On October 15, 2007, Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine published in it’s Masters of Invention Portfolio a list of the world’s most prolific inventors alive. The top 10 was dominated entirely by men. Inventions that could potentially shape the future are made mostly by men who though not necessary intentionally but subconsciously create technology that ignores women.
How can we achieve equality when we are underrepresented in the fields of science and technology? How can we build when we don’t have builders?
This year, we are encouraging everyone to always have gender equality at the back of their minds when they are thinking and working but more importantly we are calling on women to wake up and tap into the opportunity in technology to stem and reverse the growing gender digital divide, and build gender-responsive systems that meet our needs.
This year’s theme Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for change emphasizes the above. Balance for better.