2021 SIGCAS Showcase

Date: September 9 and 10, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm PDT  (half-day afternoon event)
Place: Virtual Event (link provided at registration)
Fees: None, but registration is required. Register Here

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The ACM special interest group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS) is pleased to announce its event showcasing SIGCAS, its activities and exemplars. 

We invite you all to join us as we congratulate the 2021 SIGCAS award recipients, hear their insights and share in discussions concerning computers and their role in and impact on contemporary societal issues led by panels of experts.

See the schedule of events below and meet our award recipients.

Award Recipients

Making A Difference Award

Deanna Kosaraju
Founder and CEO
Global Tech Women

Deanna Kosaraju is the Founder and CEO of Global Tech Women. Currently she also works in technology running eCommerce Projects for Ariat International, Inc. She also manages programs for the annual Women Transforming Technology Conference (WT2) the last 6 years. Prior to Global Tech Women, Deanna was the Vice President of Programs for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and was the first employee to run the Grace Hopper Celebration on annual basis, and she is the founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration in India. Deanna is currently pursuing a Masters in Information Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She has a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies summa cum laude from U.C. Berkeley and Women Leaders of the World Program at Santa Clara University. Deanna was awarded the Women of Influence Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2010.

Outstanding Service Award

Barbara Boucher Owens
Emeritus Faculty
Computer Science Department
Southwestern University
Southwestern University Department Page
Computing Educators Page

Barbara Boucher Owens retired in 2012 from the Computer Science Department at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She has been in the computing field since 1967 when she worked at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY and later in San Jose, California, in the area of Computer Assisted Instruction. She began her teaching career in 1970 at Brooklyn College and was a founding member of its Computer Science Department in 1971. Barbara also has held tenured positions at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She spent a sabbatical teaching at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. She is an ACM Distinguished Educator, a past chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education serving on its board for 16 years and recipient of the SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service. She served on the ACM Council, the ACM Education Council, and the ACM Council on Women. She is a past-president of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, and co-founder of its South Central Conference. She is co-leader of the Computing Educators Oral History Project (CEOHP) and is currently Chair of the ACM Committee on History. She has been a member of both SIGCAS and SIGCSE for most of her professional career. Locally, she is a founding member of the Friends of Georgetown Parks and Recreation, sings in her church choir, and teaches water aerobics She holds a PhD from NYU, MA from the University of Texas at Austin and BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and was the co-valedictorian of her high school class in Wauseon, Ohio. She and her husband Philip have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

The times posted above are in PDT. For additional time zones see below.

City Start Time
Auckland, New Zealand NZST (UTC +12) 8:00 a.m.
Los Angeles, CA, USA* 1:00 p.m.
Oklahoma City,OK, USA* 3:00 p.m.
New york, NY, USA* 4:00 p.m.
United Kingdom* 9:00 p.m.
Rome, Italy 10:00 p.m.
Singapore, Singapore 4:00 a.m.

Panel Speakers

Steve Easterbrook, Director of the School of the Environment at University of Toronto

Paul Matthews, CE, Information Technology Professionals, New Zealand.
Paul is the chief executive of IT Professionals New Zealand, the professional body for those working or studying in IT, and sits on or chairs several commercial and not-for-profit boards.

Barath Raghavan, Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California

Shereen Shermack.
Shereen is a Boston-based angel investor and entrepreneur who works with Flybridge Capital Partners and its general partners as an advisor to support and broaden the firm’s investment activities in the Boston region. Shereen served as a Fund Manager and CEO at Launch Angels, a Boston-based seed stage VC firm. She co-founded BuysideFX, where she led Product and was a member of the management team, and held a similar role at Boston-based Currensee (acq. Oanda).

John Sims
John is a Denver based Technology & Product Leader. Most recently he has held positions as CTO at Starz Entertainment, SVP of Technology & Product at Scholastic, and SVP Product Engineering at Pearson Education. As a technology and product leader John has had the privilege of working at “Mission Driven” companies that combine a profit motive with a social purpose.

Yolande Strengers, Associate Professor of Digital Technology and Society, Monash University, Australia

Michelle Trim, Informatics Associate Program Director and Co-Chair of CICS Committee Against Racism and for Equity, College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Alison Derbenwick Miller
Alison is Vice President of Oracle for Research, leading the strategic development of products and programs to advance research across disciplines. Alison serves as vice-chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Education Board, and serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the GVU Center at Georgia Tech and the Editorial Advisory Board for ACM Inroads. Alison holds bachelor’s degrees in Communication and in History with Honors from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Trish McKinnon
Trish is an IT Project Manager for Auckland Transport in Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked in the IT industry for over 40 years, the last 25 as an IT Project Manager. Trish has worked internationally in South Africa, England, Scotland and Denmark.