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#TechNaari: Each For Equal For Innovation – Redefining Diversity & Inclusivity in IT

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Have you heard of Jean E. Sammet or Elizabeth Feinler? In the 1960s Sammet developed FORMAC (Formula Manipulation Compiler)- an early FORTRAN based computer language. And Elizabeth Feinler created the Domain Name System (DNS) which we use today. These ladies rank amongst the founders of computer science as we know it today and yet, for the most part, the world does not acknowledge or remember their contribution to the IT sector, choosing instead to celebrate male achievements. There is no denying that the technology sector has had a gender discrimination problem through the years. But the important thing now is to figure out how to rectify the situation. What are the reasons for inculcating a diverse and inclusive workforce? To begin with, companies with gender diverse workforces and those...

Women in Tech: Applying Design Thinking Approach for encouraging Female in technology

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How far can we extend the Design Thinking Approach? Two Stories Story 1 Social Media platform, Instagram, recently made news because some of its users had to lie about their identity in their profiles. The reason was a “shadow ban” that the photo and video sharing app had enacted on a particular group of users. According to these users, Instagram’s analytics seemed biased against them and lying about their identity was the only option they were left with to maximize their online visibility. These users were all women. They had to put their gender in their profiles as male. Story 2 Bumble, a dating app based out of the US witnessed shocking success in just five months in the Indian Market. The USP that worked in favor of this app is that, in case of a heterosexual ‘match’ of admiration, it’...

Reconceiving customer commitment in a new age of dynamic technology

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By A. Nandini, VP, Delivery, GlobalLogic Imagine a business without customers, one where there is no one to cater to at the end of the ecosystem. Without the basic target audience, every business would lose its purpose and means to an end. Over the last few years, CEOs and leaders of organizations have come to realize how important it is to focus on the customer and carve out plans and strategies around that one target. A recent research showed that 89% of the business is expected to be competed based on customer experience. Customers, on the other hand, are also more allured by the idea of customer-centric organizations as they get personalized services and offerings where they know that their relationship will be appreciated and rewarded.   While it is imperative to make customer-ce...

BT and British Asian Trust launch partnership to help empower adolescent girls in India

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BT (BT Group plc) and the British Asian Trust have launched a landmark three-year programme which will use apps, videos and other interactive digital technologies to empower young people, with a particular focus on adolescent girls, in India. Working with innovators and sector leaders, the programme aims to create a sustainable movement for change that will increase the opportunities available to girls between the ages of 10 and 19. The programme also aims to address critical areas such as education, health, economic empowerment and life skills. India’s population includes 120 million adolescent girls, which is about 10 per cent of the population. Many of these young women have little control over their own futures and face multiple barriers to fulfilling their potential. India has the hig...

W2RT – Much More Than a High Mathematical Probability

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It is time that women claimed their rightful place as technology wizards in equal measure as men do and matched aplomb. With the intent to evangelize this idea, Women Wizards Rule Tech (W2RT) is a unique program designed exclusively for women professionals in core technologies, from IT-ITES/BPM, Product and R&D firms, with the aim of plugging the leaky leadership pipeline and nurturing women leaders.   A joint initiative of NASSCOM, NASSCOM Sector Skills Council and Data Security Council of India, W2RT was launched at the recently concluded NASSCOM D&I Summit 2018 in Chennai.   While championing this cause, we have to ensure that the gender gap is minimized, particularly when the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents so many new opportunities, hitherto inconceivable. Through extens...

NASSCOM Paytm Women in Technology Hackathon, April 2018

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NASSCOM Paytm Women in technology- Build for India Hackathon sponsored by Pay-tm and the CEO of Paytm Bank – Renu Satti graced the closing ceremony of the Hackathon and encouraged all the Participants   The NASSCOM and Paytm collaboration for the Hackathon had many firsts in it. It was first of its kind hackathon where teams were led by Women leaders and the Ideas which came out will be in future mentored by Paytm. Before we go ahead, a brief of the event:   The Theme of the Event was “Build for India” The aim was to build a project to solve a problem in India. All projects built for the Hackathon were open sourced under Apache license and all code were added to a repository provided by the Paytm – Build for India initiative. AWS provided AWS free credits to all the participants. The...

Women Are Breaking The Venture Capital Glass Ceiling and How!

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Women are at the helm of some of the largest businesses across the world, but when it comes to venture capital, there is a visible absence of women in decision-making circles. However, over the last few years, women are progressively taking giant leaps in the venture capital sector with some branching out to set up their own funds while many holding senior leadership positions with prominent firms. Angel investing has long been a male dominated field. But, the attitude is slowly changing with women investors becoming imperative to the startup ecosystem, in the face of their male counterpart signaling them that they bring with themselves an emotional quotient along with a powerful gut instinct. Moving ahead with practicality and unrestrained passion, women venture capitalists are successful...

Are Women Financially Empowered?

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Women have broken the shackles of society to enter big time into workforce and become an earning member of the family. While their struggle to break the glass ceiling of organisations is well chronicled, an area that is often ignored is their opportunity to manage the money they are earning. In a recent study that we conducted (within India), 77% of women stated that their money is managed either by their spouse or by parents. What’s driving such a low adoption of money management for women? What challenges are they facing? When we deep dived into our data, 4 distinct reasons have come out for this low adoption: Central Management in Family: This is the most common reason stated by many women who are not managing their own money. Their husband or parents (mostly father) is managing money w...

Women in tech: There are 3 times more male engineers to females

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When you Google ‘women in tech’, you are sure to stumble upon a plethora of forums and collectives clamouring for better representation of women in the technology sector. And it’s not just an empty slogan. There’s enough evidence and research that suggests that having more females in teams fosters innovation, creativity, productivity and results in more revenue. Ex-Uber engineer Susan J Fowler’s blogpost about her mistreatment at the tech giant and the article by Pinterest’s Tracy Chou asking for hard numbers about women in tech have only increased the conversations around gender diversity in tech. We at Belong are always looking for ways to create a more inclusive workplace. So it was only natural for us to look at what the benchmarks are when it comes to diversity numbers in India. The B...