HackHer Event for Women, 21 April 2016
The Hackathon Event for Women, HackHer, was held on 21 April 2016 at Coimbatore. This event was sponsored by ACM-W India and hosted by Amrita University. The programme was conducted by GUVI Chennai.
Forty teams registered and 29 teams, of three members each, participated in the event. The event was organized in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Amrita School of Engineering. The event commenced with inauguration by Dr. Latha Parameswaran, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of CSE. Dr. Sheila Anand, Chair, ACM-W India addressed the participants and interacted with the teams.
The participants were asked to come up with innovative ideas for mobile or web applications and implement the same in the allotted time. The prizes were sponsored by ACM-W India and were awarded to the best three teams. A consolation prize was also awarded to the team with the most innovative idea for an application.
CODhER '16: A Women's Hackathon, 21 February 2016
CodhER 2016, the women's hackathon organized by AU CEG ACM Student Chapter, was successfully held at the department of IST, CEG, Anna University. A total of 57 students turned up on Sunday morning to exhibit their skills and ideas! Teams of two to three people were allowed.
A team from GUVI headed by Mr. Balamurugan (2006 CEG alumnus), Juspay co-founder Vimal (CEG 2000), and Ashwin Murugesh (Evalvon) (2015 alumnus) were very supportive in guiding the students. CEG's alumnus Deepa spoke to the girls and encouraged them to continue coding and contribute to the growth of women in technical domains of industries.
A range of software products, from web apps and mobile apps to websites were built using PHP, HTML/CSS, JS, Angular, Android, etc. The teams then presented their work to the judges who evaluated them based on the idea, UI, and final implementation. The judging panel consisted of Dr. Ranjani Parthasarathi, Dr. Sheila Anand, members from Guvi Team, Juspay, and Evalvon.
The cash prize totaling 12,000 rupees was sponsored by ACM-W India. Internships for the successful participants were sponsored by Evalvon, GUVI, Bahwan Cybertech, and Juspay.
All India Celebration of Women in Computing (AICWIC 2015), 1 - 3 October 2015, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
The All India Celebration of Women in Computing 2015 was organized by the AES Institute of Computer Studies (AESICS) and the ACM-W Chapter of Ahmedabad University in association with ACM Ahmedabad Chapter during 1 and 3 October, 2015 under the theme "Entrepreneurship and Career Development in Computer Science and Information Technology".
The inaugural ceremony started with prayer and e-lighting of a lamp. ACM Ahmedabad Vice Chairman Heena Timani welcomed and introduced the guests.
(L to R) Heena Timani, Sweta Chawla, Arati M. Dixit, Bhagyesh Soneji, Maria Choudhary, and Smriti Dagur
During her address, ACM-W India Executive Council member Arati Dixit described Association for Computing Machinery as the largest computing education society worldwide that strives unconditionally to raise the bar of students by helping them in terms of career resources, mentoring, workshops, conferences and publications. She elucidated the objective of AICWIC'15 to support, motivate and inspire women researchers in India by providing them a platform where they can candidly interact with others and explained the importance of the ACM-W Chapter. She talked about the facilities supplied and awards given by ACM.
Bhagyesh Soneji, Chairperson—Western Region of the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ASSOCHAM) threw a light on e-commerce business. She emphasized creativity and higher success ratio of those exposed to technology at a younger age.
Keynote addresses were delivered by Shweta Chawla, entrepreneur, Head and Chief Investigator at SC Cyber Solutions, Forensic Investigations Pune, and Smriti Dagur, President, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers (IETE). Shweta Chawla shared her experiences at SC Cyber Solutions, and encouraged students, especially girls, to join the field of forensic investigations as an interesting field with ample opportunities. She demonstrated cloning of data using a tool that interested the audience. Smriti Dagur motivated students to pursue higher studies. She further inspired them by highlighting "smart" cities and villages.
A panel discussion on theme "On Choosing Career Path: Academics, IT, Research and Entrepreneurship" included panelists Vandana Raj, Director, Vama Communications; Maria Choudhary, Chief Engineer, Oracle Systems, Pune; and Sweta Chawla. The discussion, moderated by Arati M. Dixit, focused on the panelists' careers, goals and challenges in their respective industries, and related career opportunities for IT undergraduate students.
On 3 October the participants presented a work-in-progress research poster followed by a Q & A by experts. The valedictory session started with an address on Women in Computing by Bhusan Trivedi, Senor Member of ACM Ahmedabad. Then at an award ceremony, trophies and winning certificates were given to students for holding first and second rank in the programming contest and IT quiz that took place on 1 October. Other recognition was given to participants in these events as well as work-in-progress research posters. More than 300 students and professionals attended this event. ACM Ahmedabad Chairman Nilesh Modi delivered concluding remarks. Membership Chair Kuntal Patel proposed a vote of thanks.
The celebration was successfully organized under the encouraging support and guidance of Bipin Mehta, Director, School of Computer Studies, Ahmedabad University, Chandrashekhar Sahasrabudhe, Persistent Systems Ltd., and ACM-W India Chair Sheila Anand, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai.