Bish Paul, Global Head of DEI Industry Collaboration at Snap Chat
Bish Paul is the Global Head of DEI Industry Collaboration at Snap. He leads the implementation of the Action to Catalyze Tech (ACT) report which will result in collective action on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at an industry level with a coalition of 30+ companies (and growing). He is a scientist, and civil rights advocate whose previous work has straddled legislative advocacy, governmental policy, research analytics, education reform, & community activism. In 2018, he was named National Educator of the Year, and, in 2021, he was featured as a “Local Icon” in the Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement exhibition at the MoPOP museum.
Are you wondering what it might be like to be a college student studying computing at the University of Washington? We will discuss classroom experiences, extracurriculars, and more! There will be an opportunity for Q&A.
Moderator: Gus Williams (Clean Tech Alliance) Panelists: John Kennedy (2050 Project), Daniel Merz (Concentrix), and Larry LaMotte (RecapturIT)
How Computer Science Can Help Save the Environment? Scientists are using computer science (machine learning, artificial intelligence, algorithms, data analytics) to reduce global carbon emissions and generate sources of renewable energy. The panelists will share their educational and career journeys as well as their purpose for mitigating climate change.
Moderator: Tim Hargraves (Nothing But Net) Panelists: Pete Neorr (Pacific Northwest National Labs), Kim Hargraves (Microsoft), and Amber Turner (University of Washington)
Why Cybersecurity? This panel will answer the question “Why cybersecurity?” as they share their journey into cybersecurity, discuss different types of work performed in the field, and identify traits and skills commonly found in cybersecurity professionals.
Moderator: Ryan Beebout (Sabey) Panelists: Josh Schuyleman (VMware), Joseph James (Sabey), and Rob Moyer (Microsoft)
What jobs do employees actually do in a data center? We’re so glad you asked! The people are ‘critical’ to the operations of a data center. Come and learn from local professionals about the kinds of technology and facility jobs in a data center.
Moderator: Tami McBride (North Central ESD) Panelists: Ardith Daley (Dataiku), Mike Wansley (Tableau Software), and Robert Amenn (Albion Ventures Inc)
A career path in technology is anything but linear! Leaders in technology come from all kinds of backgrounds, and tech skills can take you anywhere! Come and hear three dynamic stories about the multi-dimensions of a tech professional’s journey.
Computer science and engineering skills are pretty powerful when combined. Come and learn about the ways that engineers and computer scientists impact automation and robotics in agriculture, and how computer science and robotics empower specialized functions like machine vision, machine analysis and machine learning, for nuclear waste inspection and vapor monitoring.
Moderator: Jenny Rojanasthien (NCW Tech Alliance) Panelists: Kirk Hudson (Chelan County PUD), Felipe Gutierrez (Columbia Valley Community Health), and Drew Zabrocki (Semios)
Agriculture, Energy and Healthcare are three of the biggest industries in our local economy and data is powering all three. The NCW Tech Alliance will moderate a conversation with Executive Leaders to hear about how technology is shaping their industry, and how your technology and computer science skills are needed at the forefront of this change.
Moderator: Keisha Jackson (Microsoft) Panelists: Heather Young (Distrokid), Charlie VanLiew (Firefly), and Matt McKee (Amazon)
Join this engaging panel and learn about innovative career paths, the rewarding nature of the industry, and strategies to increase focus and persistence as you pursue computer science education! We welcome questions from the audience during the session.
Liz Bander (Microsoft), Joshika Suresh (Grant County PUD), Shannon Kellam (Grant County PUD), Pepsy Wirth (XBOX Gaming)
This session is for female-identifying students. Here is your chance to meet women who work in a variety of exciting STEM jobs! The speakers will share about their educational and career journeys, and then you’ll get a chance to ask them questions.
Participants will learn about FarmBeats for Students and get hands-on experience with sensors, live data streaming, and build their own machine learning model. The program combines an affordable hardware kit with free curriculum and activities designed to give students hands-on experience in applying precision agriculture techniques to food production.
Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming. Students will learn to combine the magic of making with the power of code across a variety of different products.
Recently a notorious hacker has been causing problems and creating chaos by hacking into the power supply, water system and other essential services. We need to stop him or her before another cyberattack on our services. If your team can solve enough clues before the end of the session you can tell us the identity of the notorious hacker AND all get a treat.
Participants will learn a free web-based program to create, combine, and manipulate 3-D shapes by stacking “block” commands (like Legos) rather than by typing in precise coding syntax. If you love math, computer modeling, programming languages, playing with Legos BlocksCAD, or like 2d sketchup techniques, this is your best option for starting in the 3D object design (coding) and 3D printing world.
Liz Bander (Microsoft), Joshika Suresh (Grant County PUD), Shannon Kellam (Grant County PUD), and Pepsy Wirth (Xbox Gaming)
This session is for female-identifying students. Meet women STEM professionals and get creative learning how to make devices, websites, and apps easy to use! This workshop covers User Experience (UX) Design fundamentals, including design thinking, design best practices, and accessible design.
All Exhibitors and Presenters
Big Bend Community College
Central Washington University-IT Management Department
Chelan County PUD
Clean Tech Alliance
Columbia Valley Community Health
Computing for All
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Eastern Washington University
Grant County PUD
Microsoft – Farmbeats live demos
Microsoft Data Centers
NCW Tech Alliance
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Northwest National Labs
University of Washington, Foster School of Business
UW Paul G. Allen School Computer Science & Engineering