Cloud Seeders

Friendship | Leadership | Ownership


The World’s First Cloud Learning Community Built by Women, for Women

The Opportunity

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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 $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 to elevate more of them to leadership position in the cloud ecosystem (and beyond) is more critical than ever.


The Flywheel

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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 who shape the future of our society.

We are focusing on

  • Creating a safe and fun environment for members to learn in groups and build camaraderie
  • Providing tools and facilitating projects for members to acquire diverse set of skills that are essential for digital innovation
  • Connecting members with mentors, organisations and resources such as coaching, entrepreneurial acceleration and social collaboration

Membership

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
Expected Value to Members
  • Free of charge for accessing learning materials, resources and attending events
  • Learnt diverse set of digital and cloud skills that are on high demand in the market
  • Gained practical experience in building Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in group projects and hackathons
  • Received career coaching from pod leaders for career development
  • Expanded professional and personal network
  • Received assistance from the community for cloud certification exam preparation
  • Access to organisations and resources for entrepreneurship acceleration if desire to commercialise the MVP
Expected Efforts from Members
  • Complete recommended preparation learning materials prior to each group learning session
  • Engage consistent self-study using recommended learning materials
  • Be open and take initiative in group projects and hackathons
  • Be generous with sharing honest feedback and ideas with Cloud Seeders organising committee on Slack, in surveys and in-person
  • Subscribe to a relevant speciality pod and stay connected with Pod members and leader
Membership Annual Corporate Membership
Description Enroll into Cloud Seeders program under Employer’s corporate membership
Expected Value to Members
  • Upskilled existing female workforce and better engagement
  • Gained direct access to more female candidates with highly demanded cloud and digital skills
  • Enhanced digital capabilities in the organisation and diverse culture leading to better business performance
  • Positive branding and public relations
  • Opportunity to co-organise hackathons to solve business problems
Expected Efforts from Members
  • Enroll female employees to Cloud Seeders
  • Provide venue and catering for at least one Cloud Seeders event
  • Grant SGD 300 annually for organising group learning activities and purchasing learning mateirals
  • Provide at least one hiring managers or representative to participate in cloud speed networking event that will be organised by Cloud Seeders
  • Provide at least one female volunteer speaker to share insights with Cloud Seeders members in one of the following topics: DevOps, DevSecOps, Leadership, Innovation, Change Management, Program Management, Product Management, UX Design, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Blockchain, Containers, Serverless, Internet of Things. Cloud Security, Psychology

Latest Event

Monthly Group Learning Event #2 - Technical Foundation of Cloud for Serverless

We see the trend and potential for serverless to join mainstream because it enables business agility and rapid innovation for organisations. Come to join us for the wild ride, to build a serverless app that helps users request unicorn rides! Please register at EventBrite for our 2 consecutive evening sessions. 1st evening session 2nd evening session

Specialty Coaching Pods


Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why women-only members?


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.

2) Do you charge members for attending monthly learning sessions and special events?


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.

3) Are you collaborating with other communities and initiatives?


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.

4) Do you provide members access to any online resources for cloud learning? What benefit will virtual members receive?


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.

5) Why don’t Cloud Seeders focus on learning technical skills only?


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.

6) What is the difference between specialty pods and monthly group learning sessions?


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.

7) What are the intended uses of various platforms, Facebook, LinkedIn, Meetup, Slack, EventBrite and Trello?


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.
d. Specialty Coaching Pod Subscription - Trello is solely for members to subscribe to pod.

8) Who are the founder and organisers of the Cloud Seeders?


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.



Contact

Information: info@cloudseeders.org

Sponsorship: sponsorship@cloudseeders.org

Corporate Membership: corporatemember@cloudseeders.org

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