Digital Innovation Challenge for Women 2016

Achia Nila
Posted July 26, 2020 from Bangladesh
Digital Innovation Challenge for Women 2016
Initiator Achia Nila
Initiator Achia Nila (1/5)

The 1st ever “Digital Innovation Challenge for Women 2016” in Bangladesh and even in South Asia organized by Women In Digital in collaboration with the United International University. Digital Innovation Challenge for women supports vision of a connected world by recognizing those who are working to make the Digital world more relevant to women in Bangladesh. The sole purpose of the “Digital Innovation Challenge for Women 2016” is to create an interest in technology among the women in Bangladesh. We have arranged this type of competition for the first time in Bangladesh to encourage women to come into the tech world and motivate them for the future. A total of 248 women participated from all over Bangladesh, representing 49 different projects. The event lasted one and half months – it started on January 28th, 2016 and finished on March 8th, 2016, on International Women’s Day. During the initial phase, 32 teams among the 49 teams had been pre-selected. The first presentation for these teams was held on 20th February. The teams were assigned with different local mentors for proper supervision in order to develop their ideas into a working prototype with a full proof business plan. The ideas included solving issues in fields like medical, security, traffic education, etc. Later, 21 teams have been shortlisted for the second phase and their presentation was held on February 27th. Finally, 13 of the teams continued into the finals and all of them had their presentation done on 5th March. On the final day of the event, March 8th, the top three teams were awarded. But every participant facilitated from the event. Through this initiative, the organizers are hopeful to create a new bunch of female leaders and entrepreneurs with skills that are necessary for the girls to pitch their own business ideas in the future: create teams and also develop any solution from scratch which covers everything from planning to execution of the solution in terms of technological development, business development and marketing and sales. The organizers also hope to increase the morale and confidence among the participants to tackle any problems in the society through technological means. Obaidul Quader, MP and Minister for Road Transport and Bridges, was present at the occasion as the chief guest. Among the special guests were BASIS President Shamim Ahsan, Selima Ahmad, President of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), Dr. Yasmin Huq of the Department of Physics at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sukamal Sinha Chowdhury, SME Faculty Consultant of Bangladesh Bank and BIBM, Fahim Mashroor, CEO of BDjobs, Prof Dr M Rezwan Khan, vice chancellor of UIU , Abul Khair Patowary, chief adviser of Women in Digital and Achia Khaleda Nila, Founder, Women In Digital.#WomenInDigital #DigitalInnovationChallengeForWomen #DICFW

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Chi8629
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thank you for sharing .

Beth Lacey
Jul 27
Jul 27

Have you repeated this event?

Achia Nila
Jul 27
Jul 27

Some local newspapers but I don't have any connections to report it internationally.

Achia Nila
Jul 27
Jul 27

If you have any connections please let me know.

Hello, Achia,

Congratulations on organizing this event! Your post about women in tech in Bangladesh always brings positive energy. I hope this kind of event will be replicated to other countries.

Great job, sis! The future of tech in Bangladesh looks bright because of you!

Achia Nila
Jul 28
Jul 28

Hi Karen,
Thank you so much for your comments. I am trying my best.

Vanora.Lee
Jul 31
Jul 31

It's really a very good event. Do they still hosting it after 2016? Thanks for sharing.

Achia Nila
Jul 31
Jul 31

We have done the second session in 2017. This year we have a plan to organize the session 3. Looking for some sponsors for this event. Thank you for asking.

Millynairi
Aug 01
Aug 01

Dear Chia,
It's good to know you initiated this challenge. You have explained it so well, about how the selections and the presentations were done and when I am reading it I get the feeling of how great the event must have been.

otahelp
Aug 06
Aug 06

Achia this is a wonderful Initiative you have here. Women in technology must be achieved. Thank you for sharing this great work. I hope it is organizers every year if you have funding of course for it. That way new crop Women in tech Will always emerge. Please stay safe