Since September 2015, BdOSN has been running several programmes to create awareness among the girls and women to take ICT as a career. The initial goal is to aware the girls and women about the different opportunities in the field of ICT and help them to acquire the required skills through training and workshop.
Some results have been achieved soon from those actions. In 2015, when we start our initiative, there were only 5 girls teams participated in the ICPC Regional Programming Contest in Bangladesh although 25% of the students in 90 institute which offered ICT courses are female! After one year, in 2016 the number of team raise to 129!
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April. However, BdOSN celebrates this for a month.
In continuation of the effort, BdOSN has taken the following initiatives to celebrate International Girls in ICT.
The programme includes but not limited to
0 Awareness Building
0 Career Talk
0 Innovation Boot Camp
0 Open House Day, etc
However, as a continuation of Open House Day where girls are taken to visit IT Service Company, software, development Company, call center, development etc to get young women more interested in ICT. On 8th April 2017, we took 12 girls and young women to visit BRAC IT service. Ismat Jahan the senior manager of BRAC IT Service hosted the program. All the senior managers were present there. They shared their stories with the participant. They even invited the girls for an internship on BRAC IT services. The girls were very excited visiting the office.
Asma UL Husna a CSE student said "I'm very glad to Bangladesh Open Source Network for selecting me for this event. I learned a lot from this event."