CALL FOR PROJECTS: 25.02 – 30.03.19

The Women in Tech® Challenge, will recognise initiatives that have helped improve diversity and promote women empowerment in Technology in 5 different categories. We will be rewarding success stories that can be scaled-up and replicated in all parts of the world.

Applications are open from the 25th February to the 30th March 2019. The award ceremony will be held in Paris, 15 May 2019.

Women in Tech® wants to put the spotlight on projects which contribute to bridge the gender gap and that help women and girls embrace Technology.

Overview

The Women in Tech® Challenge will be a great opportunity for nominees to showcase their projects. The winners and 3 finalists from each category will be invited to present their project at the VivaTech conference in Paris.

The technological ecosystem must be representative of all populations for our future to be just and successful. Careers in STEM should be among the most sought after in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution. There is an urgent need to build a pipeline of skilled women if we want them to play an active role in the sector.

Diversity and inclusiveness are essential in every industry, and they are critical to tech.

The Categories

We are welcoming all projects that will help develop a more inclusive society under the five categories.

Education

Only 1 STEM student out of 4 is a girl.

Science and research

According to USI data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women.

Social inclusion

People belonging to ethnic minorities or from a disadvantaged background are much less likely to study and work in Tech.

Entrepreneurship

On average only 20% of people working in the technology industry are women and 5% are in management positions.

Investment

90% of funds raised go to start-ups founded by men.

How do i submit a project?

You can apply to the Women in Tech® Challenge by filling in the online application form before the 30th of March 2019.

The winners will be chosen by an international jury of experts. The jury will evaluate the impact of the project, the scalability and reproducibility of the initiative, as well as the originality and clarity of the project presentation.

The Jury

Dr Christyl Johnson

Dr Christyl Johnson

Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments

NASA

USA

Pr Carlos Moreno

Pr Carlos Moreno

Co-founder & Scientific Director

Chair Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation – Sorbonne Business School | Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne | Think tank “Live in a Living city”

France, Colombie

Caroline Codsi

Caroline Codsi

President & Founder

Women in Governance

Canada

João Vasconcelos

João Vasconcelos

Former Secretary of State for Industry

Founder and CEO

Conselho

Portugal

Isabelle Michel-Magyar

Isabelle Michel-Magyar

HeForShe IMPACT Initiative @UN Women Executive

UN Women

France / USA

Simon Duchatelet

Simon Duchatelet

Entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa and the Middle East

World Bank Group

France

Ana Jakimovska

Ana Jakimovska

Director of Product Management

The Guardian News & Media

U.K.

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton

Futurist Speaker, Advisor, Researcher

Exponential Minds

Canada

Amleto Montinari

Amleto Montinari

CEO and Co-founder

Flutrr

Italy, Spain

Frédérique Bedos

Frédérique Bedos

Founder & President

Le Projet Imagine

France

Jean-François Boisson

Jean-François Boisson

President and CFO

OUISHARE

France

Carolyn Stebbings

Carolyn Stebbings

Managing Director, Omniwomen Committee Member

CodeWorldwide

U.K.

Lindalia Sofia Junqueira Reis

Lindalia Sofia Junqueira Reis

Head Management of Hacking.Rio

Hacking HR

Brazil

Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson

CEO, 3x TEDx Speaker

Top 40 Millennial Influencer

UYD Management

USA

Florence Pavageau

Florence Pavageau

Déléguée régionale

La Poste Group

France

David Savage

David Savage

Technology podcast founder/editor/host

Tech Talks

U.K.