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Qatar and Oman Send All-Female Teams to Microsoft's Imagine Cup

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During this year's Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, a tech competition bringing together students from 71 countries with the goal of solving global issues, many were surprised that two of three all-female teams came from the Arab world. The young women representing Oman and Qatar, however, saw nothing unusual.

Over the past decade, Qatar’s and Oman’s governments have invested in girls’ education and STEM fields. The young women competing say they can't remember school without computer science classes.

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  • Liz Dwyer

    The way Qatar and Oman are investing in girls' education and STEM is really a model for the rest of the world. This is not the first time they've had all female teams, either, which makes it especially impressive. In 2012 Qatar's team was one of three all-female teams at the Imagine Cup and their project was a prototype of a device designed to help the visually impaired. Check it out: