The prize giving ceremony of Digital Innovation For Women, jointly organized by Women In Digital and United International University has taken place on March 8. The event was organized to encourage women to actively participate in technology related businesses. The event took place at UIU auditorium on Women’s Day.
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 and Fahim Mashroor, CEO of BDjobs.
Obaidul Quader said at the event, “In the next few years Bangladesh will be in a respectable position when it comes to exporting software. Sajeeb Wazed Joy, PM’s IT advisor has to be lauded for this. The present government is always working to provide better opportunities for women. Most of the work in our ministry is being done online and we are looking for women to work for us.”
BASIS president Shamim Ahsan said, “There is no need to think that women can’t do what men can in the technology sector. Women have the same opportunities as men. So far, we have found many women innovators. 9% of the total workforce of our member companies are women and 3% of all tech entrepreneurs are women.
But this is not enough. BASIS has been working with ICT Division and other government wings to increase female participation at work. To ensure greater inclusion, we have established the BASIS Women’s Forum. Moreover, we are taking special measures to ensure that the women population in the 23,000 skilled labor that we are planning to train in the next two years get priority.”
Innovation For Women began from January 28th. 248 female students took part in the competition in 49 different projects. Three innovations received prizes after different rounds of screening and evaluation. First prize went to a project titled ‘Food Hunt.’ 2ndrunners up were ‘A R Kids’ and ‘Break Free.’