There is merely a profession that doesn’t uses technology as a tool today. Teachingour people with technology became a necessity. The global outsourcing or freelancingmarket size is of 100 Billion US dollars. If Bangladesh could get 5% that will be enough to change the scenario of the whole country.
We, as a team, working to create some value in the country by spreading the technology knowledge. Till now we have organized 170+ events and 20,000 people all over Bangladesh. There are many other initiatives that teaching tech but unfortunately all of them based in Dhaka. We keep moving to all overBangladesh to teach our people. Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Sylhet, Jessore - we have travelled to all the possible places, every nook and corner of the country. The responses from outside Dhaka is always very high than in Dhaka. The rural people doesn’t get many opportunities - so when they get something they grab it very easily.
University students are our primary focus to work with but we also have worked with women, slum dwellers, kids and middle age people. It’s interesting how people of all ages are interested to learn technology.
Last April, I visited Chittagong for a women tech event series, few faculty members were there also to inaugurate. One of the lecturer came after the event to talk. He said “I was a student and participated in your event at CUET. Now I am attending as a lecturer here”. Our past winners like “Ma o Shishu App” team got funded by Access to Information, Prime Minister’s office to build their product. Those kinds of words and success stories give us immense pleasure of the thing we are doing. We have passed sleepless nights in buses and preparing content for next day events.
Youth are always encouraged to learn new things. We get amazing responses from students when we put something new before them. From the big 3 hackathons we did in past we got some amazing teams who are working with Govt and big corporations. Amit Kumar Dey, former student of Brac University, is now an entrepreneur and working with Director General of Health Services (DGHS) office of Bangladesh Govt. He employed 10 more engineers and now solving health issues of mass people. Those are just few examples. There are plenty.
We believe by keeping 50% backward no nation can go ahead. Our women tech initiatives are designed to meet women need. Our women tech leads like Rakhshanda, Farah and advisors like Samira ZuberiHimika, SaymaRahman and many more are acting in front to make women strong in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics).