What is Shakticon?

Inspiring & Empowering Women in CyberSecurity

ShaktiCon is a free global conference focused on inspiring, training, and upskilling women in cybersecurity.

Born out of an understanding that cultural circumstances do not always encourage women to flourish in male dominated fields, ShaktiCon is committed to creating a female focused environment to showcase the range of talented women in cybersecurity.

By doing this we hope to train a new generation of women to be more actively engaged in the field and enter the cybersecurity workforce. ShaktiCon is all about women role models inspiring & encouraging young & aspiring women hackers to attain their goals without any fear.

Why ShaktiCon?

The Industry Needs Women,& also Needs to Open Up For Them.

To fill the world’s open security positions, we’ll need to aim for 50% women in cyber over the next decade.

CyberSecurity as a profession is one where demand is outstripping supply, and based on the technological evolutions and ever-increasing threat landscape, it is expected that there will be triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years, with over 3.5 million new cybersecurity job openings in 2021. Although women represent half the population, and around 48% of the general workforce, the number of women professionals is only about 20% of the total cybersecurity workforce. Of those women, only 1% percent of female cybersecurity workers are in C-suite leadership positions, and this glass ceiling is even higher for women of color. The future of the cybersecurity industry depends on its ability to attract, retain and promote women, who represent a skilled and under-tapped resource.

Safeguarding our lives online requires skills and experiences that lie beyond masculine stereotypes of the hacker and soldier.
- Winifred R. Poster
Women often don’t see tech or security as viable career paths because they’re often considered masculine professions.
- Jessica Ortega, SiteLock
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham through ShaktiCon proudly supports
ShaktiCon & Amrita takes pride in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN SDG Goal
UN SDG Goal
UN SDG Goal
UN SDG Goal
UN SDG Goal
India's First & Only Women CTF Team

Team Shakti

Team Shakti is a group of budding young female minds who have joined together for the cause of bringing about a change in the field of cyber-security. Established as a Capture The Flag team, the team works tirelessly to spread knowledge and make a contribution to balance the prevalent gender gap in the field.

Team Shakti works on the principle of team peer mentoring where the senior members mentor the juniors. Members support and help each other ultimately making the entire team stronger.

Since its foundation in 2019 by Shri Vipin Pavithran, Team Shakti has been recognised to be the only CTF team in India which exclusively comprises female students.

Team Shakti
What is our track record?

CyberSecurity at Amrita

Amrita Center for CyberSecurity Systemts & Networks

Amrita Center for Cybersecurity Systems and Networks has pioneered training of professionals and students and today its ‘bi0s’ team is ranked No. 1 in India and amongst the Top in the world for ethical ranking. Empowering young women in the field of cybersecurity is one of its core objectives deriving inspiration from the Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham - Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

team bi0s

team bi0s

India's First & No.1 Ranked CTF Team

team bi0s is the India's No.1 ranked CTF team for 4 years running, and was the first CTF team to formed in India back in 2007. Today, team bi0s is passionate community of over 100 student members, mentored by their seniors, research scholars, alumni and faculty.

InCTF

InCTF

India's First & Premier CTF Contest

InCTF is an annual Capture The Flag (CTF) event organized by team bi0s, for college students in India in its national editions, and everyone else through its international edition. InCTF was the first CTF event to be held in India when it was started in 2010.

InCTF Jr

InCTF Jr

India's First & Only CTF Contest for School Students

Amrita InCTF Junior is the first and only national-level CTF contest held exclusively for school students in India. Every year the brightest young hackers from all across India participate in this the learn & hack CTF contest, win exciting prizes & kick-start their cyber-security career.

amritapuri

Our commitment to Women’s Empowerment Runs Deep

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)
Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Renowned humanitarian leader and spiritual teacher
United Nations – Gandhi-King Award 2002
Amrita University
Amrita holds India’s First Ever UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality & Women Empowerment
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Embracing the World

Embracing the World

Embracing the world embraces and listens to the challenges faced by women in society. It offers solutions to their problems by making women #self-sufficient and financially independent and empowers them through campaigns like #OrangetheWorld.

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Ammachi Labs & CWEGE

Ammachi Labs & CWEGE

CWEGE (The Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality) is a research focused academic center for promoting gender equality and fostering women’s empowerment with a special focus on technology and other innovative methods.

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Amrita Sree

Amrita Sree

Women Self-Help Groups (SHG) for rural Indian villages developed with the aim to assist in empowering women so they can explore and engage in various professions

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Amrita Serve

Amrita Serve

Amrita SeRVe has adopted over 101 backward villages in about 20 states of India with a goal to help them become role models of self-reliance and sustainable development. In many villages, women do a lot of work in homes and in the fields, and yet do not have a source of income. The project has enabled the opening of bank accounts of tens of thousands of rural women, facilitated their access to primary healthcare and conducted literacy classes.

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ShaktiCon Organizers

Vipin Pavithran

Vipin Pavithran

Chief Mentor & Founder - team bi0s, amFOSS, team Shakti
Organizer of InCTF & ShaktiCon

Vipin Pavithran is an assistant professor at Amrita Center for Cybersecurity Systems and Networks, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Prior to joining Amrita he has worked for 10 years in the software industry. Being passionate about helping students to develop their talent and to make them reach their potential, he founded the internationally recognised student clubs - amFOSS, Team bi0s and Team Shakti, and today mentors over 200 engineering students through these clubs to achieve excellence. team bi0s was India's first-ever CTF team when it was formed in 2007, and it was this team that founded the InCTF in 2010, which was the first-ever CTF contest to be organized in India.

Sreepriya Chalakkal

Sreepriya Chalakkal

Mentor - Team Shakti
Organizer of ShaktiCon

Sreepriya is a Security Analyst at Siemens ProductCERT, where she focuses on vulnerability handling and incident response. Previously she worked as a pentester at Ernw GmbH, Germany, in the mobile security team. She enjoys playing with security challenges in applications, networks and binaries. She is mentor of TeamShakti, a women CTF team from India. Also, core organiser of ShaktiCon, a women only security conference. Also serves as a board member of BlackHoodie. Completed masters from Technical University of Berlin and University of Trento with major Computer Security and Privacy in March 2017.

Sowmya Ravidas

Sowmya Ravidas

Organizer of ShaktiCon

Sowmya Ravidas is pursuing her PhD in the Security Group at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research interests include various aspects of access control in the domain of IoT. In particular, her works focus on understanding attribute retrieval in Attribute-based access control (ABAC) and developing fine grained access control frameworks for distributed architectures such as IoT. Previously she has also worked on cloud security and NFV.

Prior to joining TU Eindhoven, she received her master's degree in 'Mobile Computing- Security and Services' from Aalto University in Finland. She also worked with Nokia Bell Labs for a year as a Master Thesis Student and as a research assistant at Aalto University. She received her bachelor degree in 'Computer Science and Engineering' from Amrita University, India.

Savita Seetaraman

Savita Seetaraman

Organizer of ShaktiCon

Savita will soon start as a DevOps Engineer at Taxy.io. Previously she worked at Ericsson as a Cloud Open Source Developer. She was a Google Women TechMaker in the year 2016 - 2017.

She did her Masters in Computer Science with a specialization in Security and Privacy and Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from EIT Digital Master School. She completed her Masters thesis in SAP SE, Germany. She received her bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Amrita University, India.

Surya Seetharaman

Surya Seetharaman

Organizer of ShaktiCon

Surya Seetharaman is a Software Engineer working at RedHat, Berlin on Cloud Networking. She is an avid advocate of OpenSource and OpenInfra. Prior to working at RedHat, she was working at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland on cloud technologies. She holds a Masters' degree in Networked Services and Systems from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and her bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Amrita University, India.

Student Organizers

Ashwin Shenoy
Ashwin Shenoy
Swathi Kasikala
Swathi Kasikala
Shruti Dixit
Shruti Dixit
Geethna T K
Geethna T K
Ashwathi Sasi
Ashwathi Sasi
Sowmya Potluri
Sowmya Potluri
Ayushi Sharma
Ayushi Sharma
Nimisha Dughyala
Nimisha Dughyala
Sandra Bino
Sandra Bino
Meenakshi S L
Meenakshi S L
Simran Kathpalia
Simran Kathpalia
Namitha S
Namitha S
Sridevi Krishnan
Sridevi Krishnan
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