Today is my 60th birthday. My beautiful wife Martha and I are also celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary today (yes, I got married on my 30th birthday). This Saturday (June 18) will be my 26th year since starting at Borland International in 1985.
As part of my birthday and anniversary celebrations, I am issuing a fund raising challenge to all my friends, relatives, community members, and anyone else that I have ever helped in the 42 years since I wrote my first program and my 26 years working on developer tools here in Scott valley, California.
Last year, I donated 150,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles to help send six Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Computer Science and Software Engineering students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Atlanta Georgia. This year’s conference is being held in Portland Oregon on November 9-12, 2011. This year our goal is to send up to 20 women to the Portland conference. To send a large group of students to Portland this year, we need to raise $15,000. Beyond this year, we are working to create an endowment fund of $400,000 to be able to continuously send students each year.
The annual Celebration of Women in Computing conference provides a great learning, networking, and personal growth experience for all of the student attendees. Here are two quotes from last years Cal Poly SLO student attendees:
"I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed attending the conference. I am so happy I got to go. I learned so much and my view about computer science totally changed. I really enjoyed learning about the many opportunities there are to combine computer science with other fields. For example, computer scientist can apply concepts from programming to solve some of the environmental issues facing out planet. They can help revive the diminishing fish population or renewing bird migratory patterns. I also really liked how everyone at the conference seemed to share the same belief that computer science was more than nerdy people coding. It totally defied the stereotype that computer scientist must love spending hours coding. It was more than that, it involved social interaction, innovation, and so much more."
"I really enjoyed meeting other women who are interested in computing and listening to the talks (particularly the more technical ones) about projects in computer science."
- In Step 1 of the online donation form - select "College of Engineering" in the first drop down box and select "Grace Hopper Conference Support Fund (5422)" in the second drop down box. Specify an amount, whatever you can afford, in the third box.
- In Step 2 of the online donation form select "Friend"
- In Step 3 put your credit card information
- In Step 4 put your billing address information