We ended our month of April in the capital of KPK province, at the border with Afghanistan for the 2018 edition of the Digital Youth Summit.
Started in 2014, the event is the opportunity to bring together the next generation of digital innovators in Pakistan. We gave a talk about the need to build a tech environment more inclusive of women (only 14% of the 2 days 70 speakers were female and most of the audience was also male). We also moderated a panel on the entrepreneurs below 30 (as is 60% of Pakistan’s 200 Million population…).
We even were at the first row to listen to the talk of the local hero, Imran Khan, former captain of the national cricket team who won the World Cup, and local politician running soon to be Prime Minister.
All the groupies were there!
After the talks, with the amazing Azima Dhanjee from ConnectHear and Saba Gul from Popinjay, two excellent tech entrepreneurs from Karachi, we roamed around the old bazar of the storytellers in Peshawar and hided inside the caranvanserails of the old city!
When one dreams of quiet and peaceful nature, grandiose landscapes and progressive culture, which country comes to mind? New Zealand of course! With a young female pregnant Prime Minister and the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893! So we decided to explore this remote territory once and for all!
First we discovered the splendid mountains of the Southern Island, from Queenstown to Christchurch. And it was WOW!
After that, we landed in Wellington, the country’s capital on the Northern island to attend the New Frontiers event from the Edmund Hillary Fellowship. EHF is supporting a community of impact entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers to build meaningful solutions to global problems.
A basecamp for a better world!
We met so many passionate entrepreneurs during this week that we sincerely hope to be part of this community soon! Fingers crossed!
Last month of March, we discovered the immense Australian continent for the first time!
We first landed in Western Australia, in Perth and ran a crazy session there with local innovators!
Then we visited the fabulous campus of UWA (University of Western Australia) and ran a session for their French club before meeting the members of the local French Alliance.
Then we crossed the whole country to go to Melbourne to talk to an architect group there about how to build cities for women.
And finally we landed in the beautiful city of Sydney where we presented the book to the local HEC alumni chapter before being a mentor and jury member of the first Australian Sextech Hackathon which was a lot of fun!!!
We definitely want to come back and discover all the cities we have missed as well as the rough outback! See you soon!
On January 13th, we had the opportunity to visit HUBBA for the first time, the first and largest coworking in Thailand and we had a great conversation there with the local community! It was the occasion to share our book for the first time and to get feedback from local activists and entrepreneurs. Hopefully we will be back in Bangkok in the coming months for more activities!