ABIE Award Winners, Change Agent

Gayatri Buragohain

2010 Winner of the Change Agent ABIE Award

Gayatri Buragohain is the founder of Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), a pioneering organization that empowers women using technology. FAT’s programs include a Tech Education Center for teenage girls in a New Delhi slum to explore technology and social issues using the internet and multimedia, workshops for all levels of women, and WeWIT, an online campaign that showcases female techie success stories and is working towards connecting female computing students with mentors and showcases female techie success stories. FAT also collaborates with women’s rights organizations to incorporate technology in their work.

In May 2009, Gayatri co-founded Joint Leap Technologies (JLT), a for-profit web development company. JLT works closely with FAT to provide quality web technology advice and consulting to nonprofits and also is the primary donor for FAT.

Gayatri is the ACM-W India Ambassador as well as a frequent public speaker. She has traveled throughout India leading gender sensitization trainings, hands-on tech trainings, and workshops on gender inequalities within technology and how to help women excel and become leaders in using technology. She was awarded the Anita Borg Institute’s “Systers Pass it On” Award in Spring 2008 and Spring 2010.

Gayatri graduated with a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Gauhati University in Assam in 2003.