Blog Posts by Avni Khatri

  • Apply now: Seeking woman CS student to attend June RHoK in Seattle

    Yahoo! travel scholarship available for a women computer science student

    We’re excited to announce that Yahoo! will once again fund one female university student up to US$800 to attend the RHOK event. Any full-time female university student who is able to attend the event in Seattle, in person, may enter the competition.

    To enter, write a short paragraph of no more than 250 words about why you want to change the world. Submit your entry by email by midnight PST on May 27, 2011.

    Please hurry and apply now — a winner will be selected by May 31st, and will be notified shortly thereafter.

    A bit of background: Grace Hopper Conference and RHoK Chicago

    Back in the fall, participants in the Open Source for Good panel at the the 2010 Grace Hopper Conference, threw down a 20% challenge for women engineers: Represent! The challenge was for the upcoming December 2010 Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) participation to consist of 20% women.

    As one of the instigators of challenge, Yahoo! funded

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  • Chicago RHoKs! and we were there

    We have reactions to the event from 3 of Yahoo!'s female participants: Avni Khatri, Tiger team software engineer, authored the main post, with additional comments from Natalia Vinnik, Frameworks software engineer, and scholarship winner Malveeka Tewari, a Computer Science graduate student at the University of California, San Diego.
    RHok Chicago 2.0 - CERTMalveeka Tewari, Natalia Vinnik, Avni Khatri, and Nico Preston

    We did it: The challenge was for women to make up 20% of the participants at Random Hacks of Kindness event #2 on December, and our Chicago contingent was 33% female. All in all, RHoK reports some 1,500 hackers in 20 locations around the world. Above all, though, what came through was the spirit of collaboration between people. Didn't matter what company or where people came from: We were all there to do good and that was evident.

    Malveeka Tewari In accordance to the theme of RHoK, all projects focused on building tools for better disaster management and that facilitate better management and

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  • Calling all women: The RHoK 20% challenge and a Yahoo! scholarship

    At the 2010 Grace Hopper Conference, the Open Source for Good panel threw down a 20% challenge for women engineers: Represent!

    The challenge is to ensure that, at the upcoming third annual Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event, women constitute 20% of all participants. Expected attendance is expected to be over 200 people in some places; this means we need at least 40 women in these locations.

    Yahoo! scholarship available

    Yahoo! will fund one university student up to US$800 to attend this event. Any female, full-time university student who is able to go in person may enter the competition.

    To enter, write a short paragraph of no more than 250 words about why you want to change the world. Submit your entry by email by midnight PST on November 22, 2010. A winner will be selected by November 28th, and will be notified shortly thereafter.

    Logistics

    The upcoming hackathon is on December 4-5, 2010. The US main stage location is Chicago, with satellite locations in New York and Seattle.

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  • Grace Hopper Celebration: Open Source Track

    With 2,147 attendees from over 29 countries, making it the largest gathering of technical women in the world, the 10th Grace Hopper Conference in Atlanta, GA was a resounding success. According to Deanna Kosaraju, vice president of programs at the Anita Borg Institute for Woman and Technology, the growth of the conference is tied to the continuous innovation that happens at the conference.

    The Open Source Track is a direct result of that innovation.

    Held for the first time in 2010 and consisting of a committee of volunteers from the open source community to plan it, the track was sponsored by the NSA. It consisted of five sessions, culminating in a Codeathon for Humanity, which included 200 coders.

    The panels consisted of introducing people to open-source software, career and economic opportunities in FOSS (free and open source software), humanitarian FOSS efforts, and getting started in FOSS. There was also a lunchtime, hands-on session on Google's App Inventor for Android (AIA).

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