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Hackathons making education more accessible for girls

Hackathons making education more accessible for girls
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While India takes pride in its IITs and IIMs, a large number of girls quietly drop out from education school-level onwards. -'Hack4Her-' aims to...

New Delhi: While India takes pride in its IITs and IIMs, a large number of girls quietly drop out from education school-level onwards. 'Hack4Her' aims to change this scenario.

It is a unique hackathon organised by Women's Education Project India, in association with TechGig and Random Hacks of Kindness, India.

The participants too are excited about this contest. Since this hackathon was made live on TechGig, more than 1,916 registrations have already taken place. This is just an initial number which is rising with every passing day.

The hackathon winner will take home a prize of Rs. 80,000 and shortlisted candidates will get to present their ideas at Women's Education Project India's Forum on Nov 11.

Female literacy in India stands at just 65.46% (2011 census), when the world average is 79.7%. Furthermore, the school dropout rate amongst adolescent Indian girls is 63.5%, which means that most girls going to school right now will gradually fallout from the education fold and may get into employment or family life even when their education stands at bay.

This may sound like a common practice in many households and the outcomes stand out as child brides, young mothers and women with little or no access to basic necessities in life.

Women's Education Project (WEP) India - an international organisation which supports women education - has organised a unique hackathon titled 'Hack4Her' to find new-age solutions to promote women education in the country.

WEP India has joined hands with TechGig and Random Hacks of Kindness, India for this unique contest, which invites everyone to share ideas and ways to promote women education, and welfare at large.

Anybody - irrespective of age, gender, location, or education - can submit his disruptive ideas to help bridge the gap between women and education at the TechGig website. One can submit his idea either in PPT or PDF formats.

Speaking of this association, Dipti Tandon, Product Head, TechGig said, "We are excited to partner with Women's Education Project and Random Hacks of Kindness, India for Hack4Her. At TechGig, we strongly believe in making women the forefront of all endeavours. We have the Geek Goddess series where we celebrate the feats of women coders exclusively. We are hopeful that Hack4Her will give light to many ideas that will boost tech solutions to enhance women education." PTI

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