Forty Five Young Women Create Mobile Apps in Herat, Afghanistan

Technation

Through the Second Pitch Event of Its Kind in Herat, the Mobile Apps are Presented to
over 200 Participants from All Walks of Life 

May 2, 2016 (Herat/ Afghanistan)– Forty five young women, aged 10-18, pitched today their own mobile apps, in Herat, Afghanistan! The Herat Technovation group has been running Girls Make Apps Workshops, between January and May 2016, in various high schools, where over 80 women were involved to create their own mobile apps.

Technovation Herat, part of a global technology entrepreneurship program for young women called Technovation Challenge, was led by Zainab Aminy, a Herat-based technologist and computer science lecturer. The program was supported by TechNation, a Kabul-based technology and entrepreneurship support company, and Hariwa Institute of Higher Education based in Herat.

“We are new in the global Technovation Challenge, but we are growing fast, faster than we
could imagine.” Said Zainab Aminy, Technovation embassador in Herat. “The young women involved have worked on innovative technology solutions.” She added.

“The Technovation Challenge has multiple benefits for young Afghan gilrs, including promoting critical thinking and research capacity among girls. It creates an entrepreneurial culture in Afghanistan.” Said Omar Mansoori, President of TechNation.

These Girls Make Apps Workshops brought students, mentors, and teachers to help those
unfamiliar with programming to build fully functional mobile apps. The Herat Technovation registered 20 teams, each included between 1-7 members totaling 80 members. 9 teams, with total number of 45 members, have completed their mobile apps. These 9 apps were pitched to a panel of judges at a pitch event today, who will vote for the teams with best app products to be nominated for a World Pitch in San Francisco. Technovation invites six teams from across the world to present at the World Pitch, and one of them will win $10,000 in seed funding to help them launch their app.

Technovation Herat’s Girls Make Apps and today’s Pitch Event, hosted by the Herat University, are one of the first steps young women in Herat will take working towards their larger goal of solving big problems in their communities.

For more information about Technovation, see the press release or visit www.technovationchallenge.org. To learn more about the Herat Pitch Event 2016, or to get involved with Technovation in Afghanistan contact:

Herat: Zainab Amini / +93 79 799 407 / zainab.aminy@gmail.com
Kabul: Omar Mansoor Ansari/ +93 789 380 092 / oansari@technation.af

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