Women in Tech at MathWorks
This post was assembled by Anoush Najarian. Anoush works at MathWorks as a performance engineer. Her job is to make MATLAB go fast. Among her many other interests (robotics, maker culture, Internet of Things, educational software, just to name a few) she likes to tell the stories of the many fascinating and talented women engineers and scientists who build and use MathWorks products.
MathWorks team arrives at GHC18, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
#shelovesmatlab is born
One day last March, we saw this tweet by Clea Zolotow, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor:
We felt so proud we posted Clea’s tweet on Yammer powering our internal social network at MathWorks. Colleagues quickly jumped in, finding more awesome tweets by badass women who work with MATLAB. Together we brainstormed a way to celebrate the International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
That’s how we started #shelovesmatlab: a hashtag to celebrate women who work with MATLAB code: to understand how the brain works, fight climate change, build spaceships… Check out some of those early tweets here. One even made it onto this unique mug.
At MathWorks, we work with amazing women role models of our own! Our first #shelovesmatlab tweet was about a talk announcing new Big Data features in MATLAB at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Read about that trip, and about coming back to GHC18 with a larger team here.
Yay to every one of you who’s helping with #shelovesmatlab on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn! You rock!
We wanted to show our #shelovesmatlab pride in real life, so we printed lots and lots of homemade laptop stickers, on shipping labels our Office Services friends let us have.
Colleagues in Cambridge, UK and Tokyo, Japan made some of their own. We’d love to have a picture of yours if you have one. Do you? We heard about them flying out of our colleagues’ hands at conferences like Supercomputing, SC18! If you want one, let us know in the comments. Professionally-made #shelovesmatlab stickers have recently been carefully crafted. We’re eager to share them!
To help everyone see the work by women in engineering and science we’ve been learning about with #shelovesmatlab, we designed posters and hung them on our office walls and in the hallways. Some of them traveled far, far away…like these posters Becky Margetts took back to her office at the University of Lincoln in the UK after her fantastic talk at the Women in Tech Ignite Breakfast at the MathWorks Research Summit!
We assembled some of these posters into a homemade Women in Tech at MathWorks 2019 Calendar here. You’re welcome to print your own!
Women in Tech sessions around the world
Yay to colleagues around the world hosting amazing Women in Tech sessions with our customers.
We hosted our inaugural Women in Tech Ignite Breakfast at the MathWorks Research Summit in Newton, MA in June: 10 intense tech talks by phenomenal speakers in 1 hour! — read more here.
Memory-of-a-lifetime Women in Tech lunch at the 20th Anniversary MAB, MathWorks Advisory Board in Newton, MA — read more here.
Outstanding Women In Tech Ignite lunch session at the IMAB, MathWorks Advisory Board India in Bangalore. Thank you, Male Allies, for your support, down to this symbolic photo — read more here.
Love this group photo taken after the Women in Tech Brainstorm at MathWorks Hyderabad in India
And here’s a Women in Tech Ignite session at the AI & ML Meetup hosted by MathWorks in Bangalore, India — read more here.
A phenomenal Women in Tech session at MATLAB EXPO Japan — read more here.
We were delighted to host our first Women in Tech Ignite Breakfast at MATLABEXPO US in San Jose, CA — read more here.
Women in Tech Ignite lunch at the EMAB, MathWorks Advisory Board in Cambridge, UK — read more here.
We hosted #shelovesmatlab brownbags in Natick, MA, and in Bangalore and Hyderabad, India where we learned about how social media can build communities and give us superpowers.
Yay for this iconic tweet from the GHC18 opening ceremony!
We’re so happy to see MathWorks make women’s t-shirts for GHC18, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, — and now the official MathWorks t-shirt is available in women’s sizes, with a #shelovesmatlab hashtag on the sleeve! Many people worked on this. Thank you all!
Do you have one of these t-shirts? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to see a photo!
MathWorks Creative Services magicians made this video for GHC18, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Yay team!
Check out these blog posts focused on work by Women in Tech, and stay tuned for more posts we have in the works! If you know of work you’d like us to write about, let us know in the comments!
- Hashtag SheLovesMATLAB: A Collection of Remarkable Women » MATLAB Community
- SheLovesMATLAB No. 2: Leila Shelley » MATLAB Community
- Deep Learning and IoT Workshop at GHC 18, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing » Hans on IoT
- Deep Learning and IoT at University of Louisiana at Lafayette Science Day » Hans on IoT
- GHC 18, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing » MATLAB Community
Historic trip to GHC
MathWorks was a Gold Sponsor of GHC18, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. We are so thankful and proud of everyone’s work that made this possible. Read about the conference in the blog posts linked above, starting with this, visit this page, and check out our #GHC18 Twitter Moment!
A few more highlights
We were thrilled to see MathWorks on the first-ever Forbes Best Companies for Women list, so well-deserved!
MathWorks was a sponsor of SheHacks (now TechTogether Boston) — kudos to our team of volunteers, you’re awesome!
MathWorks also sponsored WE Local, the SWE Conference in Providence, RI. A big thank you to our Recruiting team for working to further Diversity and Inclusion.
MathWorks hosted the Society of Women Engineers Boston as we presented our GHC18 Deep Learning and IoT workshop to SWE friends who gave us invaluable feedback!
MathWorks sent a team to explore GHCI18, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India.
If you’d like your own 3D-printed #shelovesmatlab tag, grab the STL file and check out your local public library, many will 3D print for you!
Many exciting projects for 2019!
MathWorks team is honored to be invited to present our GHC Deep Learning and IoT workshop at WECode, the largest student-run Women in Computer Science conference in the US hosted by Harvard University — read more here. MathWorks volunteers will join TechTogether Boston (was SheHacks) March 22–24 2019. GHC19, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is coming up in October in Orlando. Will we see you there?
Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments: tell us about your work, your goals. Looking forward to building amazing things together in the New Year!
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