Our world is facing many diverse challenges, including the new challenges brought up in the horizon by the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The most significant problems are identified in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. All 193 member states of the United Nations identify and ratify the 17 biggest challenges making the Global Goals the largest international undertaking to address the world’s most vexing issues from ending hunger to gender equality and sustainability.  

The “17 Days of Sustainability” is an inaugural program by Ideagen, highlighting one goal per day. Ideagen will showcase how the world’s leading organizations are addressing these goals; achieving the Global Goals is only possible through the education, awareness, and collaboration of individuals and organizations who strive for a better society and planet.

Women in Cloud along with Ideagen is focused on developing global partnerships and collaboration across sectors to achieve the Global Goals by 2030, particularly goals Goal 5 – Gender Equality, Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10 – Reduced Inequality and Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

Women in Cloud will be hosting 5 panels on the following topics with the goal of increasing awareness, celebrating and inspiring the community and corporations to take actions to create economic access and parity. 

  • The Power of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (addressing Goal #4)
    • Youth today face considerable challenges in creating a bright future for themselves. Many of the global challenges to development are especially important for children and youth. The SDG 2030 goals established that youth are a driving force for economic development – but only if they are provided with the skills and opportunities needed to reach their potential.
    • Watch the Session: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Kim Smith (Moderator), Global Vice President, IBM
      • Harvin Park, Creative Children for Charity
      • Neal Vedullapalli, Creative Children for Charity
      • Mireya, Creative Children for Charity
  • Advancing Women in Tech through Skilling and Mentoring (addressing Goal #5)
    • Making up 48 percent of the current workforce and growing, women are prime candidates for filling the leadership pipeline and C-suite benches that will soon be left lighter by a departing generation of workers. And yet, women get less access to the people, input, and opportunities that accelerate careers. As a result, the higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see. This representation can discourage women from seeking advancement.
    • Watch the Session: Thursday, October 8, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Chaitra Vedullapalli (Moderator), President & Co-Founder, Women in Cloud
      • Gina Fratarcangeli, Managing Director, Midwest Sales, Accenture
      • Christine Puccio, VP, Global Cloud Alliances & GTM Programs, F5
      • Sarah Muckler-Visser, GTM Partner Marketing Services Director, Microsoft
  • Enterprise Ready Accelerators works for Female Tech Founders: Here’s How it Works (addressing Goal #5)
    • Small businesses that sell solutions to large companies can build momentum faster because enterprises provide a steadier revenue stream and bigger contracts. But selling to enterprises isn’t easy. Learn how Women In Cloud Accelerator is helping women advance their business through enterprise sales.
    • Watch the Session: Thursday, October 8, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Kristen Miller (moderator), Founder & CEO, Stylyze
      • Shari Burk, Founder, Vision Platform
      • Rob Fiddick, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
      • Tiffanie Stanard, CEO, Stimulus
  • Power of Designing AI Powered Solutions for UN Goals 2030 (addressing Goal #17)
    • Women in Cloud and IdeaGen have partnered together with industry leaders and policymakers to advance the 2030 UN global goals through the identification of AI-based solutions through communities by launching #AISolutions2030 Solution Design Contest. Leveraging the UN Knowledge Repository, WiC & IdeaGen are looking to bring some of the sharpest tech and business minds together for a greater purpose.
    • Watch the Session: Friday, October 9, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • George Sifakis, Global Chairman and CEO, Ideagen
      • Rahul Thakkar, Director – Advanced Services Development, Digital Enterprise, IT & Digital, Boeing
      • Chaitra Vedullapalli, President & Co-Founder, Women in Cloud
  • Role of Corporate Boards to Advance Gender Inclusion Narrative (addressing Goal #17)
    • Gender Diversity at the Board Level Can Mean Innovation Success. Improving recruitment on corporate boards can boost innovation and creativity.As the economy continues to be reshaped by changing technologies, companies keep searching for ways to better integrate innovation into their strategy. No industry is immune to this need.
    • Watch the Session: Friday, October 9, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Karen Fassio (Moderator), Marketing Director, Microsoft OCP
      • Karen Cone, Advisory Board Director & Venture Partner, Alloy, MondoBrain, MastersFund, StockSmart
      • Arnaud Mourot, Vice President, Ashoka

Starting 17 September, 2020, Ideagen with partner organizations will strive to educate nearly 30M people on the importance of achieving every Sustainable Development Goal. 

We inhabit the only planet that supports life. While we are equipped with technology and knowledge that has allowed our evolution so far, it falls upon us to create a sustainable and inclusive path for the future generation to take over. 
Register today and join the force to create a sustainable planet!

Announcing WiC Delegation at Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit: A Community of influence

Our vision is to represent the Women In Cloud community as an influential community that will focus on enabling rich conversations and interactions at Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit. The perks of joining the WIC Delegation are many:

1. Exclusive access to our network, programming, and special sessions at 17 Days of Sustainability Summit

2. A curated list of sessions to attend at 17 Days of Sustainability

3. A digital badge to share your association with us on social media

4. Curated social media posts for sharing

5. Invitation to our virtual happy hour

6. Early Access to special announcements

Part 1: Why Join a WiC Delegation?

The first motivator is belonging. You are not alone in a sea of attendees. You are part of the movement focused on driving global change.

The secondary motivator for many could be the more simple; opportunities & connections. WiC delegates will have access to a private network to connect with each other, exclusive access to conversations to create mutual opportunities, learn together in joined sessions, and have fun at the virtual happy hour.

The third motivator is to be a part of an ever-growing inclusive community.

Part 2: I’m in! Now what?

Still here? Great! This is the part where we give you the inside track on how to take full advantage of your role as a delegate and make real connections in the WiC community over the course of the digital summit!

Register for your complimentary ticket to Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit

Be active in the community, which includes visiting the private community on #WiC DigitalNetwork thread daily and getting to know the members of the WiC Delegation and community. Whether you spend your time in general chat, connect with each other, or come up with ideas to help address the UN’s global goals, getting active, and getting your name out there will go a long way.

Build a delegate contribution plan: One major way to help people get to know you and what you bring to the table is to complete the introduction page. We have an entire section of our forum specifically built for just this purpose! Let members know a little bit about you, how you learned about WiC, share your experience, and what you would do with the forged WiC Delegation as an active delegate.

Be active from September 17 to October 9 with the WIC Delegation. You will have access to curated sessions, get invited to community activation to meet each other. Even though it is online, we are committed to making it personal.

Tell your friends. The #WiCDigitalNetwork consists of 1,995 members from all over the world of different nationalities, races, creeds, colors, political and religious beliefs, and we want to keep that trend going! Anyone and everyone is welcomed with open arms into the WiC community.

Follow us on Social Media. Make sure you stay up to date on all of the latest WiC news by following us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

PART 3: Build Your Schedule

WiC Sessions at Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit: Signup Today

  • September 22nd: Power of Youth Social Entrepreneurship
  • October 8th: Advancing Women In Tech through Skilling & Mentorships
  • October 8th: Enterprise Ready Accelerators Work for Female Tech Founders: Here’s How it Works
  • October 9th: Power of designing AI Powered Solutions For UN Goals 2030
  • October 9th: Role of Corporate Boards to advance Gender Inclusion Narrative

Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability will feature over 100 Speakers, Leaders, and Luminaries, from across sectors sharing insights, perspectives and partnerships to achieve the Global Goals by 2030. Each goal will be addressed on a single day. See schedule below:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 Goal 1: No Poverty
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Monday, September 21, 2020 Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Goal 4: Quality Education
  • *Thursday, October 8, 2020 Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Friday, September 25, 2020 Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Monday, September 28, 2020 Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Friday, October 2, 2020 Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Monday, October 5, 2020 Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Friday, October 9, 2020 Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

*Goal #8 will be held on October 8 to align with The Empowering Women and Girls Summit to bringing together and empower women leaders around the globe.

We look forward to seeing you and building strategic partnerships which will allow us to create a significant impact in the ecosystem and expand our networks. We hope to connect, learn, and share with you all. See you at #IdeagenGlobal!

Women in Cloud (WiC) has partnered with IdeaGen to further the 2030 United Nations’ global goals through the identification of AI-based solutions by launching #AISolutions2030 Solution Design Contest. In 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development proposing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN’s mission is to employ technology and build a global blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity of the planet.

Leveraging the UN Knowledge Repository, WIC and Ideagen are bringing some of the sharpest technologists and greatest business minds together to produce AI Solutions idea to contribute to UN SDGs.

After receiving 65+ applications by women-led innovators to showcase their solution, the following 10 semi-finalists have been shortlisted for the interview round;

Semi-finalists include:

  • The Scientific Data Engine (SDE) (led by Donna Conroy, Founder/CEO) will end and prevent global pandemics/epidemics by expediting the delivery of safe and effective scientific innovations (drugs, vaccines and diagnostics) and optimizing patient care using disease-specific, real-time clinical data powered by AI. (Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being)
  • VideoWiki (led by Nataliia Rzhevska, CIO, PhD in Pedagogy) is a simple tool for teachers to create teaching content without any advance knowledge of a tool or code – “Video Wikipedia for Learners and Creators” (Goal 4: Quality Education)
  • Share Cart (led by Madhuri Vegaraju, Software Architect) has the end goal to ensure every home has enough food to feed their family every day with dignity; because, sharing is caring.(Goal 2: Zero Hunger)
  • Seguro Project (led by Melissa Bush, Product Designer) is utilizing AI technologies to support domestic violence organizations in broadening their reach and depth in aiding as many women as possible to transition from domestic violence victim to survivor. (Goal 5: Gender Equality)
  • An Intelligent Drone-port (led by Daamini Visaalaakshi, BIE- Insouring2) is an infrastructure with Swarm of autonomous Drones and UAVs for community services with rapid response to any situation safeguarding communities. (Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)
  • Anonymous Interviewer (led by Erica Jackson, BI/Analytics) offers gender neutral interviews – “meet” your candidates anonymously and ask spontaneous questions in real time. (Goal 5: Gender Equality)
  • E-commerce which provides a marketing and raw material assistance for small scale industries world wide (led by Reshma Shetty, Manager) will provide a marketing and raw material assistance for small scale industries world wide and increase the access of small-scale industrial. (Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)
  • Kids Household Chores (led by Kruthika M Kanavi, Programmer Analyst) is a gaming app which aims at children learning as well as imbibing a new norm in the daily routine which is free of any gender stereotypes. (Goal 5: Gender Equality)
  • Smart Detection of Road Hazards using AI for Sustainable Cities (led by Gunjan Vaishnav, EO&T – BICIPL IT ENG SYSTEMS) provides automatic detection of road hazards to save precious lives (Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities)
  • Mobile app to reduce food waste and carbon emissions (led by Leah Kim, AUTOMATION & FABRICATION) plans to transform our cities to be sustainable using cloud/AI computing to reduce residential food waste and consequently the greenhouse gas emissions. (Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities)

At the closed interview session, teams will have the opportunity to present and pitch their solution ideas to a team of esteemed interviewers from Women in Cloud, Ideagen, Microsoft, and Qumulo. Solution ideas will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The solution uniquely solves a UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • The solution is original and innovative in approach to solve the selected UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • There is a market opportunity and revenue stream potential

Top 3 finalists will be selected on August 31 and will receive special honors such as an interview on IdeagenTV, a feature at IdeaGen’s 17 Days of Sustainability (September 17 – October 9), and a special award. 

#AISolutions2030 Solution Design Contest is presented in partnership with Microsoft, Ideagen, Boeing, and Meylah.

Earlier this year Women in Cloud joined the EQUALS Global Partnership, which brings together more than 90 stakeholders including, governments, private sector, United Nation entities, academia and not-for-profit organizations to accelerate efforts towards bridging the gender digital divide and fostering gender equality in the digital age.

Last week, we were happy to announce that our very own Co-founder and President, Chaitra Vedullapalli joined forces with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to deliver a SheTrades Invest course webinar in support of EQUALS. 

Earlier this year Women in Cloud joined the EQUALS Global Partnership, which brings together more than 90 stakeholders including, governments, private sector, United Nation entities, academia and not-for-profit organizations to accelerate efforts towards bridging the gender digital divide and fostering gender equality in the digital age.

The SheTrades Invest course is a 5-part webinar series designed by ITC’s SheTrades Initiative to help women entrepreneurs succeed in the technology sector by improving their access to finance. The SheTrades initiative aims to connect 3 million women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses to international markets by 2021. The initiative offers a blueprint of seven global actions to unlock markets for women as well as a web and mobile app for women entrepreneurs to connect to buyers, investors, and new markets. 

On 23 June 2020, Chaitra Vedullapalli presented the fifth and final webinar in the course on the topic of, ‘How to get ready for corporate contracts: The art of winning & keeping enterprise customers’. Chaitra as the Co-founder of Meylah Corporation has had her ups and downs in the tech industry in terms of securing customers and contracts during her initial days and was well placed to share her learnings with course participants during the live 1.5-hour interactive webinar.

There are also other course webinars including , ‘Identifying the right financial instruments for your technology company’ co-hosted by Dr. Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Partner at IoTask & Representative to the EQUALS Leadership Coalition that can be accessed via the EQUALS website here.

The SheTrades Invest course on access to finance is very timely as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates that MSMEs face a financing gap of approximately $5.2 trillion dollars annually. According to the World Bank, women led enterprises receive only 3 percent of all venture capital funding. The SheTrades invest course aims to close this gap by equipping women entrepreneurs with the skills, tools and knowledge to meet the needs of investors and securing financing. 

Women in Cloud as a community is striving through the collaborative efforts of our partners and members. In this regard, we are extremely honored to contribute to the SheTrades Invest course webinar and the efforts of EQUALS Global Partnership and the International Trade Centre. Furthermore, to watch a recording of Chaitra’s session and access other webinars in support of EQUALS,  please visit:  https://www.equals.org/leadership-webinar.

As we wind down 2019, we can’t help but think of all the things we have to be thankful for this past year. Although we still have a lot of work to do in order to see gender equality in the tech industry, we’ve also accomplished a lot of things this past year. 

  • We’ve grown our WIC active network to over 1500 members, more than double where we were one year ago and, as a result, we’ve tripled our audience during this time. 
  • We launched the online WIC Network community to give members an exclusive space to communicate, network, share ideas and help each other through mutual generosity. 
  • We build an Advisor Network comprised of industry executives and subject matter experts.
  • Our Accelerator impact generated $50M in pipeline opportunities and $6M in investments.
  • We’ve expanded the Cloud Accelerator into 8 countries: Canada, UK, France, Germany, India, Kenya, the US and Dubai.
  • We now have 60+ major companies directly participating in the community. 
  • And we’ve garnered major media coverage for WIC on Microsoft, GeekWire, TechNative and more. 

And as we move into 2020, we know we can accomplish amazing things. We’re going to continue launching our community in new countries and territories, add new programs like Executive Dinners and Innovation Hacks, continue to evolve our community into a true Generosity Network, and much more.

We kick off the year with our annual summit, and this year’s promises to be extra special. We’ve added a number of amazing new experiences that not only accelerate growth for women-led technology businesses, but also inspire, connect and harness the amazing power of the community to help solve other major problems we’re facing across the globe. 

Here are our top 5 reasons why you can’t miss out on the 2020 summit:

  1. Learn from relevant industry leaders: there are so many amazing speakers at the summit this year including critically acclaimed performer and author Patti Dobrowolski, and corporate vice president for Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner business, Gavriella Schuster, and many others. You’ll wish you could listen to all of them!
  2. Change the world and yourself in the process#AISolutions2030 Innovation Hub: Women In Cloud and IdeaGen have partnered together with industry leaders and policy makers to further the 2030 UN global goals through AI-based solutions by launching the #AISolutions2030 Innovation Hub. Leveraging the UN Knowledge Repository, WIC will be bringing some of the sharpest tech and business minds together in one place for a greater purpose, and promises to produce strategic AI solutions directed at solving the UN’s SDG goals.
  3. See up-and-coming women entrepreneurs and women-led business emerging into the spotlight first hand through the #CloudInnovateHER Pitch Challenge: women-led companies developing an enterprise-ready cloud solution that’s earned less than $10M in the past 12 months qualify to enter the pitch challenge. Four finalists will have an opportunity to deliver their pitch during WIC Summit 2020. The winner will be selected at the pitch competition and will receive a prize.
  4. Join in on scintillating conversation with industry leaders at the #CloudExecConnect Executive Roundtables: an intimate group eating together and inspiring through meaningful dialogue around one topic. Each table conversation is facilitated by an industry executive, and you can pick the topic that interests you most. 
  5. Multiple opportunities to network: in addition to the #CloudExecConnect Executive Roundtables, there’s also Collective Action Lounge, as well as the #CloudCommunityConnect: Community Roundtables that are community lead roundtables similar to the executive roundtables. With over 1500 attendees, there are bound to be a number of influencers you can get connected to. 

There are several more reasons to attend, so be sure to register today!

Also, there are other ways to get involved if you’re interested: