Women are using technology to impact change in various ways. One way is through the creation of innovative tech solutions that address specific challenges faced by women. For example, there are now apps and platforms that provide resources and support for women in male-dominated industries, helping them navigate and succeed in those spaces. These tech solutions are empowering women by giving them access to information, networks, and opportunities that were previously limited or inaccessible to them.
Women are using tech to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields and coming up with solutions that are wide-ranging and have a mass impact. In this article, we will talk of some such initiatives that have been shortlisted for the prestigious SheThePeople Digital Women Awards presented by Google. By increasing the representation of women in STEM, these efforts are not only empowering individual women but also driving innovation and diversity in the tech industry as a whole.
Impact of tech on women entrepreneurs
Akitha Kolloju, Co-founder & CTO of Heamac Healthcare has a background of Biomedical Engineering and experience in developing biomedical products like a myoelectric arm for half-limbed amputees, non-invasive haemoglobin monitoring system etc. At Heamac, Kolloju is responsible for the development of the product as per the medical device regulatory standards and clinical validation.
Kolloju's company is working on a neonatal issue responsible for millions of neonatal deaths each year i.e. neonatal jaundice. "We are working on a revolutionary point of therapy for neonatal jaundice thereby providing customised treatment to each jaundiced neonate."
How does it work and what makes it a differentiator?
"We are introducing a flexible device that can travel along with the baby right from NICU to home. In the current version of the product, we have an intelligent algorithm that understands the baby's condition and decides the risk level based on the baby condition and the parameters taken also it automatically shifts to the right mode of treatment by displaying the mode of the treatment to the physician helping in automated treatment and efficient performance."
Switching gears a bit and looking at sustainable waste management where a young woman entrepreneur is breaking barriers. Meet Pavani Lolla who took up organic waste management & learned almost everything online to turn into an entrepreneur. With her business Vapro Composting, Lolla manufactures and sells 7-day composting solutions like domestic composters, community composters, organic compost by recycling waste everyday to farmers, households, communities, restaurants, colleges, schools, univeristies & many more.
"We create impact by recycling the organic waste with the help of our customers & at the composting facility we have recycled approximately 100 lakh kgs of waste to compost and stopped that waste from going to landfills."
Women entrepreneurs are building tech solutions for their communities by identifying the needs and challenges that exist. They conduct thorough research to understand the specific problems faced by their target audience, whether it's lack of access to education, healthcare, or other essential services. By leveraging their technical skills and knowledge, these women develop innovative solutions that address these challenges effectively.
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