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WEB DESK: A Pakistani girl was selected out of 700 teams and 1000 students at a global technology competition.
Mariam Adil won the Clinton Global Initiative where she presented the idea of using video games for creating awareness in developing countries.
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Adil, who previously worked for World Bank felt that their was a gap between projects and its beneficiaries. She felt their where communication gaps and the message did not get across.
For example at a village in India, where mosquito nets were distributed, people ended up using them as fishing nets.
Adil came up with a brand new idea to change the behavior of people by digital video gaming.
Randomania was the first game designed to use as a training tool for development of workers of the World Bank. It was not a commercial game but was only meant for training in various World Bank projects.
Stereowiped, the second game was launched. In this game a player needed to answer common stereotypes. For examples the colour pink is attached to girls but in reality most girls prefer blue.
Adil is also working on sequels of Stereowiped related to African-American and Pakistani-American people.
GRID received an overwhelming response as Adil was targeting low cost Android devices to host her games.
She has a team working for her in Islamabad as she herself is growing her network in United States as earning dollars and spending them in Pakistani rupees has helped her established GRID on the international arena.
She encourages the young entrepreneurs living outside Pakistan to help create possibilities for young people back home.