Cohort: Aug 2018, India Age: 16 Location: Bangalore, Karnataka Domain: Education
Enabling girls to code mobile applications that tackle a real world problem along with a sustainable business plan
The sector of tech entrepreneurship globally and in India lacks diversity and needs more female participation. Such gaps are evidently seen in STEM fields which need to be bridged.
Sakshi boosts prospects for girls in tech by helping them experience science in action and supports them to take the Technovation challenge. Technovation, a Silicon Valley based initiative, offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and problem solvers. Girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by the Technovation curriculum.
While she was unable to participate in the challenge as part of her school team, Sakshi understood the significance of indulging in technology for girls and wanted to make it available to those who cannot access such opportunities otherwise. She started working in a small CSR-funded school with 25 girls in Bangalore and was soon mentoring over 300 girls by the end of the second year. It didn’t take long for Technovation to recognize her efforts and soon made her their ambassador for India. With Technovation’s network, Sakshi is expanding operations in multiple cities in India for the next season and will be connecting the girls with mentors in industry giants like Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Google, Adobe and Qualcomm. These girls have now fallen in love with Computer Science and aren’t afraid of it anymore. They all dream to solve more problems around them and have embarked on a journey to be internationally minded citizens.
Sakshi is an 11th grader at Christ Junior College, pursuing the IB Diploma Programme. She aspires to become a Digital Entrepreneur and Serial Investor. She is currently running her own venture called ‘The Farm Theory’ which aims to maximize agricultural produce utilisation and cultivate a healthy and sustainable lifestyle among people.