Heya fellas 😃

It feels delighted to be nominated as one of the five finalists throughout the world for Red Hat Women in Open Source Academic Awards 2017 owing to my significant contributions to the open source community spanning various organisations & projects viz FOSSASIA, Pharo/Smalltalk, European Smalltalk Users Group (ESUG), Hashkat, Women Who Code, Google Developers Group, Learn IT Girl!, various tech stints in Canada, Europe, Singapore & India, etc. and everyone’s best wishes.

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After initial two rounds, final voting round is open now till March 6, 2017. I request and appeal all of you to kindly bless me with your valuable votes.

Folks, Some love & maximum clicks please 😉

Details: www.redhat.com/en/about/women-in-open-source
Vote here: engage.redhat.com/opensourceawards-winners-votingform-2017

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Jigyasa Grover
Delhi Technological University (formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering)
Pursuing a Bachelor’s of Technology in Computer Engineering
Open source contributor for 3 years

Projects or communities: Pharo, European Smalltalk Users Group (ESUG), FOSSASIA, JSONStreamer, Smalltalk Applications like MorphoPhysics, sQuick (Search Quick), Contact Manager, Desktop Games etc. Social Network Simulator – Hashkat (#k@), Women Who Code (WWCode), Google Developers Group (GDG), Google Women Techmakers (Google WTM), Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE), Linux Women in Open Source, Learn IT Girl!, Lean In, Lean In Women of Color, Systers Indian Women in Computing (IWiC)

Summary of contributions: Early in her university days, Jigyasa Grover began working in competitive algorithmic C/C++ programming, Java, Android app development, HTML/CSS, PHP, Python, and more, which led her to explore open source. She began working on Pharo, an open source Smalltalk IDE, and eventually became one of the top contributors to Pharo 4.0 released in 2015. She was a participant in Google Summer of Code in 2015 and 2016, and has been awarded research opportunities by the National Research Council of Canada and the ESUG at Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) France. She has also been exploring the topics of machine learning and digital image processing. Her passion for helping women get involved in technology grew from her personal experience going from an all-girls high school to a university technology program with few women. She is working to inspire others by sharing her work and experiences through blogs, code sharing on GitHub, organizing code labs and tech talks, leading teams of women in major hackathons, speaking at conferences, and participating in mentorship programs. She is the director of Women Who Code Delhi, and she participates in GDG, Google WTM, WiSE, and Systers IWiC. She is a platform developer, organizer, and mentor for Learn IT, Girl!, and has conducted Android app development workshops for teenagers in Singapore. She has received major accolades for her work on numerous open source projects from organizations like the Linux Foundation, Anita Borg Institute, and more.

What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond: Jigyasa is planning to explore new open source technologies and continue her work with groups like Women Who Code. She is also excited to take on more mentoring opportunities through Code-Heat, Google Code-In, Learn IT, Girl!, and Outreachy, while organizing more code labs, programming bootcamps, and tech sessions. After she completes her bachelor’s degree, she is planning to pursue doctoral studies. Jigyasa’s life goal is to make significant and valuable contributions to the computing world through quality research work that will be used for social good.

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