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First Women's Hackathon in Ashgabat Promotes Gender Diversity in Technology

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Turkmenistan, under the global project "Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism in Asia (STRIVE Asia). A Joint EU-UN Partnership" and the Launch Life Coding Bootcamp project, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, held the DigiWomen STRIVE hackathon.

Hackathon in Ashgabat 

Turkmenistan's first women's hackathon, dedicated to the International Youth Day, started on August 12 in the UN building in Ashgabat. More than 35 participants took part in the marathon of female programmers. Over the next two days, 9 teams of participants worked together to create technological projects, generate innovative ideas and develop digital solutions. Each team focused on developing a web application that promotes gender equality and empowers women by providing employment and training opportunities, as well as networking and providing mentoring for the professional and personal development of women and girls.

Earlier, hackathon participants learned to develop websites and applications from scratch during a six-month Launch Life Coding project supported by the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan. The project encourages women and girls, especially those from the most vulnerable groups, to begin their journey toward a career in technology.
"The year 2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkmenistan. Today's Hackathon is a shining example of the U.S. Embassy's fruitful cooperation with local organizations. This event is particularly important because it underscores the invaluable contribution women have made and will continue to make in advancing the technological fields in Turkmenistan. It is widely known that women are underrepresented in the technology industry worldwide. We must ensure that all members of our society face no barriers to reaching their potential and overcoming the barriers that prevent women from fully participating in any industry," said Philmon Hale of the Information and Culture Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat. "U.S. President John F. Kennedy once said: "Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. I am inspired not only by the effort I witnessed today, but by the clarity of purpose and direction of our participants. And that is why these women leaders in technology give me hope for the next 30 years of fruitful relations with Turkmenistan. I am honored to be here and to be a part of today's event.
"Digital transformation is changing our world and our future. But digitalization is not gender-neutral. Social and gender norms prevent women and girls from taking advantage of digital opportunities," said Mary Rizaeva, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Turkmenistan. "UNDP promotes gender equality, empowers women and girls and works to eliminate gender stereotypes so that women and men can equally benefit from the opportunities offered by the new digital reality."

Hackathon in Ashgabat

At the end of the two-day hackathon, the participating teams presented their creative ideas to the jury. The projects presented demonstrated innovative solutions in the field of web application development for women's empowerment. All winning teams were awarded prizes and certificates of appreciation. With the support of local IT companies, the best participants of this software developer forum were given the opportunity to do an internship.

Participants and organizers of Turkmenistan's first female hackathon noted a special dynamic atmosphere of creativity and excitement, which brought together participants with a variety of IT competencies and tasks. "The hackathon gave us a great opportunity to learn something new and develop our technical skills by working as a team," said Ayshe Sammieva, one of the participants of the digital marathon.

The DigiWomen STRIVE Hackathon aims to empower women and girls with digital skills, provide a platform to create innovative ideas and showcase newfound technical skills and talents, and encourage more women developers to pursue careers in ICT to create a sustainable and inclusive future for all.

Source: UNDP press release

1 comment.

  • It was a great experience for all of us 👍👍👍👍. I really expect more content like this one.