Innovators with concepts for catalyzing women’s economic advancement through technology have three weeks left to submit their ideas through the Women | Tools | Technology: Building Opportunities & Economic Power Challenge. This innovative Challenge is a partnership between ExxonMobil, Ashoka’s Changemakers and the International Center for Women (ICRW). The partners are looking for creative ideas and sustainable approaches that enable more women to be active contributors to and leaders in our rapidly changing economy, transforming the way women in developing countries live and work. Technology has the potential to initiate a chain reaction that results in women’s economic advancement and, in turn, raises their standard of living, strengthens their families and communities and contributes to significant global progress.
The Challenge has already received entries from 35 countries. They address a wide range of solutions for the key challenges facing women, in areas including solar technology and enhancing the development and delivery of training tools for women in rural areas. The ideas and solutions generated through Women | Tools | Technology can be new or improve upon existing technologies to enable them to benefit more women.
Submissions will be accepted until April 14 at http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/technologywomen. Utilizing this crowd-sourcing, online format allows for discussion and collaboration among other innovators and select experts.
Finalists will be selected by an impressive panel of experts and announced June 2, when the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite through June 16. Utilizing this crowd-sourcing, online format allows for discussion and collaboration among other innovators and select experts. The winners will be announced June 23.
I encourage you to get involved, by submitting an idea, reacting to the innovative ideas proposed on the site and casting your vote for the most innovative solution!