'Technology offers world of opportunities for women entrepreneurs'

The technology domain is no longer a male-dominated space, and women with vision and grit have every chance of taking leadership roles and building successful companies — this was the message to budding women entrepreneurs from experts in the field at the three-day ‘SHE-2017’ tech meet hosted by Maker Village.

Organised in association with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering (WIE) Congress- Kochi Hub at the Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), Angamaly, the meet showcased the possibilities in the world of technology for young women entrepreneurs and offered them guidance and mentorship from professionals.

Maker Village extended support to SHE-2017 as part of its ambitious vision to develop a meaningful community for women in technology and positively change the landscape of the Indian economy.

Inaugurating the event, SujataMadhavChandran, Global Head, Asset Leveraged Solutions Analytics and Insight Unit, TCS Ltd, said that there was no gender specification for any career in the corporate world today; and neither was there male domination like before, which meant anyone passionate about being an entrepreneur had a chance of becoming one.

“If you learn to unearth problems that can have business solutions, then there are tremendous opportunities waiting for you. The projects ideally should have a social impact; IT is now applicable for all fields of engineering,” she said.

Maker Village representatives Kiran Krishna and SreejithVenugopal addressed the students and elaborated on the vast possibilities at their Electronics Incubator. Paul Mundadan, chairman, FISAT, presided over the function.

Four workshops were conducted on the second day with participation of around 300 students.

The workshop on Big Thinking in IoT gavethe students insights into this exciting new field,and its vast and seamless applications in various fields of study. Project Development using Microcontrollerselaborated on how to develop various tasks and projects with the help of small, low-cost computers.

Firing up the Clouds with AWS (Amazon Web Services)discussedcloud computing in detail and a Managerial Workshop was held to help the students improve their management skills.

The workshops were followed by a cultural night which gave the participants and volunteers a platform to showcase their skills. The concluding day of the event witnessed a talk series which included inspiring talks by Kiran Krishna andSreejithVenugopal and EeshaPriya, Assistant Collector, Ernakulam; astand up comedy and open mic session by VinayMenon.

A project presentation competition was held as a part of the event for tech-enthusiasts in Kerala to put their brains together to solve the accessibility challenge faced by mankind. Maker Village recognised the best of these projects with an offer to provide the teams with pre-incubation facility and mentorship.


Maker Village, a project funded by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), Govt of India, and the Government of Kerala, has facilities in Cochin and Trivandrum to incubate and supports startup companies in electronics such as in IoT, robotics and wearables. It is administered by IIITMK, a leading post graduate educational institute established by the Government of Kerala to impart higher education in the area of Information Technology and Management.

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