April 21, 2023
As we kick off National Volunteer Week, the Infosys Foundation USA team wants to express our appreciation to all of the Infosys volunteers who have played an essential role in helping us achieve our mission: providing K-12 educators and students with dynamic computer science and maker education programs, and helping bridge the digital skills divide for all learners across the US. Thanks to each of you who we’ve named below – and our partners – we reached over 1.3 million students and 44k educators this year. Looking ahead to FY2024, we have some exciting announcements to share:
In early 2022, 27 Infosys volunteers provided ‘IT Career Talks’ about Data, AI and Digital Transformation to over 60 high school students in the newly launched school, Newark School of IT and Data Science, in Newark, NJ whose motto is “Inspiring the Tech Leaders and Change Agents of Tomorrow.”
On March 14, 2022, Infosys Foundation USA sponsored a professional development workshop from Firia Labs at the Infosys Phoenix Tech and Innovation Center in Tempe, AZ. With support from Infosys volunteers who assisted educators throughout the training, this in-person event brought 18 Arizona based middle and high school educators together for free training in Python code.
During the past year, over 30 Infosys mentors provided professional and academic guidance to more than 115 NYC-based high school students, as they design an app that addresses a societal challenge as part of the ‘Infy App Challenges 3.0 & 4.0’ Students from this year’s winning team will be awarded a scholarship or technologically adjacent gift to further advance their tech careers in late June 2023.
Additionally, throughout the 2022 Spring semester, 13 Infosys volunteers delivered a series of virtual ‘Infy Tech Talks’ to 359 NYC high school students as part of our ongoing partnership with the nonprofit PENCIL where they shared personal and professional insights to high school students potentially pursuing careers in tech.
From June 20 - July 1, 2022, the Foundation sponsored a two-week summer STEM camp in partnership with Kode with Klossy at the Infosys Technology and Innovation Center in Raleigh, NC. The camp was designed for middle and high school-age girls, gender nonconforming, and transgender teenagers to learn basic coding skills and to complete a group project showcasing their skills and passions. We were thrilled to have 10 NC-based Infoscions give their time, insights, and support to these young future computer scientists during the ‘Pitch Party’ and the ‘Career Tech Panel’ led by Executive Director, Kate Maloney.
In July of 2022, the Foundation served as the official STEM sponsor for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s annual Teacher Quality Retention Program Summer Institute (TQRP). At the TQRP Summer Institute, Foundation ED Kate Maloney moderated a 'Tech Career Talk’ with Infosys I-Believe leaders, Nicole Kilby and Kenneth Barry.
Dedicated Infosys employees, Christine Stiles and Mohit Kumar, provided support to 54 Latinx students during an in-person hackathon, hosted by proud Infosys Foundation USA partner, Televisa Foundation, in Phoenix, Arizona. Students at the 'Ready.Set.Code' hackathon were provided students with technological insights through workshops on design thinking and machine learning.
On October 11, 2022, the Foundation celebrated International Day of the Girl at One World Trade Center by hosting an interactive design thinking workshop for over 35 NYC-based middle school girls who are part of the NYC Mayor’s Office of International Affairs Junior Ambassador Program, which is designed to teacher 7th graders across the city about the UN and act in their communities. Infosys volunteers Julie A. Toulas, Rumela Mitra, Sushmita Pandey and Liz Rachlin shared career advice on a ‘Tech Career Talk’ panel. These dedicated volunteers served as excellent role models, inspiring and empowering the students to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.
During CSEdWeek in December 2022, the Foundation, in partnership with Learning Blade and Million Women Mentors, produced the 'Women in CS' video series featuring four Infoscions who shared their career stories and encouraged young women to pursue careers in STEM. A gracious thank you to Lopa Mahapatra, Raje Ganesan, Kavitha Ganesh, and Jayashree Sridharan for their time and thoughtful insights.
The Foundation hosted its CrossRoads 2023 conference at the Infosys Phoenix Tech and Innovation Center in Tempe, AZ from Feb 7-9. We welcomed over 230 passionate educators, thought leaders and changemakers, working to shift the landscape of K12 computer science education, for three days of programming and networking. We are incredibly grateful for the 26 Infosys volunteers who worked with the ICETS team to prepare a welcome hologram; managed each of the session panels; took photographs and highlighted innovations at the ‘Living Labs’; warmly welcomed our guests, worked closely as production assistants with the Infosys Knowledge Institute producers. This event was a success due to your enthusiastic support! To see a glimpse of the event, watch here.
March 14, 2023, also known as Pi Day, the Foundation partnered with SciTech Institute, a nonprofit that aims to connect the STEM community in Arizona, to co-host a celebration at the Infosys Phoenix Tech and Innovation Center that brought together over 60 “Chief Science Officers”, a cohort of 6-12th graders who are STEM leaders in Arizona, and more than 100 people from the local STEM community. The Foundation was grateful for support from 17 Infosys volunteers who made the presentations and hands-on STEM activities possible! To learn more, watch here.
Again, the Infosys Foundation USA team would like to personally thank the following Infosys volunteers for their commitment to expanding our mission!
|Ajita Vikram Aditya||Jordyn Garvey||Melissa Clark||Scott Yentzer|
|Alex Early||Joseph Cushmore||Michael Abeshouse||Shabnam Sharma|
|Anitha Arumuga Perumal||Joseph Guerrero||Mohit Kumar||Shekar Koli|
|Bashir Alhanshali||Joshua Harris||Murali Devarinti||Snow (Xue) Zhao|
|Bhumika Rathore||Juan Kopp||Nathaniel Jahroni||Sophia Peñate|
|Brenna Garcia||Julie A. Toulas||Nilesh Raje||Sreenivas Gowda|
|Bryan Ayala-Lugo||Karthik Balasubramanian||Nicole Kilby||Srinivas Rao|
|Bryan Houle||Kavitha Ganesh||Nuryani Asari||Sudheev Divakaran|
|Bryce Landers||Kedar Subhash Kane||Parimala Mohan Rao||Sushmita Pandey|
|Chad Valente||Kenneth Barry||Pradeep Bhadragiri||Tabetha Summerlin|
|Chandrika Raja Kulkarni||Khanchana Navakiran||Prashanth Narayanan||Taylor Rutledge|
|Christine Stiles||Lisa Lenhart||Quinn Schoenberger||Teenie Walia|
|Christopher Mais||Liz Rachlin||Ramamoorthy Makkithaya||Uma Vatsa|
|Ciarran Bossom||London Reeves||Raje Gaesan||Upsana Gupta|
|Connor Bullock||Lopa Mahapatra||Rohitashwa Jain||Ushma Thiagarajan|
|David Wilson||Luis Jimenez||Roopesh Waghmare||Venkat Uppalapati|
|Hetal Patel||Luis Vasquez||Rumela Mitra||Venkatesh Balasubramanian|
|Idong Inyang||Lydia Cuen Cuenca||Sam Thomas Nellikkan||Vyshampa Tiruna Maringanti|
|Jayashree Sridharan||Manisha Goyal||Santosh Singh||Zakeer Shaik|
|Jeff Rosenzweig||Marnie Dyer||Santoshkumar Saidapur||Selva Kumar|
|Johnathan Busch||Megha Honna||Savin Baichana Anand|