Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI



Grace Hopper Celebration: Women Scholarship Holders Travel to the US

Again this year, Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is awarding travel grants to female computer science students, thereby enabling six of them to attend the world’s biggest IT conference for women. This year’s “Grace Hopper Celebration” is taking place from 26–29 September in Houston, Texas. Here the junior computer scientists are given the unique opportunity to meet inspiring personalities and role models from the field of IT, to hear special-topic talks, and to network with approx. 20,000 women computer scientists from all over the world. The HPI-sponsored attendees will describe their experiences at the fair in the HPI logbook.

The computer scientists are starting their journey together from Amsterdam to Houston, Texas. (Photo: HPI/B. Thamm)

#HPI_log: Grace Hopper Celebration

Travel grants sponsored by Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) provide the opportunity for six female computer science students to visit the worldwide largest conference for women in computer science. The attendees will describe their impressions in the HPI logbook and on Instagram.


Taking part in the event this year are: Franziska Boenisch (25, computer science student at the Free University of Berlin), Stella Mahler (22, computer science student at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences), Lena Witterauf (22, computer science student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT), as well as Lisa Ihde (22), Annika Baldi (21) and Ekaterina Sumina (28), who all study IT-systems engineering at Hasso Plattner Institute. Short profiles of the scholarship holders can be found here.

Institute director Prof. Christoph Meinel says that HPI hopes to set an example by awarding travel grants to the Grace Hopper Conference and enabling future female computer scientists to meet the IT industry on an international stage. The HPI Equal Opportunities Officer, Lisa Ihde is looking forward to the conference visit, which means getting to know international role models and different career paths, meeting like-minded people and bringing inspirational ideas back to the Potsdam campus.