ArabWIC Saudi Arabian Chapter

The Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) is an official chapter of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (Systers).  The goal of ArabWIC is to support, inspire, retain, encourage collaboration among, increase visibility of and help elevate the status of women in computing and help them achieve their career goals.

Our Saudi Arabian chapter is one of the organizations across the Middle East and North Africa MENA region and is comprised of regional groups in the central, eastern, western and southern provinces. The ArabWIC Saudi Arabia chapter’s inaugural event was held on Dec 21, 2015 in Badir Technology Incubators in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology KACST (link). The regional Southern Province inaugural event was held in King Khalid University in Abha on January 23rd 2016, and the western province inaugural event is planned for June 2016 in collaboration with the Saudi Council of Engineers’ Committee for Women in Engineering.

Since its establishment, our Saudi chapter was involved in several technology events in Saudi Arabia including the IBM Bluemix Hackathon for women in computing at Princess Noura University (PNU) in March 2016, the global Arduino Genuino Event in April 2016 at KACST, the Arduino Train-the-Trainers program at Princess Noura University in collaboration with King Saud University’s Software and Knowledge Engineering Group and HCI Lab in May 2016, and the Teen Spirit Summer Camp for Girls at Prince Sultan University in June 2016 in the STEM and robotics program (link).