Grace Hopper Celebration India 2019

6-8 November 2019, Bangalore

The 10th edition of Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI 2019) was organized by at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre during 6-8 November 2019. This was co-presented by ACM-W India.

Panelists Chitra Babu, Sukanyya Misra, Medha Atre, and Meenakshi D’Souza

At GHCI, a student scholar connect session was organized on 8 November by ACM-W specifically to cater to the needs of students. This was a panel discussion on “Looking into the Future: Preparing for the jobs of Tomorrow”. This panel was moderated by one of the ACM-W India council members, Dr.Chitra Babu Prof. and Head SSN College of Engineering, Kalavakkam. The panelists were Dr. Meenakshi D’Souza, Associate Professor from IIIT Bangaore, Dr. Medha Atre from Persistent Systems Ltd and Dr. Sukanyya Misra, Senior Vice President, Master card. This panel discussed how the students can acquire technical as well as non-technical skills and competencies that are essential for the future job roles that don’t even exist today.

There were interesting insights about how industry and academia should join hands in inculcating/nurturing these skills. It was well received by the student community and there were lots of interactions with the panelists at the end of the session.

Students interacting with panelists

A small meetup of ACM Sponsored Scholars was organized on 7 November during the Celebration. ACM India sponsored 40 participants which included students and 7 faculty/industry members. ACM-W India Council Chair Dr. Heena Timani along with 3 Council members—Dr. Chitra Babu, Dr. Maushumi Barooah and Ms. Gunjan Lal—attended the event. ACM student representatives shared their experiences, learning and various activities they are organizing on their campuses in their ACM Student Chapters to motivate girl students.They interacted with the student members from various colleges, discussed the activities that have been happening in their respective colleges and also created awareness regarding various other opportunities that they could make use of. Some of the opportunities include programming competitions for girls, national level Hackathons, and girls in tech community services. ACM-W strives to create a community for women in technology where they can come together to learn from each other, bond, network, discuss ideas, and encourage each other. All ACM Chapter participants got opportunities to network with other ACM Student Chapter representatives.

ACM-W India Council Members with students during GHCI 2019