Rise, and rise, of the women who code

An increasing number of women are entering the computer science field and writing better code than men After Jyoti Singh finished school, she wanted to work in the field of Physics. Her parents and teachers encouraged her to enrol in the computer science stream, though she was not interested in it initially. But when she was introduced to fields such as artificial intelligence, the simulation of human intelligence processes by computer systems and machine learning, which gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed, it fired up her imagination and interest. Since then the 20-year-old final-year Bachelor of Technology student at IIT-Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, has been competing in many hackathons and writes computer code for several hours at a stretch. Hackathon is a social coding event that…

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