Tech + Research Workshop

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Date:  November 8 - 10, 2019

Location:  The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering and the Armory



The Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland and the Center for Women in Computing are pleased to present the second year of Tech + Research: Welcoming Women to Computing Research. This is a three day research workshop geared towards engaging undergraduate women in computing. During this workshop, student teams will come together and collaboratively work together to use technology to solve pressing issues.

Parallel to Technica, the largest all-women and non-binary hackathon in the nation,  students will participate in the Research track at Technica  The weekend event will bring together computing faculty from institutions across the state of Maryland to serve as mentors on projects in their research areas. Along with providing hands-on research experience in a dynamic hackathon setting, the weekend workshop will include sessions introducing attendees to the basics of computer science research (CSR) and highlight the exciting opportunities that come with pursuing a graduate degree in computer science.

Note: Please be aware that this event involves separate programming from Technica, and the majority of the programming will take place away from Technica, and instead with the Maryland Center for Women in Computing. We will attend the ceremony Sunday afternoon with Technica. 




This workshop hopes to give undergraduate CS women an opportunity to learn about future computer science research opportunities and to provide hands-on experience engaging in CS research in a hackathon setting. Additionally, we plan for this event to give undergraduate women to meet computing faculty and current graduate students as well as to socialize and collaborate with like-minded peers. By providing a positive intellectual, social, and emotional environment for the participants to meaningfully engage in computing research, we hope to directly address the gender gap the currently exists in CS departments in higher education.

Attendees of this event will not only be expanding on their computer science skills, they will also be given the opportunity to meet and network with many individuals who are present in the computer science community at the University of Maryland.

Workshop participants will:

  • Meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science.
  • Explore the research experience in computing related domains.
  • Work hands-on with researchers.
  • Work in a team to tackle a research problem.
  • Present their research with their team
  • Broaden understanding of the possibilities of graduate school and the application process.

Surrounding area schools and departments were invited to submit research projects. Projects from the following departments have been submitted:

University of Maryland, College Park

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering
  • College of Information Systems
  • College of Education


Schedule of Events

Friday 11/8/19 Location
8:00am-9:00am Check in at The Hotel The Hotel
9:00am-9:30am Registration and breakfast Iribe 1116
9:30am-10:00am Introductions Iribe 1116
10:00am-12:00pm Research Bootcamp Iribe 1116
12:15pm-1:00pm Lunch Iribe 1116
1:00pm-3:30pm Research Bootcamp  Iribe 1116
3:30pm-5:00pm Team Breakouts Iribe
5:00pm-6:30pm Reception and Dinner Iribe Lobby
6:30pm Travel to: Check-in at Technica, Board and Brew, or the Hotel Various
6:30pm-9:30pm Board and Brew Game Night Board and Brew
Saturday 11/9/19 Location
8:30am-9:00am Travel to Techncia The Hotel to Reckord Armory
9:00am-10:30am Breakfast with Technica Reckord Armory
9:00am-12:00pm Technica Fair Reckord Armory
12:00pm-12:15pm Travel to Tech + Research Reckord Armory to Iribe
12:15pm-1:00pm Lunch Iribe 1104
1:00pm-6:00pm Research Work Time Iribe
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner Iribe 1207
7:00pm-7:45pm Research Work Time with Faculty/Graduate Students Iribe
7:45pm-8:00pm Travel to Technica Iribe to Reckord Armory
8:00pm-9:00pm Technica Anniversary Celebration Reckord Armory
9:00pm-7:00am Research Work Time Iribe, Reckord Armory, The Hotel
Sunday 11/10/19 Location
7:00am Begin Check-out of The Hotel The Hotel
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast Iribe 1104
8:30am-10:00am Research Work Time Iribe
10:00am-11:00am Presentation Preparations Iribe
11:00am-11:15am Travel to Technica Iribe to Reckord Armory
11:15am-12:00pm Lunch with Technica Reckord Armory
12:00pm-1:30pm Presentations Reckord Armory
1:30pm-2:30pm Closing Ceremony with Technica Reckord Armory

Register to Attend

Who Can Attend?

We welcome all women undergraduates from colleges and universities to apply. Current master's students considering a PhD program may apply and will be considered on a case by case basis. Please apply by October 15th for best consideration. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 23th if space is still avalible. 

Registration Process and Fees

Participants will have two options to experience this workshop.

  • Students who live more than 15 miles away from College Park, MD will be provided housing. 
  • Students who live on or near the UMD campus  (less than 15 miles away from College Park, MD) will not be provided housing. 

Housing does not include Sunday, 11/10/19. Students are expected to check out Sunday morning before programming. 

All meals, snacks, and supplies will be provided for both groups from Friday morning breakfast through Sunday lunch. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from UMCP.


Register for the Tech + Research Workshop by filling out the following form:


Register for the Technica here:


Participant Information

Logistical Information for Attendees

Hotel Accommodations:

The Hotel at the University of Maryland.


Students should arrive by 9am on Friday morning. Hotel accommodations are available on Thursday night if requested by October 21st.

Getting to UMD:

Students are responsible for their transportation to and from UMD. The College Park Metro and Greenbelt Metro stations are in the area, but are not considered walkable. Shuttle UMD service is available from College Park Metro. Metrobus and ride share options are available from both stations. 


Parking will be provided for non-UMD students.


All meals will be covered between Friday morning and Sunday lunch. Please list any specific dietary restrictions on your registration form. 


In order to be considered for a Travel reimbursement through Tech + Research, you must:

-attend the entire event (Friday at 9am - Sunday closing ceremony)
-actively engage with your research group
-present your research on Sunday

For students who live in the DMV (DC, Maryland,  and Northern Virginia), we have a limited number of travel reimbursements for car sharing and public transportation. 

For students who live outside of Maryland and more than 30 miles away, you can be reimbursed up to $350 for flights and $100 for train tickets. In order to be considered for this reimbursement, you must book your transporation up to 2 weeks in advance. 

General Information

All students participating in the research workshop must arrive by 9am on Friday morning. We have an important bootcamp event to prepare you for the research projects. If you cannot make it on campus by this time, you need to let us know immediately.

You will not be working on your own idea or hack during Technica. During Technica, you will be working with your research team on a specific project you selected as an interest.

You will be assigned your research group the week before Technica. Each team will have their own Slack channel to communicate. Researchers may send out a small amount of pre-reading to help you prepare for the project.

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About Technica

On November 9th-10th, the University of Maryland will host Technica, the fifth annual hackathon. Technica is the largest all-women and non-binary hackathon in the world, and welcomed over 850 participants from across the country last year. In the span of 24 hours, Technica gives our participants the opportunity to create new applications, websites or hardware projects.

Technica is not a typical hackathon—it serves as a place where the brightest thinkers in the country can come together to collaborate and share their innovative ideas. Our focus is on providing a welcoming, engaging and creative environment to support women in tech culture. We pride ourselves in helping both beginners and experienced hackers explore technology and develop their skills.

Over the duration of 24 hours, women and non-binary people are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks.

This year’s theme is “Go Beyond”. At Technica, we want to see women and non-binary folks thrive and go beyond society’s expectations for them. We encourage all attendees to take your tech journey beyond Technica. Don’t stop at our hackathon, attend others and keep creating. Technica is meant to catapult you further in your career, and help you to continue achieving. As you advance in your career, go beyond your duties at work, become a mentor and help to advance the next generation of women in tech. Whatever your goals and aspirations, remember you can always #GoBeyond.

All participants attending Tech + Research must also register for Technica. Register here.


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