February 25 8:30 AM UTC
Engaging Women in technology spheres: Women In Tech collectives, India
Mahatma Gandhi once said India lives in its villages. But women in these villages lack the opportunities women in cities currently have in the tech field. To address this issue, Women in Tech collective (WITc) has started a program by creating a platform for training and employment of these women from their remote locations. DEWI (Develop and Empower Women Impact in tech) is an academy established for providing training and placement of women from rural backgrounds. Coko Foundations has collaborated with WITc in India to establish this academy from a service provider to product owner which will ensure that DEWI will be able to support more women interested in a career in technology. WITc is a small, community-led organisation that helps women and marginalised communities who don’t have access to the infrastructure or guidance that they need to develop their skills. Coko and WITc are collaborating to develop a curriculum to support a cohort of women with coaching, work experience, and ongoing mentoring.
This academy focuses on upskilling and identifying the streams of interest of the students across various publishing technologies viz., front and backend development, document conversion, UI/UX design, QA processes, deployment technologies, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and many more. These students are from all types of different backgrounds and all of them are united to create a change in their society with hands-on training to develop live deliverable industry based projects. We believe that this program will help them find their passion and support them to achieve what they desire to take up as a career for a living.
As part of the International Women’s month we are rolling out our first cohort of “Train the Trainers” program. In this event we will train the trainers who will receive mentoring from experienced mentors on 4 themes and tech stacks each week throughout March. Google India, Coko Foundation and GeekyAnts India have come forward to help us to provide support and mentors to share their skills with 20-30 trainers. These trainers from the WITc community will in turn train 100-150 women student developers from each of their regions. The initiative is hoping to train a minimum of 500-600 students over the course of this program. We hope that this initiative will enable more women student developers (beginners to tech) to get trained in various technologies like cloud management, open publishing technologies, Native base and other fundamentals topics.
Bhuvana Meenakshi Koteeswaran