Geek Goddess 2019 will pick the best women coders

TechGig, a Times Internet-backed platform for IT professionals, has announced the new edition of Geek Goddess 2019 to find the best women coders in the country, in a bid to improve the representation of women in the field of technology.

The fifth edition of TechGig Geek Goddess will take place in the second week of November; while the women-only coding competition will accept code submissions till October 14.

So far, TechGig has received 37,705 registrations for the coding challenge this year. For decades, women have been poorly represented in the technology industry. In fact, a TechGig survey conducted among women IT professionals revealed that 74% of women in technology believe that a definite bias exists against them and that their suggestions are often not taken seriously by male colleagues.

“TechGig Geek Goddess 2019 promises to be bigger and better than all of its previous editions. The kind of enthusiastic queries that we have already received from our community makes me believe that this year’s edition of Geek Goddess will do justice to the expectations and help corporate India spot the brightest and most talented women IT professionals in the country,” said Sanjay Goyal, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig.

Times Internet is part of the Times Group, which also publishes The Economic Times.

The fifth edition of the coding contest will witness intense competition in themes such as artificial intelligence or machine learning, robotic process automation, Cloudify everything, solution hunters’ hackathon, among others.

Over the years, TechGig Geek Goddess code competition has seen enthusiastic participation from women coders, from across India. Last year, the competition saw participation from 68,791 women technologists and helped several women techies realise their dreams.

American Express, a globally integrated payments company, has joined hands for this year’s contest.

“We’re delighted to once again partner with TechGig Geek Goddess on this groundbreaking competition,” said Ruchika Panesar, vice-president of technology at American Express.