Implementing Solutions

Women & Technology

How can women and girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds use technology to fully participate and prosper in the economy?

Submissions are Closed

Arts & Culture Mentorship Prize Judges

Laura Callanan

Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab

​Rachel Goslins

Director, Arts & Industries Building, Smithsonian Institution

Leila W. Kinney

Executive Director of Arts Initiatives and of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

Scot Osterweil

Creative Director, Education Arcade; Research Director, MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Program

Paul Sznewajs

Executive Director, Ingenuity


Ursula M. Burns

CEO and Chairman, VEON

Indra Nooyi

Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo


Kate Ahern

Director, Bain Capital

Karen Appleton Page

US Enterprise Partnerships, Apple

Cynthia Barnhart

Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sangeeta Bhatia

John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor, MIT

Katharina Borchert

Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla

Dr. Cady Coleman

Former Astronaut, NASA

Obi Felten

Head of Getting Moonshots Ready for Contact with the Real World, X

Kathryn Finney

Founder, digitalundivided

Yannick Glemarec

Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, UN Women

Vanessa Grellet

Executive Director, ConsenSys

Kavita Gupta

Founding Managing Partner, ConsenSys

Will Knight

Senior Editor for AI, MIT Technology Review

Susan McPherson

Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Fiona Murray

William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management; Co-Director, MIT Innovation Initiative

Clare O'Connor

Staff Writer, Forbes

Lubna Olayan

CEO and Deputy Chairman, Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Grace Puma

Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Officer, PepsiCo

Katie Rae

CEO and Managing Partner, The Engine

Noor Sweid

Chief Investment Officer, Dubai Holding

Marjorie Yang

Chairman, Esquel Group

Lawrence Yanovitch

President, GSMA Foundation

Saadia Zahidi

Head of Education, Gender and Work and Member, Executive Committee, World Economic Forum


Ursula M. Burns

CEO and Chairman, VEON

Indra Nooyi

Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo

Judging Criteria

Solutions will be evaluated based on the following criteria.


The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth using technology.


The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.

Potential for Impact

The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives, and the theory behind how it will work makes logical sense.


This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, or a new process for solving the challenge.


It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.

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