This is very exciting when you see such events are happening in Afghanistan. I believe Afghanistan has a lot to say, whether it is technology or any other branches.
Over past years, one of the biggest struggles I identified is the ignorance by the global community.
The opportunities are out there, but some exceptions like “Afghans” are not eligible (as they say) to qualify or apply. In a situation like this, this is very tough to grow and show what you are able to do.
Now, I want to take back my words, but it’s totally up to you how you are going to deal with it. I am not an only-positive thinker, I mean you will now probably succeed with just thinking positive, you got to show commitment and dedication all the way.
Recently, AngelHack had the global series of hackathons in Kabul.
AngelHack is arguably the world’s largest and most diverse developer ecosystem. They are known as pioneers of global hackathons for more than 5 years, AngelHack’s 125000+ developers, designers and entrepreneurs around the world compete to build , test and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend.
This time in Kabul, the AngelHack’s 10th Global Hackathon series was held at ATVI (Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute) on 3-4 of May 2017.
There were 50+ participants who attended, which made a total of 11 teams.
There were some great ideas, competing with each other. During the hackathon, the teams had the chance to take advices from mentors in and outside of the country.
At the end of the day, the teams had to pitch their ideas in 2 minutes before the jury. The jury had to rate the ideas in terms of execution, fund-ability, impact, originality and design in order to choose the winner. (tough job, isn’t it?)
I am very glad to write here that I participated in this fantastic event and even more happy to say that our idea (Amozgar) was selected as the 1st position winner in AngelHack’s 10th Global Hackathon series in Kabul.
On behalf of our team, I want to thank everyone involved in organizing this exciting event, specially Christina from AngelHack and Behnaz Babazadeh from Oracle who came all the way from US, and yeah, it was their first time in Afghanistan. Christina has written a comprehensive article about the Hackathon and her thoughts around it.
This is how our generation should represent Afghanistan. I hope we witness the true peace one day and this will happen if we ourselves do our part, nobody else will do that unless we ourself move on.