OYO invites applications for its women-only hackathon to create tech solutions for the hospitality industry


OYO invites female developers across India to create tech hospitality products for the platform. The only female #WomenInCtrl hackathon aims to promote diversity in tech, with a focus on software development roles. High-potential entrants will also be evaluated for roles on OYO’s technology team, it says.

“As the pandemic recedes, tech companies are pledging to drive increased adoption across industries, which will drive growing demand for tech talent across the country. According to a study by 451 Research, a technology industry research firm, women make up 34% of the IT workforce in India. With this idea at the heart of its initiative, and ahead of International Women’s Day, the global hospitality technology platform, OYO rolled out ‘#WomenInCtrl’, its first women-only hackathon in India. in the official press release.

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The virtual hackathon will run from March 8-20, with a particular focus on creating real-world technical solutions in the hospitality technology industry. Coders can register on the HackerEarth website to participate in the challenge. Entrants will have five hours to attempt and submit their innovative solutions to 10 multiple-choice questions and two live programming challenges.

HackerEarth will then evaluate submissions and shortlist candidates for potential technical roles and mentorship by OYO’s technology team. This challenge will test candidates’ skills and knowledge regarding data structures, algorithms, APIs, system design, among others.

“OYO expects the participation of over 2000 female developers across India. Selected participants can expect mentorship from OYO’s global technology team to begin within 24-48 hours of the hackathon,” the press release adds.

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Commenting on the initiative, Ankit Mathuria, Chief Technology Officer at OYO, said, “OYO’s technical and product teams are constantly innovating to meet the changing needs of travelers around the world. We believe customer-focused innovations happen when engineers from diverse backgrounds come together and solve problems. I look forward to meeting some of the most exceptional women in tech and hopefully working alongside some of them soon. It doesn’t matter if you are a full stack engineer, a machine learning or data science expert or an information security geek, but if you relate to our mission, you must participate.

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