Spiralogics International hosted a one-day summit titled “Women in IT: Changing Perspectives” on 26th April 2018 to celebrate the ‘International Girls In ICT ‘day. Total of 34 girls from various IT colleges attended the event. Although originally the seats were limited to only 30 participants, the organisers had to extend the capacity due to high demand.
The event was organised with the objective of bringing together young aspiring girls who want to pursue their career in IT with Professional Women working in the IT industry. The event was divided into three sections:
- Speaker Edition
- Panel Discussions
Through these sessions, the organisers wanted to provide an insight into different career opportunities and how IT is more than just ‘coding’. The program began with the participants’ registration and was followed by an opening speech from Ms. Anusha Shrestha, Project Team Lead, and Data Scientist at Spiralogics. She spoke about her experience of being among the few female students in her class during her college days and reason why there is a low participation of females in IT.
The speech was followed by a poetry recital from Niket Dhakal, QA at Spiralogics. The poem titled ‘Ma’ described how although the presence of the women can’t be denied, their importance is always ignored. In his poem, he spoke about how gender equality is the only option to make the world a perfect place.
This was followed by the panel discussion. As panelists, we had Parbaty Prajapati (Team Lead at Spiralogics), Nairisha Shrestha (Program Manager at Microsoft Innovation Centre), Trishna Shrestha (QA Associate Engineer at CloudFactory) and Saluja Acharya (CEO of Avionte Solutions). Sunil Lama (Senior Software Engineer at Spiralogics) wonderfully moderated the discussion. He asked the panelists about the challenges of balancing their work and family life as well as reasons for entering the IT field among other things.
After the panel discussion, there was a short lunch break. The program started again with the participants attending their respective chosen workshop. The BA/QA workshop titled “Prospects and Insights” was conducted by QA Engineer, Rasu Shrestha, and Prati Shrestha, where they gave an inside look into the professional BA/QA Process in Software Companies. The role of BA/QA in SDLC was explained more by Roleplay among participants and a demo session for Load testing and Automation Testing was done by QA Engineer, Niket Dhakal.
Similarly, the programming workshop included started with a conceptual game and was followed by 3 presentations and a Q & A session. The presentations focused on programming career scopes, clean code, and data science. It was facilitated by Trishna Pokhrel, Software Engineer at Spiralogics, Jenisha Maharjan, .net Intern at Spiralogics and Sangeeta Waiba, Android Developer at Spiralogics.
After the workshop, everyone gathered again at the main hall where Arun Thapa (Technical Manager at Spiralogics) gave a speech on the role a man can play in empowering more women to pursue IT as a career. The program was concluded with a closing remark by Nisha Paudel (Communications Manager at Spiralogics) and the distribution of token of appreciation to the organising team by Dipendra Budhathoki, the Operations Manager at Spiralogics.
The organisers would like to thank the participants, panelists, speakers and everyone else who made the event successful.