Technical conference by Women Engineers
A report by Tenzin Dechen Deshar (Intel), Publicity Chair, WinTechCon-2019
IEEE WinTechCon 2019 brings together 400 women technologists for a conference on "Future Technologies for a Smart, Safe & Sustainable World"
The second edition of the annual technical conference provided a platform for women technologists in India to present their work in emerging technology areas
Bengaluru, September 27, 2019: Over 400 women engineers from 35 organizations gathered at Bengaluru for the IEEE WinTechCon 2019 conference, with the theme "Future Technologies for a Smart, Safe & Sustainable World". This was the second edition of the annual technical conference organized by senior women technologists, in partnership with IEEE CAS (Circuits & Systems Society) Bangalore Chapter, IEEE Bangalore Section and IEEE WiE (Women in Engineering) Council Bangalore.
Addressing the audience, Conference Chair Sumedha Limaye, Senior Director, Networking & Communication Solutions Group, Intel India, said, It is heartening to see this conference that was conceptualized and started last year become twice as big and impactful. The steering and technical program committees comprise leaders from across the VLSI, EDA and R&D space. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for women technologists and we are encouraged by the huge response we have seen.
The first keynote speaker for the day, Dr. Geetha Manjunath, Founder, CEO & CTO of NIRAMAI Health Analytix, spoke on AI-enabled Healthcare. "Use of Artificial Intelligence based tools in clinical applications will make healthcare more accessible, affordable and scalable to the masses. NIRAMAI is attacking one of the largest cancer killers among women today. AI is now ready for life saving applications. It really works," she said.
The second keynote speaker, Reena Dayal Yadav, Director, Microsoft Garage-India, in her talk on the Journey of Intrapreneurship, stated, "Innovation is about taking risks, one needs to be prepared for failure as much as look forward to success. We drive a culture of learning and innovation within Microsoft to enable ideas to germinate, we are customer obsessed and connected to customer needs, we provide a safe place for people to take risks with their ideas, to fail and then to succeed. I congratulate IEEE WIE team and the semiconductor industry teams to have organized this event and for raising the bar on the dialogue with women engineers."
The program also featured a panel discussion with senior women technologists from across the industry, moderated by Roopashree HM (Texas Instruments). Speaking on the topic, What Drives Me - Strategies and Tactics for a Technologist's Career, were panelists, Jiji Jayadevan (Mediatek), Piyali Goswami (Texas Instruments), Dr. Seema Chopra (Boeing), Shyama Venugopal (IBM) and Upma Sharda (Qualcomm).
The day-long program was the culmination of several technical tracks – the conference received almost 200 manuscript submissions from women engineers and students, of which 18 papers were selected for presentation at the conference. In addition, 14 posters and 9 demos were showcased at the conference. These covered technology areas spanning VLSI Design and Test, System Optimization and System Software and AI. The IEEE WinTechCon 2019 also featured a hackathon with hardware and software tracks, with finalists showcasing their projects at the conference.
Congratulations to all the award winners of IEEE WinTechCon 2019!
IEEE WinTechCon 2019 Hackathon Awards
IEEE WinTechCon 2019 Best Demo Awards
WinTechCon (Women in Technology Conference) was conceptualized and started in 2018 with the intention of providing a forum for women technology leaders in India to present their work in emerging knowledge areas. The first edition of the conference, led by Texas Instruments India, successfully brought together 200+ senior women technologists under one roof in Bengaluru, focusing on reporting out deep technology work in both silicon design and system software domains for product development.
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