Record Attendance at Tapia Conference Highlights Need for Diversity in Computing

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With over 500 attendees, it was standing-room-only this week at the Tapia Conference in San Francisco. The conference, which celebrates diversity in computing, wrapped up on April 5.

“Tapia 2011 is truly going to be a celebration of diversity in computing,” said conference Deputy Chair Juan Vargas of Microsoft. “The organizing committee has worked hard to create a program that is inspiring and motivational and it’s great to see that the community is responding so strongly. That’s what this is all about.”

In related news, William Wulf, the AT&T Professor of Computer Science and University Professor at the University of Virginia and former President of the National Academy of Engineering, has been named as recipient of the 2011 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing.