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Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Microsoft Egypt launched “Hack4Girlz” training program

Under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, “Hack4Girlz” training program was launched in cooperation with Microsoft Egypt and sponsored by Vodafone Egypt, from 4 to 6 August 2019.

In her speech at the opening session, Dr. Nagwa Al-Shenawy, Head of the Central Information Department at the MCIT and Director of ICT Initiative for Women, has elaborated on the role of ICT tools in empowering women; through the provision of training, distance education and business solutions. She further illustrated that this will be positively reflected in an increase of their income as well as enhancing their access to new markets’ segments using e-commerce applications.
Dr. Nagwa Al-Shenawy has also highlighted the role of MCIT in supporting and empowering girls and women in Egypt in the ICT field, through the adoption of many initiatives. The “ICT for Women” initiative is one of the most important initiatives in that regards, adopted by the Ministry in 2016. It aims at empowering girls and women in the ICT field and maximizing their use of ICT tools.

The launch of the "Communications and Information Technology for Women" portal is one of the fruitful outcome of this initiative, aiming at providing optimal opportunities for Egyptian women to learn and compete in the labor market through the provision of knowledge and many electronic services. Dr. Nagwa Al-Shenawy has asserted, in her speech, the importance of “Hack4Girlz” initiative in implementing MCIT vision for women's economic empowerment through different ICT tools.

Through the program, about 44 undergraduate and postgraduate girls in ICT field from the engineering, computer and education colleges in several public and private universities in Egypt, were trained. They were divided into 9 working groups. The program included many training tracks covering technological concepts and applications; the most important of which were: Node JS- Visual Studio Code- Business Model Canvas- Human Centric Design Thinking. It is worth mentioning that each one of these working groups has successfully implemented a technology application (Web Application) to serve women's entrepreneurship.

At the end of the program a contest was held between the teams to choose the best application and to offer prizes to the special applications. The three announced winners were as follows:
  • First place: (Supper Cooker): an app that proposes home recipes based on the ingredients available to the housewife, and allows the housewife to shop through an electronic grocery available through the app.
  • Second place: (Visual Fitting Room): an app that allows girls to try clothes sold on the online shopping sites (virtually) before buying.
  • Third place: (Our Tools): an app that sells or rents school tools for medical and engineering colleges for low prices.
The training program was concluded by an Awarding Ceremony; where the prizes and Certificates of Appreciation were offered by MCIT Communications and Vodafone Egypt to the winners and trainees.

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