Bangladesh Open Source network (BdOSN) signed an MoU recently with ICT Division, Government of Bangladesh to support initiative of national High School Programming Contest (NHSPC)-2016. Md Lafifa Jamal, Vice President of BdOSN and Mr harun-or-Rashid, Additional Secretary of ICT Division signed on behalf of respective parties. According to the MoU, BdOS will provide all logistics, academic and contest support to organize NHSPC 2016. This year, there will be 16 regional contest winners of which will move to National Program to be held in Dhaka. Besides the contest, BdOSN will also facilitated the mentors and facilitators taining, 64 district workshop and the National High School Programming Camp.
BdOSN will celebrate the Computer Science Education Week from 7-15th December 2015. A nationwide actvities were planned to mark this wee which includes but not limited to Hour of Code, Online Programming Contest, National Girls Programming contest etc. The preparatory activities will beging with a "Programming Adda" to be held in Biswa Sahitya Kendra on 21st November at 4pm.
'Girls are doing great in all public examinations in the country, but unfortunately they are not visible much in the working space, especially in the field of ICT. However, attempt like organizing girls programming camp in different parts of the country will change the situation in coming days." These are the hopes we noticed recently held "Grace Hopper Girls camp for Programming Contest" held in three district of the country. The Dhaka camp was held from 28-30th August while Dinajpur and Mohespur camps were held 6-8 and 7-9 September respectfully. A total of 89 girls from high school and early years of university joined camp to improve their programming skill. Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN) in association with University of Asia pacific, Dinajpur IT Solutionsa nd Mohespur Junior Coders organized the camps.
One of the news paper wrote, "Nafiza Islam kalpo is a six grade student of Netrokona Govt. high school. In some ways she is far advanced than other girls of her age. When her fellow students use computer just for surfing websites in online, she thought of how to create those websites. She started learning programming from her mother and now she knows C and C++ programme within one year.
Mahfuza Homaira, Student of CSE in BRAC University is learning programming since 2014. She has created a mobile app by using her experience.
They are two participants of 30 girls who attended in girls’ programming camp held recently at University of Asia Pacific. All the participants are studying in different institution from Schools to University.
Bristy Shikder, Student of Massachusetts Institute of Technology leaded this training camp as trainer. She taught the participants about basic rules of programming and problem solving. Trainers gave them problems for solving. If they faced problem, trainer helped them solve it.
Rifat Ara Proma, CSE student from MIST says about this camp, “We are living in the era of ICT. Everyone prefers working by using internet. So, there is no alternative to programming. Programming is essential for male-female. I like programming. I have attended this camp to learn more programming.”
Two trainers trained this camp. They are Bristy Shikder from MIT and Rezwan Mahmud Tonmoy from Dhaka University. Tonmoy says, “We have taught them about Dynamic programming, Graph, Data Structure, mathematics and Geometry.”
Bangladesh progressed considerably in creating skilled programmers but there are hardly any female programmers. Bristy Shikder says, “Success in any field is not comprehensive without active participation of whole section of people. Many girls are interested in learning programming. This camp offered a helping hand to some of them to excel in this sector.” (http://www.daily-sun.com/printversion/details/164561/Girls%E2%80%99-programming-camp-held).
The camp will continue to be held and a total of 15 camps would be organized in coming days, informed bdOSN
Workshop on "Introduction to algorithms and how to apply them in computer programming" held successfully in the Charle Babage lab of Daffodil International University (DIU) on 5-6 June 2015. BdOSN in collaboration with Code it, Girl organized the workshop for the girls. DIU hosted the workshop. 18 female students from Dhaka University, BUET, North South University, Jahangirnagar University, National University etc joined the workshop. Bristy Sikder, a student of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) conducted the workshop while Mirfat Sharmin and All Rabbi of BdOSN facilitated the same. The workshop covered the basic algorithm required for computer programming. Students learned the basics and application of Ad-Hoc Problems, greedy algorithms, Divide and Conquer: Merge Sort, Graphs, BFS, DFS, Jug Problem, etc.