Oracle Academy supports “IT Girls 2024” competition by Računarska gimnazija, Serbia

June 10, 2024 | 3 minute read
Orlaith Lawton
Senior Marketing Manager Oracle Academy EMEA
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Računarska gimnazija (Computer Science Grammar School), Belgrade, was amongst the first Oracle Academy members in Serbia, soon approaching 20 years of membership. The school began organizing an “IT Girls” program a couple of years ago, and due to huge success, it is continuing the program annually. The program is open exclusively to girls in 7th and 8th grade from schools across Serbia.

First, the girls attend training on creating websites in WordPress delivered by students of Računarska gimnazija, and then join together to compete in creating the websites on a specific topic. During this year’s competition, delivered on March 8, International Women’s Day, the girls had a task to create websites representing their dream jobs. After submission of their websites to judges, Oracle women leaders from different lines of business from the local Oracle office, including the Oracle Women’s Leadership Community Leader for Serbia, joined the girls to speak about their first steps in the IT market, their current jobs, and general job offerings in the IT sector, widely open to females as well as to males.

These presentations were followed by lots of curious questions from the students. After the announcement of the winners, the top five ranking participants were invited to pay a visit to Oracle office in Belgrade, to speak in more detail with Oracle women leaders about different IT jobs, what knowledge is needed for successful IT careers, and other IT-related topics. A key part of the event was presentations from three female employees from the Oracle Labs Serbia, about how to become a good programmer, various programming languages, especially Java, and its compilers, including GraalVM that is being developed in Serbia and few other countries. Human resources staff also delivered an interesting presentation of Oracle’s history and development as well as digitalization of data through the years.

This year’s winners were accompanied by some of the winners from previous years as well as few more remarkable girls from Računarska gimnazija, and its director, Duša Vuković, who is also a long-time instructor for Oracle Academy. They all spent an educational and enjoyable time in the Oracle office in engaging discussions.

Details, including photos, can be found here:

The presentations of various Oracle jobs during the competition at Računarska gimnazija were delivered by:

  • Anja Šmic, Consulting Project Senior Consultant
  • Isidora Kuzmanović, Associate Project Manager
  • Ljiljana Krkić, Oracle Academy Program Manager
  • Vanja Vukajlović, Alliance & Channel Manager 

The presentations and discussions in the Oracle office in the week following the competition were delivered by:

  • Prof. dr Milena Vujoševic Janičić, Principal Researcher and Associate Professor at Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade
  • Tijana Janjić, Software Developer and student of master studies at Faculty of Studies, University of Novi Sad
  • Milica Karličić, Researcher and student of master studies at Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade
  • Olga Knysh, HR Senior Director for CIS Cluster

The event was organized by Oracle Academy Program Manager Ljiljana Krkić, with support of Oracle regional management. We thank all our participants and expert presenters for their collaboration in this successful event!

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Orlaith Lawton

Senior Marketing Manager Oracle Academy EMEA

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