SC07 is committed to broadening the engagement of individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing. Our Broader Engagement initiative provides a number of opportunities and activities.
BE Awards 45 Participation Grants for SC07, DoD Provides Critical Support
The inaugural effort of the Broader Participation (BE) initiative at SC07 will make it possible for 45 members of under-represented groups to attend the conference in Reno. When more qualified candidates applied than can be supported with the original funding, the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization (DoD HPCMP) Joint Educational Opportunities for Minorities (JEOMs) program provided extra funding so that all qualified applicants could attend SC07 under the BE program. This generous contribution has allowed the SC07 BE committee to accept all qualified applicants for BE grants to support the participation of groups that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing.
On-Ramp to SC07
The breadth and depth of the SC conference provide unparalleled opportunities for discovering and exploring innovations in high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. Broader Engagement will host a kiosk at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center, staffed with volunteers who can answer questions and provide guidance to first-time SC attendees, to support them in determining which conference events and resources best fit their needs and interests. Print materials will also be available, designed especially for first-time SC attendees.
In close collaboration with the Education Program and SC exhibitors, BE is developing a mentorship program. Through the formation of mentor/protégé pairs, bridges are built to support emerging research and industry careers, and to encourage further participation in the SC conference.
BE With Us at SC07!
Informal networking opportunities and a dynamic Broader Engagement kickoff event will bring together those participating in the BE mentorship program and participation grants, providing an opportunity to develop relationships and collaborations that continue beyond the conference itself.