- It is an international, digital, hack that calls for action on gender equality challenges. The hack brings together people all over the world who work together in teams to develop scalable AI solutions to gender equality challenges through norm-critical innovation processes.
What is the goal of an AI for increased gender equality? What do we want to achieve?
The goal is to develop new innovative, commercializable AI solutions to gender equality challenges. We know that more knowledge, incentives and contact areas need to be built up between organizations and individuals with expertise in AI, gender equality and those affected by lack of gender equality. Our objective is that this hACTathon should contribute to just that.
What was the result of the gender equality hack that was carried out last year?
Last year we had a reach across seven continents - which we have the ambition to be able to get again this year.
An annual hack that challenges existing AI approaches and shows that AI can be used as a tool for gender equality
Based on last year's notch, we have worked to tailor support for the three winning teams. Among other things, this has led to two teams being placed in the accelerator program REACH in Silicon Valley.
We have also collaborated with the Swedish embassy in Zurich through their conference #WeTechTogether with the organization Women in AI.
Focus on coaching
New for this year is that we integrate a norm-critical approach and place greater focus on coaching and educating the participants. We will offer thematic sessions in gender equality, norm-critical innovation processes, business development and pitch technology. As I said, we also have two new actors as facilities this year: Silicon Viknings (USA) and Accenture (Sweden).
Who do we especially hope will participate?
The primary target group for our hACTathon is knowledgeable people in AI and gender equality - it can be programmers, gender scientists, behavioral scientists, economists, business developers, students as well as business people. The important thing is that they are driven individuals with a will to solve gender equality challenges with the help of AI.
It is possible to register both as an individual and as a team. If you have already started working on an idea, it is good to continue working with it and accelerate the idea with the help of other skills that you find via the hack.
Our ambition is for this to become an annual hack that challenges existing AI approaches by showing that AI can be used as a tool to help solve gender equality challenges and generate commercializable solutions.