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About Women’s Innovation Camp 2017

Access to Information Programme (a2i), Prime Minister’s Office, has been supporting the parity issues of women and involving the society in several women empowerment activities from the very beginning. In continuation to this, a2i has collaborated with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWCA) and initiated the program “Women’s Innovation Camp” to provide an open platform for the innovative students to participate in bringing solution to national problems. 

The purpose of this camp is to identify some significant women centric problems in the society and bring feasible solution to those through an open competition. The best ideas and solutions will be awarded on the event finale and the ideas will be facilitated for successful implementation.

After the success of the 2016 event, a2i will be organizing Women’s Innovation Camp 2017 this year which will be open for all.  After identification of the priority sectors from the problem Identification Workshop, the competition has been launched. Applicants from all over Bangladesh will be able to submit their innovative ideas based on the identified problem sectors. The most feasible and implementable ideas will be taken forward in the competition.

Submission Deadline
30 September, 2017



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Sectoral Context Statements

Sector 1: Cybercrime against women


Bangladesh is slowly making its way into the internet era, but is lagging in addressing cybercrimes, internet safety and online privacy issues. Several laws have been passed recently, without having the knowledge or resources for properly implementing those. Though most cybercrimes are gender neutral, women are regularly abused, intimidated and harassed in social media which they have little to no control over. Complaints are often registered against women being photographed in embarrassing situations and spread online without their consent. Not only that, many women are victims of Photoshop or fake photo dissemination as well, which  result in embarrassment of themselves and their family members as well.

Sector 2: Working Women


Women in the urban area are gradually becoming more career-focused. Nearly every household in the city has at least one educated working woman. Despite of the qualification and expertise, many women quit jobs after marriage or having kids. One of their main concerns is either babysitting their children or commuting their kids to and from school. They either have to leave their kids with someone elderly in the family or hire someone to babysit their children. However, these options are neither effective, nor affordable to every working woman. Due to working hours and distance, mothers usually cannot drop and pick up kids from school or help them with studies. Therefore, raising a child well or having a professional career becomes a binary choice for working mothers. 

Sector 3: Under-utilized human resources of women


Women in our society are still expected to maintain the household, feed the family and raise the children, almost always with little or no support from the men of the family. Just to meet this expectation of the family and the society, millions of women give up their professional careers. Though these women withdraw themselves from the workforce for the rest of their lives, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. They can still make use of their skills and expertise as freelance professionals. However, this kind of shift often requires additional support from the industry and an online workplace, none of which have we been able to provide so far. If we can accommodate the services of this unutilized workforce into the economy, it can contribute to the national economic growth. 

Sector 4: Old aged women


After spending her life in caring for the family, a woman becomes more vulnerable to externalities as she ages. Most women do not get the scope to gain financial and social independence in this process. As most marriages in Bangladesh happen between older men and younger women, a significant number of women become widows after the age of 50. It only worsens their situation. Lacking financial freedom, the rest of the family inadvertently starts treating her like a burden. The lucky ones find their ways to elderly rehabilitation centers. As they age more, their dependence for sustenance and accommodation on family increases. Even the most supportive families often fail to cater to their needs, which result in isolation and depression. 


Submission Deadline
30 September, 2017


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Process

Process Flow of the event:
Problem Identification
Workshop
1
Launching and
Promotional Campaign
2
Level 1
Screening
3
Level 2 screening
with Presentation
4
Grooming &
Boot Camp
6
Finale
6
Submission Deadline
30 September, 2017


FAQ


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Who is eligible to apply?

Any consortium/organization is eligible to apply if the solution is practical and feasible.

2

Can I apply with a non-technical solution?

No. Only technical solutions are encouraged.

3

Can I apply with a non-technical solution?

No. Only technical solutions are encouraged.

4

How many steps of evaluation are there in the process?

steps. Shortlisting, Screening and Technical Expert Panel Evaluation

5

What is the winning prize?

Every winning team will be awarded BDT 100,000 as prize money (Tax applicable). a2i seeks technical and implementation partner for the WIC winning projects. When we can find a technical and implementation partner, we asses the development and implementation cost and fund it accordingly.

6

When will the results be announced?

The selected proposal applicants will be contacted from a2i as soon as the evaluation process has been completed.

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What to do if I don’t get a confirmation mail?

It would usually mean you are have not been qualified.

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Where to contact for technical problems

Please send your queries at womensinnovationcamp@gmail.com