A mobile application developed by an Afghan women, Fakhria Ibrahimi Momtaz, has find its way to the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) competition in the United States.
The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide.
Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online which are then reviewed by experts before they enter a global public vote to pick the top entrepreneurs who compete in the Tech-I finals.
The Global Innovation through Science and Technology initiative (GIST) is a US government program on innovation and entrepreneurship. The program assists business people to establish startups.
GIST participants in 135 emerging economies can develop skills, build networks, find mentors, and access financing through a combination of in-country training, a pitch competition, interactive online programming, and direct connections to US experts.
Momtaz said her application has been selected for semi-finals of the competition.
She said that at least 500 designs were registered at the GIST, but only 80 of them have been shortlisted for the semi-finals.
“I have a yoga club and a technology company and I wanted to create something useful for both. So I designed the yoga software which is working in Dari and Pashto languages. So far, we have managed to make our way to the semi-finals, but after this we need people’s votes through the online system,” said Momtaz.
“The voting is online. People can create accounts on GIST website and then click on our video account which has my name (Fakhria Ibrahimi Momtaz). People can vote once in every 24 hours up to the first of March,” said Momtaz.