March 22-25, 2021
AIR is partnering with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women. By jointly hosting a global virtual TechSprint, we aim to empower women by exploring innovation that increases financial inclusion, resilience and access.
Women’s economic empowerment is essential for the health and wellbeing of individuals and families, and is a critical component of thriving economies. Our goal is to convene parallel TechSprints in the UK, the US and potentially additional hubs representing emerging markets in Africa and Asia. The teams will focus on use cases and personas designed specifically for each hub, and the prototype solutions will be aggregated and published as a global toolkit. Our goal is to have women represent 75% of participants.
A TechSprint is a collaboration exercise that brings together disparate groups of people to accelerate problem solving and create rapid prototypes of technology solutions. There are many ways to get involved - join a hacker team, recruit hackers, or sign on as an expert. This is an inclusive event that will promote a culture of “women helping women”, raise the profile of women in technology, and put forth solutions to drive women’s empowerment.
To support the TechSprint, we will be hosting a simultaneous conference, bringing together speakers and participants to discuss and identify the opportunities of technology and innovation which can advance women’s economic empowerment. More information will be released in February with details of speakers and sessions and how to access the event.
If you or a colleague are interested in participating on a team or if you would like to be kept informed about opportunities to observe the TechSprint, please complete this short application form.
For more about the impact that COVID-19 is having on women, read the UN’s paper From Insights to Action: Gender Equality in the Wake of COVID 19.