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First Prize : Rs, 10,000/-
Second Prize : Rs 5000/-
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Last Date of Registration : January 12th 2018
Written Paper Submission : February 4th 2018
Oral Presentation : March 3rd 2018

Inviting nominations for eWIT Excellence Award Contest

Are you from HR or Quality or Technology background?
Are you ready to share your knowledge / expertise and experience in your area?
Here's an opportunity! Take part in this year's eWIT Excellence Award Contest. Choose your
topic of interest, put on your writer's cap, and write!
Presenting your paper in eWIT forum goes a long way. Who knows, your paper may qualify
for the award and get published in the annual brochure and will be recognized by a large
audience. Go ahead and register.

About eWIT

eWIT was formed with the vision: "To be the preferred forum for exchange of ideas and for pioneering initiatives so as to unleash the potential of women and drive their growth in the IT/ITES industry" with specific objectives of:

Expanding the women workforce at all management levels and sustain and flourish
Enabling women to tread the career path by equipping them with necessary skills
Facilitating women's quest for a better 'work-life' balance in IT/ITES Sector
Since inception, eWIT has organised various activities for spearheading growth and excellence among women professionals in the IT/ITES industry
   
About eWIT's Excellence Award

"The eWIT Excellence Award" for women professionals in the IT/ITES industry is designed to provide an opportunity for women IT/ITES professionals to showcase their talent and expertise in their respective areas. Over the last few years, we have had an excellent participation by women professionals for this competition. Our Sponsors for the AWARD have been –Cognizant Technology, Accenture & Tech Mahindra.

Topics  
  Category A: Technology  
 

Everything On-Demand via Phone apps. – So what's coming next and why?

  Category B: Quality  
 

Change Management for Higher Consistency in Work Processes

  Category C: Human Resources  
 

The end of classroom training - Boon or a bane?

 
 
More on the topics

Category A: Technology

Everything On-Demand via Phone apps. – So what's coming next and why?


Introduction:

SmartPhone penetration is at an all-time high and almost everyone in a household has an internet enabled SmartPhone. According to an e-Marketer report, SmartPhone penetration will hit 70% of global population by the end of 2017. This exponential uptake coupled with rapid growth in technology has given rise to Phone apps catering to almost everything via SmartPhones.

What is On-Demand(everything) ?
At a high level, On-demand catering of services/products/provisioning etc are focused on the need from the user (or) consumer as the primary trigger of fulfillment. This is an evolutionary approach compared to the traditional way of supply chain management and is fueled by the sudden availability of technology and internet to the masses. Today tech startups such as Uber, Ola, FoodPanda, Zomato, Lyft, Olx, Airbnb etc offer primarily on-demand services. Major corporations such as GM, Accor group of hotels have gotten into the bandwagon by partnerships and acquisitions (Lyft and Onefinestay).

What's coming next? And Why?
Expansion into new markets: There is a huge opportunity for on-demand services rendered via phone apps in new markets such as India, Philippines and Jamaica. In stark contrast to the first movers like the US, the demand and customer problems are highly different on these markets. For example, one of the primary motivator for the customers in these regions is the cost of the service rendered above all else. Also, there is availability of manpower. These new markets are currently experiencing the exponential growth and uptake of SmartPhones. Hence these markets are becoming primary expansion for established tech startups (Uber, Amazon etc). There will be a lot more of these companies venturing into these new markets very soon.

On-Demand man-power (Low skilled/unskilled): For freelancers and daily wage employees, there are very few options that are available to connect with potential employers. While there are many portals and apps (Naukri and the likes) which are available for skilled, regular employees, there is a huge void in the unskilled/daily wage sector. Today, 99% of these jobs are availed on daily basis with the involvement of middle-men/contractors in the process, this creates an imbalance between supply and demand. It also has an impact on the cost borne by the employer to utilize man-power. With the sudden boom of SmartPhones and data availability to practically everyone, there is a huge potential on this untapped segment. Phone Apps catering to this segment has the potential to make it big.

On-demand consumers to subscription: Today companies are banking on converting a one-time on-demand buyer/user to a regular subscriber of their services. This is because, even though phone apps enable the buyer/user to utilize the service on-demand, there is still an uncertainty on when the next order/request will be placed by the customer. While, on-demand apps reduce the wastages and overhead on the supply chain management, there are still costs involved to ensure that the customer receives the service or product soon after placing the order. Many existing companies have started moving to this model, some examples are Amazon grocery subscriptions, Ola passes etc. This trend is bound to grow and we will be seeing On-Demand App providers moving to subscription based model wherever possible.

Category B: Quality

Change Management for Higher Consistency in Work Processes

Working with clients to appreciate that change and transformation efforts often fall short or fail altogether, we need to help organizations focus on its people, culture and journey to change acceptance. Our structured change management approach and established methodology will help create the correct sense of urgency required to realize the benefits and return on investment from embarking on a transformation journey. We need to focus on Organizational Adoption, Behavioral Change and People Readiness.

We measure the journey to change and coach the senior leadership team in their role as ambassadors of change and as part of the Organizational Adoption. Aligned senior leadership team who are connected to the objective of Change - Lead by example. Consistent voice and top-down influence across multiple layers in an organization helping make change stick and Improve return on investment

Understanding the organization and its employees' capacity to embrace change, we need to bring all vested parties on the journey while encouraging progressive acceptance of the end game. Comprehensive communication that builds support versus rejection. Engaged and committed stakeholders making change stick

People and organizations educate their employees in readiness for change, allowing them to more readily accept and adopt change and settle in their new environment. Adoption is embraced providing a platform for sustainable practices and continued improvement. Higher success rate on change initiatives. Less anxiety for workforce – people understand their place in the organization. Organizational capability is aligned to the new organization culture

Category C: Human Resources

The end of classroom training - Boon or a bane?
Talent Development is a key priority for any organization and competency management, its key component. Every organization defines its set of job specific competencies for each of the job functions/roles, reflecting key technology, business and functional knowledge and skills required by an employee to perform his/her job function effectively to achieve the strategic business objectives of the organization.

Providing ample learning opportunities for developing relevant competencies is the foundation of the competency management strategy and it helps to build a diverse talent base.This is true especially for organizations in the IT & ITES sector - technology changes are more frequent and require periodically rejuvenating the knowledge and skills of its employees, rendering them up-to-date.

Multiple learning avenues exist for effective competency development. They may be broadly categorized into classroom training & eLearning. Although technology based training is gaining huge momentum due to reasons discussed below, classroom training has its own merits. An effective face-to-face training experience is unparalleled, promoting an engaging atmosphere to the participants. The classroom environment gives immediate access to an expert from who the learners can draw direct knowledge, enriched significantly due to their experience. Group interactions in the classroom setup among peers also enhance percolation of knowledge, improving the overall learning experience.

However, the eLearning mode of learning has paved a way for reaching knowledge far and wide. The training programs may be personalized to individuals' needs and capabilities. The pace and level of classroom training is uniformly the same for all learners while the eLearning mode enables the employees to begin at different points conducive to their levels and learn at their own pace, thereby increasing productivity. The learners may choose to learn while continuing to work, without the need to stay away from work.

In today's system of eLearning, it is possible to instantly gain access to many experts from anywhere in the world. The program draws information from multiple experts from around the globe and gets updated continually. eLearning programs are mobile, self-paced, customized, and synchronized across multiple devices, crafting the learning journey of an individual learner. Social learning, the most important case for classroom training, can also be attained through the learning portals that enable collaboration with the community and live interactions with the trainers.

Possibility of gammification is another advantage in eLearning. As the percentage of the tech-savvy millennials increases in the work force, gammification becomes necessary to capture the attention of these millennial learners. In an eLearning environment, the important elements of learning namely simulations, scenarios, and assessments can be gamified for effective learning. Scenario-based games create an immersive learning experience. Game-based assessments help engage learners in the assessment activity and reinforce knowledge in an interesting way. Pre-assessments and post-assessments in the form of puzzles, memory games and skill-based games help learners to understand their level of knowledge, choose their learning path and establish their level of understanding. Simulations engage learners in a virtual environment.

If we were to examine the case of the end of classroom training, for the most part, eLearning scores well in workplaces, with possibilities of personalization, gammification and social learning, a small percentage of training (say 10%) may happen in a formal classroom mode to establish the needs and other details, to be followed by an eLearning intervention.

Guidelines for participants

Eligibility

Women professionals in the IT/ITES industries are eligible to present one paper in any one of the topics as appropriate.
In order to encourage more women to participate, please note that past Excellence Award winners are not eligible to participate.
In order to encourage younger women to participate, only those with less than 15 years experience in the IT/ITES industry can participate.
Registration Deadline

Please register on or before 12th January 2018

Registration Fee

Members

FREE for all eWIT members

Non Members

Individual non members can pay Rs.500/- and become a member first and then register for FREE.
Corporate who are not eWIT members can encourage their women employees who wish to participate to become individual members or become corporate members themselves. Regular eWIT membership fees for corporate (as indicated in our website) will apply.
Please make the cheque favouring 'Empowering Women in IT' and courier to No.6, Kalakshetra Avenue, 2nd Street, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600041. Ph: 044-42120706.
Please mail to admin@ewit.co.in or contact the given no. for any queries on the contest
Scope and Rules for Written Presentation
The written presentation on the chosen topic must be submitted on or before 4th February 2018
Paper is to be presented orally by an individual and not by a group
Paper should be presented in .doc or .pdf format (if you have docx format, pls. convert to .doc and submit)
Your file name format should be your name <>category<>topic.doc (for ex. Mala_HR_(topic).doc)
Please do not mention your official details in your paper anywhere
Consequent page should carry executive summary of the paper not exceeding 250 words
Total paper presentation should be between 2500 to 3500 words
Should be typed, double spaced leaving 3 cms margin all the four side
Font should be Times New Roman, 12 point
Pages should be numbered
Charts, diagrams, etc. may be included to support any research work or data collection
Paper submitted should be the original work of the author
Plagiarism - inclusion of other peoples' work to substantiate a point being made should be appropriately acknowledged. Source & name of author will have to be mentioned in the Bibliography. However, no direct 'cut and paste' is allowed. If 'cut and paste' from sources acknowledged or not acknowledged are found, the paper will be rejected.
Should contain a Bibliography at the end stating actual sources of references
Evaluation Criteria for Written Presentation
Presentation Format
Originality & Creative Thinking
Accuracy and depth of content
A jury of eminent persons from the corporate world and academic field will evaluate the written presentations
Top 5 written presentations in each category will be selected for oral presentation
Scope and Rules for Oral presentation
Based on evaluation of written presentations, selected individuals will be called for the oral presentation before the panel on March 3, 2018. The panel will evaluate the oral presentation and choose the winners based on the scores of their evaluation of both written and oral presentation. Results will be announced on the same day or the following day.
Those selected for oral presentation in each category will be informed 5-7 days before their scheduled presentation
Oral presentation can be presented by individuals only. Each participant will get a total of 20 minutes for the oral presentation as well as the discussion. First 12 minutes will be used for presentation and the subsequent 8 minutes will be used for discussion with the panel of judges.
After the first 10 minutes of the presentation, there will be an indication of remaining 2 minutes to complete the presentation. If any participant stretches the presentation beyond the time limit of 12 minutes, there will be negative marking for same.
The LCD projector and Laptop will be provided
Order of presentation will be drawn by lot
Evaluation Criteria for oral presentation
Clarity and substance
Ability to communicate with, and respond to questions effectively
Contribution to effective managerial thinking and performance.
Originality & Creativity
Registration process
Log on to http://www.ewit.co.in/
Click on Excellence Award 2018
Click on Registration
Fill details
Submit
Award Details
The winners of the contest will get a certificate, cash prize of Rs.10,000/-
The runners up of the contest will get a certificate, cash prize of Rs.5000/- .
3rd & 4th positions will get certificates.
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