Positive people are a pleasure to deal with. Their demeanour and approach to life uplifts you and makes you want to be a better person yourself. It is the same positivity that helps them go forward in their careers. In many ways, this is the story of Shwetha Kashyap, software engineer at Harman.
We caught up with Shwetha to know more about her journey as a techie, and more importantly, her journey as a woman in tech.
On the occasion of Mindtree’s annual tech festival, Osmosis, the company is running a digital Hackathon for programmers from across the world. This is a great opportunity for programmers from all over to showcase their skills to the tech team at Mindtree and your programming peer group. Mindtree has been running Osmosis for the last 11 years now, and for the first time, will be hosting a digital Hackathon on HackerEarth’s robust HackerEarth Sprint platform.
STEM fields and Gender Gap.
One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.
– President Barack Obama, February 2013
Did you know, a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration states that women with a STEM degree are less likely to work in the STEM fields compared to their male counterparts; they are more likely to work in education or healthcare.
What explains this mystery?
There’s a joke that if you were to shut down Google for a day, less than 1% of the world will actually write code. You will no longer be able to find the rich technical content that aids so many programmers every day.
It goes without saying that good tech content is an essential part of the developer ecosystem and so, we built HackerEarth Notes.
We’re running a technical content sprint on HackerEarth Notes. Write great technical conten, post it to Notes and you stand a chance to win exciting prizes.
Remember back in 2009, when the first Android mobile phones came out without bluetooth? Well, a lot has changed since then. Today, there are over a billion android devices in the market. Android has also provided a vibrant ecosystem to application developers. The Android Play Store has over a million applications which have been downloaded over 50 billion times! (As of 2013).
Android is now making its way to other devices too. Forget smart watches, cars, refrigerators and washing machines are running the operating system today. Surely, being an Android developers has drastically changed from what it used to be 5 years ago.
LinkedIn recently launched a report of 25 hottest tech skills that got people hired in 2014 and topping the list, were Statistical Analysis and Data Mining and Middleware and integration software engineer. If you go through the list in a little more detail, you’ll find things like Business Intelligence, IC specialist, Game Development and Algorithm Design.
Hackathons, from it’s humble beginnings in small companies and college common rooms, have meteorically risen to prominence over the last decade. Never before has there been a way to bring a fragmented set of developers to build products in a short period of time. HackerEarth in its continued effort to provide more things to do for its growing developer community has launched a tool to manage and conduct Hackathons in an online and scalable manner.
With this tool, we aim to conduct a variety of Hackathons and enable our global community of developers to participate in Hackathons in their areas of interests.
You would think that holiday season would mean a slow month on HackerEarth. Not even close! December on HackerEarth was just as busy as any other month! We had a total of 11 challenges, with a total of 6 hiring challenges, 4 non hiring challenges and 1 coding marathon (our first ever). All of these Hackathons put together attracted over 20,000 developers from all around the world. Here’s a brief breakup of everything that happened on HackerEarth this December.
In the age of the computer, it is fairly easy to become a programmer. The learning resources are abundant and programming languages have become simpler over the years. Several hundreds and thousands of college goers are graduating as computer scientists or IT specialists.
But that’s just the start. As more people take up a discipline, the strive for excellence becomes more relevant. As with any field, great programmers are rare. And becoming great at programming isn’t rocket science. As with anything else, programming needs time, persistence and effort to master.
And in a programming context, getting from “I know how to code” to “I write good code” would roughly 52 hours.