Last week, Hack Reactor presented the Anita Borg Institute’s ABIE Entrepreneurship Award to Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, Founder and CEO of Drawbridge, a leading cross-platform business-to-consumer messaging company. The award is presented annually to “a woman who is the builder of an innovative, ground-breaking, and game-changing technology venture startup”. The award presentation caps a week during which Hack Reactor announced two scholarships for women and reported that our current Remote Beta class is 33% women, the highest percentage we have seen to date.
Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan has helped shape the white-hot mobile advertising world through her work at as Senior Research Scientist at AdMob and then at Drawbridge, where her company ties together mobile and desktop customer tracking. Hack Reactor was proud to honor her at the Women of Vision Awards Banquet, an annual celebration of women in tech.
"It's an honor for us to acknowledge Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan's accomplishments," said Hack Reactor CEO Anthony Phillips. "Her story is an inspiration to our students who aspire to become innovation leaders. It’s also very personal for myself and the cofounders of Hack Reactor, as we are also tech entrepreneurs."
Sivaramakrishnan leads a team at Drawbridge that developed a solution to an issue at the heart of modern digital marketing: tracking customers across their various devices in a way that both elevates the business and retains the user’s trust. She was named in Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising” three years in a row, Ad Age’s “40 Under 40,” and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. Her technology has traveled to Pluto and the outer reaches of our planetary system aboard NASA’s New Horizons mission.
“Without consistent public recognition of empowered, successful women in technology, future generations of young women may pass over the opportunity to get involved in one of the most vibrant industries of our time,” said our VP of Marketing Kathleen Bunshoft, who presented the award to Sivaramakrishnan at the Women of Vision gala event. “At Hack Reactor, we constantly work towards building an inclusive environment where women, and all people, are recognized and respected.”
Hack Reactor had a table at the event, which included CEO Phillips, Bunshoft, remote program Class Lead Liz Penny, VP of Business Operations Jocelyn Robancho, Hack Reactor Hiring Network Account Manager Amanda Meister, Director of Alumni Affairs David Mejias, alum Caly Moss who is a Software Engineer at DocuSign, Cofounder of partner school Telegraph Academy Bianca Gandolfo, and several representatives from Hiring partner Minted.com.
“If you feel isolated as a woman within the tech industry, know that you are not alone,” said Robancho. “There are others that feel the way you do and there is actually a plethora of women in tech, who are doing some incredible things within the tech industry.”
While women remain underrepresented in tech, organizations like the Anita Borg Institute work to change this, and, in the process, elevate the entire field.