ICFOSS is the outcome of a decade of work by Free Software enthusiasts, advocates, developers and supporters in the state of Kerala and outside. Recognizing the strides made by the FOSS community in Kerala, and sensing a need to do more, the Government of Kerala, in 2008, had set up a Committee headed by Prof Rahul De of IIM Bangalore to recommend what further could be done to support the cause of FOSS. Prof De’s Committee, after consulting the FOSS Community and its leaders, made several recommendations to the Government of Kerala, of which setting up of a nodal organization for supporting and extending Free Software activities in the state, at the same time linking with communities, developers, groups and institutions abroad. Given the fact software is globalized, it was suggested by the FOSS community that this organization is international in character in order to enable ease of working with FOSS communities that span continents.
We are Women in Technology to support Women who are in Technology or want to be in Technology. The name Women Hackathon says it all, we love technology and we hack the way to bridge the gender gap in technology and technical skill development. No matter from which cultural, financial or geographical background you are from with the help of Govt. Of Kerala IT Department, we the Women from ICFOSS as well as the technical experts from the Free Software community are here to help you to pursue your career dreams and we can guide you to attain the technical skills you need to achieve your goal. As the initial step towards getting more women into technology we create awareness among college students who are already in Technical education. As the recent researches have revealed, the interest in getting formal Technical education is not shown by the female students to attain any technical knowledge out of the syllabus like OS installation or different technologies for application development.
We conduct 2 day hackathon sessions at colleges for girls to develop such skills for self and career development. We also give an opportunity to students who show special interest in different FOSS technologies to participate in our 3 day residential program to improve their technical as well as leadership skills. The need to continue nurturing their technical skills and to continue in the technical field is conveyed to them. So is the case of the female participation in Free Software development too. We are here to inform women about different FOSS communities and to improve their participation in FOSS contributions. This is also an amazing career opportunity as you can be an advocate for FOSS as well as Women who wish to stay in Technology, to encourage them to do so
Some experiences in life are so rare and intense that you transform into a better version of yourself unknowingly. For me, Women Hackathon was an enriching journey of self-discovery. This social hack was rewarding at many levels. The platform gave me a chance to participate in candid conversations about issues pertaining to women and voice …
International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS)
South Pavilion, Sports Hub, Karyavattom, Trivandrum – 695 581
Tel: +91 471 2700013 Mob : +917356610110