Session: Empowering Women through Technology
Access to technology, control of it, and the ability to create and shape it, is a fundamental issue of women’s human rights. Global Fund for Women’s Technology Initiative aims to help end the gender technology gap and empower women and girls to create innovative solutions to advance equality in their communities. Women can work from home by using technology. For instance, with a mobile phone, a pregnant woman in a rural area can stay connected to a midwife. For other women and girls, Internet access and a mobile phone can mean access to a bank account for the first time, a new tool to learn how to read and write, or a way to stay safe and avoid harassment in a crowded city.
Bio: Achia Nila
I am Achia Nila founder, Women In Digital - Empowerment through Technology. I am a Computer engineer. More than 13 years I have been working in the IT industry. I was working for different multinational companies and now I am running my own IT company with 25 women engineers.
I have served in some of the internationally recognized organizations such as Dell, Microsoft, HP, Epson, Colgate, HillsPet, J&J, HTC, HSBC, Vodafone, Sony, Unilever, Betfair and Nokia etc. As a local product I have successfully launched Maya apa Mobile application. My expatriates are IT product development (like, web, mobile app and game) and Product management, project management, team lead etc.
Beside my Tech business I have joined as an international IT expert for the International Telecommunication Union. I am the first person in Bangladesh who was selected for this honorable position.
Recently I have joined the Women Who Code as a country Director.
I have arranged “National Hackathon for Women” 1st time in Bangladesh and so many tech competitions for women. My organization run an accelerator program for women named “Digital Innovation Challenge for Women (DICFW)”
In 2019 I have been selected for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the U.S. The International Visitor Leadership Program is designed to provide foreign leaders and scholars with the opportunity to meet American colleagues and become better acquainted with the United States, its culture, and its people. One of the program's major goals is to promote the development of friendly relations between the United States and other countries of the world. This is the top prestigious program from the United States Department.
In 2020 she also received an Acumen fellowship. For a business engagement I have been unable to join this one.
As a leading technological professional, Mrs Achia Nila is obviously one of the inspiring role models for women in the engineering education sector of Bangladesh.
Some awards and achievements:
South Asia Connecting Start up with in Top 7 Bangladesh, Nepal and Srilanka and Myanmar. SPRING Accelerator, within Top 10 startup between Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan and Myanmar.
International Women Vandor exhibition 2017 at Istanbul, Tarky to represent Bangladesh (full funded by the Netherland Government)(NTF Project)
ICT trade fair 2016 at Srilanka, to represent Bangladesh (full funded by Netherland Government) (NTF Project)
Best Entrepreneur of the year 2017 for Women in Digital (Young)
'Best Startup' in Inspiring Women Award 2017 from Bangladesh Brand Forum
BRAC Manthan Award 2016 for Women in Digital (South Asia)
Spark Entrepreneur of the year 2016 for Women in Digital (Australia)
Best Business model Award 2016 (German)
Manthan Award 2015 for Women in Digital (South Asia)
National Hackathon 2016 (Award received as a mentor/ judge )
National Mobile Application Awareness & Capacity Building Program (National Hackathon 2014) (Award received as a mentor/ judge )
International Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit women 2014 conference at Nepal (To Represent Bangladesh)
Manthan Award 2014 for Maya ( I was the lead product manager) (South Asia)
Received an award from e-commerce fair 2014 from computer Jogut GDG DevFest Dhaka 2013 (MIST / UIU)( “UXD mentor for Mobile app development” )
IT Innovation Search Program 2012 (BASIS)( “Project: Design and Development of online library for Visually Impaired), 3rd position
Explore Fashion Talent 2007 (National Award in Fashion), 2007