Not so long ago, the idea that women might rule the world seemed slightly ridiculous - like something out of science fiction. But in an essay to mark International Women's Day, political analyst and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers argues it's now a topic that can be seriously discussed.Women clearly lacked the intellectual capacity and emotional fortitude to make the difficult decisions that leadership required. It wasn't bias, it was biology - it was just the way women were made.But that was then. In recent decades, attitudes and ideas have changed - and fast. That's not to say that every corner of the world has welcomed women moving from the traditional and private into the modern and public. But move they have. So what's changed? A lot. As a huge and growing body of research and experience makes clear, empowering women makes things better. Not perfect. But better. Business is more profitable. Governments are more representative. Families are stronger, and … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What if women ruled the world?
The narrator-protagonist of Osman Baig’s first play is identified only as the Journalist, employed at an online provider called Millennium Times. Ticket-buyers play unpaid interns to whom the character, now a senior editor, delivers an induction lecture on “journalistic integrity”. We are invited to learn from his catastrophic fact-checking error over a piece of breaking news that almost broke the internet. That so appalling a reporter should have achieved such lucrative seniority is a paradox explained by Baig’s punchy and provocative monologue. As the title Fake News indicates, the current US president is the inspirational daemon of the piece. But what makes the work more interesting than numerous other Trump-thumping theatre pieces is Baig’s understanding, as a former TV journalist, that Hillary Clinton’s nemesis was the beneficiary rather than inventor of factual fluidity in public life – from Fox News to clickbait posting by publications … [Read more...] about Fake News review – Trumped-up story fuels punchy media satire
Environmental concerns are dominating the mainstream discourse. A WaterAid report ranks India a lowly 120 among 122 countries on the Water Quality Index. The reason? Reckless exploitation of groundwater has contaminated this preresource. The good news, however, is that technology can play a role in providing opportunities to ensure environmental sustainability. Capgemini in India has set the pace with Tech Challenge, its flagship tech hackathon. Tech Challenge 2019 was its sixth edition and was hosted at its Hinjewadi campus in Pune recently. The event received a record 1,60,000 registrations from over 80 cities in India. Participants had to solve a coding task over three months, and the top 55 qualified for the finals. There was a healthy mix of students, as well as young and senior professionals, among the finalists, with 30 per cent of the final contenders being women. The finalists, who came from backgrounds in cybersecurity, DCX, I&D and Cloud, were split into 10 teams and … [Read more...] about At Capgemini’s tech hackathon, 55 finalists compete to solve India’s water crisis
A TeamLease report says that the IT industry will add more than 250,000 new jobs in 2019. The focus on digital transformation will result in a host of core IT and business-IT hybrid roles emerging in technology and non-tech companies. This creates a huge opportunity for young talent in India. Capgemini supports marginalised communities that can take advantage of this rising opportunity. It has launched two Digital Academies in India to impart digital skills training to disadvantaged youth as well as under-represented groups. The first phase will have a non-residential co-ed centre in Mumbai and an all-women residential centre in Pune. The Digital Academies will initially focus on training 50 unemployed youth in each city. The courses will include coding, web development, and SQL (Standard Query Language), along with soft training to ensure students are job ready. The length of each training program is around 500 hours. Successful participants will be awarded a diploma certified by … [Read more...] about Bridging the divide: Capgemini launches two Digital Academies to train disadvantaged, under-represented groups
Capgemini organised the 10th edition of Tech Fiesta, its nationwide technology event designed to showcase innovation and intellectual property (IP) in cutting-edge technologies of the future that provide business benefits to customers. Themed as ‘Intelligent Enterprise: Unlocking Newer Possibilities’, the 2018 edition of the event in Bengaluru was inaugurated by Srinivas Kandula, Country Head of Capgemini in India and Member of the Group Executive Committee. Hosted across five offices across the country, Tech Fiesta 2018 was attended by over 20,000 employees, partners and customers. Tech Fiesta is designed and driven by Capgemini’s Mumbai Applied Innovation Exchange (AIE), which is part of a global network of 12 AIEs that are at the heart of Capgemini’s innovation services delivery. A global platform designed to enable enterprises to discover relevant innovations, the AIEs serve dual roles — as a hub for organising Capgemini’s ecosystem of … [Read more...] about 10th edition of Tech Fiesta: Showcasing Capgemini’s innovation, cutting-edge solutions