3rd BuiltByHer Hackathon concludes successfully

National Incubation Center Karachi, in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, concluded the 3rd BuiltByHer Hackathon by hosting the top eleven teams for a competitive grand finale.

BuiltByHer is a 48-hour long hackathon that requires women lead teams to hack and find solutions to the most pressing issues prevalent in society. The 3rd iteration of competition focused exclusively on the issue of climate change and received applications from more than 130 teams to resolve the problem sets. After the three day hackathon that was held recently, 11 teams were invited to pitch in the grand finale.

After thoroughly assessing and evaluating the solutions, the judges identified two teams as winners of the 3rd BuiltByHer Hackathon, Bhaan led by Nayab Raza and She-Guard led by Mehreen Raza. The winners will receive a seed grant of PKR  850,000/- to grow and scale their solutions.

She-Guard is a biodegradable,  eco-friendly, and herbal treated sanitary napkins that has the potential to cater solid waste, serious health issues and environmental problems.

BHAAN, is developing sustainable and eco-friendly bio-fertilizers made up of freshwater microalgae with potential to cater food insecurity, energy crises and climate change.

Farva Minhas, Program Coordinator at The Asia Foundation, said, ‘BuiltByHer 3.0 is another successful collaboration between NIC Karachi and the Asia Foundation.

Through our work together we have been able to empower young women across the nation. Apart from the hackathon we are also collaborating with NICK for implementing ‘Impact Collective’ an initiative that will promote research based dialogue among the academia and policymakers on understanding ESG frameworks to build climate resilience in Pakistan.”

BuiltByHer was launched in 2020 amidst the COVID19 pandemic to identify STEM based solutions to empower women of Pakistan. The second built by Her hackathon was focused on STEM and climate change based issues, whereas the third BuiltByHer focusing primarily to address climate change related issues, a timely initiative given the impact climate change has had on the nation.

In the last three years the hackathon has created a large pool of female mentors, coaches and hackers who are constantly working to increase gender parity in the Pakistani educational and tech ecosystem. The hackathon has positively impacted hundreds of female entrepreneurs, innovators, and change makers who wanted to launch their own ventures aimed at creating a positive impact within their communities.

Sana Shah, Program manager NIC Karachi said, “Pakistan is going through one of the toughest times in its history, the country is facing catastrophic floods, and we can’t rely on conventional ways to address this problem. We are hopeful that the third BuiltByHer is going to produce hundreds of climate change activists that will educate their communities  and build climate resilience.