Women in Computing: FirstRain is going to Grace Hopper! | FirstRain

Women in Computing: FirstRain is going to Grace Hopper!

We are extremely excited to announce that our intrepid CEO, Penny Herscher, will lead a panel discussion about on the role of women in technological advancements in manufacturing at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.


The Grace Hopper Conference is nearly 20 years old, and is the largest technical conference for women in the world. It’s designed to support and showcase the contributions of women in computing. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. Since promoting women in the technology is a cause that is near and dear to Penny (she’s even on the board of the Anita Borg Foundation, the organizers of GHC), we are incredibly excited to attend.


Our Panel: “The New Industrial Revolution: How Advanced Manufacturing is Creating Disruptive Opportunities for Women.”


This panel will discuss and explore the effects of exciting new technologies—from 3D printing to desktop design and fabrication—that have the potential to enable a new generation of female entrepreneurs. The panel will explore how these innovations have already begun changing the world of inventing and manufacturing, impacting the evolution and democratization of global manufacturing and defining the new role these technologies can play in the economic empowerment of women. Penny will be joined by Christine Furstoss (GE), Jennifer Lawton (MakerBot) and Kristen Turner (Ponoko).


If you’re going (and/or if this topic interests you), let us know by tweeting us at @FirstRain or write on our Facebook wall!


Conference and presentation details:



Penny Herscher, FirstRain CEO with Christine Furstoss, Jenny Lawton and Kristen Turner



Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC), Room 200 D-G



3:45 – 4:45 pm on Thursday, October 3, 2013