Women Technopreneur workshop begins in Kathmandu

Published On: February 15, 2017 11:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: A five-day tech workshop for girls, titled ‘Women Technopreneur’ kicked off on Wednesday at iHub, Teku with a vision of encouraging women in technical field and develop the leadership in them.

Organized by Miss-Tech, a team of women for women from Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN) on behalf of U.S. Embassy, the women empowerment technical workshop will be held until February 20 in Kathmandu.

The program will also be conducted in Pokhara, Biratnagar, Illam, Dhangadi, Bhairahava and Surkhet. 

Conceptualizing the idea of ‘Women Technopreneur, Women’s Empowerment through Technology,’ the workshop focuses on developing a platform for technology-enthusiastic women to share their knowledge so that they can make a positive difference in their communities. The main aim of the workshop is to bring leadership and self-confidence in each participant and help them scale-up their technological insight, challenging the norms and values of the society. 

Throughout the five-day workshop, the participants will be taught about game development, application development, hardware interfacing, programming, social networking and blogging, and entrepreneurship. “Through this workshop, women will learn how they can convert their skills to an independent business, how they can develop a product from their problem-solving skills. We believe that the fastest way to change the society is to mobilize the women of the society and through this workshop, we will teach women about how they can start their own tech startups,” said Bikash Gurung, the president of Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN).

Women technopreneurs are on the rise and women are flooding the tech industry all over. However, in Nepal’s context, women’s participation in the field of technology is still negligible. “Women are not getting opportunities. And even if they get, they are discouraged somehow. Plus, there is a lack of knowledge transfer culture,” said the RAN president about the reason behind the deficiency of women in technopreneurship. 

When asked about what kind of programs the government needs to come up to increase the participation of women in startups, Bikash said, “The government runs different programs for women empowerment but those all are in ineffective way. They make 5-10 years plans and include women but those are not implemented properly.

The government should make policies and plans studying how women are unfolding their reach to the world map and those policies need to be followed decently as programs, and then only women technopreneurship would be promoted.” 

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