Yahoo India hosts Girl Geek Dinner

The second edition of Girl Geek Dinner hosted by Yahoo India’s Research and Development wing was held here recently with over 300 women technologists participating in it from organisations across the technology industry.

The event included a workshop focussed on Web App Development for ‘girl geeks’ to create end-to-end applications in fields that are currently trending. The highlight of the evening was a panel discussion on ‘Starting and succeeding as a woman entrepreneur’, with a panel comprising women working in leading tech roles.

Apala Lahiri Chavan, Chief Oracle and Innovator, Human Factors International; Jaya Jha, founder,; Valerie Rozycki Wagoner, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ZipDial; and Jessie Paul, CEO, Paul Writer, were on the panel.

The dinner was organised by Yahoo’s Women in Tech (WIT) group, a grassroots, volunteers-led employee organisation at Yahoo.

Commenting on the initiative, Shouvick Mukherjee, vice-president and CEO, Yahoo India R&D, said: “Forums like the Girl Geek Dinner are designed to enable women technologists to maximise their potential, and network and leverage the community to succeed.”

Conference on cloud technologies

The Computer Society of India (CSI), a body for IT and software professionals, announced the Advances in Cloud Computing (ACC) lecture series in Bangalore.

Slated to be held from July 26 to 28 at the Lalit Ashok, the event is aimed at providing an international forum for researchers, professionals and industrial practitioners to share their knowledge in the rapidly growing area of Cloud Computing. An estimated 300 professionals will participate in the event, a press statement from the CSI stated.

The conference is being supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Indian Space Research Organisation, Software Technology Parks of India, and a large number of corporate houses and R&D labs.

Anirban Basu, event chair of ACC 2012, said: “Cloud computing is gaining importance day by day, and this ACC 2012 conference will provide a forum for IT professionals in the country to gain more knowledge on multifaceted topics like mobile cloud computing, resource management on clouds, market-oriented cloud computing service, peering into the future of cloud computing and services.”

A mobile app for hiring taxis

Olacabs, an aggregator of car rentals and point-to-point taxi services, announced the launch of its mobile application, Olacabs, which allows users to book a taxi easily on their smartphones.

A press release from the company claimed that this app is the first of its kind in India and among the first ones in Asia.

The app, released in Mumbai this week, will be launched in New Delhi and Bangalore in a month, the release added.

This application allows customers to book the nearest Olacab and track its movement with a one-touch interface on their smartphones.

It provides details such as the name of the taxi driver and vehicle number, distance from the user’s location as well as the expected time taken to reach the location, the company claimed.

Currently available for Android phones, the iPhone and BlackBerry versions should be available in a month, the release said.