Shequal Foundation’s ‘Hacking for Humanity’ hackathon supported by Ncell concludes successfully
A three-day ‘Ncell presents Nepal’s Largest all-female Hackathon: Hacking for Humanity’ hackathon has concluded successful, bringing together 48 participants from all over Nepal and working together on ideas that make an impact to the society.
On the final day of the event on Sunday, Team Code Crafters secured the 1st position with a cash prize of Rs. 150,000. Their solution helps people understand sign languages used by differently able people. Team Sahayatri became 1st runner up and bagged Rs. 100,000 with their innovative idea on a tourism promotion solution, while Team Pi with their alert system solution stood 2nd runner-up and won Rs. 75,000 cash prizes.
As part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and to support women in the field of ICT, Ncell partnered with Shequal Foundation for this hackathon. The event was held in association with Girls in Tech Nepal and Women in Big Data, providing opportunity for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to come together and create new and innovative ideas.
Andy Chong, CEO of Ncell sharing his excitement said that such hackathon will support in fostering collaboration and creativity among young and enthusiastic females from IT to showcase their skills on innovative ideas.
“This event has proven to be an inspiring and innovative experience to contribute towards career growth of the females in IT sector, providing exposures and opportunities by creating a much-needed space for female and non-binary students,” he further added.
The hackathon began on Friday with a series of workshops, providing participants with the necessary skills to create their projects. Over the course of the weekend, participants worked diligently on their projects and presented them to a panel of judges. During the hackathon, they were introduced to some of the most influential and well-respected figures in the industry who participated in the event as either mentors, judges or guests.
Astha Sharma and Melisha Ghimire, Co-founders of Shequal foundation expressed their gratitude to all the participants for their hard work and enthusiasm and look forward to the next hackathon. The hackathon provided a space to encourage female and non-binary hackers to collaborate, ideate, and innovate together for a better cause.
The hackathon was a great success and provided a platform for participants to bring their ideas to life. Such initiatives are necessary for enhancing female representation in IT-related industries in Nepal and aid their equal participation in the digital economy, supporting to bring benefits not only to individual women and their families but also to society and the economy.