Youths vow to uphold the cultural diversity in Bangladesh

Oct 31, 2017

Digital Khichuri Challenge 2017 organized by UNDP

Dhaka, 31 October 2017 – Youths vowed to work together to promote the cultural diversity in Bangladesh and uphold the values of peace and tolerance, while attending the closing and award giving ceremony of a three-day event titled “Digital Khichuri Challenge 2017” held on 30 October in Dhaka.

The Dhaka chapter of the Digital Khichuri Challenge 2017, a specially designed three-day ideas lab, which returned for its second year, concluded on Monday with the selection of three winning ideas. A special jury announced the winners of the challenge, recognizing the innovative solutions by the youth for upholding the diversity and peace, considering the pluralism in Bangladesh.  Organized by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Digital Khichuri Challenge 2017 was supported by Facebook, Microsoft and the ICT Division of the Government of Bangladesh.

After three days of ideation, grooming, and troubleshooting, three ideas were selected by online public voting on Digital Khichuri Facebook page. Team ‘Bonsai’ was picked as the winner, for their idea of Anu-Bot, an automated online messenger app to listen to the problems of juveniles and offer solutions to manage their anger and stress. The first runner-up was Jaagoron, for their idea to ensure public safety, and the second runner-up was Shey Tara, for their idea to empower rural women through ICT skills training.

The three winning teams received US$ 5,000 to transform their plans into actions, guided by the mentors and coaches. Addressing the event as the chief guest State Minister for ICT, Zunaid Ahmed Palak extended his ministry's support by assuring physical space for the winners to continue their work on the ideas. "Today's youth are the architects of tomorrow's Digital Bangladesh. Current government is always keen to invest in youth and took initiative like startup to bring out different innovative ideas from them using the digital tools. Our partnership with UNDP in this regard will continue in future," said Palak.

Kyoko Yokosuka, Acting Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh, while addressing the closing event said, “Bangladesh is a young country with a young population. UNDP is keen to bank on the potential of Bangladesh’s enormous youth population by providing them with the right platform and necessary skills, which we believe will help the nation to build the future. All the brilliant ideas, coming from the brightest minds tell us how important it is to create a platform like Digital Khichuri. This is also important to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.”

Among others Sheela Tasneem Haq, Advisor Political Government, UNDP also spoke at the event.

Note to Editor:

What is the Digital Khichuri Challenge?

The Digital Khichuri Challenge 2017 is a three-day ideas lab, organized by the UNDP, and supported by the ICT Division Bangladesh, Facebook and Microsoft. The challenge focuses on identifying problem areas in our society which affect peace and diversity, to design impactful solutions to address them.

Inspired by the success of the first Digital Khichuri Challenge 2016, the event has returned for a second year to promote the Bangladeshi strengths of peaceful coexistence and respect for ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity.

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