The National Girls Programming Contest turns its curtain off on the 9th of May 2017 at Daffodil International University. This year also manifestoes a great success of BdOSN’s regular activities like #missingdaugher, Grace Hopper Girls Programming Training Camp, Girls in ICT events and many more in the participants’ number. A total number of 384 institutions took part in the online preliminary contest held on 7th March 2017 from where 117 team from 79 institutions were selected based on their performance.
Participants from different part of the country ranging from school to university including polytechnic institutions started their registration at 9.00am at the venue. 102 teams finally participated in the final contest. 48 members from 16 teams were given prizes in different categories. CUET_Diamonds & Rust from Chittagong Science and Technology University became the Champions in the contest while NSU_La La Land and CUET-Girls and Pearls owned the 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively in the competition. RRU School_Polaris got a special prize in the school category.
The closing program started at 3.30pm with the presence of the ICT Minister Mr. Junaid Ahmed Palak, MP, Deputy Secretary Begum Mahbuba Panna of the Department of ICT, the geneticist and science writer Dr. Abed Choudhury, Dr. M. Kaykobad from BUET, the general secretary of BdOSN Munir Hasan, vice-president of the organization Lafifa Jamal and the vice-chancellor of Daffodil International University Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam.
The ICT minister shared that ‘the government of Bangladesh is leading to a digital Bangladesh by inchmeal. Like any other sectors, the women’s participation in the ICT will be equal by 2030.’ He welcomed the young participants to be ready to lead that future Bangladesh with the ICT knowledge.
Dr. Kaykobad said that ‘we have many talented and brilliant students in Bangladesh who have already proven their potential. They just need a platform to fly from now.’
The program had around 500 people in its closing session. Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN) was the implementation partner of the program while Judging partner was CodeMarshal.