Guest Blog by Fellow Aliaa Ahmed, on the TechWomen Pitch Day experience
I get out of bed with a flood of emotions from the thrill and anticipation of what is about to unfold in a few hours. I am practicing and rehearsing my sentences as I rush to brush my teeth and shower off the anxieties, playing the scenes in my head of how we are going to present our case before the judges. I know I have to give it my best shot. It is for my precious daughter, Sophie. And I owe it to my team to do my part.
We arrive at a gigantic monument of a structure — the futuristic and inspiring “GOOGLPLEX“ in Silicon Valley, California. From it sparked WAYMO – an advanced representation of how ideas could be reality. Techwomen could not have chosen a better space for the impact project pitching event.
21 countries of Emerging Leaders and Impact Coaches have invested their time, effort and energy to make change happen in our communities with STEM. The room is full of groundbreaking startups, the fruit of an intensive action planning process that has challenged each one of us in the Techwomen Fall 2022 cohort.
Zooming in on Team Egypt’s pitch, you can clearly see how well we have learned to transform conflicts, embrace our differences and work as a team of intelligent and opinionated women, each one contributing a taste of her own aspirations to the project as a whole. Our initiative, the Blue Circle, is a solution for healthier, less stigmatized and more productive diabetes treatment for Arabic patients.
Zooming out at the other team pitches, I see how each idea is an embodiment of empathetic and purposeful entrepreneurship with human centered-design. As I see how many different countries reflect my own my nation’s challenges in their pitches, I gain a deeper understanding of how powerfullyg collaborative work can make a deeper global impact.
The winning teams will not be announced tonight, but I can tell that all 104 of us Emerging Leaders are winners. It is not about personal triumphs or medals; it is about the sustainable, humanitarian changes we are now equipped to develop in our countries.