October 19 - 21, 2016 : I just attended Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston. I have heard from many former attendees that this conference boosts your spirits and resets your goals if you are distracted. I agree. It is a "celebration" in its true sense. You do feel celebrated as a woman, starting from the keynotes by some highly successful women in tech to meeting representatives from different companies. But what touched me the most is to meet a "galaxy" of women in computing who come from a plethora of backgrounds, like some of the most accomplished graduate students to mothers who decided to pursue computer science education late in their life. There were 16000 of us. No matter how much of an outlier that you think you are, you are sure to find someone who had very similar life experiences as you. I was thrilled to meet an engineer from Google who started out her career in arts and architecture, very much like I did. As for the technical talks, I loved the workshop on design of self-driving cars, offered by four Google engineers. They demonstrated how a mechanical engineer, a systems engineer, a user experience product manager and a software engineer would collaboratively solve a technical challenge in a corporate environment. Overall GHC exceeded my expectations.