April 30, 2021

A People’s Technologist with Pragati Ogal Rai

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A People's Technologist with Pragati Ogal Rai
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Show Notes

In this conversation with Chitra, Pragati Ogal Rai shares her stories around

  • How she became a technologist, published author, community technology evangelist, startup entrepreneur
  • Having innate curiosity to study electronics and computer science, teach and do a double masters in computer science
  • Working in a startup with her professor on creating a Skype-like feature on a palm pilot
  • Working in mobile technology for 6 years, hardening mobile platforms before Android and IoS became popular
  • Developing and training mobile engineers and becoming a technology evangelist
  • Writing a book on Android Application Security
  • How her career learning helped build a ladder to what she took up next
  • Getting people to do the right thing through empathy, patient listening and investing time in problem discovery and the art of enabling developers
  • Building and promoting communities, its all about the people
  • Lessons in community building
  • Inspiration to start an NGO focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Her lessons from her startup experience
  • Her message for technology aspirants

Pragati is the Founder of ViryaDewdrops Autism Foundation, COO – ISSA India Chapter, Chair – Women in Cyber Security India Chapter, author of the book “Android Application Security Essentials” and the winner of 2014 Zinnov Thought Leadership award. 

In her 20-year career, Pragati has had the privilege to work with Motorola, PayPal, Deutsche Bank and Microsoft. She has held leadership roles in technology, evangelism, strategy, innovation, global program management, and product marketing. 

She was a founding member of Mo’blast a technology company in US and has now founded ViryaDewDrops Autism Foundation, a venture focusing on individuals with autism. 

Pragati works with academia all over the world in different capacities and volunteers at Swapaksh – a school for kids of migrant worker living in slum areas.  She is a recognized and much sought-after speaker at international technology events. 

Pragati has a dual Masters in computer science – one from Banasthali Vidhyapith (Gold medal at university level) and the other from San Jose State University. 

Pragati spent thirteen years in California before relocating to Bangalore. Reading, organizing, and spending time with family and friends keeps her life spiced up. Her inspiration is her mom and dad.

Here is her book on Book Android Application Security

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