Women. Technology. Entrepreneurship.
On October 7-8, Girls in Tech Armenia in cooperation with Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center (ISTC,) Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF,) and USAID for the first time in Armenia organized the social innovation hackathon called Hacking for Humanity.
The two-day long hackathon brought together 12 teams from Yerevan and other regions of Armenia including Vayots Dzor, Lori and Armavir. One of the requirements of the hackathon was to involve female team members, which provided an opportunity that led to the female population to take up more than 50% of the participants.
The presented ideas revealed many problems in various fields, from health to environmental protection, education to tourism, and even women’s rights. As a result, six of the teams were awarded as the winners. They received various financial and non-financial awards for their presented ideas and business models.
In particular, the Grand Prize of 1,000,000 AMD was awarded to team #HostingForHumanity, who is planning to promote tourism development through hospitable families and cultural experiences.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Prize
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Prize of 600,000 AMD went to team #Pepen from the Aygek village of Armavir. The team is conducting a creative education program by transforming their own toy creations into animation through the use of their mobile app. The same team also won one of Enterprise Incubator Foundation’s special prizes: the opportunity to work in an ISTC co-working space for three months for free.
The other special prize from EIF went to the students of one of the high schools in Vanadzor, who came to Yerevan with their teacher. The #Help team received the opportunity to use Vanadzor Technological Center’s co-working space for two months, also free of charge.
The #Siroon team which is going to help develop the ability to communicate with beauty salons and different service providers on a single platform was awarded a scholarship to Founder Institute’s prestigious start-up acceleration program in San Francisco.
Most of the girls and women were given a feminine prize – skin and face care products from Nairyan Cosmetics. The girls in the team from Vanadzor, #4estResearcher, received this prize for the design and development of their devices.
The #WooChess team which is eager to bring the love of chess and electronic learning tools to a new level received a 6-month mentorship from Lucy Setyan, a business and digital marketing expert in Brussels.
The abundance of prizes would not be possible without the support of sponsors, including the General Sponsor BetConstruct, Monitis, Australian-Armenian Hakob Poghosyan and Sabrina Liu together with Invest in Chengdu, World Vision Armenia, and, of course, the main partner EIF with ISTC.
Hacking for Humanity is held in a number of countries in the Girls in Tech global network and aims to find business solutions for global social issues with women’s participation. In September, a similar hackathon was held at the Los Angeles branch. Gibraltar, Chicago, and Geneva will also host hackathons until the end of the year. The next hackathon event in Armenia will take place next fall.
Girls in Tech is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to empower, educate, and engage women and girls interested in technology and entrepreneurship. It was founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne in San Francisco and now operates in more than 60 branches around the world, bringing together around 50,000 members.
Girls in Tech Armenia was founded in 2016 by Seda Papoyan.