How Women Changemakers added 27 women engineers to DBS Bank Hyderabad through a single #HackerinHer diversity coding challenge

It is a known fact that DBS is a leading digital bank and is ahead in reimagining banking. DBS Asia Hub 2 Pvt Ltd in Hyderabad is the bank’s first technology development centre outside Singapore. It was set up with the vision of shaping the future of banking -to make banking joyful for its customers by building innovative and relevant digital solutions.Hence DBS believes in creating a community of bankers who </Build> through the best talent pool of engineers. This is how Hack2Hire, an initiative to identify India’s best coding talent, skilled in emerging and disruptive technologies across cloud, machine learning and Big Data was launched.

The DBS HackerinHer Team

Living its PRIDE values, DBS gives a lot of importance to diversity and inclusion. Hence it was natural that they would put focused efforts on hiring women technologists as well, to add to the diversity in their workforce. For this exercise, DBS partnered with Women Changemakers India through the #HackerinHer coding challenge. A part of the challenge was hosted on Stockroom.io a talent acquisition platform powered by technology, which enables companies to host online challenges and in-person hackathons in order to help them find niche talent.

The DBS — HackerinHer’ challenge was open to women engineers with 0–2 years of work experience. The challenge had two parts — an online coding challenge hosted on Stockroom.io, followed by an offline hacking challenge in the DBS Asia Hub premises in Hyderabad.

The challenge saw phenomenal participation from women engineers from across India. 395 women coders attempted the online coding challenge of which 150 cleared it. These candidates were invited to the offline hacking challenge in Hyderabad which was scheduled on Saturday the 12th of August. 70 coders (some of whom travelled from other cities) showed up for the event.

The engineers participating in the offline coding challenge at DBS Hyderabad campus

The event kicked off with the participants being grouped into different teams and each team being asked to build web applications for DBS. Teamwork and enthusiasm were paramount as teams attempted to build the best web application for this contest.

Participant teams ready to start building web applications for the challenge

47 candidates were shortlisted based on this task and were interviewed further. 27 women engineers cleared all the rounds successfully and were shortlisted to receive offers as ‘Full-Stack Java Developers’, soon to join DBS’ technical workforce.

47 candidates were shortlisted based on this task and were interviewed further. 27 women engineers cleared all the rounds successfully and were shortlisted to receive offers as ‘Full-Stack Java Developers’, soon to join DBS’ technical workforce.

Stockroom.io and Women Changemakers wish these 27 women engineers the best in their DBS careers.