Mentoring progamme begins on Bangladesh-India hackathon

Staff Correspondent

10 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Mentoring for the winners of a national level competition on problem solving through technology-based model began on Sunday.

Top 10 winning teams took part in the month-long counseling on scaling up the prototypes submitted in the hackathon programme jointly organised by Bangladesh and India.

Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) project under ICT Division with its Startup Bangladesh banner and the Indian firm Tech Mahindra jointly organised the camp to promote innovations.

ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam inaugurated the mentoring programme for the winning start-ups on virtual platform amid corona pandemic.

The programme began with a special audio-visual on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.

Indian MakersLab by Tech Mahindra provided a skilled mentor team who will provide support to the innovators on product development, business strategy, different frontier technologies, design thinking and CXO training.

The mentoring programme started with 30 innovators of 10 winning teams who showcased possible solutions for 10 ciziten centric problems leveraging technology in recently concluded national hackathon jointly organised by Bangladesh and India.

NM ZeaulAlam said India is really doing great in field of information technology sector maintaining vibrant presence in business process outsourcing or BPO.

“The sector has increased its contribution to India's GDP from 1.2 percent in 1998 to 7.7 percent in 2017. This means that India is doing good in IT sector. At the same time, Bangladesh has also seen a tremendous growth in technology in the last couple of years,” he said.

 He also added that through this mentoring programme, startups in Bangladesh will gain more knowledge about modern technology and at the same time the relationship between these hosting organizations of both Bangladesh and India will be stronger.

Tech Mahindra Corporate Affairs President SujitBaksi expressed gratitude to ICT Division of Government of Bangladesh and the High Commission of India in Bangladesh for making the event a success. Bangladesh Computer Council Executive Director Parthapratim Deb, Tech Mahindra Global Innovation Head Nikhil Malhotra also connected to the session presided by iDEA project director Additional Secretary Syed Mojibul Huq.