26th November 2017: In the week leading up to and following beyond GES 2017, a series of events are being hosted across the world. As a part of this series, on Nov 25 and 26, Girls in Tech Foundation conducted a hackathon themed on ‘Woman of the New Millennium’. This event is being sponsored and hosted by Microsoft.

Girls in Tech Foundation organised the event, in co-partnership with Wave Labs, supported by Department of Youth Services, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & AICTE, Min of HRD, Government of India and the US Consulate General Hyderabad.

250 girls from computer science streams in engineering colleges, from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states participated in this hackathon – Road to GES.

‘Woman of the New Millennium’ Hackathon Series, Road to GES) - 12 Girls turn victorious and bags awards

In the finals today Twelve girls were selected from Gayatri Vidya Parishad, Vizag and IIIT, Hyderabad to participate in forth coming GES summit 2017, all the participants were awarded mentorship and incubation at IIIT – Hyderabad. Cash awards were awarded to five winning teams by startup India and Shivnadar University under the Prime Ministers Atal incubation center. Internships were offered by Wavelabs to six girls and a host of other awards. Telangana Government has awarded one team incubation at T-Hub and Andhra Pradesh government offered incubation, investment and project support for interested teams.

“GES is an opportunity to promote women and women’s economic opportunities, support entrepreneurship, and foster economic growth and prosperity for all. We are particularly proud to partner with the Indian government on this year’s program. The decision to co-host the event is rooted in both our governments’ firm commitment to entrepreneurship, particularly women’s entrepreneurship, as a mean to uplift communities and solve problems of global importance. By contributing to the global economy and creating opportunities for others, entrepreneurs are confronting the ongoing challenges of making sure the world’s people are fed, housed, and have every chance to fulfill their own potential. The GES will create growth for years to come.”- Katherine Hadda, US Consul General Hyderabad.

“Government of Andhra Pradesh chief secretary Mr. L.V. Subramanyam stated that Girls are path breakers and appreciated the unique initiative of organizations like GIT for organizing such programs for girls and women”.

“Government of Telangana believes in encouraging young mindsets, particularly women, for entrepreneurship and excellence. This very important Road to GES event, Government believes, will motivate young women as it celebrates entrepreneurship in the world, and mainstreams it. “– Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, IT, Government of Telangana.

“Department of Youth Services are proud to support and be part of these event pre-summit to GES 2017 and Government of Andhra Pradesh is committed about fostering Entrepreneurship spirit and innovation among the youth especially the woman”- Komal Kishore, Special Commissioner, Department of Youth Services, Govt of A.P

This hackathon aims to address real world issues as articulated through specially designed focus groups of entrepreneurs running Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

About the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)
The theme for GES 2017, being held at Hyderabad, is ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’. At least 50 percent of the delegates to the event, both entrepreneurs and investors, will be women. There will be approximately 1,500 delegates invited through a closed application process, including 400 entrepreneurs from the US, 400 from India, 400 from other countries and 300 investors. Activities and sessions at the summit will be around various industries and focus areas viz. Energy & Infrastructure, Healthcare & Life sciences, Financial Technology, Digital Economy, Media & Entertainment, Education, Social Impact, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.