Create geeky girls and change the world!

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by Megha Bhagat (proposing) on Sunday, November 23, 2014

Section
Society

Session type
Lightning Talk

Technical level
Intermediate

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Objective

To bring together young women under a roof to talk about their experience of creating tech apps for societal problems. Hear stories of impact from first generation women learners from rural Tamil Nadu and school girls who have created technology tools to change the world.

Description

while society talks about changing the norms and building a better world it has to include young girls as architects of that future. Create more girl geeks and you will see them creating solutions to impact the world. While traditionally girls are bought up to become the providers in various roles- daughters, sisters, wives they have increasingly shown capacity to change gender stereotypes by becoming coders, technologists and change makers. Bring 13 year olds into a room, give them a mobile phone and ask them to create an app- they will surprise you with the prototypes that they create to impact problems ranging from communicative devices for autistic children to gaming app for women to go through career plans.
Let’s hear stories of change that young women can create for the world and give them a platform to talk about their experiences.

Speaker bio

I am proposing girls from schools/colleges who have created social impact mobile apps to talk about their vision and experiences. The session would have kickass women geeks from the industry like Krithika Reddy, Vidya Lakshman, moderating the session but the idea is to give the young coders the space to talk about their idea of being techies.

Comments


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    [-] Aman 3 years ago

    Megha, this is awesome. You are doing some really amazing work to get more young girls in tech, more power to you and this session. Thumbs Up!


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    [-] Larissa Shapiro 3 years ago

    I know Megha’s work from our joint projects for weTech and I fully support this - let us know how we can support you


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    [-] Bharati Kapoor 3 years ago

    Megha …Its awesome and would love to be part of it.


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    [-] WeTech 2 years ago

    Great job, Megha. Love this idea and happy to support it!


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    [-] Udhay Shankar 2 years ago

    @tulsid, your thoughts?


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    [-] Tulsi Dharmarajan 2 years ago

    Hi Megha, would love to hear more! ++ for more girl geeks in the world!
    Just sent you an invite so we can chat further.
    Are you proposing a forum where young women/girls come to TGP? Or is the session about folks who are working with young women?


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    [-] Megha Bhagat 2 years ago

    Hi Guys,
    I am proposing a session where young women/girls come to TGP and talk about their experience of coding and creating social impact technology solutions ad what it meant for them.


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    [-] Vijay Anand 2 years ago

    Megha, did you by any chance find someone who can do this session?


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    [-] Tulsi Dharmarajan 2 years ago

    Megha & Vijay,
    I am happy to help. From what I recall from last year, there weren’t a lot of young folk at the sessions.

    Megha, wondering if we could do some pre-events in cities across India say in January where these discussions take place. Then at TGP we create a working session how these conversations went and how we can move this networking forward? Just a thought.


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    [-] Tulsi Dharmarajan 2 years ago

    Of course, your idea is pretty awesome too.. and it would be great to hear from these young women if they can all make it to TGP :)


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    [-] Megha Bhagat 2 years ago

    I do have a bunch of 60 school girls in bangalore who spent last year learning mobile apps creation and and 90 more who will be joining the new program. We could get them to talk about their experiences.
    Also in madurai we have 50 college women who went through a similar program and we could create an event there.

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