Nepal’s largest private telecom operator Ncell Axiata and Shequal Foundation has collaborated for an all-female ‘Hacking for Humanity Hackathon’ with an objective to empower women in Information Technology (IT) sector. The hackathon is taking place on February 10 – 12, 2023.
The project aims at encouraging girls’ participation in the IT industry. “As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and to support women in the field of ICT, Ncell has partnered with Shequal Foundation for this largest all-female hackathon in the country,” the operator said.
Other partners of the Hacking for Humanity Hackathon include Girls in Tech and Women in Big Data.
Sequel Foundation says that through the collaborative and innovative event, participating teams will work together to create a unique and impactful prototype solution to address problems that are noticeable in health, education, agriculture, etc. For preparation, college activation is ongoing till January 2023 and will take place in all seven provinces of the country.
Ncell believes that the hackathon will contribute to the career growth of girls in the IT field. It expects the event to bring the participant exposure to the opportunities.
The event encourages female and non-binary hackers to “collaborate, ideate, and innovate together” for a better cause.
How to register for the Hacking for Humanity Hackathon?
Interested girls can register for the Ncell and Shequal Foundation-collaborated hackathon via Ncell App by scanning the event registration code. Do remember that girls need to form a group of three to participate. Shortlisted teams will be announced on February 03, 2023. Likewise, pre-event activities are being organized in various colleges focusing on design thinking, entrepreneurial finance, business model canvas, story presentation idea pitching, and delivery.
Shequal Foundation believes that these kinds of targeted initiatives promote women’s representation in the IT industry in Nepal. It also expects to aid their equal participation in the digital economy, bringing benefits to individual women, their families, and also to society and the economy.