ArabWIC’s mission is to support, inspire, retain, encourage collaboration, increase visibility and status of women in computing, enabling them to achieve their career aspirations. All are welcome with an interest in the Arab region, including the Middle East and North Africa and beyond.

ArabWIC has conducted an international in-person conference every two years.
In 2021 we will deliver a three-part conference on June 5 (Tech Day), June 12 (Career Day), August 25 (Research Day) with the following goals:

  • Energize the community – both as individuals and as chapters
  • Provide a focus and goal for the members to aim for, and to foster a collaborative spirit
  • Build connections across the members and externally outside the community
  • Engage the members with the international research, academic, industry, and entrepreneur, communities world-wide
  • Deliver a body of digital materials for ArabWIC in 2021 in the form of recordings, papers, summaries, and blogs, to attract new members, and to build reputation and eminence

Call for Participation

ArabWIC 7th International Conference on Arab Women In Computing 2021

5 June and 12 June, 2021 – Virtual

Call for Proposals – Lightning Talks in ArabWIC 2021


Alongside the different strong panels and talks, ArabWIC 2021 will include an attractive selection of lightning talks which will be concise (5 minutes each) talking about appealing technical topics on Tech Day (5 June 2021) and career topics on Careers Day (12 June 2021).

ArabWIC 2021 welcomes lightning presentations covering diverse topics including general ideas in the computing field, successful projects, stories about experiences, demonstrations, innovative ideas, research ideas, awareness messages, journeys, advice, and invitations to collaborate.

Please remember to focus on one idea in a brief rapid-fire style to generate a high-level of interest and follow up conversations during Q&A sessions.

Please submit your proposal here in the following format:

  • Speaker’s name, affiliation, email address and LinkedIn
  • Talk title (Up to 10 words)
  • Talk description (Up to 80 words)

As part of our review, we will confirm that your talk is of interest to a general technical audience, and we will also check your prior work and your digital footprints (e.g. blogs, publications and presentations).

Note that should your lightning talk be accepted, we will require your slides 10 days before the event and your talk is strictly 5 minutes. There will be 2 awards:

  • People’s Choice – Best Lightning Talk – Tech
  • People’s Choice – Best Lightning Talk – Careers

ArabWIC conference will be free to attend this year.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline for proposals: April 17, 2021
  • Acceptance notification: May 15, 2021
  • Submission of presentations: May 28, 2021

In case of questions, please contact us at

We are looking forward to your proposals.

Conference Panels

ArabWIC 2021 conference panels will be hosted over multiple days, and will cover a variety of topics of that day’s theme.

Tech day panel: Post-pandemic effect on digital transformation

The pandemic caught companies off guard and challenged their digital readiness, businesses were impacted tremendously, new challenges rose and digital transformation is now fast forwarded. The pandemic has reshaped many industries including healthcare, education, finance and e-commerce. This panel is hosting key speakers from different industries to tell us their side of the story: how the pandemic changed their industry, key challenges they have faced and how they envision the post pandemic future.


Careers day panel: Careers in Tech – Stories from MENA

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation” ~ Birgham Young

In the last decade females advanced in the professional fields of STEM shedding light into modern workplace challenges like equity, discrimination, pay gaps, leadership and decision making. However, each of these women have their own side of the story to tell. Join us for an inspiring panel to hear prominent Arab women from a variety of different industries, backgrounds and roles. We will discuss what it is like to be a woman in tech, the pathways that led them to where they are today, and opportunities in the Arab region.

Stay tuned! Attendees registration will open soon.

Conference Registration

Conference Program