“When best of both worlds come together, where else would you rather be? ”
This year when I decided to attend Grace Hopper Celebration and Ada Camp India, at Bangalore from November 19 to 23, little did I know that I was in for an amazing experience.
While GHC India was a great learning and networking experience for women in technology which was attended by over a thousand enthusiastic women in the country Ada Camp which was an “unconference” attended by less than seventy amazing women was dedicated to the sole aim of increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia and other wiki-related projects, open knowledge and education, open government and open data, open hardware and appropriate technology, library technology, creative fan culture, remix culture, translation/localization/internationalization, and more.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: India
GHC India 2014 started off with a boot camp on November 19, which was focusing on Ruby on Rails. There were some technical glitches but it was informative.
Following day began with keynote address by Jayashree Ullal – President and CEO, Arista Networks. Simultaneous sessions were held every hour on different tracks- technical, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Management and Soft skills.
November 21,the final day of GHC began with Industry Keynote by Lakshmi Pratury- Host INK Conference.
I attended a few entrepreneurial sessions and one of the sessions discussed how important it is for a start up firm to have two different innovation models in order to succeed- Business Innovation Model and Tech Innovation Model. It was an eye opener.
GHC concluded with Women Entrepreneur Quest; The 6 finalist selected from 107 entries received from across India, gave ten-minute venture pitch presentations to a panel of judges which included investors, technology experts, entrepreneurs and mentors at the finale. Sreepriya Koppula, CEO of the Turnaround Systems Pvt Ltd won the WEQ 2014 Contest. She has developed technology solution Turnaround360 to make the online catalogs 3-dimensional and interactive.
Ada Camp Bangalore!!
Ada camp was held at Red Hat India, Bangalore; Camp opened with Impostor Syndrome Workshop, which was really interesting.
It was entirely different from GHC due to the fact that everybody was communicating to rest of the group, whether its lightning talks, idea discussions, sessions or work shops everyone mingled and got to know some amazing people. I was taken by the fact that each and every Ada camper had a story to say. Some were doing phenomenal work for NGOs , Some were making a difference to the less privileged around them, All of them were very much passionate about what they do – be it Wikipedia editing, making amazing software, promoting start ups, involved in fandom& remix culture. I felt privileged to be part of such a great gathering.
There were parallel sessions taken by campers themselves for both days of the camp and it was all held as spontaneous discussions. I took a session on Openstreetmap and power it can give to editors and developers alike.Many of the campers were introduced to openstreetmap editing for the first time.
Attending both GHC and Ada camp , motivated me to pursue my dreams without fear. Ada camp enabled me to identify the true potential of every small contribution made to open source projects. It was a great experience altogether.
Note of gratitude..
Congratulations to organizers of GHC India 2014 for conducting such a massive event. Thanks to Tesco for letting me try Google Glass..😉 . Amazon:for the puzzles and mugs..😀 . Niharika, my fellow OPW intern from Wikimedia for being the best..😀
A special note of thanks to Elizabeth Ames , Anita Borg Institute for sharing your valuable time with me and Niharika during GHC dinner. :)
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Alex and Suki for organizing Ada camp . ..Thanks to Sumana Harihareswara, It was indeed a pleasure to meet you in person.
To Ada campers I met.. Always stay as awesome as you are..
I am glad that I decided to attend both GHC and Ada Camp. I am thankful to my FOSS OPW mentor Gergo Tisza for supporting me with the decision . Thanks to Wikimedia and Gnome for choosing me as an intern for OPW round 7 for that’s when I finally found a direction.
Thank you all.