Oracle Corporate Citizenship

  • May 19, 2020

Oracle Volunteers Celebrate International Girls in ICT Day

Edwina Duenas
Communications Specialist

By Kamal Peter, Senior Manager, Oracle Corporate Citizenship, India

One of the beauties of the Oracle Volunteering program is that it allows us to contribute to causes near and dear to our hearts. To me, one such cause is Girls in ICT Day. Celebrated on April 23 this year, Girls in ICT Day empowers and encourages girls and young women to pursue education and careers in technology fields. Having championed this cause with steadfast commitment for over five years, I was immensely delighted that the virtual Oracle Volunteering project, Next Gen Tech Girls: Poised for Success was selected to be part of the 24-Hour World Tour of ITU, the specialized United Nations agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

The Oracle Volunteering project took the form of a three-day webinar series, bringing together 700 participants—young women enrolled in graduate and postgraduate courses across India. It was an honor to have Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin, Director ITU, BDT join us from Geneva and share a message of encouragement, inspiration, and motivation with our participants.

The following statistics speak to why Girls in ICT Day is so important:

  • There is already a large gap in STEM/STEAM fields within higher education, and that gap widens in the employment sector.
  • Recruiters have indicated that female applicants account for less than 1% of the talent pool for trending technologies such as AI, Data Science, and Cloud.
  • Women make up less than 7% of ICT patent applicants.
  • The STEM pipeline still needs to be built from the bottom up. Few women reach boardrooms and leadership positions and are underrepresented at the frontiers of technology innovation.

Oracle is committed to advancing STEAM education, particularly among underserved groups. Each year, our objective through this celebration is to help young girls develop confidence in their technical abilities and to pursue careers associated with emerging technologies.

Our 15 Oracle Volunteers (pictured above) did an incredible job of motivating and encouraging the young participants. Oracle Volunteering Project Leader, Mandeep Gupta, deserves special credit for facilitating an engaging interaction among Oracle Volunteers and the participants.

The webinar series, which took place April 21-23, featured the following topics and subject area experts:

  • Information Security: Best Practices and Careers by Ashish Sharma, Director, India & Southeast Asia, Global Information Security
  • Cloud Technologies- Applications, Techniques and Careers by Hemant Bansal, Senior Member Technical Staff, Data Integration Cloud, OCI     
  • Agile Technologies and how it helps careers by Pavan Bheema, Senior Application Consultant, HCM Cloud Demo Engineering
  • Women and Entrepreneurship by Simi Joshi, Events and Marketing Lead APAC, Oracle for Startups 
  • Keynote by Midori Kawamukai, Sr. Manager Corporate Citizenship, JAPAC
  • Writing in a way to be noticed in the Digital World by Rajeshwari K Rai, Principal User Assistance Developer, Oracle PeopleSoft
  • Tech consulting as a career by Jyoti Kataria, Senior Manager, Customer Success Cloud Platform & Infrastructure   

Every year, Girls in ICT Day motivates me to continue championing this cause I care about (along with many more). In the same way, I hope our Next Gen Tech Girls event at Oracle provides the young women in attendance with the inspiration, resources, and encouragement they need to pursue their goals and further the causes they care about.

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Comments ( 13 )
  • Ashish Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    I am glad the topic was covered as pipeline of talent for cyber security roles to be created, as there are many unfilled jobs in the domain. It is good for students to know the skill set required to be a cyber security professional and to prepare for it. Girls were interactive and the session was well organized, thank you Mandeep, Kamal and all speakers.
  • Nideesh Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Very Nice Article
  • Parthasarathi Patel Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Wonderful to know. Where there is a will there is a way. Nothing stopping the Oracle Volunteering team from reaching out to students - offering tools, technology and training.
  • Bhavin Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Awesome event Kamal, great to see this. I am sure many a youngster took inspiration and we will see fruits of it in the times to come.
  • Rajeshwari Rai Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Girls in ICT Day celebrated with Oracle Volunteers was a wonderful 3 days event full of insightful sessions. I was fortunate to be one of the session presenter and had a great time interacting with the students.
  • Hemant Bansal Sunday, May 24, 2020
    It was wonderful experience. Learnt so many new things from technical writing to emerging new job roles. I was amazed by wast coverage of questions from students and faculty alike. Recommend utilization of these kind opportunities to fullest. Thank you Kamal Mam for coordinating such a great event.
  • Nirmala Mahesh Monday, May 25, 2020
    Kudos to Oracle Volunteering Team and the project manager and speakers for their innovative ideas in reaching out to students and for the wonderful topics discussed.
    I am sure this would have been an informative session for the young students to establish themselves in industry in a much better way.
    Thanks to kamal Peter and all others who contributed their time and effort for this project.
  • Hemanth Uppala Monday, May 25, 2020
    Dear Ma'am, It's been wonderful to associate in a small way in your endeavours. We are fortunate that we did celebrate Girls in ICT Day in our college with my students participating very enthusiastically. The choice of the speakers was apt to the occasion. Wishing the Oracle Voluteering Team especially Kamal Peter Ma'am an overwhelming accolades for her efforts.
  • Jyoti Katatia Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    it was wonderfull 3 days event. fortunate to be part of Yhe Girls ICT day event as presenter. credit goes to Kamal Mam, Mandeep and all the speakers.apprecite the interest shown by participants.
  • Kanchan S Thursday, May 28, 2020
    Thank you Kamal maam for inviting us to this event. The event was well coordinated and very informative.
    Topics discussed were apt and well recieved by our students and faculties.

    We look forward to attend more sessions in future

    Kanchan S
    Assistant Professor
    Seshadripuram Academy of Business Studies
  • NANDINI R G Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    It was very informative session...
  • Navya.B Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    The session was informative and excellent. I learnt many things from the session.
  • Kavya B Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    Very good session thank you so much
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