The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to:
Celebrate the diversity that exists in computing;
Connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference;
Obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry;
Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.
The Tapia conference has always been a premier venue to acknowledge, to promote and to celebrate diversity. Given the current global academic, professional and societal climates, the Tapia 2016 conference theme, “Diversity Matters!”, recognizes the Tapia Conference’s commitment to diversity in all its wonderful forms.
Diversity matters for innovation: Solutions derived from restricted, homogenous perspectives are likely to be sub-optimal often missing key insights necessary for broader, more impactful, simply better outcomes.
Diversity matters for knowledge: When we join forces with diverse disciplines, the mergers of computational thinking with other scientific and artistic domains can render unique and compelling solutions that help us tackle the hardest problems facing our world.
Diversity matters for life: Computing advances do not occur in a vacuum; they are not disconnected from our societal challenges. Both science and society benefits when we enable people from all groups to leverage their talents and passions to explore novel ways to change the world.
We look forward to seeing you in Austin, Texas on September 14-17, 2016!