Where’s the colloquium going to be?

It’s hosted by a different university each year, in 2021 we’re going to be hosted by Lancaster University. Due to COVID19 we had to move the 2020 conference online: if we have to do that again, we’ll do that again (it worked pretty well).

How big should my poster be?

For an online event, PDF, set to A1 paper size.
For a face-to-face event, A1 size max, if you can, but A2 is fine (or two pieces of A2).

Should my poster be portrait or landscape?

The majority will be portrait, and that works well for poster boards. If you’ve done landscape though, don’t panic, we’ll fit you in somewhere!

Can you print my poster for me?

No, sorry. If you ask your own university they might be able to do it for you though.

Is the contest open to trans women?

Yes the contest is open to all women, cis and trans.

I’m a guy, can I come along?

Sure, men are welcome at the event, but the contest is for women only. General signups will be available nearer the day – if you want to be notified when, subscribe to our Google group for announcements: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bcswomen-lovelace-publicity

Can I bring a friend?

Yes – we’ll be opening up general registration before the event. If your friend registers, they can come along. We’re fine with guys coming along, too.
Friends come free but don’t get their travel paid for. We’ll be as flexible as we can about friends coming with poster presenters, for example, if driving is cheaper we’re happy to refund mileage rates for a car (which you can then fill with friends).

Can I bring my mum/dad/son/daughter?

We are happy with family members coming along. We can’t offer childcare, but if your kid is OK to sit in talks and you’re OK with making sure they don’t disrupt the general event, we’re fine with kids coming along. If they’re going to be eating the lunch, make sure you register them so we can be sure to get enough food, and they’ll get a name badge and can visit the stalls too. The youngest person we have had was 12 weeks old – his mum had to pop out to feed him from time to time when he got grumpy, but that was OK. We’ve also had students bring their grandparents along in the past.

I’m an MSc student, can I enter the poster contest?

Any taught MSc students are welcome to enter, as are students doing an MEng or other integrated Masters course. If you’re doing a research MSc, I’m afraid the Lovelace poster contests are not for you, but why not enter the London Hopper Colloquium for postgrad women?

Can I do a poster on [topic]?

Probably! Is your topic computing related? We’ve had posters on all sorts of topics – from hardware through to social implications of computing. We’ve had posters on android programming, computing for the disabled, computing art, new keyboard designs, artificial intelligence, robotics, compression algorithms, medical imaging… All sorts. If you’re not sure though, just drop us an email on bcswomenlovelace@gmail.com and we’ll answer.

I don’t know what to do my poster on, can you give me some ideas?

If you’re doing a project (sometimes called final year project or dissertation), then do it on that – it is a subject you’ll know well, and that hopefully you’re interested in. If you’re not doing a project, think about your course and what interests you. Is there a particular module you like? Is there something that really interests you about computers outside of your course? Are you fascinated by artificial intelligence and robots? Or are you more interested in the way complex systems fit together? Or by the way systems can be designed to be easy to use? Games architectures? Mobile computing? Embedded systems? Social media? Computing for developing countries? There must be something you like about computing or you wouldn’t be studying the subject.

Computing and IT systems are everywhere: pick a facet of computing that fascinates you, read around the subject, and go for it.

I don’t want to do a poster but I do want to come along, is that OK?

Once the call for abstracts closes and we know how many poster contest entrants there will be, we’ll open up the rest of the spaces to other students and interested parties. Drop us an email on bcswomenlovelace@gmail.com and we’ll let you know as soon as you can register.

I haven’t done a poster. Can I still claim my travel back?

No, sorry. Travel bursaries are only available to people who present posters.

I’ve got a question that’s not on this list, can you answer it?

Sure. Send us an email on bcswomenlovelace@gmail.com