IT Women Mentoring

2023 Edition

What are the goals of the Program?

The goal of the IT Women Mentoring Program is to promote the participation and leadership of women in the LACNIC community and the Internet ecosystem. 

The Program seeks to encourage the professional development of women who are part of the Latin American and Caribbean technical Internet community, particularly promoting their involvement in LACNIC's various participation spaces. 

Through an open call for applications, the program selects professional women with an interest in producing technical papers in line with the general goal of the program, with one of the lines of work and research of interest to LACNIC, and with one of the related topics (see lines of work and topics of interest in section 4). 

What does the program offer?

Selected candidates will participate in a six-month mentorship program with the following benefits:

  • Assignment of a leader of the technical community to serve as their mentor. 
  • The mentor will support their mentee in the following capacities:
  1. As a tutor during the production of the technical paper;
  2. As a coach for the preparation of presentations and the dissemination of the paper; and 
  3. As a guide for participant's professional development. 
  • The opportunity to present the results of their work at the LACNIC Technical Forum within the LACNIC event of May 2024
  • Access to training on technical topics, soft skills, and cross-cutting topics of general interest.
  • Free access to the online courses offered through the LACNIC Campus.
  • Training on LACNIC's goals, its functions, and the opportunities for support the organization offers.

The program estimates that participants will have at least four meetings with their assigned mentors, follow-up sessions with the LACNIC staff, and training activities over the course of the six-month period, plus the time required to produce the paper. In addition, participants will be required to present the intermediate results of their work three months after the start of the program. 

The opportunity to present the results of each participant's work in person at the LACNIC Technical Forum will be subject to evaluation by the staff responsible for the program, along with their designated mentor.

Who can apply?

The call is open to women with technical training and/or professional experience and who are interested in preparing a technical paper that will contribute to the development and strengthening of the Internet in the region, specifically in relation to one of the lines of work and topics of interest to LACNIC. Applicants must reside and conduct their activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically in the territories that are part of the LACNIC service region.

The women selected to participate in the program must be available to complete the mentoring process and the proposed technical paper within the six-month period established for the collaboration. 

Lines of work and topics of interest

Proposals must be in line with the general goal, with one of the lines of work/research of interest to LACNIC, and with one of the related topics (see lines of work/research and topics).

Application and selection process

Applications must be submitted by completing an online form that includes information about the candidate's training and professional experience, as well as a description of the proposed technical paper.

Applications will be evaluated by the program's selection committee, which is composed of experts from LACNIC. 

The following selection criteria will be considered: (a) applicants’ technical background (academic training and/or professional experience); (b) proposed topics and their relevance to the LACNIC community; and (c) feasibility of completing the proposed work within the term of the mentoring program.

How are mentors assigned?

Mentors are assigned based on the profile of each candidate, as well as on their proposed line of work and topic of interest.

Program timeline

  • Reception of applications: From Wednesday, August 2 to Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (UTC-3).
  • Announcement of selected candidates: Wednesday, September 27, 2023.
  • Mentoring Period: From October 16, 2023 to April 16, 2024.
  • If you have any questions, please contact:

Tauane de Jesus Casais, Brazil

Graduated in Systems Analysis and Development from the Estácio da Bahia University Center, and currently studying for a postgraduate degree in Information Security and Information Technology Management at UNIFACS. Experience in IT projects, with skills in requirements analysis, solution development and systems implementation. 

Tauane works as a scholarship holder at the RNP Point of Presence in Bahia (PoP-BA/RNP), providing support in managing the network infrastructure of federal institutions in Bahia, helpdesk, script creation, SLA compliance, report generation.

He will be working on a project entitled "Optimizing Metropolitan Networks: Active Monitoring with PerfSONAR and an Approach Centered on Quality of Service". 

With the professional guidance of highly qualified and widely recognized people in the Latin American Internet community that the Mentoring Program offers, Tauane says she will have the opportunity to acquire and develop the skills needed to lead a project aimed at improving the quality, resilience and level of service provided by the metropolitan networks initiative, since her proposed work involves the implementation of monitoring and measurement tools capable of providing fundamental data for research in the area.

Marcia Montealegre, Bolivia

Marcia is a Telecommunications Engineer from Aquinas University in Bolivia and holds a Master's degree in Information Technology from Universidad del Valle (BO). She currently works as a Business Intelligence Engineer at Assuresoft, where she evaluates and resolves data processing exceptions, interpreting data in the context of system compliance.

He is a member of the Internet Society and the Bolivian Internet Chapter, is part of the LACNOG working group of Universal Acceptance and participates in Ripe Atlas collaborating with Internet measurements.

He will be working on a project entitled "Overview of operational costs of content blocking".

Bianca Barbieri, Brazil

Graduate in Internet Systems and Systems Analysis and student of Information Systems at the Regional Community University of Chapeco (UNOCHAPECO)

Bianca has been working with internet providers since 2008, initially only with radio, then in the world of fiber optics and since then she really enjoys working mostly in the IP/MPLS part, specifically in BGP.OSPF, MPLS. Currently, she works at a large provider in Brazil, Acessoline Telecom, as a Senior Network Analyst and at the same time joined another provider in the region, where she leads a team that works on the implementation of MPLS in the network.

Her interest in participating in the program is to be able to demonstrate the ability of women to manage and lead IP/MPLS network deployment projects, among other deployments and decision-making in a provider's backbone network.

The proposed work is entitled “Use of MPLS and Traffic Engineering for Backbone Network Optimization”.

Rachel Gaby Vázquez Hermoso, Panamá

Director of Community Networks of ISOC Panama, Rachel is working on a project of Community Networks for the Promotion and Preservation of the Embera Indigenous Culture in the Communities of Tusipono and Parará Puru.

Currently its purpose is linked to accompany the communities in their improvement from Internet connectivity through Community Networks. She is constantly training herself exploring technological innovations such as Metaverse and Blockchain to develop projects and use cases for their good living.

Rachel has more than 35 years of experience in the Telecommunications and ICT sector, in areas such as International Relations in Telecommunications and Internet; Management of International Cooperation Projects; Management of Administrative Systems and Knowledge Management. 

She has been a Management Consultant and Researcher at IESA in different projects, she is also an entrepreneur and business advisor, entrepreneur in ICT for Socio-Cultural Development and ICT consultant and evaluator for Sustainable Human Development. Entrepreneur in the Fintech/Protech sector in the area of Blockchain and cryptoassets.

Raquel de Souza Marques Santos, Brazil

Since 2022, Raquel has been an intern in the security area of the Point of Presence of the Bahia National Research and Education Network (PoP-BA/RNP) and her tasks involve the management of security incident calls, the notification of security vulnerabilities to customers, the analysis of PoP-BA vulnerabilities and the management of RNP's Fraud Catalog and the Catalog of Malicious URLs (CaUMA). 

Currently, his studies are focused on the security area and he is looking for projects that may contribute to the development of the concepts learned. He considers that LACNIC's mentorship will be an opportunity to have contact with members of the Latin American networking community and to broaden his knowledge.

His technical work proposal is entitled "Identification of patterns for the propagation of fraud through social networks".

Meet the selected participants of the 2022 edition

Graciela Becci, Argentina

PhD in Engineering and Robotics by the University of Durham, a degree in Electronic Engineering by the National University of San Juan specializing in Automatic Control, and currently pursuing a master’s degree in Data Networks at the National University of La Plata. Experience in Research and Technology Transfer: UNSJ-ANPCyT, data network security applied to agro-meteorology. R&D in robotics and artificial intelligence in the oil and gas sector, testing distributed embedded systems in the automotive sector, as well as experience in higher education. What is more, she proposed to work on the “Analysis of security requirements in the external routing of the BGP protocol and peculiarities in the use of the assigned resources for the development of an intelligent contract model that can be applied to future Blockchain solutions.” Her proposal focuses on improving security in the external routing of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) with the aim of developing an intelligent contract model that can be applied to Blockchain security solutions.

Deborah Mesquita, Brasil 

B.Sc degree in Computer Science with an Electronics Technician certificate. She is currently a lead data scientist at NTT DATA. Her research proposal is about “Identifying malicious packages on IoT devices using machine learning” focusing on microcontrollers that can democratize IoT systems and solutions. She believes it is important to develop research for these low-cost devices because it is something that companies do not focus on because of the low ROI.

María Cristina Lopez, Ecuador 

Degree in Electronic Engineering specializing in Telecommunications by Universidad Politécnica Salesiana de Ecuador. She is currently Coordinator of the CITIC IPV6 Academy. She has studied, researched, and worked on IPv6 and is interested in continuing to develop and improve Internet communications through IPv6-only networks, which would allow Latin American and Caribbean countries to have greater access to IPv6 networks, applications, and services. She understands that this opportunity will allow her not only to improve and further her technical knowledge, but also the soft skills necessary for her personal and professional development, as well to have contact with and support from professionals working with LACNIC. 

Proposed to work on the “Development of IPv6-only compatibility testing lab through the portal, certified in IPv6, for the CITIC IPv6 Academy”. The problem identified is that, until now, in our region, the solution to the transition to IPv6 has been to enable Dual-Stack in the CPE or tunneling IPv6 traffic over IPv4, a solution that does not allow leveraging all the advantages afforded by the IPv6 protocol. The question that she seeks to answer is when developing software, where web services can also be included, should the IP stack of the library used by PHP be verified?

Mónica Peña Casanova, Cuba 

PhD in Technical Sciences, with a master’s degree in Telematics and Telecommunications Engineering. Dean of the School of Cybersecurity at the University of Informatics Sciences and Professor of TCP/IP Network Architecture, Teleinformatics I and II, Networks and Computer Security, Telecommunications Network Management and Security, IPv6, Configuration of Active Network Equipment, and Management of IT Infrastructures at both graduate and postgraduate level. She is interested in participating in the program to interact with other researchers working on related topics, to disseminate the results of her work, and to continue her doctoral research on IT Infrastructure Management and its application in various sectors of the industry.

The title of her research proposal is “IT Infrastructure Management”. The management of intrinsically heterogeneous and distributed information technology infrastructures facilitates their assimilation within organizations. To implement this management, multiple reference frameworks have emerged that are lacking in aspects needed for their unification; standardized management models with little integration among them and inaccurate impact assessment solutions. This results in misalignment and complexity in management, which affects the use of information technology within the organizations.

Adriana Ticonipa Gutierrez, Bolivia 

Degree in Systems Engineering by the Military School of Engineering and a diploma in Higher Education by UMSA. Firebase Lover. IoT Developer. Women Techmaker Ambassador, Lead Organizer of the 2021 GDG La Paz community, and Women+ in Firebase founding member & co-organizer. She has been an educator and a mentor and has worked on projects based on the Internet of Things, both in technological and commercial environments. She is currently working in the Technological Infrastructure Unit of GAMLP DTIGA.

Adriana proposed to study the “Monitoring System for the Detection of Landslides in Risk Areas through IoT and WSN”. Her work is based on developing a monitoring system for the detection of landslides in risk areas through a network of wireless sensors based on mesh topology and IoT to allow remote, real-time monitoring for the purpose of maintaining an accurate online log that can be used to assess the progress and magnitude of a potential landslide and generate automatic alerts to take timely preventive actions. Thus, preventive actions can be implemented based on automatic alerts if movement is detected in risk areas and preventive projects can be instrumented to avoid human losses and material damages.

Priscilla Severgnini Hernández, Uruguay 

Degree in Telecommunications Engineering by the Catholic University of Uruguay. She currently works at UTE, the Uruguayan electric power company. Her areas of interest are the Internet of Things and the new levels of security required for its commercial application. She sees the Mentoring Program as a unique opportunity to advance her professional career, as it offers her the chance to be in contact with specialists in her field of study. Priscilla’s paper is titled “Application of Enterprise Blockchain to Smart Meters”. For a few years, her company has been replacing their customers’ electricity meters with smart meters. Among other goals, these devices seek to lower electricity bills and perform more efficient measurements. The information transmitted over the network becomes essential, which is why techniques are needed to guarantee its reliability and integrity. Enterprise Blockchain is a new technology geared towards these needs, which is why she is interested in studying its application to the transmission of the data from electric meters.

Lesly Mariela Escobar García, Nicaragua 

Degree in Electronic Engineering by the National University of Engineering (UNI) of Nicaragua. She currently works as NOC engineer at REDCA, S.A. Her topics of interest include IP networks and data transport. Her proposal is to work on an “Analysis of the various BGP attributes that an ISP can implement to route traffic to the Internet”. 

Different attributes are available for an ISP to configure the routing of its traffic to the Internet. How does each of these attributes work and how is the best possible route for the networks that are being announced selected? This topic is very important for ISP staff, as having an in-depth understanding of the necessary tools can optimize the operation of the network.

Meet the participants of the previous editions

Debora Santos

Mentor: Rogerio Mariano Souza

Electronic Engineer graduated from the Celso Suckow da Fonseca Federal Center for Technological Education (CEFET-RJ). She holds a Master's and Doctorate, both in Telecommunications Engineering, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio. In addition, she has an MBA in Information Security from the IBMEC Institute.

With about 20 years of experience in the area of ??Information Technology and Communications Networks (ICT), Debora is currently part of the ICT network planning team and acts as the technical leader of a Working Group whose duties include guiding the conscious use of the Internet in the company, guide the technical solutions to be adopted in LAN, WAN and Internet peer networks to guarantee, among other aspects, the best user experience, without giving up Information Security.

Her subjects of interest include, among others, TCP/IP networks, routing protocols, green networks, operations research, information security and data science, and she worked on a paper titled “Distribuição otimização de tráfegos inter-AS”.

Vanessa de Oliveira Mello, Brasil.

Mentor: Carlos M. Martinez

Vanessa currently works as a network and security engineer at a credit card acquisition company. She has three years of experience in telecommunications and ten years in IT. She has managed an autonomous system, performed datacenter migrations, and conducted traffic engineering and automation analyses with Ansible, shell script, and PHP. Her area of interest is the implementation of network automation in the region, and she worked on a paper titled “Network Automation: Idempotency in the Configuration of an AS.” In her application, she stressed that many hijacks are the result of configuration errors, and proposed providing network analysts with information about available automation tools and creating configuration templates in Ansible following best practices.

Maria Jesus Cresci Barrientos, Uruguay.

Mentor: Marcela Orbiscay

María Jesús has a degree in Telematic Engineering from Universidad de Montevideo. Her areas of interest have to do with networking and the software integrated into these technologies, whether SDN or SD-WAN. She is particularly interested in the integration of infrastructure and software, and in researching this convergence that is taking place in different areas, such as equipment management, telemetry, software-based traffic control, IoT sensor data collection platforms, and others. Her research project is titled “Software Platforms and Protocols for Effective IoT Development.” The study focuses on IoT and the network protocols necessary to connect devices in areas where there is no Internet coverage (for example, in rural areas) and where sensors need to be deployed to monitor property, livestock, environmental variables, and other applications. It addresses the feasibility of analyzing the strengths of the various protocols and the feasibility of using them to provide connectivity in remote areas, while also studying the appropriate functions and characteristics of a standard software platform to receive the variables collected by the sensors.

Yisel Elena Tamayo, Cuba

Mentor: Álvaro Retana

Yisel is a Computer Science Engineer. She is currently working as a systems and server administrator, and her tasks have to do with the deployment of cloud systems and solutions, as well as with the maintenance and monitoring of their infrastructure. Her proposed research was titled “Model for Availability Management and Control in the Automation of Technological Infrastructure Monitoring Processes.” This study offers the possibility of executing the IT management model in GSI, with the technological components showing a significant increase in time and/or availability rates.

Dalia Kelly Terán Arévalo, Colombia

Mentora: Nathalia Sautchuk

Dalia has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. She has knowledge of, and experience in, managing IPv4 and IPv6 networks and services, IP addressing, network and information system security, as well as security protocols and mechanisms. Her research focused on network security and is titled “Analysis of IPv6 Information Network Security in a Virtualized Environment.” The project explored how to implement and analyze the security of an organization's IPv6 network, minimizing its exposure to attacks before putting it into production, and without affecting the network already in operation.