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Google And CI&T Launches Tech Challenge To Help Women Entrepreneurs


The International Trade Centre (ITC), Google, and CI&T have launched the Women Vendors’ Forum and Exhibition (WVFE) Tech Challenge 2015, calling on software developers and other IT and graphic specialists to help create a digital platform for women-owned businesses (WOBs) across the world.

The Tech Challenge forms part of this year’s WVEF – ITC’s annual event connecting WOBs to markets – to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 2-3 September in partnership with Apex- Brasil, and a call to action to help 1 million WOBs enter international markets by 2020.

“With the WVEF Tech Challenge; ITC, Google and CI&T want ideas to develop a digital tool that can help corporations include more women-owned businesses – especially from developing countries – in their supply chains. The Tech Challenge will result in a web or a mobile application on which women-owned enterprises can register their businesses to increase their visibility to potential partners across the world,” a statement DireTube obtained from the organizers said.

Everyone from software programmers and developers involved to IT architects and graphic designers – are invited to join the challenge (in teams of maximum 3 people) and register between now and 31 July 2015 to create a future in which women-owned businesses can participate equally in the global marketplace. 

The applying companies and participants are required to have experience with mobile and web development, a good understanding of Google tools and Android OS, experience with social-media APIs and web services, and knowledge about business culture. Up to five finalists will be invited on an all-expense paid trip to São Paulo in September where they will present their ideas and a winner will be announced during WVEF.

The WVEF Tech Challenge is designed to address the need among multinationals and larger enterprises to engage with companies owned by women.