Frequently Asked Questions About ACT-W

What does ACT-W stand for?

ACT-W (which stands for Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) 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 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 $45 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). To inquire about special pricing, 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 in advance as it is the best way to guarantee your attendance.

What is your refund policy?

We have a no refund policy for this event.

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

Breakfast and lunch are provided at the conference, and we’ll have light appetizers available at our happy hour. 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 there be a nursing room/area?

We have a dedicated lactation room available for attendees, volunteers, speakers, facilitators and sponsors to breastfeed and breast pump. If you need any special accommodations, please email us at [email protected].

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! The ACT-W Seattle conference runs 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 Seattle 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 Seattle. 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.

Is there convenient public transportation?

We highly encourage using public transportation to get to the conference. Link light rail and bus lines are a convenient distance from The RealSelf office for Happy Hour and from The Collective for the conference.

What parking is available?

RealSelf: There is parking available at the 505 First Avenue S Garage. The entrance is on the west side of our building on Railroad Way S underneath the Alaskan Way viaduct. From the parking garage elevators, you need to cross the 505 1st building lobby to get to our building (83 King). There is also street parking around the building.

The Collective: Parking is available at the adjacent garage to the east of The Collective for $5 a day. There is also street parking around the building, but it is limited to 4 hour blocks.

Will the space be wheelchair accessible?

Both RealSelf and The Collective have one main accessible entrance with elevators. We always 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].