Frequently Asked Questions About ACT-W

What does ACT-W stand for?

ACT-W is a conference dedicated to for advancing the careers of women in tech. We also welcome people from all backgrounds including people who are just starting out in tech, people who have never been involved in tech, unemployed individuals, top level executives and experienced technological professionals. There is something for everyone!

How did ACT-W get started?

Answering to a growing need for community and diversity inclusion in tech, ACT-W began five years ago as successful regional events and expanded to seven different cities last year. We are excited to include you in our growing community!

Who is the ACT-W Conference for?

ACT-W is built for people like you! Everything about this conference is designed around inclusivity and acceptance. We receive students, participants just starting out in tech, people who’ve never been a part of tech at all, unemployed individuals, top level executives, and experienced technological professionals. We welcome people of all genders, backgrounds, races, faiths, and beliefs who support our mission to promote girls and women in technology and agree to our Code of Conduct

I’ve never done anything in technology before; is it still worth it?

Yes! Just like our high school girls who attend ChickTech youth programs without any previous background in technology, ACT-W strives to make the tech industry more accessible to everyone. Whether you’ve had zero experience in technology or are a lifelong coder, ACT-W has something for you. Besides technological learning, our speaker tracks also include valuable lessons in career development, diversity, and leadership.

Can men attend?

Yes! At its core, ACT-W is a place for people of all all genders, backgrounds, races, faiths, and beliefs to find a community that welcomes them and supports their interest in technology. As a male, attending ACT-W not only gives you access to outstanding content, but shows your commitment to serving as an ally, supporting ChickTech’s mission of increasing diversity in the technology workforce.

What’s included in registration?

• Engaging and inspiring programming
• A community of empowerment and support
• The chance to network with like-minded participants and businesses
• Relevant keynotes, lightning talks, workshops, and breakout sessions
• Breakfasts, lunches, and coffee breaks throughout
• Networking events and celebratory happy hours
• Community and career fair

What if I’m a student or currently unemployed?

We strive to make ACT-W National as accessible as possible. We offer a special rate of $35 for full-time students. This rate also extends to anyone who is currently unemployed at time of payment.

Do you offer group discounts?

We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more on Regular price registration ($85). If you are registering before June 20, 2018, the Early Bird pricing is your best option. To inquire about special pricing for your group after June 20, 2018, please email [email protected].

Can I register onsite?

Depending on availability, we will have a select number of tickets available for purchase
at the conference. We encourage you to secure your spot and register online as it is the best way to guarantee your attendance.

What is your refund policy?

We have a no refund policy for this event.

Is there convenient public transportation?

We highly encourage using public transportation to get to ACT-W. Light rail and bus lines are a convenient distance from Smith Memorial Student Union. For more information about public transportation options, please click this link.

MAX and bus lines close to Smith Memorial Student Union include Light Rail – GREEN and Bus – 12, Bus – 19, Bus – 58 and Bus – 9.

What parking is available?

Most on-street parking in and around campus is managed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Parking rates and durations may vary. Click here for more information about metered parking in the City of Portland. For visitor parking locations, payment is required all hours, all days except for official university holidays. Self-service pay stations do not provide change. Click here for a map of all Hourly & Visitor Parking locations.

What food is provided? Will it meet my dietary needs?

Breakfast and lunch are provided everyday at the conference, and we’ll have light appetizers available at our happy hours. It is important to us that your dietary needs are met. Please include any dietary restrictions during registration and we’ll try to make sure a meal is ready for you at the conference that keeps you well fueled.

Will the space be wheelchair accessible?

There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union – on the North and East sides of the building. Please see the Smith ADA Access PDF for more information.
We do our best to create events with accessibility in mind. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! Contact us at [email protected].

Will there be a nursing room/area?

Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University has a dedicated lactation room for student, staff, and visitor moms to breastfeed and breast pump.
Hours: 7am-10pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat-Sun
Additional Amenities: Sink, glider and ottoman, outlets, table, changing table, mini-fridge and Symphony breast pump
If you notice any problems or maintenance needs with any of these spaces please contact us at [email protected]. All the rooms share a universal access code. Please contact the Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University at (503) 725-9878 for the access code.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! ACT-W conferences run on the energy of our volunteers who care about empowering women and supporters in technology. As a volunteer, you’ll be a vital part of the conference and help to create a welcoming and outstanding conference experience for participants from the Portland Area. The volunteer experience is a unique opportunity to participate in the conference activities. Volunteers will be responsible for various conference duties such as staffing the registration/information booth, crowd management, assisting speakers and pre-conference course instructors, and communicating information about the conference.Volunteers should be able to commit to an orientation session the week before the conference (date TBD) and 1-2 volunteer shifts during the conference (3 hour shifts). People of all genders are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers will receive a free ticket to ACT-W. Please click here to sign up to be a volunteer!

Do you have a Code of Conduct?

Yes. It is very important that all attendees adhere to it. Please take a moment to read the ACT-W Code of Conduct here.