How To Get Involved

The 6th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC 2017) conference will bring together students, faculty, and technology leaders from across Michigan and neighboring states to discuss the role of women in today's computing and technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success, and explore issues common to women working in these fields. It will be held March 31 to April 1, 2017 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. We welcome you to take part in the conference in any number of the following ways:


You should attend if you are interested in learning about the challenges and rewards of computing careers or in advancing technology through broader representation of women. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students with interests in computing and information technology to attend and also to submit work in the appropriate categories below. We invite faculty and technology leaders to come meet and mentor the next generation of computing professionals.

NEW THIS YEAR! Join us for a Hackathon after the conference.


MICWIC 2017 invites contributions in the following categories:

See submission details below.


Students attending the conference and who are interested in exploring internships and job opportunities are encouraged to participate in the MICWIC Career Fair. Upload your resume to Easy Chair and participating companies will get access to your qualifications and pursue scheduling a one-on-one interview time or a meet-up. Upload materials by March 19 to participate.



Paper Submission Template

MICWIC welcomes papers from students on any topic in computer science or information technology, including social and ethical issues. Submissions will be lightly reviewed for content and suitability only. Our goal is to mentor young researchers and to help students gain confidence in the publication process. Selected papers will be presented at the conference. Papers should be from 2 to 6 pages in length including text, figures, and references. See below for submission details.


Students are encouraged to submit posters on research, class projects, and work-in-progress for a poster reception. The deadline is coming soon. The poster reception gives students the opportunity to discuss their work with conference attendees in an informal setting. Submit a poster abstract of no more than one page summarizing the key idea of your poster. Poster abstracts will be lightly reviewed for suitability only. Our goal is to help students gain confidence in discussing their work. Posters should be no larger than 36"x48". Posters must be mounted on cardboard or a similar hard backing. See below for submission details.

Prospective poster presenters may wish to see the ACM Crossroads and "How To Write a Research Poster" for guidance on creating posters or our list of topic ideas.

Birds of a Feather

These sessions are informal group discussions about technical or social issues in computing fields. Topic proposals may include anything related to computing, academia, industry, student organizations, or a topic of your choice.

Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are 5-minute presentations on any subject. Submit a brief proposal describing what subject your talk will cover. Need inspiration? Check out Lightning talks: Philosophy, mechanics and ideas

Submissions Details

Early submission deadline is January 31, 2017, and the final submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2017. (Meet the early submission deadline to be eligible for special prizes.) Notification of acceptance will be made by February 22, 2017. All submissions should be via Easy Chair . There is a simple process to create an account to use Easy Chair. For posters, birds of a feather, and lightning talks submit a title, abstract and keywords in plain text. Please include the type of presentation at the beginning of your title (e.g., "BoF: Writing good resumes" if you'd like to lead a birds of a feather session on resumes or "Poster: Benefits of a summer intern" if you'd like to present a poster on your summer job). If submitting a paper, please include a title, abstract, keywords and the paper. Papers must be submitted in PDF format; PDF files should be created using this Word template. Submit resumes to be shared with recruiters at the career fair as PDF files using the Paper upload button. For resumes simply use "Resume" as your title.