Gender and Technology Residential Programme
Gender and Technology Program (GTP) is an ICFOSS initiative, rolled out with a specific focus on addressing the gender divide as part of women outreach program encouraging women take up IT as a career. GTP activities involves programmes with targeted interventions to addresses the gender gap in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) domain and the technology learning gap. The program involves a mix of activities which includes, intensive workshops, residential camps, Winter/Summer Schools, Back-to-work etc. The program operates at the intersection of free software and gender issues. It aims to build women leaders who can discourse and bring change to gender gaps in the technology community, particularly among professional students and young women. Accordingly, the program gives equal weightage to technical and non-technical aspects, more than technology life-skill training are given. The programme could instill in young women engineers a sense of independence in technology and at the same time help them build confidence and freedom in their life. These programmes could kindle an Entrepreneurial spark in the minds of participants and they are now confident of starting enterprises. The major activities under this program are Fellowship in the field of research, Women hackathon Workshops, I-Install Campaigns to promote technology aspects and Faculty Development Programme to provide special trainings to faculties.
Girls have less exposure to FOSS as they do not participate in as much intensive technical training growing up, a pilot project that addresses the gender gap in the free and open source software (FOSS) community and the technology learning gap among women community. ICFOSS conducted GTP on the topic Natural Language Processing and Machine learning for three batches successfully.