Sunday, September 19, 2021

Bangladesh: Girls build app to fight harassment

Girl students from the Bangladesh University of Engineering have created a mobile application that will help fight harassment

Dhaka — If someone is suddenly in danger, people close to him can know his location through a mobile application and rescue him. Mobile apps can help protect women from various forms of harassment. In addition, students, job seekers, and teachers can use a special app as a support platform with information, notes, or materials.

These great apps have been created by the female students of this country. Organized jointly by Bangladesh Open Source Network-BDOSN’s ESDG Project and National Appstore of Bangladesh BD Apps, the three teams were declared the final winners after a selection of 35 teams.

The winners were announced through an online webinar titled ‘Bridging Industry Academy to Increase Participation of Women in ICT Sector Challenges and Scope’ organized by BDOSN on Monday.

The champions were the Bangladesh University of Engineering team Watcher Twenty-Four Seven, the first runner up was the International Islamic University Chittagong team Queryti and The second runner up was the Islamic University of Technology student team Null Pointer Exceptions.

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology( SUST) Professor and President of BDOSN announced the names of the winners in the webinar, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal.

Also present at the time was BDOSN General Secretary Munir Hasan, Biz-Engagement Lead BD Apps. Altamish Nabil, judge of the app competition and members of the winning team.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal said that in order to take the country forward, a change in mentality must be brought. Boys, as well as girls, need to be given separate opportunities to move forward. If we cannot do that, then the country, the society, the state will fall behind. It is possible to inspire girls to do hard work with the words ‘you can’. If given a little chance, they will be able to give much more to the country.

Noting that the participation of girls in the IT sector is low, Munir Hasan said that the share of women in the IT sector is less than 13 percent and IT entrepreneurs are less than 1 percent. Now it is slowly changing. I think this number will increase even more if the girls can be associated with the academy and the news of various events can be conveyed to them.

Altamish Nabil mentioned that the interest of women in this sector is increasingly seeing the variety of questions they have in the workshops with girls. He said that the girls are also very happy to take part in such a competition and win.

The entire program was conducted by Kazi Hasan Robin, Joint General Secretary of BDOSN.


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