XPRIZE is excited to officially begin the Gender Data Gap Prize Design. Sponsored by The XPRIZE Guardian Circle, this ambitious initiative strives to exponentially improve gender equity by incentivizing and accelerating innovations that close the gender data gap.

By Gender Data Gap, we are referring to the reality that the vast majority of data collected perpetually excludes information about the perspective and experience of women. This type of biased data is used to inform design across all facets of the world in which we engage.

To prevent a cycle of algorithmic bias and enable an equitable future for humanity, XPRIZE is designing a series of challenges to incentivize the crowd to create, analyze, and use robust data sets that will then be fed into AI and machine learning technologies which will produce unbiased insights that tell the story of all humanity — not just a subset of it.

Click on the "Register” button to create an account and join this effort, or click here to learn more about this prize design before signing up.

Introductions

ShashiShashi Mumbai, IndiaPosts: 118 admin
Please introduce yourself to the rest of the community here. Tell us a bit about yourself and your projects.

My name is Shashi, I'll be managing the online community for this Prize Design. My background is in HR and Administration. I have been part of the Water Abundance and Women Safety XPRIZE's operation team and also Future of Housing and Future of Forest Impact Map research team. I have been community manager for Clean Air Prize Design.

If you have any community-related questions or need help, please don't hesitate to message here or email me at [email protected]
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  • Kathleen_HamrickKathleen_Hamrick Posts: 51 XPRIZE
    Hello Everyone! I'm Kathleen Hamrick, the Lead Product Manager for the Gender Data Gap Prize Design. Our team looks forward to learning all about your work and am eager to see the discussions we will have here throughout the design process.

    This is my fourth project with XPRIZE. Previously, I worked on the Rainforest Prize Design, Feeding the Next Billion Prize Design, and the Future of Work Prize Design.

    If you have any questions about this design, please feel free to reach out to me on here, on LinkedIn, or via email at [email protected]!
  • KaranKaran Project Specialist Posts: 12 XPRIZE
    Hi Everyone! I'm Karan Kalhan, a Project Specialist for the Gender Data Gap Prize Design.

    Prior to joining XPRIZE, I worked in public finance and budgeting. I’m excited to hear your ideas on the Gender Data Gap!

    Please feel free to message me here or by email at
    [email protected]
  • AndreaAndrea Dr. Posts: 3
    Hello Everyone,
    My name is Dr. Andrea Rowe, and I am a researcher, author, and entrepreneur. My passion is creating a world that is better for everyone! I have written on gender equality and innovation in Canada, Sweden and the OECD. In my most recent position, I was the Co-founder and Chief Research Officer at an evidence-based consulting firm that specializes in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    I am looking forward to contributing to exchanging ideas and contributing to the development of the Gender Data Gap Prize.

    Best regards, Andrea
  • Kathleen_HamrickKathleen_Hamrick Posts: 51 XPRIZE
    Welcome Dr. @Andrea! We're excited to have you join our online community of experts, and look forward to engaging in conversations with you about the gender data gap prize design. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this initial discussion topic centering around identifying the most pressing data gaps: https://community.xprize.org/categories/GDG-key-issues.
  • adanversadanvers Postdoctoral Research Associate Posts: 1
    Hello, I'm Alex Danvers, a social psychologist doing research in mobile sensing and dynamic systems. I'm interested in learning more about this project, as it's my first opportunity to interact with the XPrize community. Thanks!
  • KaranKaran Project Specialist Posts: 12 XPRIZE
    Welcome, @adanvers! With your social psychology background and research interests, we look forward to hearing your thoughts. You can find and respond to our initial discussion here:

    https://community.xprize.org/categories/GDG-key-issues

    We'll post more topics here over the coming weeks. We're excited to hear your insights!
  • Kathleen_HamrickKathleen_Hamrick Posts: 51 XPRIZE
    Welcome @ElsaMarie! We're excited to have you join the Gender Data Gap online community, and look forward to learning more about your work with Red Dot Foundation and hearing your suggestions and insights as they pertain to gender data. Thank you for sharing about your organization! We'd enjoy hearing your thoughts around the latest discussion topic pertaining to gender data gaps, which can be found here, under Key Issues: https://community.xprize.org/discussion/667/gender-data-gaps-in-health#latest.
  • lagoblelagoble Director Posts: 1
    Hello everyone, I'm Dr. Lisa Goble, Director of research compliance at UNC Greensboro. I've worked in research compliance several years and previously in academic licensing & technology transfer. This is a very serious interest of mine as I've both felt and seen gender variances in healthcare, patenting, entrepreneurship activities, and many others. Thank you for the invitation, I look forward to learning from you all.
  • Kathleen_HamrickKathleen_Hamrick Posts: 51 XPRIZE
    Dr. @lagoble, we're excited to have you join the Gender Data Gap online community, and look forward to learning from you. Your experience in research compliance sounds highly relevant for this prize design. We would enjoy hearing more from you about what you have seen with regards to gender variances in healthcare, specifically. We recently opened a discussion around the subject, which you can view here: https://community.xprize.org/discussion/667/gender-data-gaps-in-health#latest. Thank you in advance for your thoughts on this matter!
  • ingmarweberingmarweber Research Director for Social Computing Posts: 2
    edited March 10
    Hello everybody,

    My name is Ingmar Weber and I’m the Research Director for Social Computing at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).

    In my research, I’m using non-traditional data sources such as social media advertising data or satellite imagery for things such as (i) mapping poverty, (ii) monitoring international migration, and (iii) tracking digital gender gaps. Some slide decks here.

    Our work on digital gender gaps is supported by Data2X and is in collaboration with Ridhi Kashyap at the University of Oxford.

    Have a look at our Digital Gender Gaps portal where we try to fill data gaps on internet access gender gaps. The science behind is described here.

    I look forward to contributing to this community and to helping shape this challenge!

    Best regards,
    Ingmar
  • ShashiShashi Mumbai, IndiaPosts: 118 admin
    Hello @ingmarweber, Thank you for joining the Gender Data Gap online community. Your experience and research is highly relevant for this prize design. We would love to here your thoughts on our recent open discussion on gender data gaps and health, which you can view here: https://community.xprize.org/discussion/667/gender-data-gaps-in-health#latest. Thank you in advance for your thoughts on this matter!
  • KaranKaran Project Specialist Posts: 12 XPRIZE
    @ingmarweber, I would like to echo Shashi's welcome. Happy to have you join the conversations. Thank you for the links, they are really helpful!
  • NielsRUNielsRU Dr. Posts: 1
    Hi all,
    Short introduction: I'm Niels Spierings, Associate professor in gender and political sociology at Radboud University in the Netherlands. One of my interest is in gender inequality, statistical research and intersectionality. On this topic I provide the Dutch government with advice and I'm a member of the EIGE (EU Institute for gender equality) advisory board regarding the EIGE gender inequality index. I also publish on this academically, and as we speak I'm working on a chapter regarding intersectionality on quantitative research for a handbook on intersectionality.
  • KaranKaran Project Specialist Posts: 12 XPRIZE
    @NielsRU, welcome to the community! We believe your research background and experience advising the EIGE will provide us with great insight. We hope you share your thoughts in our discussion threads (https://community.xprize.org/categories/GDG-key-issues). Thanks!
  • ShipraShipra Head CSR Posts: 1
    Hi, I am Shipra Sharma, a CSR & sustainability professional and began my professional journey as an Indian Air Force officer.

    At LTI, I am working with communities with low income backgrounds and helping them improve their earning potential, designing and building women entrepreneurship programs, enabling their children with access to better education and lastly, undertaking large climate action programs at an organizational level as well as promoting individual action through awareness.

    Glad to be a part of this community and look forward to contributing.

    Thanks!
  • Kathleen_HamrickKathleen_Hamrick Posts: 51 XPRIZE
    @Shipra welcome to the community! Your work as an Indian Air Force Officer and at LTI working to empower communities sounds incredible. We look forward to learning from you. We would love to hear your thoughts regarding this recent discussion: https://community.xprize.org/discussion/661/which-gender-data-gaps-are-the-most-important-to-address-first#latest
  • aakanksha_kaakanksha_k Deputy Program Manager Posts: 2
    Hi, I am Aakanksha Kulkarni. I work at Apnalaya, which has been working with a vulnerable community in the M-East ward of Mumbai. I work in the Citizenship and Advocacy vertical which involves training and strengthening the community in order to make it sustainable. I am also currently the counselor for a program called Prevention of Violence against Women and Children.
    Along with that, I am also involved in developing the curriculum and facilitation for training regarding gender and other civic issues.
    Looking forward to working with all of you!
    Thanks!
  • ShashiShashi Mumbai, IndiaPosts: 118 admin
    @aakanksha_k welcome to the community! We believe your background and experience in gender training will be very helpful to us. We look forward to learning from you. We would love to here your thoughts on our recent open discussion on gender data gaps and health, which you can view here: https://community.xprize.org/discussion/667/gender-data-gaps-in-health#latest. Thanks.
  • PavelPavel Dr Posts: 1
    Hi everyone,
    Thank you for inviting me! My name is Pavel Ovseiko. I am a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University leading a programme of research and policy advocacy on gender equity and diversity across medical and social sciences. You can read about it here: https://www.rdm.ox.ac.uk/people/pavel-ovseiko
    I really look forward to working with on this important initiative!
    Best wishes,
    Pavel
  • KaranKaran Project Specialist Posts: 12 XPRIZE
    @Pavel, welcome! Thank you for joining and thank you for the link, I'm looking forward to going through all the material on it! We're excited to hear your thoughts and views at: https://community.xprize.org/discussion/667/gender-data-gaps-in-health#latest
  • NikiNiki Global Director of Programmes Posts: 1
    Hi I am Niki Kandirikirira I am the Global Programme Director for Equality Now. Equality Now is an NGO that focuses on ensuring women and men have equal rights under the law, and full enjoyment of their human rights. We work to achieve legal and systemic change that addresses violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.

    We find ourselves part of a growing global movement seeking to end the online harms women and girls are facing in the internet, harms that tell them they are not equal and should not be getting too comfortable in public space, whether that be online sexual exploitation, misogynistic trolling, sextortion, sharing of non consensual sexual images (OF someone, or in the case of cyber flashing WITH someone without their consent), voyeurism, upskirting and distribution of hacked images. And forever frustrated by the AI systems (designed by humans) that repeat and exacerbate discrimination and biases.

    We are advocating for more comprehensive laws that go beyond the intention to cause distress and the immediate and long-term physical and psychological harms of online abuse and acknowledge the more subtle and pervasive harms caused by an attack on a person’s fundamental rights to dignity and privacy, as well as their freedom of sexual expression and autonomy.

    We are working with others on seeking legal solutions to the multi jurisdictional challenges of criminal justice in a world wide web, particularity to address online child sexual exploitation/abuse.

    And finally, I want work with others to inform the design of balancing-algorithms to address the gender biases that exacerbate discrimination, feed misogyny and harm women and girls .

    That came out as more like a manifesto than an intro., sorry about that !
  • shrutishruti Founder & CEO Posts: 2
    Hi everyone, my name is Shruti Kapoor. I am the founder of Sayfty. We work to educate and empower women & girls against gender-based violence. I am also an Economist by training who has extensively worked with data & on women's health and safety issues. I was named by Apolitical as one of the most influential people in global policy in 2019. You can learn more about our work at Sayfty here. More about me here
  • yasmeenhassan1yasmeenhassan1 global executive director Posts: 2
    Hi I am Yasmeen Hassan, the Global Executive Director of Equality Now that Niki has already introduced above. I wanted to add that our focus areas include Legal Equality for women and girls, Ending Sexual Violence and promoting Access to Justice, Ending Harmful Practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage and Ending Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation -- we have offices in Kenya, Lebanon, New York and London and a presence in Georgia, Russia and India. Happy to be part of this group!
  • pmspms Prof. Dr. Posts: 1
    Hi all!

    I'm Przemyslaw Grabowicz, a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of EQUATE research group.

    Modern decision-making systems often incorporate machine learning components. Various "fair" learning methods have been introduced for such contexts. Me and my collaborators evaluate the effectiveness of these "fair" training methods in inhibiting propagation of discrimination and propose a generic supervised learning method that is more effective in preventing discrimination than other approaches.

    Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this community. I'm looking forward to discuss any aspects of fairness in machine learning systems!

    Thanks,
    Przemek.
  • MegMeg Reporter Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    My name is Munkhchimeg Davaasharav. I am a freelance journalist and journalism trainer, currently based in Atlanta, GA. I cover various topics including gender equality.

    I am from Mongolia and was leading an Increasing Media Awareness on Gender-based Violence project with the UNFPA and Press Institute of Mongolia in my country. Also, with the Gender Equality Center of Mongolia, I have developed the editors' guidebook on Investigating Human Trafficking, Rape and Sexual Harassment, which was the first resource in local language for journalists.

    I am also a co-founder of the Mongolian Center for Investigative Reporters and we have organized the country's first Data Journalism Hackathon 'Hack Inequality' in 2019 with the DW Akademie.

    I am happy to be a part of this community and will try to contribute as I can.

    Thanks,
    Meg
  • Kathleen_HamrickKathleen_Hamrick Posts: 51 XPRIZE
    Welcome @Niki, @shruti, @yasmeenhassan1, @pms, and @Meg — We're excited to have you join our online community of experts! We look forward to engaging in conversation with each of you as we conduct research for the Gender Data Gap Challenge design.

    Our most recent discussion topic can be found here, under Key Issues: https://community.xprize.org/discussion/667/gender-data-gaps-in-health#latest. We'd love to hear your thoughts!
  • GaelleGaelle Economist Posts: 1
    Hello everybody,
    I'm Gaëlle Ferant I'm leading the Gender programme at the OECD development centre. I'm happy to be part of this.
  • selindilliselindilli Dr. Posts: 1
    Hi everyone,
    I am Selin Dilli, Assistant Professor of Economic History at Utrecht University. I work on developing new measures which captures the multidimensional nature of gender equality in the dimensions of health, politics, economics, and households comparable at a global level since 1820. I also research the diverse forms of female entrepreneurship in Europe and the role national policies play in stimulating them.
    I am very happy to be a part of this initiative and look forward contributing to it.
  • kbeeglekbeegle Lead Economist Posts: 1
    Hi everyone,
    I am Kathleen Beegle, a Lead Economist with the Gender Group of the World Bank. We work on addressing gender data gaps by improving the data landscape with regards to policy making, investments in national statistical systems in low/middle income countries, and exploring new/improved methods of data collection -- supported through various partnerships.
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