Manama, 9 April, 2018
Nebula, an initiative launched by C5 in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced the first Nebula essay competition that invites female students and professionals to explore technology’s potential for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment. Two winners will be selected to attend the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington DC on June 20-21 2018 for a chance to spend time with members of the AWS executive team, as well as an opportunity to meet the team of C5 PeaceTech Accelerator.
The competition, which launches today, 9th of April and closes on April 30th, is open to Bahraini females that are university undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any accredited college, or university in Bahrain or abroad. Bahraini female professionals over the age of 18 with an appetite for tech are also eligible and will compete in a separate category.
Nebula, C5’s “Women in tech” initiative was launched in September 2017 by Hadyah Fathalla Executive Director of C5 Accelerate as an initiative that aims to inspire and encourage aspiring women technopreneurs to explore and develop cloud-based products and solutions and engage and excel in the tech space through mentorship, connectivity, and technology to increase awareness, appetite, and aptitude.
Mr. Hassan Jarar Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Islamic Bank, the official sponsor of the competition, said: “Providing Bahraini women equal opportunities in the workplace so that they advance their careers and contribute towards building a better Bahrain is an integral part of BisB strategy towards diversity and inclusion. BisB’s partnership with C5 is a modest contribution toward empowering Bahraini women.”
Hadyah Fathalla, commented during the event “On a global scale, women are statistically poorer and have lower literacy rates and fewer opportunities to access non-traditional skills than men. This often leads to socioeconomic deprivation and exploitation and creates a distinctive gender bias in the workplace. Technology is fundamentally changing how we live, largely for the better, and it has the power to equally impact and improve women’s lives. We launched Nebula, and the essay competition, to encourage women to think proactively about using tech to better their lives and the lives of others and to imagine practical solutions to improving the status of women in tech”
Applications will be judged anonymously based on the main points and supporting arguments, structure and organisation and content effectiveness and style.