Rising Star alumni, Oishi Deb, has been awarded a grant as part of Sky’s Women in Technology Scholarship.

Deb has been awarded a £25,000 bursary by the company, to allow her to work on her Machine Learning project.

In the year-long scheme, Deb, alongside two other winners – Hannah Blair and Kike Oniwinde, will receive funding and mentoring to pursue their own technology project, and develop their skills. Sky will also offer wider developmental support, including communication training.

Sky launched the campaign in 2017 with the hope of encouraging more women into technology.

Deb is currently a Software Engineer for Rolls Royce – a role she will continue, while she develops her Sky Tech Scholar project. Deb graduated with BEng Software and Electronics Engineering with Industry degree from the University of Leicester.

She has received many accolades and awards throughout her career, including the President and Vice Chancellor Student of the Year Award in 2017 and an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Achievement Award. In June this year, Deb was also awarded a Rising Star Award in Technology.

Speaking to Sky, Deb said, “Technology has furthered everything from putting people on the moon to curing life-threatening diseases.”

“As it has the power to drive so many improvements, I want to develop my knowledge in this field so that I can one day contribute towards changing someone’s life.”

“My motivation/inspiration comes from personal loss.”

“When I was 14, my elder sister passed away when she was only 16, this incident taught me one thing, sometimes life doesn’t give you a second chance.”

“So take every opportunity that comes your way.”

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky, said, “This is all about giving young women with a passion for tech a real chance of reaching their full potential.”

“There are too few women working in technology.”

“This is a problem that needs resolving, and we’re fully committed to finding that resolution.”

“Our Women in Technology Scholars scheme is a step in the right direction and I’m excited to see how it helps talented women develop their careers.”