STARWEST 2019 Concurrent Session : Start a Code Camp, Change the World


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Start a Code Camp, Change the World

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Change begins at home. Last summer, a Young Women in Tech code camp was held in Columbus, Ohio, for members of the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community. More than a dozen experts in technology volunteered to teach girls ages 13 to 17 about computer programming, accessibility, user-centered design processes, cyber security, Photoshop, software development, and desktop management. The volunteers taught the girls about the extensive career options within technology, with each volunteer focusing on their respective area of expertise, and college admissions officers also provided education guidance and a course on resume-building. The entire camp was sponsored by a local community college, with financial support for meals, equipment, and clothing provided by local businesses. The knowledge these girls gained will have benefits that reach far beyond their local communities. Do you want to help make a similar impact? Sarala Pandey and her daughter Ashtha will show you how to organize a code camp, including securing facilities for training, gaining financial support, and soliciting volunteer teachers. Come learn how to uplift the next generation of leaders.

Sarala Pandey
Huntington National Bank

Sarala Pandey is presently serving as the quality assurance manager for Huntington National Bank. She is responsible for managing resources and creating and maintaining QA standards and process for the entire Digital Channel team. In addition, Sarala has enhanced organizational efficiency and efficacy by piloting test automation, exploratory testing, and the continuing education program. Sarala began her career in QA with an internship at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Over the course of twenty years, she also has served as a QA analyst, QA lead, and off-shore liaison. She is responsible for delivering industry-wide SDLC standards to AT&T, IBM, SypherLink, and Huntington National Bank. Recently, Sarala was named a Trailblazer in the Smart Women Awards by Smart Business Magazine.

Ashtha Singh

Ashtha Singh is a junior at Dublin Jerome High School. She is president of the journalism club, captain of the debate team, a black belt in taekwondo, and a varsity field hockey player. Most notably, last summer she began a non-profit with her mother, Sarala Pandey, aimed towards providing underprivileged young women with education in STEM and IT fields. Ashtha has traveled around the United States speaking at various conferences regarding her work with refugee communities and educating members of the tech community on their unique ability to serve their community.