Tackling the gender digital divide by increasing the participation of women and girls in the digital economy as part of the 2017 German G20 Presidency.
The German government has under its G20 presidency in 2017 launched the initiative “#eSkills4Girls”, which included several activities initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and was implemented by GIZ. As part of this global initiative, the Impact Hub network and the BMZ conducted the #eSkills4Girls Hackathon, supported by Google.
The challenge aimed to tackle the gender digital divide by increasing the participation of women and girls in the digital economy and support start-ups, social enterprises, and NGOs who are already promoting women in tech and bear proven and scalable potential.
Exploration Workshops took part in Impact Hubs across four cities: Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paulo. These two-day Exploration Workshops consisted of different elements, focusing on inspiration, collaboration and identifying core challenges as well as trends and innovations around women in tech in each participating country. The workshops were designed to strengthen the communities that are empowering women in tech and enable participants to further develop their initiative. At each exploration workshop two finalists were nominated. These eight teams were then invited to take part in the Berlin Week and pitch their solutions at the W20 summit. The winning teams received a prize money and mentoring from the Impact Hub network, which was supported by Google.
Interested? Learn more from eSkills4Girls website.