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ThoughtWorks, a global software development and digital consulting company is back with its next edition of Vapasi. Vapasi is a ThoughtWorks India program that addresses the gender gap within the developer community. The program helps experienced women developers on a career break, to re-enter the world of programming.

And, this year, the third edition of Vapasi will be held in Pune, launching in the second week of April.

Vapasi 2018 is an intensive three week bootcamp on Java and object oriented programming. Post the bootcamp, selected participants are offered a three to six month internship with ThoughtWorks. After the internship, participants can apply for a full-time position with the company. The program also intends to be a platform for women technologists to network, connect with role models, and become active members of the tech community.

Commenting on the Vapasi program, Savita Hortikar, Head of Recruitment for ThoughtWorks India said, “We have always been passionate about diversity. ThoughtWorks realizes that an inclusive work environment of driven technologists leads to sustainable organizational growth. And, we are happy that the Vapasi program is helping women professionals continue strong technical careers.”

Here are a few highlights from last year’s Vapasi edition:

  • 22 participants complete a 4 week bootcamp in Hyderabad
  • 1 of the participants was offered a full-time position
  • 3 more completed the ThoughtWorks internship, and are currently full-time employees
  • 3 other participants went on to jobs at other leading tech companies

Swetha Murali, a technologist for 3 years and on a 2 year career break had this to say about Vapasi 2017, "The Vapasi program enabled my exploration of recent technologies and also gave me the confidence to take my career sky high with a dream job, right here at ThoughtWorks.”

Vapasi is part of #TalkTechToHer, a ThoughtWorks India initiative directed towards women in technology who have more than 6 years of work experience. The initiative wants to elevate the conversation around inclusivity and drive home an important message - women can achieve as much as men or more, when they are presented with the opportunities without the biases.

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