Mountain Women :: Miss Tech 2017


  1. What is Miss Tech  2017?

Miss Tech 2017 jointly organized by  US Embassy under girls in tech program, ICIMOD under the framework of SERVIR Hindu-Kush Himalaya and Nepal Telecommunication Authority[NTA] in partnership with Robotics Association of Nepal[RAN] and Nepal Engineers’ Association[NEA] is a national mass collaboration focused on women technopreneurship that takes place to solve the issue in the society faced by Women with the theme Mountain Women “Transformational Changes Through Technology”. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant solutions to address women needs applicable to women living in Mountain areas.. This is the second time it is being organized in Nepal. This year there will around 5-10 challenges on theme  Mountain Women “ Transformational Changes Through Technology “ in five challenge categories: Occupation, Migration, Violence, Social status and Information. Robotics Association Of Nepal is leading this national collaboration along with a number of government and non government collaborators and around 10 local Organization working for Women Empowerment.

  1. Objectives of organizing Miss Tech 2017:

Miss Tech team from RAN have decided to organize 2017 edition of Miss Tech 2017 based on the support we have received from US Embassy for Girls in Tech program  to conduct women technopreneur 5 days technical workshop at AC Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Illam, Pokhara, Dhangadi, Bhairahawa and Surkhet.   RAN has developed huge technical community so far in this past 7 year. The way participants had worked together in different teams to compete for solving problems related to water and giving us different prototypes last year , organizer can share proudly. This also gives enough room for organizing such events regularly and at a larger scale so that we can inspire a bigger female crowd to participate. At the same time, we have observed that these events are extremely important in bringing stakeholders from different sectors to work on issues that matter to people in our context.   Following the theme of Mountain women, we see a great prospect in this year challenge of allowing participants to work on various local mountain issues that can perhaps be continued by relevant agencies even after the event. We believe that this would open opportunities for participants to create local apps and hardware with which they can benefit from along with the agencies and public. We also want to take this event as an opportunity to link young students and professionals with electronics and computing background to establish linkages with technologists, environmentalists, use data that can be made available and come up with prototypes of applications that can be scaled up, thus matching following objectives:

  • To promote entrepreneurship skills in young engineering/IT women.
  • To address challenges faced by women in high hilly regions.
  • To provide them feasible technological solution with clear business idea.


  1. What are the challenges that this year’s event will focus on ?

There will be different challenges put forward life previous year and announce them  for mountain development in five categories : Occupation, Migration, Violence, Social status and Information. There will be more challenges developed for the participants in collaboration with ICIMOD and other Stakeholders. Those challenges will be accompanied by necessary data and will be defined in collaboration with our partner organizations and network. However, they will get an opportunity to refine their applications and prototype  even after the event with the supporters.

  1. Who can participate?

Anyone Female can participate in the Miss Tech 2017. It requires individuals with a broad range of skills. Participants from Girls In Tech Training are highly encouraged to showcase the projects. We are also looking for female engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to contribute.

  1. Who are behind the event?

Miss Tech team from Robotics Association Of Nepal on behalf of US Embassy, ICIMOD under the framework of SERVIR Hindu-Kush Himalaya and Nepal Telecommunication Authority[NTA] will host the event as core organizer. The following organizations will also support the event by contributing their expertise and mobilizing their networks. 

  1. Sherpa for Change
  2. 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Company
  3. Young Innovations Pvt.Ltd. (YIPL)
  4. Nepal Communitere
  5. Events Mo.
  6. Storytellers
  7. Others


  1.  When and where will the event take place?

Orientation to Participants

Date: July 31, 2017, Monday

Time: 3 PM – 5 PM

Venue: Ihub Kathmandu

Hackathon Day I

Date: September 12, 2017, Tuesday

Time: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Venue: Nepal Engineers’ Association [NEA] Building, Lalitpur

Hackathon Day II

Date: September 13, 2017, Wednesday

Time: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Venue: Nepal Engineers’ Association [NEA] Building, Lalitpur

Miss Tech 2017

Date:September 16, 2017, Saturday

Time: 10:30 – 5:30

Venue : Indreni Foodland and Banquets ,  Baneshwor, Kathmandu

Note: Venue can scheduled to change depending upon some scenario.

7. Problem statements from ICIMOD:

  1. Information for mountain ecotourism (eg. homestay in mountain village)
  2. Improving mountain farming through information technology
  3. Promoting trade for mountain products
  4. Generating awareness of women health
  5. Reporting gender based violence in mountain

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     8. Contact

Contact Person: Er. Binod Kandel

Contact Number: 9849599611



Hackathon I Schedule

Time Activities
10:00 am – 10:30 am Registration
10:30 am – 10:45 am Welcome Session Er. Binod Kandel , Secretary
10:45 am – 11:00 am Briefing Schedule, do’s and don’ts, logistics announcement Miss Tech team
11:00 am – 11:30 am Sharing of Idea from participating team Miss Tech team
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Human Centred Design workshop Bahar Kumar, Nepal Communitere (Nepal Strategic Advisor)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Development Continues
2:00 am – 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Development continues
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Mentors visit
4:30 pm. – 5:00 pm Development continues
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Closing + Tea


Hackathon II Day 2 Schedule


10:30 am onwards Venue opens
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Development continues
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. How to give presentation Mr. Umesh Shrestha, Empowerment Academy
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Development continues
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Mentors Visit to Participants
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Development Continues
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Information About Miss Tech 2017 and Tea


Miss Tech 2017:


11:00 pm. – 11:30 pm. Registration
11:30 pm – 12:30 pm Guest + Judge Visit
12:30 pm -1:00 pm. Tech Check +Tea Break
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Presentation and Judge votes
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Speech from Guests and Judges
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Award Ceremony and Closing
5:30 pm Dinner and Networking

Perks of Being participants in Miss Tech 2017

1. Participants will be provided with mentors during two days hackathon.

2. Winners will receive winning prize worth Rs.1,00,000.00 in total.

3. Winners have chance to work with ICIMOD and other related organizations to solve the problems of Mountain areas.

4. Winners will get chance to go for field visit and understand the real time experience with Mountain people.

5. We will work with participants to make their solution better even after the event if we have opportunity to work with you.

6. We may also work together with you by placing you as an intern/member.

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Frequently asked questions:

  • How many people can be in a team?

Four participants will be in each team

  • What are the criteria for selection?

First come first service for unique projects having great business idea. Only two projects with same concept/solution will be selected.

  • Is there any registration charge?

No But once you are selected, you have to deposit Rs. 1000 which will be refunded after this event. Person leaving before the competition of event will not be refunded with any amount.

  • What kind of solution can we develop?

Any tech-related products/projects can be developed. For example: hardware,  software, app solutions.

  • How can I understand the problems and challenges of Mountain Women?

Get in touch with people working in Mountain sector and understand their challenges. If you can visit Mountain areas and showcase it as your baseline survey, that would be an added benefits for the participants. 

  • What are the accommodation benefits?

We are trying to manage accommodation for participants from out of valley. Still we are not sure about it.

  • What is the deadline for registration?

Two days before the hackathon event.

  • Who will provide the components?

One should bring their own components.

  • Can an individual participant register for the event?

Yes, an individual can register but, the team will be formed once they come for the hackathon.   Thanks for your interest in Miss Tech 2017. Wish you all the best.