2:34 am - Thursday December 14, 2017

First ever digital challenge on peace held

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Country’s first ever digital challenge and start-up incubation programme on ‘peace’ issue held to inspire tech-based solution in this regard.

Development organisation Democracy International and Bangladesh tech firm Prenerur Lab initiated the project ‘Tech for Peace’ to bring youth innovations to solve social problems with technology solutions.

Democracy International Chief of Party Katie Croake was the chief guest at the final round held at Edward M Kennedy Centre in Dhanmondi in the capital on Thursday night (ended on 10 PM).

ICT division Additional Secretary Susanta Kumar Saha was special guest while Preneur Lab Chief Executive Officer Arif Nezami made address of welcome at the function.

‘Tech for Peace’ is a youth oriented initiative which initially started in five universities of Bangladesh where students involved by performing at boot camps and hack days to build a youth network of technology inclined students to encourage peace building in youth communities.

This event marked the contest for selected fourteen teams from those five universities including University of Dhaka, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, North South University, Brac University and United International University.

From fourteen team, there were announced – Team Steradian from BUET, Team RMS from Brac University and Team No Crime from North South University as the winners and will join the “Tech for Peace” incubation support. Three winners teams win the incubation support which worth Tk 2 lakh.

Team Tesseract from United International University and Team Square from BUET became the 4th and 5th place winner and in waitlist for “Tech for Peace” incubation.

Democracy International Chief of Party Katie Croake said, “I congratulate the teams for their innovative technology ideas to advance tolerance and social harmony in Bangladesh.”

ICT division Additional Secretary Susanta Kumar Saha focused on different initiatives of the government to engage youth in technology-based programme.

“We have initiated IDEA project to inspire youth in ICT-based entrepreneurship. Besides, Mobile Apps Development project aims to find out Angry Birds-like game from Bangladeshi developers. There is also scholarship programme for academic researchers in the field,” Saha said

Preneur Lab CEO Arif Nezami said, “We are overwhelmed by the bright ideas and amazing support from all 5 participating universities. Through the incubation we will be able to bring out real solutions that can be implemented properly. This is a first ever digital challenge with 360 plans starting from baseline survey, hack days, incubation and road shows.”

Among others, UIU computer science and engineering department head Associate Prof Salekul Islam BRACU CSE department’s undergrad coordinator Annajiat Rasel and BUET Civil Engineering Associate Professor Tanvir Ahmed, Dell USA Solution Architecture Director Mohammad Mahdee Uz Zaman, Google Developer Group Bangla Manager Jabed Sultan Pias, Junction Head of Business Hasib Rashid and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute Deputy Director Tanim Nowshad briefed about them and delivered their valuable speech for the participants.

Earlier, there was held a pitching session for the fourteen selected teams where each team showcased their idea and innovation on the most pressing issues of Bangladesh in front of the Jury.

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