Friendship | Leadership | Ownership
The World’s Most Member-Centric Cloud Learning Community for Women, Built by Women
According to Gartner, the global cloud services market will reach USD 214.3 billion in 2019. This market is expected to continue its exponential growth through 2022. Adding other areas of digital innovation enabled by cloud platforms and services (e.g., artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT)) extends the opportunity size, and involves shaping and reshaping every aspect of society.
The lack of cloud talent has the potential to cost enterprises as much as USD 258 million a year in lost revenues and slower innovation . A wide gender gap in the existing technology workforce exacerbates the skills crisis which serves as a drag on the digital economy. More deeply engaging women and helping more of them craft effective paths into cloud careers and then into leadership positions is more critical than ever.
Cloud Seeders were launched on 1st Aug 2019 in Singapore. We are creating a virtuous cycle by enabling more women to learn, create and lead, so they inspire more women to become equal creators and leaders in building solutions that shape the future of our society.
There are two types of membership, individual and corporate. Please enroll into our program at Meetup.
|Membership||Annual Individual Membership|
|Description||Enroll into Cloud Seeders program as an individual member|
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|Membership||Annual Corporate Membership|
|Description||Enroll into Cloud Seeders program under Employer’s corporate membership|
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We are committed to create a safe and effective learning environment for women. We approach it from two angles: one is who will attend Cloud Seeders sessions and events, the other one is how learning and activities are designed and conducted.
Who will attend? We believe the ability to ask questions, express ideas and experiment freely is fundamental to effective learning in any subjects. We examined various options of the spectrum from women-exclusive for members and speakers to completely open to anyone. We are experimenting and collecting feedback from members to find the most suitable approach for attendance and speakers/instructors. i.e. “women-only” or “women-majority” attendance, “balanced presence” of women and men speakers/instructors or “women-speaker-only”.
How to teach/learn? We believe a gender-sensitive approach should be incorporated in the curriculum design and content delivery. A recent study done by Code Like A Girl and Accenture found that group hands-on projects and in an all-girls environment effectively boosts the confidence, interest and engagement for young girls to learn coding in the US, such as girls summer camp. Girls are relatively sensitive to the presence of women role models and teachers, therefore more likely to be inspired by those figures comparing to boys responding to male role models.
We have two types of membership - individual and corporate. There will be no charge to individual members in our first year program. While corporate members enter an annual membership package with Cloud Seeders to ensure expected outcomes are measured and achieved in exchange for a agreed levels of support to Cloud Seeders community activities. Details can be found in Membership.
Yes. We are actively seeking opportunities to collaborate with communities and organisations locally and globally (such as AWS User Group, Women Who Code, Academy Xi, Women in Cloud, etc.). The primary collaboration format will be co-organised group workshops and hackathon.
In the first year, all members including virtual members will be able to access the following:
a. Online learning materials for cloud certification exams and cloud services that aid members’ self-study
b. The full community and Specialty Pod Leaders for cloud related advice and discussions on collaboration platforms and tools, such as Slack and Github
c. Videos that are made out of selected learning sessions
All the learning materials will be hosted in Cloud Seeders Google Drive and Github account. Details will be shared in Cloud Seeders Slack Workspace.
OpsRamp’s Cloud Skills Survey highlights the skills deficit is real. 90% of hiring managers report that the digital skills gap is either somewhat big, quite big or huge. Nearly a third of respondents believe that the demand for cloud-native skills outpaces existing talent pools. We strongly believe that technical skills alone do not make a real leader. The cloud ecosystem needs talents with cross-disciplinary and diverse digital skill sets to ensure we are solving the right problems for the right users to produce expected results at the right time when leveraging cloud platforms. Cloud Seeders are set out to bridge the skill gap by bringing structured learning programs to women, helping them transform and lead in the cloud ecosystem.
Specialty pods are specialty-based career coaching forums for subscribed members to discuss with each other and with the pod leader, about how to advance competencies and pursue career opportunities in a particular domain. While monthly group learning sessions are participated by all members of Cloud Seeders, based on standard program plan, schedule and curriculum. Members are forming 5-7 people groups to conduct hands-on lab exercises and group building projects in each session.
Currently these platforms are serving four purposes. Cloud Seeders plan to consolidate the platforms so that we can simplify the processes for membership management and communication.
a. Membership management - Meetup is our official membership platform for members to enroll into our program.
b. Event announcement and member communication - Facebook, LinkedIn and Slack Workspace are used to host member discussions about events, learning activities, etc.
c. Event registration - Eventbrite is our event publication and registration platform.
Ivy Young, the Founder of Cloud Seeders, is supported by wonderful Rain Ha, and many volunteers and sponsorship from various organisations so that Cloud Seeders can deliver high quality learning sessions and events to our members. We really appreciate the great contribution from Sau Yee Wong and Sharon Ko to Cloud Seeders Launch Event in Singapore on 1st Aug 2019 . We could not have had such a successful launch without them.
More details will be shared about Cloud Seeders Advisory Board and Ambassadors.
Corporate Membership: firstname.lastname@example.org