excitement, mixed together, hosting an event that is one year in the making.


Attendees slowly trickling ... and trickling, until we were able to fill the place with some visitors from all over the region, the country, and even, overseas.



Susan, Rey and I gave our respective talks.  (Thank you to our speakers!) I learned later that we had around 300 participants!


And ended the program well.

Then we had another surprise --- the PCSC students had the chance to meet with Mr. Dado Banatao!


We would like to have a WiC celebration again! ;)


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Computing Society of the Philippines, Women in Computing Celebration

The Computing Society of the Philippines initiated a “Women in Computing” Celebration.  

This involves a group dedicated for women from different academic institutions and the industry who are joined together to increase women's participation in computing and technology. The main objectives of the initiative are the following:

1. To provide a venue for women's collaboration in all aspects of the computing field.

2. To create new skills and enhance women's talents in the computing field.

3. To provide assistance to new generations of women in the computing field.

4. To promote computing and technology to the learning community.

5. To establish linkages for further skills enhancement in the field.

 

MISSION

                To unite all technical women in the Philippines by providing a venue for collaboration and information sharing.

 

15th Philippine Computing Science Congress

Computing Society of the Philippines: Pre-Conference Event

Women in Computing Celebration

March 5, 2015, 9am-12nn

James Ter Meer Gymnasium, University of St. Louis, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines

 

The Computing Society of the Philippines will be hosting a pre-conference Women in Computing (WiC) celebration and also the launching of the WiC Initiative of CSP.  The pre-conference WiC event aims to gather all technical women in order to collaborate and share expertise to the public, also to gather as many as possible, women of new generations to expose the computing field and support them in pursuing computer science and information technology.

The pre-conference WiC Celebration will also raise to the public the possible research areas/ideas for computing and technology, it will discuss benefits as well as possible careers for women in the computing industry. The specific objectives of the pre-conference event are as follows:

            1.  To provide participants with insights about careers in computing and technology.

            2. To provide assistance to students participants financially and in academics.

            3. To raise awareness about the field of computing and technology.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE   

The intended beneficiaries of the pre-conference talk are:

·         Various academic institutions in the area (faculty/students)

·         CSP Members 

*  Public and private high schools students and teachers

 

PROGRAM

March 5, 2015

08:00-09:00              Registration

09:00-09:30              Doxology

                                    Filipinism

                                   Special Number (Center for Culture and the Arts)

 09:30-09:45            Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                   Dr. Delailah B. Valencia

                                   OIC, Office of the President-VP for Planning, Development Quality Assurance and Accreditation

 9:45 - 10:15             Expert's Talk

                                   Dr. Susan P. Festin

                                       UP Diliman 

10:15 – 10:45           Scholarships in Computing

                                    CHED Representative

10:45 – 11:15           Expert's Talk

                                   Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas

                                   National University

 11:15 - 11:45        Open Forum/Panel/Raffle

 

THE SPEAKERS

Dr. Susan Festin is the founder of University of the Philippines, Diliman, Computer Security Group, one of the research groups of the Department of Computer Science that focuses on the enhancement of the security of enterprise and mobile applications through research in cryptographic algorithms, message protocols and the latest developments in cryptographic attacks.

Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the National University, Manila, Philippines.  Dr. Roxas obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Diploma in Computer Science from the Australian National University, and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science cum laude from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.  Dr. Roxas also completed her Ph.D. in Education major in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013 from the De La Salle University.  She gained top #7 (among 57,723 examinees) in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (or LET) conducted by the Philippine Regulatory Commission in 2007.

Event Organizers:

Ms Rose Rodavia, National University, Manila, Philippines

Ms. Luisa Aquino, University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao, Philippines

Hosted in Cooperation with the:

Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), Women in Computing

Association for Computing Machinery, Women in Computing (ACM-W http://women.acm.org/)

Register Online at:

http://goo.gl/forms/PdOB6Xkr7c 

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