Women in Tech 2019

Laraib Zamir

Laraib Zamir

Founder / Director - Xgeeksters

Laraib Zamir is a young speaker and entrepreneur, working earnestly for women empowerment and breaking stereotypes associated with women in Pakistan. She is the founder of Xgeeksters, a technical sanctuary where
tech knowledge is applied, tested and learnt, particularly by women without age barriers.

Laraib programs and conducts workshops in AI, Android development, graphic design, web development and 3D Unity. Her recent efforts include training over 55 women in robotics and IoT while supporting their advent into the startup ecosystem. Laraib’s passion and dedication has earned her many awards as she continues to inspire her community, making women aware of technology and its various fields of application and expertise.

Zartaj Waseem

Zartaj Waseem

Co-Founder / CEO - Pakistan Space Science Education Centre

Zartaj is a thriving STEM education professional and a budding tech entrepreneur. She’s spearheading Pakistan’s first and only dedicated Space Science STEM Education venture. She’s a speaker, innovator, maker and doer and hopes to join hands with industry giants, research firms and visionaries to bring the most enduring hands-on, STEM education experience for students in Pakistan. Zartaj is the National Organizer for the World Robot Olympiad in Pakistan.

She was the first Pakistani International Award Judge and is the only Pakistani to be the FIRST Global Task Force member for developing Robotics curriculum. She has also been the FIRST Lego League Regional Planning Committee Head, Judge Advisor and a Robotics Teams’ Coach since 2013.

Anubha Maneshwar

Anubha Maneshwar

Founder, GirlScript Foundation Pvt. Ltd.

Anubha is 23 years old entrepreneur who wishes to change how tech education works in India. Through her organisation called GirlScript Foundation Pvt Ltd, she has impacted lives of 10,000+ beginners in technology and programming by ensuring that 50% participants are from under represented groups including women.

GirlScript is India’s Biggest Tech Community with chapters in 36 cities of India. It has various programs like GirlScript Summer of Code, LetsPy India Tour, Groom School, GirlScript India Summit and Hack-O-Trek. She has won Indian Women Leadership Excellence Award 2019, 35 Under 35 Awards in Best Startup for Education, India’s Top Young Leaders Award and has been nominated for Women Techplaymaker Awards 2019 among top 8 finalist across the globe.

Pooja Rai

Pooja Rai

Co-founder/CEO, Anthill Creations

Pooja Rai is the co-founder and CEO of Anthill Creations, a social enterprise incubated by NSRCEL IIM Bangalore and N/Core. It aims to make play accessible to all by building low cost and sustainable playscape. Anthill Creations brings in the much needed play into children’s lives that eventually affects their overall growth and life.

She is an architecture graduate from IIT Kharagpur. She has also authored a book on women entrepreneurs named ‘The Road Not Taken’ published by IIM Bangalore.

Raziya Shaikh

Raziya Shaikh

Founder, Bastar Food Firm

As a Researcher Raziya started working on tribal foods that are mainly prepared from forest minor produces. She created a platform named the Bastar Food Firm to provide identity to tribal food as well as also to provide opportunity to tribal girls to learn technology at grass root level.

This platform also works as incubation center where females from small villages come to learn food processing work with food safety & hygienic condition and turn it into business models. Introduction of food technology at the interior areas of South Chattisgarh that faces issues regarding naxalism, unemployment, lack of skills, good education ,poverty still stands as a challenge.