Forty Five Young Women Create Mobile Apps in Herat, Afghanistan

Through the second pitch event of its kind in Herat, 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 ambassador in Herat. “The young women involved have worked on innovative technology solutions.”

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. Nine teams, with a total number of 45 members, have completed their mobile apps. These nine 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.

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

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

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