TechBeez Aims To Empower Women In ICT
Being a developing nation, Bangladesh is still plagued with multitudes of social issues. What can reduce these issues by a great number is innovation and digital transformation.
LightCastle Partners in collaboration with Edward M. Kennedy Center (EMK Centre) took a step toward solving these problems by launching TechBeez: Women in ICT – a platform for connecting aspiring female students of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields with successful and inspiring female leaders in the ICT and digital industry of our country.
TechBeez – Women in ICT, was designed to generate tech-based ideas developed by women and solved a social issue from the five social issues that is the most prevalent in Bangladesh; Education and Literacy, Pregnancy and Motherhood, Harassment and Abuse, Traffic and Transportation and Healthcare and Wellbeing.
On 12th of November, the finale of TechBeez – Women in ICT was held at EMK Center. The top five teams pitched their innovative ideas in front of a panel of judges to win the title of ‘Champion’ and take home the prize money of BDT 75,000. The finale was officiated by chief guest Ms. Tina Jabeen, Advisor, iDEA Project, Ministry of ICT. Ms. Tina Jabeen accompanied by Mr. Asad-Ur- Rahman Nile, Technical Specialist, LICT Project and Mr. Nayeem Ashrafi, Team Leader, iDEA Project, also judged the ideas presented.
After a vigorous journey of more than a month, ‘Team Polaris’ won the title of Champion of TechBeez- Women in ICT by pitching the best idea among others. Their innovative idea was to make a biodegradable menstruation kit called ‘Feminae Period Kit’ that includes clean and cheap women’s undergarments with a sanitary pad embedded with each and a reusable menstruation kit that detects the presence of vaginal infection.
The objective behind TechBeez was to build a bridge between female ICT professionals and female students through networking opportunities, events and competitions, to inspire further involvement of women in ICT and facilitate the growth of digital Bangladesh. TechBeez- Women in ICT will soon be back with such more initiatives in the near future.
Story by Dipa Sultana. Dipa is a Junior Associate at Lightcastle Partners