“Girls in Tech India” launched

January 11 2016,  19.43 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

Jayesh Ranjan told Girls in Tech India to be a watchdog agency to identify and break if any girls reach an artificial barrier in reaching the top position and to help them break the same.  He also asked them to provide policy inputs to the government.

Michael Mullins, Consul General, US Consulate General, Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary; Vanitha Datla, Chairperson CII-Telangana and Ch. Sailaja Kiron, MD of Margadarsi Chit Fund Pvt. Ltd among others graced the inaugural

Hyderabad, January 11, 2016…Girls in Tech(GIT) San Francisco, USA based global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in Technology and Entrepreneurship forayed into India. Launched as “Girls in Tech India”(GITI), headquartered at Hyderabad today in a function held at Hotel Park Hyatt.

It was launched amidst the presence of Chief Guests Mr. Michael Mullins, Consul General, US Consulate General, Hyderabad; Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to Government, ITE & C, Department, Govt of Telangana; Vanitha Datla, Chairperson CII-Telangana and Ch. Sailaja Kiron, MD of Margadarsi Chit Fund Pvt. Ltd.

Chief Guest Jayesh Ranjan described launch as the milestone day.  He gave five point agenda to Girls in Tech India to encourage more girls choose STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Career.  He asked them to sensitise parents to encourage their daughters apt for STEM education and career path.  To encourage more girls take up STEM stream, a social change is required for which Girls in Tech India has to have deep love of engagement with community. Compile successful stories of girls in Technology, document them, give parent education, he told them.

He also asked to create a strong outreach program to motive girls of 8 to 10th grades to choose STEM career path.  He told them to be partner with two government  organisations exist in Telagana, one TASK(Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge) and T-Hub.  I am happy to create  that collaboration between you, he told Girls in Tech India.

The third point what i want Girls in Tech India to adapt is to be watchdog to know if any reach artificial barrier in their career growth and break those barriers.  Girls in Tech India needs to act like a watchdog agency he said.  Also he told them to provide policy inputs to the government on STEM Careers and Girls in Technology etc.

In his remarks as Chief Guest, Consul General Michael Mullins commented, “Science and Technology partnerships that the United States forms with other countries addresses critical issues that concerns the whole world.  Cooperation in science and technology can foster a global environment where invention, innovation and industry can thrive, Science and Technology cooperation strengthens our international relationships because these disciplines are based on values that transcend politics, languages, borders and cultures.

Prof. D. N. Reddy, Vice Chairman, Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) &  Member, University Grants Commission (UGC) and  M. Adithya Reddy, Educator, E-Governance Expert &  Green Energy Promoter, the Board of Advisors of GITI will also graced the launch function.

Welcoming the gathering Sree Divya Vadlapudi P, National Managing Director of Girls in Tech India said “I stand before you all representing Girls in Tech, a global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. This  was born out of the need to provide a platform for women to cultivate ideas, learn new skills and advance their careers in STEM fields. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA (Silicon Valley).  Girls in Tech India is launched keeping the ideologies of the organization intact. It is headquartered in Hyderabad, India. Girls in Tech India exists “to support and raise the visibility of women in STEM, entrepreneurship and innovation.” She said.

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 said Sree Divya.

Speaking further she added that what was most important to us was to localize the mission in a very effective and an impactful manner and to provide 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.

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 Sree Divya informed.

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.

Our Vision is to involve and work with: US State Dept, The Government, Tech companies, CEO’s, professionals, professional organizations, mentors, industries etc to work hand in hand with us. We believe that with their involvement, our mission and vision can be accomplished and we can benefit a lot of women, Sree Divya added

We believe education and exposure should be meant for all and all at Girls in Tech we would provide them with is a START through our resources and events. Our presence in India began with me and my Founder, Adriana Gascoigne with this thoughtful and passionate vision. Our focus was clear:  Education and exposure to women in STEM and Entrepreneurship, Sree Divya explained.

There are so many talented women in STEM and entrepreneurship in India; we shall be doing a whole range of events in India. We would like to make a huge impact in the lives of many and bridge the technological divide between India and Silicon Valley.  This will help spread our best of resources and events, educational resources to help boost socio-economic development through technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in India!

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

We wanted to have a formal launch only when we did a few events and understood how to localize the mission effectively.

My journey started in March. I slowly started meeting people explaining the concept and how to implement it. The real task lied in its implementation. Not everyone understood the cause and the concept. People who did joined us. Slowly, one by one joined us.  We wanted to form committees that strive for the cause. Each and every one that is now part of Girls in Tech India work tirelessly. My team has been really supportive. We all had sleepless nights to early mornings. We believe this is a cause that will surely have a long way to go, she added.

My personal inspiration in this cause is my grandfather, Sadguru Sivananda Murthy. When I wanted to start this in India, I sat with him and asked him:  How do we take this even to the rural and urban alike? He said, you begin your journey. Your inspiration will be “People”.

Sree Vidya also unveiled the calendar of events of Girls in Tech India for the year  2016. Some of these include:

1. Mentorship for coding aimed at three levels: school /college/professional –  February 2016

2. Partnership with SURGE (Part of websummit :www.surgeconf.com) – 23rd and 24th February 2016

3. Entrepreneurship Workshop  by Shea Tate (Taught at Stanford D school)  –Week of March 14th, 2016

4. Lady Pitch Night – June 2016 :  10-14 serial entrepreneurs & Venture Capitalists, high influencers, & Girls in Tech Board of Directors (includes corporate leaders in Silicon Valley), best of Indian expertise

5. Girls in Tech Hackathon – Around Ladies Pitch Night

6. Catalyst Conference – December 2016/January 2017

7. Girls in Tech International Exchange - 2016/ as per request

GIT global sponsors to name a few include Intel, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, WordPress/Automattic, Google, Facebook, Axosoft, Infusionsoft, Battery Ventures, GoDaddy

The people who have been part of the Girls in Tech events all over the world include Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Joanna Shields, served as Digital Adviser to UK Prime Minister, Mike Butcher, TechCrunch, Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp, Brenda O’Connell, Twitter EMEA & Éliane Fiolet, Ubergizmo Elisa Camahort, COO of Blogher, Donna Novitsky, CEO of BigTent, Sandy Jen, CTO of Meebo, Leila Chiryath Janah, CEO &Founder of Samasource, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Marissa Mayer, Current CEO &President of Yahoo..  We will bring Girls in Tech expertise together for the benefit of young girls in our country, added Sree Divya.

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