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12:00 AM, February 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:09 PM, February 08, 2019

Digital Ninja: A local outsourcing platform for coders

Standing in the realm of the fourth industrial revolution, we are passing through a strange time. Every few years, rapid technological evolution is replacing old technologies with new ones. It seems that we are coping with the changes quite well. This is a result of the growing consumer demand and the subsequent efforts by innovators. Be it the field of education, agriculture or health – the technological intervention is everywhere, easing everything on the way.

Innovation requires creative minds and appropriate platforms, operating in congenial eco-systems. For a long time, Bangladeshi developers and IT professionals have been working in foreign platforms, gaining great reputation in the international circuit. The foreign platforms have significant pros and cons. It's about time they have a platform of their own so they can serve and earn more conveniently. In accordance with this thought, Grameenphone introduced 'Digital Ninja', the platform where our developers can perform digital services and earn money.    

This platform has great potential for developers as it is offering versatile functions like PHP, Java, .Net, UX and UI design, front end developing, android app design, iOS app developing and DevOps. Experts can build and share their profiles and portfolios on 'Digital Ninja' platform to get assignments. The added bonus is, developers can simultaneously do multiple projects with several organisations, from their homes.

Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief HR Officer, Grameenphone, explained the current scenario and the incredible potential by stating, “As the leading organization in the technological eco-system, Grameenphone feels a certain sense of responsibility. We have our challenges too. Providing any service through a third party is always complicated and time-consuming as it involves a complex process of proposal, approval and feedbacks. Hence, the entire process becomes costly. Though this is a standard practice in our industry, this is not the best procedure. If we have our own platform with multiple skilled options and use them as resources, the whole system will be more efficient and cost-effective.”

There are 3 levels for the Digital Ninjas in this platform: Green Belt for the preliminary stage, Yellow Belt for the intermediate stage and Black Belt for the specialist stage. More than 350 developers have already applied to work and Grameenphone has already started work on 5 projects. To apply, interested developers have to apply through the WhiteBoard website ( and submit their portfolio so they can be appropriately matched based on their skill sets. Once there is a match, the developer will be hired within 2 weeks. There is no specific educational qualification for applying.    

The exchanging of experience in 'Digital Ninja' will function as a network to help the developers in building a community. There are immense opportunities for fast track development. The crowdsourcing nature of this platform will gather a pool of brilliant developers by skill-based talent hunt and eventually convert the population into a commanding resource.

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