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WiSTEM 2016
Hackathon 2016

  • Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

    Marie Curie, Physicist, Two-time Nobel Laureate (1867-1934)
  • Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.

    Gertrude B. Elion, Biochemist, Nobel Laureate (1918-1999)
  • Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations…If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out … You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.

    Mae Jemison, first African American woman in space (1956-present)
  • Science is not a boy's game, it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going.

    Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and actress
  • I have never let gender get in my way. It has taken me over 30 years to get from a garage to the huge campus that we have today. And it's been a long journey.

    Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder of drug company Biocon
  • I believe every single woman could accomplish what I've accomplished.

    Weili Dai, Co-founder of Marvell Tech
  • Yes, the challenges are immensely daunting. Yet, I am of the belief that we need to use our feminine powers at work. Successful women ask for what they want. Good work does not always guarantee success. We have to learn to assess our leadership skills and affirm our focus towards being vocal and advocating on our own behalf

    Meera Kaul, Global Women Empowerment Evangelist
  • I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc.

    Ada Lovelace, World’s first computer programmer
  • Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.

    Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850 – 1891) Russian Mathematician, First Woman to Receive Professorship
  • If one proves the equality of two numbers a and b by showing first that "a is less than or equal to b" and then "a is greater than or equal to b", it is unfair, one should instead show that they are really equal by disclosing the inner ground for their equality.

    Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935). Mathematician
  • A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.

    Rear Admiral, Grace Hopper, developer of UNIVAC I and COBOL
  • I think it's very important to get more women into computing. My slogan is: Computing is too important to be left to men.

    Karen Sparck Jones, Professor of Computers and Information at Cambridge Computer Laboratory

About Us

Our society tells women they don’t belong in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Toys made for girls reinforce rigid, highly gendered stereotypes that encourage only boys to build or engineer. At almost every step of the STEM education ladder, we see girls walk away. The few remaining women graduate to a workforce that is historically unfriendly to women. Stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of academic departments and workplaces continue to block women’s participation and progress. But the low number of women and girls pursuing STEM fields is not a status quo one can live with. It has significant implications for women’s financial security, economic growth, and global innovation. Research shows that when women are economically stable, they invest in health, education and well-being of their communities.

WiSTEM is one of the core Programs of the Meera Kaul Foundation that runs several initiatives focused on the women in STEM, providing an engaging platform for Academia, Governments, Corporates and Women Executives, Entrepreneurs and Leaders to interact, educate, mentor, guide as well as share knowledge and experiences for inspiring a global shift in the attitude towards Women in STEM.

Conference and Awards

WiSTEM Conference and Awards is an annual initiative of the Meera Kaul Foundation hosted to establish, recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contribution women make to the scientific and technological communities that improve and evolve our society.

The Conference and Awards has grown over the years to become the largest regional gathering of a global audience of women technologists, scientists, mathematicians and achievers who are not only adding diversity to the world around us but are also essential participants in the health of the global economy.

2016 2015 2014


The Women in STEM Hackathon is dedicated to creating opportunities for female entrepreneurs and to turn their ideas into innovative, sustainable businesses. During the Hackathon, women meet like-minded women, angels, and support organizations and they are able to create networks for a lifetime. The Hackathon offers women participants an opportunity to interact with professionals from the industry and gain insightful knowledge about their chosen stream of study. The Hackathon challenges aspiring female technology enthusiasts to explore feasible ideas, develop their team skills, and strengthen their network.

The Meera Kaul Foundation partners with Universities and Corporates to conduct the Hackathon. Established mentors are invited to guide the participants. An esteemed panel of Judges assesses the prototypes to give away the awards. The whole process is thoughtfully designed to give a once in a life time experience to the participants.

Feb 2016, Dubai, UAE July 2015, CA, USA Jan 2015, Dubai, UAE


Whether you are looking for your next job role, or you are seeking a new employee, Women in STEM Careers can help.

For job seekers, Women in STEM Careers gives you access to thousands of current jobs covering an extensive range of sectors and locations. For recruiters, our candidate-reach is immense - in excess of 60 million candidates worldwide.

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100 Women in STEM

100 Women in STEM program invites stories of grit, determination and entrepreneurial spirit from Women in STEM from across the world. These stories provide inspiration to the other women.

You are a women entrepreneur with a story to tell us. You could be anywhere in the world but your story is full of surprises that made you stronger. And better. You showed resilience and worked against all odds. Its time for us to celebrate you. Please send a 2 minute video of yourself and your story to us at shikha@meerakaul.com.

Yes, a cellphone video will do. English is the preferred language. Though if you want to speak in any other language, we will be sure to interpret it. The stories will be judged for grit, determination and entrepreneurial spirit by the judges and not on basis of success or failure.

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WiSTEM Community

The Meera Kaul Foundation has initiated an online community platform for Women in STEM. The objective is to share, network and learn from the experiences of each other. It is a platform for women to collaborate, support, interact and make connections. Women can seek virtual mentoring and also learn from the stories of role models.

Through this vibrant community, women share resources, as well as news such as events, competitions, job opportunities and innovations. Women entrepreneurs share their start-up ideas to take feedback and also to get support in resource generation.


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