On 23rd August, 2017, IEEE AIUB Student Branch WIE Affinity Group organized a seminar on “TechBeez: Women in ICT Competition” in collaboration with TechBeez Bangladesh. TechBeez is a networking, event and competition platform aimed at connecting aspiring female students in STEM fields with successful and inspiring female leaders in the ICT and digital industry. It was an informative seminar for enthusiasts who were looking to participate in the upcoming competition.
The first speaker of the seminar, Ms. Sadia Alam, Junior Associate, EMK Maker Lab, initiated her presentation with a brief introduction to TechBeez. Then she elaborately discussed the rules and regulations of the competition. She also discussed the lack of participation of women in job sectors of Bangladesh as an aftermath of women’s education, health, and marriage.
Later, the stage was given to the second speaker of the seminar, Ms. Farhana Yasmin, Creative Associate, EMK Maker Lab, who started by sharing her experience in working for women empowerment in the engineering sector. Then she talked about their institutional goals that are solely focused on encouraging women participation in the field of engineering and technology despite some factors. The session was concluded with an interactive question and answer session with the participants.
The concluding speech was delivered by Dr. M. Tanseer Ali, Counselor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; Senior Assistant professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB, who advised the participants to take part in the competition and to help raise awareness for women’s participation in the field of engineering and technology. He concluded his talk by cherishing the speakers’ contribution for women empowerment in engineering sectors. The seminar was crowded with around 40 participants from engineering and computer science departments.