TechGig and American Express join hands to recognise India’s best women technologists
New Delhi: One year ago, Hyderabad-based engineer Tanneeru Leela was best known for her quiet demeanour. Now, she is known as the mighty coder who defeated 73,388 women technologists at India’s biggest women-only code competition – TechGig Geek Goddess 2019 edition! From a quiet, work focussed technologist, to a leading #WomanInTechnology – this persona change happened for her overnight when the world saw her coding prowess at the Geek Goddess code competition.
A similar transition happened with Snehlata Mishra, who recollected that after winning the Geek Goddess 2018 title, her social media platforms were flooded with ‘connection requests’ – akin to the celebrities. Snehlata Mishra’s story is a typical tale of a talented young woman from a small town who set her eyes on the IT domain and won the prestigious Geek Goddess 2018 title.
Year after year, TechGig Geek Goddess helps transform the careers of thousands of women engineers who participate in this annual coding event. American Express is a perfect presenting partner for TechGig Geek Goddess, now for the third year in a row. The globally integrated payments company is an ardent champion of diversity and of recognising top women technologists.
The news of TechGig Geek Goddess 2020 edition’s launch was celebrated by Tanneeru Leela and many other past winners and participants. “I’m so happy that the 2020 edition has opened up because I want to reclaim my title,” she said. Last year, her company celebrated her win like their collective acclaim. “They had put up the announcement, followed by a celebration in office and suddenly everybody started to recognise me,” Leela said.
This is the sixth edition of TechGig Geek Goddess, and owing to the COVID-19 situation this edition will conclude with a virtual grand finale and a career fair in December later this year. The present edition will have 3 screening rounds in two tracks, namely – Coding and Application Development.
Sanjay Goyal, Business Head of TimesJobs and TechGig said, “Being a technologist, I always felt that coding is powered by passion; not by any gender. However, women coders needed a global platform to showcase their coding skills. The TechGig Geek Goddess has become that ‘global platform’ in the last six years. From 15,000 registrations in the first edition to 73,388 registrations in the fifth edition – the TechGig Geek Goddess community has become 489% stronger! I am proud to announce that American Express has joined us at the world’s largest women-only coding contest – Geek Goddess – as the presenting partner for the third successive year.”
“Our partnership with TechGig Geek Goddess is a relationship of pride and purpose,” said Ruchika Panesar – Vice President, CTO Group and Head of Technology at American Express India and JAPA. “American Express proudly backs women in technology and we’re committed to building a diverse workforce and continually expanding our pipeline of top tech talent to include more women and individuals from diverse groups and backgrounds. Congratulations to the very capable and enthusiastic women taking part in this program, particularly during these extraordinary times, and best of luck!”
For now, Tanneeru Leela and her peers are busy flexing their coding muscle. “I will have to start practicing (coding) again because the competition is very tough…. I know,” she said. Here’s wishing all the best to these women!