World Bank, CES Partner to Launch Global Tech Challenge

April 25, 2010. Washington DC., World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings. Developemen Commitee


The World Bank has partnered with the CES, one of the world’s largest tech events, to launch the Global Tech Challenge to bridge the digital gender divide.

The two organisations aim to reward those startups and innovators that have developed scalable, innovative technological solutions that seek to empower women in four areas, namely: the development of tech platforms, the development of digital skills, the development of online content and through measures that enhance digital access.

Applications close on 15 April.

Those selected will receive recognition and brand visibility at CES 2021 as a Global Tech Challenge winner.

Applications for the Global Tech Challenge close on 15 April

They will also be able to engage with governments and World Bank Group teams to potentially scale their solutions within development projects.

Furthermore, they will be able to access mentorship from tech companies and World Bank leaders and share their stories at multiple international fora such as CES 2021, regional conferences, and the World Bank Group’s Spring and Annual Meetings.

These World Bank detailed the four areas as:

Platforms: The development of solutions that increase the availability of locally relevant digital platforms catering to women. For example, local marketplaces and solutions building online communities for women.

Digital skills: Solutions that support the development of digital skills by women and girls. For example, applications that use personalized and adaptive learning to teach basic, intermediate or advanced digital skills.

Online content: Solutions that increase the availability of women-oriented content. For example, locally relevant content on reproductive health or to combat gender-based violence.

Enhancing digital access: Solutions that focus on innovative business models that make it easier for women to access and use digital technologies and enable the use of digital identification, such as pay-as-you-go and other models that promote women’s sustained use of mobile internet.

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