Women in ICT Event Reflections

At Oktana, we believe that we can have an impact on the future of the technology industry, which is why this year we participated in the International Girls in ICT Day celebration.

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year, around the world, on the fourth Thursday of April. It was born with the goal of inspiring and empowering women to explore careers in science and technology. There are a wide variety of events every year and, this year, Oktana was proud to host one ourselves.

On April 25 we opened our doors to some women from Forge, UTU, and other women in the community to discuss the variety of jobs available in the technology industry and the different career paths that are available for women. Some women from the Oktana team took time out of their schedules to discuss what it was like for them to work in the technology industry and share what a day in the life looks like for them.

We began with a broad discussion of technology and the different roles it plays in our lives. We wanted to emphasize that technology touches almost all professions in the modern world and is fundamental in the working world. For those exploring future career possibilities, a greater understanding of modern technology is a clear advantage in the workforce.

Next, the team discussed the skills required for each of the roles within Oktana (Business analyst, team lead, developer, Q&A, design, and support). As we discussed these different roles members of the team shared some stories about their experiences in these roles. It was a fun way to highlight what we do and how we do it.

We concluded the event with a question and answer session for our guests. We wanted to make sure that everyone left the event feeling fulfilled and confident about the possibilities in front of them. As we reflected on the day with everyone it was clear that to us there are no restrictions for what you can do in this industry. Regardless of age, gender, or anything else the opportunity is there for the taking. We believe that this is exemplified by the wonderful teams at Oktana and the success of Women in ICT Day.

Thank you for joining us at this event and we hope to see you soon. We are Salesforce platform experts and offer custom development to help you build your platform and solve the right problems. If you want to know more about our work, go check out our latest success stories. Also, if you are interested in being part of the Oktana family, go over to our available positions.

by Andrea Gomez

Collecting Bottle Caps for Earth Day

For Earth Day we’re highlighting the incredible efforts of everyone at Oktana to help make the world a better place through environmental awareness. One of the ways we do this is through recycling.


As part of our recycling efforts, the entire office in Uruguay has been working together to collect plastic bottle caps to help support animal shelters. We’ve partnered with a wonderful organization, Tapitas Oportunidades, which collects bottle caps and sells them to recyclers to raise money. These funds are then used to support animal shelters in Uruguay to pay for food, supplies, and maintaining the shelters. It’s truly the best of everything we love recycling and cute animals.

We’ve been collecting bottle caps in the Montevideo office for the past few months and have quite the collection going. Now that we’ve collected so many, coming up on April 27th we’ll be volunteering at Tapitas Oportunidades to sort them. Tapitas Oportunidades sorts all the caps by color so they’re more easily sold to recyclers.

We’re always looking for new and creative ways to give back. Collecting bottle caps was the perfect way to get the entire office in on the action.


Pledging 1% at Wishing Well Garden

This past Monday, 03/18, the team in New York got together in the Bronx to help work on getting the Wishing Well Community Garden ready for the spring in conjunction with the great folks at GrowNYC. This project was part of our ongoing 1% Pledge to give back to our community.

Ready to Dig!

GrowNYC is a fantastic local organization that focuses on environmental issues through working directly in communities to help make them green and healthier. Founded in 1970 under the name, Council on the Environment of New York City, GrowNYC originally focused on policy issues but over time they have become much more focused on ground-level work in communities. These days they help communities all across New York City through community garden programs, educational programs with children, recycling, and running community farmers markets. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work directly with them to help get one of their smaller gardens ready for the spring.

On Monday, we got together and met with David from GrowNYC at the Wishing Well Community Garden in the Bronx. Our goal was to help get everything cleaned up and ready for the local gardeners to come and start planting their gardens once it warms up. It was a great day for everyone on our team. We began with some quick clean-up, getting dead plants and garbage out of some of the planting boxes. Once we finished cleaning out the boxes we spent the rest of the morning filling the boxes with fresh soil provided to the garden by the city. It was great to work with our hands and see the results of all our labor as we went along.

When we’d finished shoveling dirt it was time to set back to clean up. Half of the community garden is dedicated to locals in the community, they can reserve a box and use it to grow plants over the course of the season. The other half of the garden is used by GrowNYC for educational programs where they teach teens in the community all about growing their own plants and how to eat healthy at the same time. Our host, David, runs the program out of the Wishing Well garden. When we finished filling the boxes we helped him clear out the student area to get it ready for the kids to come in and plant for themselves. This involved a lot of raking up dead leaves for compost and collecting trash that had been scattered around the area.

This experience is one that we’re never going to forget. It was a great chance for everyone to get out into the city and feel like we’re having a real impact on the community around us. Thanks to the work of our team the Wishing Well Community Garden is well on its way to being ready for the spring. Gardens like this allow the community to work together and share outside space. It’s a place for people to visit, relax, and get away for a moment. It feels great that we helped in a small way.


We all grew through our time together and I know we’re all excited about what we can do next. We’ll definitely be heading back up to Wishing Well sometime this spring to see how far it’s come since we were there.

In 2020, Oktana was awarded a Silver rating by Ecovadis for its commitment to sustainability. We have aligned to three of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Equality, Decent Work & Economic and Growth Responsible Consumption & Production.