GIRLS IN TECH INDIA 2015-2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Girls in Tech India Launches Tech Talk Series

Girls in Tech India’s Tech Talk Series is a free speaker event that gives Girls in Tech members access to tech industry experts. Topics are chosen in collaboration with Girls in Tech members, colleges and universities and companies. The goal: to give Girls in Tech members insider knowledge on topics they specifically feel they need or want to learn more about.

The first line up in the speaker series: Mobile App Development for Android, held in July.  The speakers, Mounika Chiliveri (Microsoft), Usha Iyer (Kony Labs) and Srinivas Aki (Egghead Creative) engaged with the audience to provide deeper insights and answer questions. The speakers seemed to enjoyed the event just as much as attendees—in fact, attendees gave the event glowing ratings in a follow-up survey. The Girls in Tech India team is planning on a hands-on workshop as a follow-up to this event.“Members thoroughly enjoyed the fact that they had a first-hand expert on the subject they wanted. The speakers gave them a wholesome experience which cannot be found by reading books,” said Sree Divya Vadlapudi, Managing Director of Girls in Tech India. “And, it was a great opportunity for them to network with similar women with the same interests, who want to gain knowledge on a specific area.”

Tech Talks will be held at least three times a year. The topics for present tech talk series included: Mobile Application Development and its Future, and Mobile App Development: A Viable Career Option for Women.Girls in Tech India aims to localize the cause of Girls in Tech as much—and the Tech Talks was one of their tactics to drive toward that goal. Other gaps the team have identified are mentorship and industry-institute interactions.
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Girls in Tech India Entrepreneur Basics Boot – camp from March 15th – 17th, 2016Girls in Tech India is hosting the ‘First Ever Entrepreneur Basics Boot Camp’ at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, IndiaThe event combines powerful curriculum developed in partnership with Change Catalyst and inspired by curriculum as taught at Stanford D School, mentoring through the event by highly experienced mentors and judging of participants on last day. A unique Three-day Workshop from March 15-17, 2016. Time : 9 a.m to 5 p.m   Deadline for registrations is March 10th, 2016. This event has the following partners: (Both Knowledge and support): Change Catalyst, Zana (World’s first virtual incubator), IBM, Automattic, LoopUp, GoDaddy, Indian School of Business (ISB), Indian Women Network-CII, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Jobsforher,  50K Ventures, Artcafe, FTAPCCI, Edutel Technologies, Sheroes, Imwiser to name a few.EVENT DETAILS:” Girls in Tech India – Entrepreneur Basics Boot – camp (Curriculum as Taught at Stanford D School) “A unique three day workshop designed to create a transformation, learning, developmental experience by showcasing entrepreneur basics.

About the program :

A deep dive for New Ventures is a unique three-day program designed for participants who seek to create new opportunities in the form of a startup. This program features several accomplished academics, serial entrepreneurs, high-tech executives and venture capitalists who collaborate with Girls in Tech and its partner, Change Catalyst to create a transformation learning and development experience. For high potential participants with the right mindset, this program is designed to be a “life-altering experience,” setting them on a path to build their own wealth and independence.

Uniqueness of the Program:

  1. Teams will be formed on the first day.
  2. Highly experienced, skilled, talented Mentors from different fields shall be interacting with teams to provide an in-sight to the teams
  3. Teams to pitch and judged on the final day – Awards given and judging by High-Tech companies

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Program Schedule:

Day 1: Ideas & Validation
Experience firsthand the importance of testing and validation and why ideas are the easy part

Day 2: Customer Discovery
Reduce startup risk and build things people really want by interviewing customers

Day 3: Business Model Canvas
Proactively innovate on your business model because companies with great business models win every time

About the speaker:  Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst

Melinda Briana Epler has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs, mature social enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs.

As Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through events, education and funding. Through Tech Inclusion, an initiative of Change Catalyst, she partners with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together. Her work spans the full tech ecosystem, from Education to Workplace, Entrepreneurship and Policy.

Girls in Tech India exhibits at SURGE (Web Summit) at Bengaluru, India

 

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Promoting STEM and Entrepreneurship

Girls in Tech India exhibits at SURGE : Over 200 Women in Tech to be a part of SURGE through Girls in Tech, over 50 mentors, over 25 Women Entrepreneur startups and a few featured guests.

Also, in display is Girls in Tech India’s collaboration with Edutel Technologies to provide computer literacy to girls’ schools in rural areas.

Girls in Tech India partnership with SURGE

SURGE is an incredible platform. We are very happy to be a part of their commitment to change. We are glad to have provided expertise, participation from our Women in Tech as well as startups from Girls in Tech to display at SURGE.Some of the incredible people who will be supporting us at the stall will be: Radhesh Kanumury, IBM, Country Lead, Global Entrepreneur Program, Investors from 50kVentures – headed by Sanjay Enishetty; Ayyappa Nagubandi, Featured guest columnist of The Hindu and many leading publications for writing on new and emerging technologies and entrepreneurship., Adithya Reddy Marri, Educator & E-Governance Expert, Anil Shetty, Social Entrepreneur and Investment Banker, Harsha Mahabala, CEO, Edutel Technologies (Funded by Michael and Susan Dell Foundation),Women Tech makers, Featuring exclusive job boards for Women Restarting their careers (Neha from Jobsforher), Dasam Kiran, Aero-space manufacturing, Sunitha Anala, E-commerce expert,  Ambica, Educator and the amazing team of Girls in Tech India headed by Sree Divya Vadlapudi P.

Girls in Tech India is a non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. GIT is headquartered in San Francisco, CA (Silicon Valley). Founded in 2007. GIT INDIA is launched keeping the ideologies of the organization intact. It is headquartered in Hyderabad, India. In India, the number of women as per statistics in STEM and entrepreneurship is less but is on the rise. However, it still needs attention.

Girls in Tech India provides the best of the resources available at Girls in Tech such as resources and events combined with expertise to help members further their educational and professional aspirations.  The idea is to provide right kind of exposure, mentorship, network, enhance skills and knowledge through a range of national and international resource pool, programs, workshops and opportunities to connect and showcase talent.

The events include: Mentorship Program, Hackathons, Entrepreneurial Coding/Design/Workshops/Bootcamps, Lady Pitch Night, Xchange, Catalyst Conference, Global Classroom, GIT Work etc.

From the past seven months, Girls in Tech India has been doing events and providing best of resources available before launching to analyze how to localize the mission in India. All of the events were a huge success with amazing national and international partners.

Several things were identified during these months, such as the importance of mentors, industry-institutes, providing an exposure after coming out of colleges, helping returning mothers find a path again in their career, providing women entrepreneurs a platform etc.

 

Silicon Valley Internship Program

Launch of Silicon Valley Internship Program – December 2015. – About 90 Indian girls/women participated in the program. Girls in Tech India in collaboration with Girls in Tech Global and Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP), provided an opportunity for one year paid internships in some of the best Silicon Valley tech startups on a J1 visa.

Girls in Tech and the Silicon Valley Internship Programme have partnered to provide a unique opportunity to work at a fast paced start-up in Silicon Valley for a 1 year paid internship under a J1 visa.

Successful candidates will work full-time with the engineering teams of sponsoring start-ups and develop their entrepreneurial skills through a structured program of hackathons and events run by GIT & SVIP to help them develop their ideas into companies by the end of the year. At the end of the program, the students will return to their home countries hopefully bringing back a little of the entrepreneurial secret sauce from Silicon Valley.

Successful candidates will be paid $60,000 as a salary for the year and the SVIP team will organize the processing of visas, flights, first month’s accommodation and associated logistics.

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SPEAKER  SERIES

Successfully launched the Speaker Series titled “Women in Technology: Speaker Series” in July, 2015 and 150 students from various colleges participated and received amazing testimonials.An interactive workshop on ‘How to get started as an entrepreneur’.

Successfully launched the Speaker Series titled “Women in Technology: Speaker Series” in July, 2015.Topic: Cloud Design Principles: Designing for Scale out

Topics :

Harini Raghavan : Using Technology to solve customer problems

Vandana V.K. : Industry trends and opportunities

Gayathri Choda: How girls are genetically coded to be logical

A session to enhance skills and opportunities in Technology

By renowned speakers :

  1. Harini Raghavan, Principal Group Engineering Manager, Microsoft, India
  2. Vandana V.K., Ex-Recruiting specialist, Google, India
  3. Gayathri Choda, Founder & CEO, Digitant

and 150 students from various colleges participated and received amazing testimonials.

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HACKERS SUMMIT

Collaborated with the “Hacker Summit” Event in July, 2015.

A women in Tech representation by our Mentor Advisor : Harini Raghavan.

Celebrating Hacking with the Hacker community is the main idea of Hackers Summit. It brings celebrated hackers and startups together to build momentum and opportunity around hacking events. By celebrating the spirit of hacking community in India, it will be a Hacking Carnival. Mega Hackathon- A Mega Hackathon as pre event ,which will have professionals and budding hackers from colleges collaborating and competing.

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WISE – Women In Software Engineering Mentoring

WISE Mentoring programs work to inspire, educate, and equip women with software engineering background and computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Inspire WISE believes that we can inspire women to pursue careers in computing by exposing them to real life role models and providing experiential learning opportunities. We engage engineers, executives, educators, and entrepreneurs to teach and motivate the next generation. Our mentors, and instructors are leaders in their fields, working in positions women in software engineering aspire to attain.

Educate Our approach is to conduct mentoring sessions that provides exposure to real-world technology. The experiential learning process encourages participants to ideate apps that they will subsequent build and publish on app stores. Learning outcomes include contributing to open source, participating in hackathons, submitting proposals for papers and posters at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (India).

Our program provides an unparalleled experience to women in software engineering to interact with top-notch professional women from Microsoft, The mentoring program equips them with the hard and soft skills needed to become the technologists of tomorrow. We don’t just offer exposure to technology, we offer them the opportunity to understand the computing industry at close quarters by brainstorming and ideating with top notch professionals from the industry.

Vision Our vision is to inspire women in software engineering pursue rewarding careers in technology at top-notch companies. We believe this is crucial to ensure the economic prosperity of women, families, and communities in India, and to equip them with tools for innovation and social change.

 

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VIRTUAL BOOTCAMP BY HILLARY WEBER

Girls in Tech India presents “Virtual Bootcamp by Hilary Weber on Confidence, Leadership & Entrepreneurship. Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.Girls in Tech India committee leads and members at Girls in Tech India Our Advisor-Mentor, Harini Raghavan speaking about the importance of the aspects of Confidence, Leadership and Entrepreneurship in a women’s life and her experiences with Girls in Tech India at the inauguration of Virtual Boot-camp by Hilary Weber on “Confidence, Leadership and Virtual Boot-camp by Hilary Weber on “Confidence, Leadership and Entrepreneurship”. A group of amazing people!

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COLLABORATIONS:

JOBSFORHER

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Collaborated with Jobsforher for Diversity recruitment drive during August-September, 2016 for women. These opportunities were provided to women on a career back and want to return to work.

Girls in Tech India exists “to support and raise the visibility of women in STEM, entrepreneurship and innovation.” STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Girls in Tech India has been doing events and providing best of resources available before launching to analyze how to localize the mission in India. All of the events were a huge success with amazing national and international partners.

Several things were identified during these months, such as the importance of mentors, industry-institutes, providing an exposure after coming out of colleges, helping returning mothers find a path again in their career, providing women entrepreneurs a platform etc. Girls in Tech India’s partnership with Jobsforher is successful in helping returning mothers find a path again in their career! Joining hands together we hope to achieve milestones!

We are bringing the companies to you, and you need to take your place in line for the amazing roles that they are showcasing within their Diversity-Forward organizations all through this month!

 

Master Orator Championship with Toastmasters International

Collaborated with Master Orator Championship with Toastmasters International in August 2016 for increased women participation.

 

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