Making Apps that will help women stay safe | 2016-04-03

Making Apps that will help women stay safe

Sun Campus Desk

3 April, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Making Apps that will help women stay safe

Members of Dhaka Residential Model College is receiving the Champion Prize from Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman at the Grand Finale of WE CAN – Daffodil Apps Fellowship

Dhaka Residential Model College became Champion while North South University won the second position and University of Dhaka won the third position at the grand finale of “WE CAN – Daffodil Apps Fellowship 2016” held on March 31 at Daffodil International University (DIU) auditorium.
Aiming to raise awareness among youths and engage them in the movement to prevent violence against women WE CAN, Bangladesh and DIU jointly has planned for this fellowship programme for some young talented group of the country who would develop an apps on women rights issues. In the grand finale, DIU won the 4th position while Military Institute of Science and Technology won the fifth position.
Architect Yeafesh Osman, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology was present at the Grand Finale as the chief guest and distributed prizes among the winners. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, WE CAN, Bangladesh delivered the welcome address in the programme while Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University presided over the programme. The function was also addressed by Emeritus Professor Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman, Zinat Ara Haque, National Coordinator, WE CAN, Dr. Shahadat Khan, CEO, Sure Cash. Munir Hasan, Coordinator, Youth Programme, Prothom Alo, Taposh Ranjan Chakraborty, IT & Development Coordinator, Oxfam, Prof. Dr. Syed Akter Hossain,  Professor Dr. Mahmuda Nazneen of BUET.  
Addressing as the chief guest Architect Yeafesh Osman said: “Role of Women in development of Bangladesh in every sector is remarkable whether it may be in play ground, garments sector or even in armed forces. So, the initiative of accelerating women empowerment through IT is very important and time befitting.” He urged the young generation to come forward to develop the country utilising the benefits of IT.  
Advocate Sultana Kamal said: “Violence against women is a gross injustice in our society. Society will not be freed until the women are not freed. Role of women participation in the development of Bangladesh is unlimited. To ensure a violence free life for a woman, these Apps will play a vital role.”
“We want to build such type of Apps which ensure women empowerment and also will assist empowering women utilising IT expertise and talent of our young generation through this fellowship programme,” she added.   
From all over Bangladesh 96 teams submitted their application via Google mail. Based on their idea 22 teams were selected and oriented by WE CAN & Daffodil International University. Among them a total of 9 teams were selected for final round by an expert jury board comprising with prominent IT expert and women activists. Among the proposed Apps, three were awarded based on innovative idea.
The final round contestant teams were Knight’s Tenement from University of Dhaka, Spirit from BUET, The Bridge from North South University, Reborn from Daffodil International University, EWU_ BUGS from East West University, MIST Five from Military Institute Of Science & Technology (MIST), Viqiz Idea hub from Viqarunnisa Noon College, DRMC from Dhaka Residential Model College and TR group from Daffodil International University.
Participants had to make a group of 5 members from different discipline like CSE, Software Engineering, Law, literature, Journalism and Mass Communication. Then they submitted concepts of the apps that fall under the following areas – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issue, Domestic violence, violence against women, Sexual harassment, women empowerment and women rights related issue.