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Events |Mentorship | Distinguished Lecture Series

Our vision

Established in 2007, WiCS was introduced to the Waterloo community to bring about positive change in the following ways:

  • Building an environment in the Cheriton School of Computer Science where women are supported in their work and studies.
  • Ensuring that young women entering university see computer science as an option.
  • Connecting to outside organizations and events for women in computer science.

Learn about our commitment to gender equality in computer science at Waterloo by reading our report (PDF).


Check the Women in Computer Science calendar for upcoming events. 

The Big CSters Mentorship program helps connect women and non-binary students in computer science and related fields, through events geared towards mentorship and community building. 

All WiCS events are governed by the WiCS Code of Conduct:


The BigCSters mentoring program connects new CS students with more experienced CS students to provide mentorship and guidance during their years of study at Waterloo. Social and academic events provide opportunities for students to interact with industry professionals and female classmates.


Each year, we try to fund as many students as possible to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, an annual gathering celebrating the research and careers of women in computer science. It's a great opportunity to meet and network with prominent female computer scientists as well as meet female undergraduate and graduate computer science students from around the world.
Closer to home, we aim for a significant Waterloo presence at the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing; the generosity of sponsors makes the cost of attending very low.

Distinguished lecture series

We organize lunches for students, alumni, staff, and faculty to interact with our distinguished speakers from other institutions and discuss topics related to women in computer science.

Look for our full listing of past and present speakers. 

Special programs, camps, and open houses have been helpful for giving women the chance to find out more about computer science.

- Fatiyeh, PhD Candidate

Industrial partners

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • SAP

Workshops | competitions

Future and current students can participate in skill-testing challenges.