Technovation in Kazakhastan
‘Technovation Challenge’ aims to foster new generation of Kazakh women leaders
Recently, Technovation Challenge, an annual international competition for girls was held in Kazakhstan. Through this programme, girls get an opportunity to foster their entrepreneurship skills and emerge as tech leaders of tomorrow. The teams, along with their mentors, develop mobile applications and business plans to further launch them.
“Such programmes must be organized regularly to help young girls deal with real life challenges using technology,” said Nurali Aliyev, a Kazakh entrepreneur and investor.
The mentors of Technovation challenge in Kazakhstan are professional women, industry leaders and entrepreneurs who have volunteered their weekends to help a new generation of female leaders.
The most interesting part is to watch young girls showing passion about what they are doing. Apart from learning new skills, they also build self-confidence that allows them to contribute towards nation-building. When young girls get empowered, their horizons broaden and their aspirations get bolder to take on the world.
This year, zhanartu (supporter) along with the organizers targeted girls from public schools, especially those from underrepresented communities. The aim is to uplift young girls devoid of access to information, encouragement and leadership tools.
Over 80 teams, comprising of three-five girls from different parts of the country, participated in the competition. The teams are currently working on creating viable tech-solutions for education and healthcare sector. Also, the girls aim to reduce poverty and promote equality in the country.
Even though the Technovation Challenge was introduced recently in the country, the tech-savvy Kazakh girls have shown good results. Last year, a Kazakh team ComPote 2016 visited the Silicon Valley to represent their mobile app Aktivnyi Almatinets (Proactive Almaty Resident). The app allows the local government to assemble the latest, real-time information on infrastructure and urban planning challenges that need immediate notice.
“The participants not only came up with out-of-the-box ideas, but also implemented them, and further commercialized their projects for the betterment of the society,” Nurali Aliyev further added.