Registration is now open for the 2021 Women in Tech Symposium

Women in Tech Symposium: The New Era in Human-Computer Interaction

The 2021 Women in Tech Symposium will take place on March 12, 2021, and focus on human-computer interaction (HCI).

Registration for the Women in Tech Initiative at UC’s flagship event is now open! Now in its fifth year, this major annual event will showcase issues, sector opportunities, and the career paths of experts in human-computer interaction (HCI).

Now entering a new era, human-computer interaction is a multidisciplinary field that combines new technology in cyber-physical systems with human-centered design and usability. This year’s symposium will examine leading-edge technologies and challenges to ensuring equitable and inclusive HCI.


At the Women in Tech Symposium – The New Era in Human-Computer Interaction, join us for: 

  • “Defining the New Era in HCI” Fireside Chat with Tsu-Jae King Liu (Berkeley Engineering) and Leila Takayama (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Four HCI panels on health, food, games, and justice, hosted by UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley respectively
  • Deep-dive breakout sessions with Facebook on AR/VR, Sandia Labs on Cybersecurity, and much more!
  • “Two Approaches” conversations with experts from Tesla and other tech leaders and researchers
  • “Sustainable Disruption: Ensuring an #InclusiveHCI Future Is Not Enough” Closing Talk with Melody Ivory (Thrivafy)
  • Career Fair connecting participants with leading tech companies seeking HCI, UI, UX talent

This year, attendees will hear from experts such as Katia Canepa Vega (UC Davis), Ankita Raturi (Purdue University), Jenna Rodriguez (CERES Imaging), Christina Harrington (DePaul University), Uma Balakrishnan (Tesla), and more! 

Beyond hearing from leading human-computer interaction researchers, the symposium will feature the presentation of the 2021 Women in Tech Initiative Athena Awards, recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology. It will also include networking opportunities among attendees and speakers. 

We welcome participants from startups, nonprofit and government organizations, and established companies as well as university students, staff, faculty, and tech enthusiasts. The symposium is open to everyone, allowing a broad audience the chance to join the conversation about the future of human-computer interaction.

The Women in Tech Symposium will take place on Friday, March 12, 2021, virtually. Join HCI experts for a full day devoted to world-changing technologies

Be part of women in tech and the #NewHCI


The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute drive interdisciplinary innovation for social good with faculty researchers and students from four University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz – along with public and private partners.

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