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Ishita Agarwal and Ruchika Chugh

Ishita Agarwal and Ruchika Chugh won top honors at SheHack for coming up with a solution for visually impaired people to access their smartphones through gestures with their cane.

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Akanshi Srivastava recently participated in a hackathon in Bengaluru organized Indonesian on-demand services company Gojek. SheHack, as it was called, had only women.

"I don't know why this notion exists that girls don't know tech as well as guys do. This has always bothered me," says Srivastava, who studied computer science at Vellore Institute of Technology.

SheHack proved to be a professional milestone for Srivastava. Her team won the second prize for building a mobile app that used open-source computer vision libraries to convert sign language into text and speech in real-time. Gojek's tech development center in Bengaluru offered her a job that she started this month.

For Gojek, the hackathon is a new way to find talent beyond resumes and interviews, as well as a channel to showcase company culture to the local community of tech millennials in its quest to build a talent base in India.

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