WE HUB, India’s first and only state-led incubator by the Government of Telangana to foster and promote women entrepreneurship to start-up, scale-up and accelerate with global market access, today organised an exclusive one-of-its kind ‘Girls in STEAM’ Conference to mark the International Women’s Day. Aimed at recognizing undulating spirit of Girls in STEAM, the event emphasized accomplishment of the ‘Data Science for students’ program and provided a platform to the inspiring women leaders, women entrepreneurs, corporate and government representatives to share their remarkable stories.
The event brought together eminent dignitaries such as Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IAS Principal Secretary, ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana, Ms. Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE HUB, Mr. Andrew Fleming, UK Consulate General, Ms. Katherine Von Ofenheim, US, Vice Consulate, Mr. Malcolm, head of School, Srinidhi international School, Ms. Srilakshmi, Keystone (Robotics) amongst others. The event took off with a welcome address and a presentation by seven groups on topic such as Decent work and Economic Growth, Inequalities in the Workspace, Girls Education in Rural India, Visual Impairment etc.
Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary ITE&C Department, Telangana, said,” WE HUB has been instrumental in transforming ideas into fruition and inspiring women across Telangana and India since the past 4 years. The first of its kind Girls in STEAM program in association with WiDS, Stanford University and MathWorks is a pillar in the Student Entrepreneurs vertical of WE HUB. It is delightful to see various students from the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Telangana, congregating to create solutions for creating a positive impact in the society, and paving paths to a brighter future.”
Speaking on the occasion, Deepthi Ravula, CEO of WE HUB said,” Women are the foundation of development. At WE HUB we firmly believe that women make significant contributions to the workplace, to society, community, and family. We see the Girls in STEAM as a key step er program in that direction. This pilot was with 6 international schools to ensure that we create a best practise model which can be scaled slowly but surely to more than 100 schools by next year and collaborate with more corporate partners, industries.”
The audience of the event was 150 which comprised of 75 Girl Students from the program, representatives from 4 schools (Keystone, Chirec, Oakridge, Srinidhi) and Corporates such as Mathworks, Boston Dynamics, Qualcomm, S&P & Wells Fargo. Aiming to encourage more girls to pursue STEAM courses, Hon. Mr. Andrew Fleming, UK Consulate General presented the global view of Girls in STEAM during the event. Further, the program winners were facilitated by Hon. Ms. Katherine von Ofenheim, US Consulate General.
The ‘Data Science for students’ program was launched in Telangana in June 2021. Through its ‘Data Science for students’ program, WE HUB has trained 75 girl students across 3 states in India to actively think about solutions to real-world problems which can create an impact on the environment and society. Girls were trained to apply principles of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence to solve India-specific problems. Further, the program was concluded by organising the ‘Girls in STEAM’ Conference.
WE HUB also announced its collaboration with MathWorks during the event which was forged in the presence of Mr. Sanjay Gopinath, Marketing lead, MathWorks India. This collaboration will help young minds understand data handling in a lucid manner and be adept to the future of data science.
Since past 4 years, WE HUB has been actively working towards enabling Women led start-ups across sectors scale & accelerate through global market access. Till now, WE HUB has incubated 238 technology enabled start-ups by Women founders.