Intel, NASSCOM Foundation to Mentor Girls to Become Innovators

  • ‘Girls Innovate for Tomorrow’ is a joint initiative by Intel India and NASSCOM Foundation to encourage girls to pursue careers in technology 
  • 81 girls from Delhi-NCR region were selected to provide training on the basics of IoT. 

Intel and NASSCOM Foundation have joined hands to motivate girl students from underserved communities to pursue careers in technology and mentor them to become solution providers.

The ‘Girls Innovate For Tomorrow or GIFT’ program for the Delhi-NCR region culminated recently at the NASSCOM Foundation headquarters in Noida.

The program engaged with 742 girls from 12 schools and non-profits through five separate hackathons. Out of these, 81 girls with 15 innovative solutions to basic community problems were finally selected for mentoring sessions.

These 81 young innovators showcased their solutions built on Arduino, Node MCU, etc. Some of the innovations showcased were: Monitoring and control of household water utilization, driver drowsiness detection, weather monitoring and alarm system, elder/disabled home monitoring system, automated river cleaning system, gas cylinder management, monitoring and automated refill ordering, farming automation: ploughing and seeding, personal women safety alarm system.

Out of these, the three winners were: Driver Drowsiness Detection, Gas Load Cell and Water Utilization Monitoring.

Gender gap in Technology Industry

Speaking at the occasion, Shweta Khurana, Director, Corporate Affairs, Intel India, said, “Girls Innovate for Tomorrow is a special initiative to encourage girls to ideate, explore, create and tinker to solve the challenges they see around their communities.”

“We believe that such programs are essential to eliminate the biases that deter young women to make better informed decisions about their interest in technology-related studies and engineering. Intel India aims to catalyze change for girls who are often excluded from accessing opportunities and closing the technology gender and social equity gaps,” she added.

NASSCOM Foundation was the main driver for the initiative.

Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, commented, “Today, our engineering colleges across India have less than 30 percent female student representation. It is important to get these girls excited about technology at their foundation age and give them ample opportunities to select technology as a career option. This in turn will also help fill the gender gap in the technology industry.”

The selected girls will also get a month-long training and mentorship on the basics of Internet of Things (IoT).

The GIFT program is also being conducted in the regions of Pune and Bangalore engaging with 1200 girls, who will bring out more such innovative solutions later in the year.