Frequently Asked Questions

We hope our FAQ answers your questions about ACT-W! If you have additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing us at [email protected].

What does ACT-W stand for?

ACT-W stands for Advancing the Careers of Technical Women. Our conferences, held year-round throughout the United States, are dedicated to helping technical women and allies feel empowered and stay educated. We welcome people from all backgrounds, including people who are just starting out in tech, people who have never been involved in tech, unemployed individuals, students, top level executives, and experienced technological professionals. ACT-W has something for everyone!

How did ACT-W get started?

Answering to a growing need for community and diversity inclusion in tech, ACT-W began in 2013 as a successful one-day event in Portland, Oregon. We have since expanded to eight different cities around the United States. Learn more about our past conferences and the history of ACT-W.

Who is the ACT-W Conference for?

ACT-W is built for people like you! Our conferences are designed with inclusivity and acceptance at center stage. We welcome students, participants just starting out in tech, people who’ve never been a part of tech at all, unemployed individuals, top level executives, and experienced technological professionals. We welcome people of all genders, backgrounds, races, faiths, and beliefs who support our mission to promote diversity in technology and agree to our Code of Conduct

I’ve never done anything in technology before; is it still worth it?

Yes! Just like our high school girls who attend ChickTech youth programs without any previous background in technology, ACT-W strives to make the tech industry more accessible to everyone. Whether you’ve had zero experience in technology or are a lifelong coder, ACT-W has something for you. Besides technical learning, our speaker tracks also include valuable lessons in career development, diversity, and leadership.

Can men attend?

Yes! At its core, ACT-W is a place for people of all all genders, backgrounds, races, faiths, and beliefs to find a community that welcomes them and supports their interest in technology. Men attending ACT-W can look forward to engaging with outstanding content, showing their commitment to serving as an ally, and supporting ChickTech’s mission of increasing diversity in the technology workforce.

What’s included in registration?

All talks, workshops, keynotes, and breakout session options are included with your registration. Depending on the conference, you may need to register separately and/or pay an additional registration fee for a pre-conference happy hour. Please visit our individual ACT-W Conference sites (view upcoming conferences) for conference ticket costs and more information about what’s included in your registration.

Each ACT-W conference includes:

  • Engaging and inspiring programming
  • A community of empowerment and support
  • The chance to network with like-minded participants and businesses
  • Relevant keynotes, lightning talks, workshops, and breakout sessions
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and coffee breaks throughout
  • Opportunities to meet companies and other organizations looking for talented professionals in the tech scene at our community and career fairs

Do you offer discounts for student or unemployed individuals?

We strive to make ACT-W as accessible as possible. We offer special discounted rates for full-time students and anyone who is currently unemployed at time of payment. Please visit our individual ACT-W Conference sites (view upcoming conferences) for registration costs and more information.

Do you offer group discounts?

We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more on regular price registration. Please visit our individual ACT-W Conference sites (view upcoming conferences) for details about purchasing ticket packages.

Can I register onsite?

Depending on availability, we will have a select number of tickets available for purchase at our conferences. We encourage you to secure your spot and register online, as it is the best way to guarantee your attendance.

What is your refund policy?

Refunds are not available for our national or regional ACT-W Conferences.

What food is provided? Will it meet my dietary needs?

Breakfast and lunch are provided each day at all conferences, and light appetizers are available at our happy hours. It is important to us that your dietary needs are met. Please include any dietary restrictions during registration and we’ll make sure options meeting your needs are ready for you at the conference.

Will the space be wheelchair accessible?

We do our best to create events with accessibility in mind. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! When registering for our events, you’ll have the option to include any accessibility needs. We welcome you to contact us at [email protected] for additional questions or concerns.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! ACT-W conferences run on the energy of our volunteers who care about empowering women and supporters in technology. You can learn more about becoming a volunteer here. Our volunteers are a vital part of the conference and help us create a welcoming and outstanding experience for participants. Volunteers opportunities range from pre-conference planning and management to various day-of duties such as staffing the registration/information booth, crowd management, assisting speakers and pre-conference course instructors, and communicating information about the conference. People of all genders are welcome to volunteer. As a thank-you to their dedication and efforts, our volunteers will receive a free ticket to their regional ACT-W Conference.

Do you have a Code of Conduct?

Yes. It is very important that all attendees adhere to it. Please take a moment to read the ACT-W Code of Conduct here.

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