It's me! Achia Nila "A fighter for bringing more women in technology"

Achia Nila
Posted September 1, 2020 from Bangladesh
With my mentor and investor
With my mentor and investor (1/3)

I am Achia Nila founder, Women In Digital - Empowerment through Technology. I am a Computer engineer. For more than 13 years I have been working in the IT industry. I was working for different multinational companies and now I am running my own IT company with 35 women engineers. 

I have served in some of the internationally recognized organizations such as Dell, Microsoft, HP, Epson, Colgate, HillsPet, J&J, HTC, HSBC, Vodafone, Sony, Unilever, Betfair and Nokia, etc. As a local product, I have successfully launched Maya Apa Mobile application. My expatriates are IT product development (like, web, mobile app and game) and Product management, project management, team lead etc.

Beside my Tech business, I have joined as an international IT expert for the International Telecommunication Union. I am the first person in Bangladesh who was selected for this honorable position.

Recently I have joined the Women Who Code as a Country Director.

I have arranged the “National Hackathon for Women” 1st time in Bangladesh even in South Asia and so many tech competitions for women. My organization run an accelerator program for women named “Digital Innovation Challenge for Women (DICFW)”   

In 2019 I have been selected for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the U.S.  The International Visitor Leadership Program is designed to provide foreign leaders and scholars with the opportunity to meet American colleagues and become better acquainted with the United States, its culture, and its people.  One of the program's major goals is to promote the development of friendly relations between the United States and other countries of the world. This is the top prestigious program from the United States Department. 

In 2020 I also received an Acumen fellowship.

http://womenindigital.net/project/testimonial/3

Some awards and achievements: 

South Asia Connecting Startup within Top 7 Bangladesh, Nepal and Srilanka and Myanmar. SPRING Accelerator, within Top 10 startup between Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan and Myanmar. 

International Women Vandor exhibition 2017 at Istanbul, Tarky to represent Bangladesh (full funded by the Netherland Government)(NTF Project) 

ICT trade fair 2016 at Srilanka, to represent Bangladesh (full funded by Netherland Government) (NTF Project)

Best Entrepreneur of the year 2017 for Women in Digital (Young) 

'Best Startup' in Inspiring Women Award 2017 from Bangladesh Brand Forum 

BRAC Manthan Award 2016 for Women in Digital (South Asia) 

Spark Entrepreneur of the year 2016 for Women in Digital (Australia) 

Best Business model Award 2016 (German) 

Manthan Award 2015 for Women in Digital (South Asia) 

National Hackathon 2016 (Award received as a mentor/ judge ) 

National Mobile Application Awareness & Capacity Building Program (National Hackathon 2014) (Award received as a mentor/ judge ) 

International Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit women 2014 conference at Nepal (To Represent Bangladesh) 

Manthan Award 2014 for Maya ( I was the lead product manager) (South Asia) 

Received an award from e-commerce fair 2014 from computer Jogut GDG DevFest Dhaka 2013 (MIST / UIU)( “UXD mentor for Mobile app development” ) 

IT Innovation Search Program 2012 (BASIS)( “Project: Design and Development of the online library for Visually Impaired), 3rd position 

Explore Fashion Talent 2007 (National Award in Fashion), 2007

and Many more!  

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Hello, Achia,

Congratulations on the numerous awards you receive because of your tech initiative! We're so happy you joined World Pulse! May you inspire more women and girls to join women's tech revolution!

Achia Nila
Sep 02
Sep 02

Thank you Karen

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 02
Sep 02

Hi Achia,
What great photos! I love seeing you with your students, you with your mentor, and the astounding numbers of the women you have trained and how many are well employed -because of you. Congratulations on all the awards. This is all such hopeful news!

Achia Nila
Sep 02
Sep 02

Thank you <3
I am not taking the class. That's my digital agency and girls are developing, mobile app, web apps, games, graphics for international clients.

Jayne Cravens
Sep 02
Sep 02

I would love if you would post this as well to the TechSoup Forum on Tech4Good, so that this incredible story can reach an even greater audience: http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/community/f/16.aspx
I would love to hear more about your tech events for women. How do you do outreach to get participants? Do you have volunteers that support the women during the events? How do you evaluate them?

Nini Mappo
Sep 02
Sep 02

Hello Achia,
You are truly a trailblazer, curving a fresh path for women in tech and stellar on every step! Keeping winning, and bringing others into your triumphs as you are doing.

Your journey and your achievements are inspiring!

Achia Nila
Sep 04
Sep 04

Thank you Nini :)

Regina Afanwi Young
Sep 04
Sep 04

Hello Achia, congratulations dear on your great works and achievements. We are glad to have you on board and looking forward to read and learn tonnes from you on your tech initiative.

Achia Nila
Sep 04
Sep 04

Thank you Regine :)

jessg411
Sep 06
Sep 06

Congrats on your many achievements and for sharing and giving back to the community with Women in Digital. Excited to hear more success' in the future!

Achia Nila
Sep 06
Sep 06

Thank you so much Jessg :)

Chidimma
Sep 06
Sep 06

Hello Beautiful Achia. A big congratulations on all your awards and achievement. Keep touching lives on women in technology and IT.
Thanks for sharing. Keep winning.
Love.

Achia Nila
Sep 06
Sep 06

Thank you Chidimma :)

ARREY- ECHI
Sep 08
Sep 08

Hello Achia,
I hope you are doing well along side your team too. Congratulations for all your awards, for making history and for breaking barriers. We are glad you joined World Pulse. Keep being an inspiration for more women in STEM.

Achia Nila
Sep 10
Sep 10

Thank you so much Arrey