Attention writers! You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity by C5 and AWS
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 launched on, 10th 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 organization and content effectiveness and style.
Here’s everything you need to know about the competition:
Students and professionals are invited to participate in the first Nebula essay competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage and inspire female students and professionals to explore how technology can be deployed to the betterment of our lives. The essay should specifically focus on technology’s potential for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Contestants may write on any topic at the intersection of technology and gender equality.
- How digital fluency and access to technology can lead to gender equality
- How STEM programs and open-source education can help upskill and empower women
- Why/How the tech industry solves different problems if women played more leading roles.
- The competition is open to Bahrain female university students (undergraduate and graduate). Students may be enrolled in any accredited school, college, or university in Bahrain or abroad.
- Young female professionals and all women over the age of 18 with an appetite for tech are also eligible and will compete in a separate category.
Essay Format and Requirements
- Essays must be individually authored and only one entry per person is allowed
- Essays should be written in the form of a critical and/or analytical paper that discusses the topic and reflects the author’s own ideas, interests, and insights.
- Finalists will have the opportunity to discuss their essays with the judging panel. Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and any plagiarized entries will be automatically disqualified.
- Essays must be submitted online through http://c5cloud10.com/nebula-registration.php , which will be open from 10 April to 30 April
- No late submissions will be accepted.
- Essays must be written in English.
- Essays should be no more than 2,000 words in length.
- Essays should be typed and double-spaced, in an easily readable font (such as Arial or Times New Roman), with 1” margins.
- Essays must include a complete bibliography, if applicable. The bibliography and/or footnotes will not count towards the word limit.
- All pages must include the title of the essay and page numbers.
In order to ensure objectivity, each essay will be given a reference number on receipt of the essay which will then be used throughout the judging process.
The submissions will first be filtered by a preliminary judging panel then sent for consideration by the final judges.
The Essays will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Focus and main point
- Support and argument
- Organization and format
- Content effectiveness, language use and style
- Neatness and structure
One winner from each category will be given the opportunity to attend the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington DC on June 20-21, 2018 and spend time with members of the AWS executive team, as well as an opportunity to meet the team of C5 PeaceTech Accelerator.
So do you have what it takes to take part in this competition? Show us what you got an apply here!