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Media Registration Details

All media representatives are encouraged to pre-register for the conference with a Press Code for complimentary registration. For press code details, journalists can contact Jenny Balogh, public relations manager at or (630) 305-0003.

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The media is welcome to interview representatives of SWE on-site at the conference. For interviews with specific SWE members and SWE staff, please coordinate with Jenny Balogh, public relations manager, so that we may respect everyone’s busy schedules throughout the conference.

Press Materials

Materials coming soon!

Events of particular interest

State of Women in Engineering

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Time: TBD

Join us to hear more about current research and trends on the state of women in engineering. During this special one-hour event, you’ll hear from SWE researchers and other industry leaders on women in STEM leadership, gender bias, STEM workplace culture and more backed by recent data and research.

The State of Women in Engineering is a must-attend portion of WE186 for media partners interested in learning more about the gender gap in STEM – what’s causing it and what are some solutions.

Can’t attend in person? Stay tuned for details on how to attend virtually!

Directly following the State of Women in Engineering, help us open SWE’s renowned career fair – the largest of its kind for women engineers featuring some of the biggest companies in engineering and technology.

Invent it. Build it.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center

Invent it. Build it. (IIBI) is SWE’s annual event for girls in grades 6-12. At IIBI, girls participate in hands-on engineering activities and learn about how engineers help people and make a difference in the world. They’ll also have an opportunity to talk to real women engineers about their careers.

The event includes a parents and educators program for information on engineering careers and scholarships, as well as an EXPO featuring engineering clubs, engineering camps, competitions, after-school programs and more from the Minneapolis Philadelphia area.

Despite performing at similar levels as their male counterparts, girls’ confidence and interest in engineering and math experience a decline during middle school. This is largely due to lack of support and lack of resources/programs available to girls that encourage their interest in STEM.

Career Fair

Thursday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 19
Minneapolis Convention Center

The WE18 career fair is the world’s largest career fair for women engineers. Some of the biggest engineering and technology companies exhibit to find qualified candidates for positions at their companies. Collegiates and professionals have the opportunity to meet hiring managers and interview for positions directly on-site at the career fair.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a large need for engineers and computer-related employees over the next 10 years due to job growth and replacement of those leaving the workforce. To meet this demand for new engineers and computer/information scientists, it is necessary to promote these professions among underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.