First-ever Women Devfest in Bangladesh held
GDG Dhaka is the largest tech community in Bangladesh which help local developers to create product using google technologies. This is the first time GDG Dhaka organized Women DevFest in partnership with Techshohor.com, ABC Radio 89.2 for women in Bangladesh at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) recently.
GDG Dhaka has been working in Bangladesh since 2012 and in 2016 it was featured in Global GDG Summit in San Francisco for empowering women in tech.
The aim of the conference was to share knowledge, exchange ideas and network with other like-minded people from all over the country in one space.
Google Women Devfest has highlighted the importance of diversity in the workplace, focus on narrowing the gender gap and help participants to learn Google technologies. Sessions were included on Public Speaking, Machine Learning, Google Assistant, Material Design, Gender & Diversity and how to start tech career. More than 250 women participated in this programme.
Rakhshanda Rukham, Manager, Google Developer Group Dhaka said, "It was an amazing event with full women attendees. It is our duty to encourage more women to get involved in IT. GDG Dhaka always try to support women by resources, community support and creating visibility."
There were other speakers including Zara Mahbub, CEO, KITC; Ms. Bithika Hasan, Gender Expert, UNDP; Sayma Rahman, Head of Retail Partnership, Grameenphone; Farzana Sharmeen, Director, Shohoz Food; Arif Nezami, CEO, Preneur Lab; Shehzad Noor Taus, Co-founder & CEO at Gaze, Former Machine Learning Developer at IBM, Emrazina Islam, Bangladesh Brand Ambassador, Payoneer and Sabila Enun, Director, Dcastalia.
Google Developer Group Dhaka has offered a bunch of opportunities for the developers including study jam, Action on Google, TensorFlow summit, Firebase summit and more. There are more than 50000 students relate to this platform and GDG Dhaka organized more than 500 tech events for the students. More than 10,000 women are connected with GDG Dhaka and it has organized more than 70 programs in 25 cities.