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Google Hangout: Coding Your Way to Opportunity




Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. ET (11:00 – 12:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

On June 4th, join a panel of tech and youth leaders from Sri Lanka and Nepal to discuss how young people can code their way to opportunity in South Asia. In this live Google Hangout. the panel will also take questions about the World Bank - Microsoft regional grant competition "Coding Your Way to Opportunity".

Last month, the World Bank and Microsoft launched a call for proposals for a South Asia Regional Grant Competition titled: “Coding Your Way to Opportunity” in Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The regional grant competition invites youth-led initiatives and organizations to showcase fresh, innovative ideas that bridge the existing coding gap in South Asia between those who have access to the gaining skills they need to be successful and those who do not. Learning to code can propel job creation and development, and boost shared prosperity In South Asia and other regions, coding and computing have become essential and desirable job skills. Jointly implemented by the World Bank and Microsoft, the competition aims to enable youth to expand coding knowledge amongst their peers, in turn helping them secure gainful employment.

The program will be organized in four South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Each country will win one grant of at least US $10,000 to carry out an innovative project, one year in duration.

Click here to learn more about the program.



Featuring

Technologist, Founder of Karkhana
President of YUWA – युवा , Nepal
Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Sri Lanka
Digital Strategist, South Asia Region, World Bank Group
Read what others are asking
mahendra kumar karki
Nepal
My dis-tics name is dailekh .This is a hilly side of mid-Western part of nepal. there is one my village name is dullu .dullu now a days government announce of municipalities but my community has most unskilled people live there .i went help for this people who can not got any chances.please to help them to your side .
Md. Abdul Hadi
Bangladesh
What is the initial project of World-Banks for Bangladesh right now and how to get involved with it as a volunteer?
gaurav mishra
India
how may i get a helping hand to establish and run an NGO for children in terms of monetary as well as direction and leadership ?
manoj
Nepal
Hi there,its me manoj.im originally from gorkha district.but I have been living here in kathmandu.i came gere kathmandu for fontinue my study.i have completed my intermediate in mathematic from government school,bt I couldn't continue my study because of lack of mobey
Bhuwan Pokhrel
Nepal
What kind of task is the world bank performing to the countries like ours? Heard a lot about world bank but being a dweller of nepal how are u getting benifitted? We find all social institution concerned about small caste and pay preference but being a person of high caste myself is facing troublesome to make it out for myself even then, how can i get benifitted?
Bhuwan Pokhrel
Nepal
What kind of task is the world bank performing to the countries like ours? Heard a lot about world bank but being a dweller of nepal how are u getting benifitted? We find all social institution concerned about small caste and pay preference but being a person of high caste myself is facing troublesome to make it out for myself even then, how can i get benifitted?
Md. Rafiqul Islam
Bangladesh
In Bangladesh there are huge number of small/tiny shops like grocery, barber shop, tea stall etc are seen. In almost every 50 feet distance you will find them, specially the tea stalls. The size of these shows are too small that they are overlooked in most of the discussion in big business conferences. On the other hand, almost 75% of these shopkeepers use smartphone, though the phones are very cheap and not from reputed companies. Therefore, as these guys are using technology, no matter cheap or expensive, they deserve technology to use in there business. How can we provide these small business men a complete business package to run their business using their smartphone? Thanks Rafiq Gazipur, Bangladesh
Vvora himanshu prataprai
India
Dear sir, Great to hear new program taken by three of giant companies. I have a question in mind. Today Google map helps us to locate the location of the mobile caller. However can u locate the height of caller from the ground zero?
JASHIM SM UDDIN
Bangladesh
would you like to tell me about below question's answers : 01. How to develop our street children computer technology ? 02. How to improve free education for bangladeshi kids? Isitpossibletoimproveourgirlsandwomen DoesworldBankrelatedwithsocialbusiness www.facebook.com/JasHimFoundation
shahan
Bangladesh
I am a fresh business graduate. I know nothing about programming. Should I start learning beside my academic study? Will it help me? How to learn?
beelima shrestha
Nepal
Yes unemployment is also a great issue in Nepal
Jessica
United States
Are other countries able to get involved in this initiative or is this a competition only for Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka?
Chandan Das
Nepal
Coding has enormous opportunity and industry in developed countries but I feel our country needs to make a great leap to sync with the current technology and state-of-art in computer coding. I know couple of languages and was good at coding during my college days, but since I find no way to exploit my skills in this sector its sort of going like "Resting is rusting". What has worldbank thought about coding oppurtunity or industry for new generation or youths.
Sunoj Das Shrestha
Nepal
I think the current education system only teaches the syntax of code. It only tells how to code but it is not able to make student realize the importance of coding and why they should learn coding in first place. I see a gap right here. This is the current situation in Nepal. Students know how to code but they don't know what to do with this skill. Will this grant support activities that focus on bridging this gap?
Basant Mote
Nepal
I am a computer engineering final year student and have a keen interest in developmental projects. what are the inititiations of world bank and microsoft for the marginalised group ? I have seen that there is a nominal participation of marginalised group when it comes to coding and software applications. I see a huge opportunity for the social applications which would bring upliftment to this group either by establishment of telecenters which lacks in Nepal, building informative applications, applications that have them raised their voice, applications that makes concerned authority accounatable and other different forms. what is this two responsible and powerful authorities is planning for this case?
Pradeep Bhattarai
Nepal
Per day more than 1500 young people from Nepal went abroad in search of job. A lot of opportunities are here but we are becoming unable to grab such opportunities. In my view, we have to creat job along with the motivitional issues to stay here. So what will be next steps of Word Bank regarding the unemployment problem?
Spandan Pradhan
Nepal
which programming language would give me the basic or starting idea to develop a desktop based software to work in education field ?
Latarshia
United Kingdom
Will 3.333r ever balance out and if not then how?
BHUWAN CHAND
Nepal
Please make me clear if it is advantageous to me or not. I am an enterpreneur running an engineering consultancy that works in the field of telecommunication, cctv cameras and securities, web designing and development and networking sector. Please feeel free to make me aware of it. Hoping for a positive response. Best Regards, Bhuwan Chand
Rohan Chalise
Nepal
Hi. The use of programmable devices is increasing everyday. For a moment if we just consider Arduino and Raspberry pi, when will these very simple technology be used by people to expand their small businesses? Is there a role of Non-profits to make people learn/aware of this simple technology which has a potential to make a great difference? If yes, when will I be able to see a farmer from rural Nepal selling Peaches grown in his greenhouse controlled by Arduino and coded by himself?
NABAKISHORE PANDU (N.K.PANDU)
India
This type of project is very good for these countries like Nepal, Sri lanska,Bangaldesh and Maladives.The innovative project will be good idea for the new challenges among the cooperators of the stakeholders, NGOs and other partners of the project. But must be keep in model innovate . N.K.PANDU- NBDP INDIA
sirisha
India
In india still there r many who only dream of school and the percent of child labour is also high i wantt to srart an organisation ti help thosepeopley.wat should i do first??
Pragya Naulakha
Nepal
Hi, I am Pragya Naulakha, Software Engineer. I have 3 and half years of work experience from Toshiba India. I am back in Nepal after getting married and now i am find it so difficult to get a job here related to my work experience since i have done mostly electronic assembly level coding. Please help me.
Isura
Sri Lanka
On behalf of Peramadasa Bodhinayaka, of UVA FARMERS DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION , his queries are stated below. 1. Can you kindly clarify “expand coding knowledge among the peers “as well” coding skills” 2. What kind of activities that could be included? Will you kindly enlighten us with example to be adopted? 3. Are there any examples or models which we can trace from the Web Site.?
saima
Pakistan
Sir, I am from Pakistan. Is this program just for Nepal Bandladesh Srilanka and Maldives? Any space for Pakistan to bridge for gaps..I have strong ideas/projects to work on. Saima
Karuna sharma
Nepal
How can I get involve in volunteer work?
Charles
Ghana
I look forward to participating. Would be good to replicate in Africa
Youkesh
Nepal
I'm student of Commerce right now but my desire was to be a programmar in Nepal , Due to my interest in IT world i was so much hopefull that i'll be joining computer & IT world after my Lower Education but Due to some of my homely problem i'm unable now ... I've keen interest in programming ...i'm trying online tools to code ...but they are just a little for me , i want to do something great in the IT area of Nepal , Will Karkhana help for me ?
Subhadra Paudel
Nepal
Hello, What if we could generate some employment opportunities as it is the major problem of developing nations like Nepal. If we just look at Kathmandu Valley, lots of people waiting for some opportunity to do, but it always failure to get a small job. Should think on it.
bkarki
Nepal
I want to contribute in use and promotion of Renewable and clean/green technology in nepal via women empowerment. Is it possible through establishing my own NGO or working with other. I want it to be pure non-profit organization.
Biswa Nath Gautam
Nepal
i am a boy of master degree holder but jobless. do you have any plan about this?
Kenosha Kumaresan
Sri Lanka
As an employee of the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka our mandate lies in universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) for all. In our work, we have a strong youth component and we even have youth clubs across the country. While I am interested in applying for this grant for our organization, I am struggling to link coding onto the SRH services we provide or to the SRH service delivery. Any ideas? Could there be a way of promoting comprehensive sexuality education via coding?
Sharad Ojha
Nepal
Every where and all people and organization talk about the creative idea. I said creative idea is not only a solution of the unemployment in world.Because, creative people easily able to find the way of their life and achieve the success. The main problem with youth is, How to empower youth for developing creative idea? Education status of most of south Asian college and university is not good. So if world bank wishes to provide training to youth for developing the creative idea not only a grand to implement the idea then unemployment problem might be solved.
navin
Nepal
youth are migrating day by day in large number for employment how it effect in long torm (time) and what it's solution.
kiran thapa
Nepal
I want to learn the programming
Ahamed Nishadh
Sri Lanka
Great initiative. Found out about this only today. Would appreciate if the deadline is extended so that we can work on a proposal and submit it. Thanks.
Madhurendra Kumar singh Madhu
Nepal
What are the initial projects of World-Banks for Nepal which either in first stage or about to start and how to get involved with it as a volunteer?
Madhurendra Kumar singh Madhu
Nepal
What are the initial projects of World-Banks for Nepal which either in first stage or about to start and how to get involved with it as a volunteer?
Dr. Ananh Norasingh
United States
Unemployment is one of the most acute problems facing youth in South Asia today. BY Learning to code can creat jobs and boost shared prosperity In South Asia. Coding and computing have become essential and desirable job skills.
dinusha gamage
Sri Lanka
With regards to the Microsoft Regional grant competition, could you please elaborate on the following selection criterion? “The Project should provide employment opportunities for at least 3 people and above”
Shobha Kumari Thebe
Nepal
Nepal is one of the higher water resources in world after Brazil. Here is a huge sector of mini & micro hydro power for electricity production but we can not found the market for product electricity as well as investor. so what is the future plan of world bank for effective uses of wasted resources.
dinusha gamage
Sri Lanka
With regard to the Microsoft regional grant competition, could you please clarify this criterion? “The project should provide employment opportunities for at least 3 people and above.” Thank you
Suraj Shrestha
Nepal
I'm public health student of Institute of medicine.i would like to work in adolescent health and research activities relating to the adolescent health. Please suggest how can i do?
ANM Arshadul Mortuza
Bangladesh
want to know it's beneficiaries, stakeholders/customers of this program? If we think for any one single industry vertical or business segment/domain then is it suitable for this program? I want to contribute to other helping based on some important KPI based business aligned code convention with security enabled testable and traceable code for easy documentation which can helped to change management system of any software universally.