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What is this about?

The world is changing thanks to revolutionary technologies and we are steadily progressing towards a more digitalized and intelligent world. Yet, there are only 34% women in technology in India, out of which nearly 50% of women quit at the junior and mid-level that results in less than 2% of women leaders in technology.

Building relationships and creating opportunities helps increase representation of women in technology, and WSquare launched India’s First Women-Led Hackathon in AI to support women with a career in artificial intelligence and come up with creative solutions for everyday and business problems. Our goal is to educate and empower women to become more involved and upskill themselves in emerging technology – so if you are aspiring to be programmer or data scientists, we are searching for you.

In partnership with Facebook and ThoughtWorks, the Pan India HerTech Hackathon  will be launched in 4 cities from March-June 2019 namely Pune, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bengaluru focusing on Women in AI - Inclusiveness for Women in Emerging Technology by creating Women Leaders with the right access to mentors, training programs and career opportunities through the hackathon.

Time and Place?

This is a Free Hackathon sponsored by Facebook, for women who are interested in a career in AI.

When: March 30th and March 31st, 2019 (Sat & Sun)

Where: ThoughtWorks, ACR Mansion,G+ 3 Floors, 147/F, 8th Main, 3rd, Koramangala 3 Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560034.

We invite students and women working or aspiring to be programmers or data scientists and entrepreneurs who are exploring new technologies.

You Win

Facebook SheLeadsTech
Selected participants will be part of Facebook’s SheLeadsTech program that provides mentorship and a community of women in technology.

One-Fourth Labs
will be developing curated AI & Machine Learning Courses for the winners & participants along with mentorship during the course curriculum.

ThoughtWorks Vapsi Initiative
focuses on bringing women back to work in technology, and interested participants will be trained and given priority for returnship at ThoughtWorks. 

WSquare
Incubation program works on a 6-week curriculum that focuses on building the prototype into a business model through training programs and workshops, investor talks and networking events to collaborate with the right partners. 

Jobs For Her
Experts, mentors will drive expert chats and AMA sessions on a dedicated group.

Your Challenge

Sunitha, employee in a company that provides software services, quit her work in October because commuting from home in Vijaynagar to Whitefield every day has left her with no time for her family.

She said, “I have put in my papers. I am lucky to have found a job closer to my home.”

After clocking the mandatory nine-and-half hours each day, she would reach home at 10 p.m. every day by which time her husband, working in an IT company in shifts, would have already left for work. She said, “We never got time for each other. It was only work, no life.”

Arpita, software professional who travelled from Richmond Circle for four hours each day to and from her workplace in Whitefield, resigned from her job because her commuting time only increased over the two years she worked there. “I loved my job. But the commuting wasn’t worth it.”

1. Traffic Control: With access to traffic data at the network level, AI can help make smart predictions for public transport journeys by optimizing total journey time including access time, waiting time and travel time for women. Considering factors such as accessibility to nearest mode of travel, most convenient access path based on local conditions and safe places for women, AI can revolutionize first last mile travel which could change the way women perceive public transport journeys, today.

2. Safe Zone: For women who self-drive to work, AI could utilize a range of traffic data sets on safe routes to travel through humanlike decisions on route selection. With information on dynamic tolls and traffic flows on links, AI can identify public spots, safe zones around the area for safety, alleviating cities of this major issue.

How to Apply ?

  • You can participate as an individual (ONLY WOMEN) or in a team of maximum 2 members, where the team lead must be a woman.
  • You can either invite your friends to form a team or you can request other teams to add you as a member.
  • Our intention with the Hackathon is to focus on “workable ideas” and not algorithms as the target! So the output could be “solution blueprints” – which is a mix of visualizations, web pages, code with algorithms, etc.
  • The Phase 1 of this hackathon will start at 30th March 2019 10:00 AM and end at 30th March 10:00 PM, you work on your hack during the allotted time only.
  • The Phase 2 of this hackathon will start at 31st March 2019 10:00 AM and end at 31st March 2019 6:00 PM, you will need to present your prototype and solution blueprint to a jury panel.
  • It's a physical hackathon, the venue is ThoughtWorks,Bengaluru.
  • Once the hackathon starts, you will get an option to submit your hack, you can submit as many times as you want, the last hack will be considered as the final submission.
  • You are expected to come up with new and innovative ideas, any idea that has been copied from somewhere will be disqualified.
  • Your hack must be developed entirely during the Hackathon duration. You can use datasets from open source tools such as data.gov.in or Google Maps API.
  • The intellectual property of your code belongs only to your team.
  • Plagiarism is absolutely a no-no and will immediately invalidate your entry.
  • By participating in the hackathon, you agree to the terms and conditions of  WSquare.
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