N2Women (Networking Networking Women) is a discipline-specific community of researchers in the fields of networking and communications. N2Women encourages diversity and aims at fostering connections among under-represented women in this computing sub-field.
Founded by Tracy Camp and Wendi Heinzelman, N2Women organized its first meeting at the ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc) on May 24th, 2006 in Florence, Italy. Camp and Heinzelman led the community for over 10 years, during which time it grew to over 1,400 members. N2Women organizes events at major conferences of the field where members or non-members can meet and get introduced to the research community .
N2Women is supported by several major professional associations such as ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMOBILE and IEEE ComSoc. Thanks to this support, N2Women offers fellowships to graduate students and junior researchers to organize N2Women meetings at a selection of flagship conferences in the networking and communications fields. It also organizes full-day professional development workshops with the additional support of CRA-W and the National Science Foundation.
Since 2016, N2Women publishes every year two lists of 10 inspiring women:
- “N2Women: Stars in Computer Networking and Communications” list, published yearly on December 10, Ada Lovelace’s date of birth.
- “N2Women: Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications” list, published yearly in the summer.
N2Women also offers a mentoring program and has launched advocacy actions to ensure the greater research community in networking and communications remains welcoming to everyone.
 Katia Jaffrès-Runser, Sami Rollins, Tracy Camp, and Wendi Heinzelman. 2017. 10 Years of Networking Networking Women. GetMobile: Mobile Comp. and Comm. 20, 4 (April 2017), 12-16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3081016.3081022
Networking Networking Women (N2 Women) is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields. The main goal of N2 Women is to foster connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. N2 Women allows women to connect with other women who share the same research interests, who attend the same conferences, who face the same career hurdles, and who experience the same obstacles. Find out more about N2 Women in our celebration article! Or watch our video on Youtube!
Our first meeting was held at the ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc) on May 24th, 2006 in Florence, Italy. Since May 2006, several other N2 Women meetings have been held at various ACM and IEEE research conferences (see the list under Events). We have created an email list for the N2 Women group, N2Women@acm.org, to assist in our networking goals. There are currently over 850 members of N2 Women!
N2 Women is supported by ACM SIGMOBILE, ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Computer Society (CS) Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC), NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems, CRA-W, Microsoft Research, HP Labs, and Google Research.
Participating in N2 Women
There are three ways you can participate in N2 Women:
1. Join N2 Women. Sign up with your details here.
2. Attend one of the planned N2 Women meetings. To RSVP your attendance, see details for the specific conference.
3. Organize an N2Women meeting at a conference you will be attending. To organize a meeting, email N2Women-Info@acm.org for assistance. You can find an easy step-by-step plan on how to organize an N2 Women meeting here.
You can engage with N2Women in social media through our Facebook Group and LinkedIn Group. In the groups, we post jobs openings, project cooperation requests, new publication announcements, and discussions on all topics of computer networking and the representation of women in computer science in general.
Group Mentoring is on Quora: As a part of our mentoring program, we run a Group Mentoring program on Quora by organizing series of online discussions around career-related questions. Please visit our page for more details:
N2Women is on Slack!
Join our N2Women slack to get our latest news, access or publish job offers, get information about our upcoming meetings and workshops, participate in our mentoring program, etc. If you sign up as a new member (here), you’ll receive an invitation to join our slack. If you’re already a member, you can request access to slack here.
Facebook Group and Page
N2women is now represented on Facebook (Group and Page). The group is a closed-group that you must request to join. The page points directly to the closed group for security purposes. We encourage Facebook group participants to find conference resources via the closed group community. To join the group, create a Facebook account and then search for “N2Women” under Facebook groups and/or pages. If you need more information before or after joining, contact the manager of the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
N2women is represented on LinkedIn as a professional group. To join the group, create a LinkedIn account and then search for “Networking Networking Women” under LinkedIn groups (don’t forget to use quotes!). There are also subgroups, e.g., a working group on wireless sensor networks. If you need more information before or after joining, contact the manager of the group at email@example.com.
N2 Women Fellowships
N^2 Women offers fellowships covering travel costs for female graduate students planning to attend premier technical conferences in the fields of networking and communications. In exchange, the student must help organize the N^2 Women meeting at that conference. The benefit of doing the organization, in addition to the travel funds, is for the student to connect with the organizers of the conference who are, typically, leaders in the research field. Moreover, N^2 Women will arrange for a faculty or research member of N^2 Women to assist/mentor the student in this task. Funding for these fellowships has generously been provided by HP Labs, Microsoft Research, Google Research, IEEE ComSoc, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC), ACM SIGCOMM and ACM SIGMOBILE. These awards will partially cover a student’s travel cost (up to $1000) to a meeting where an N^2 Women event will be held. To apply for a fellowship, please see the fellowships link on the N^2 Women website: http://n2women.comsoc.org/ .