Winners of IDEA 2020 awards announced

3 December 2020
Senate presents digital equality awards for ideas on AI to networking

Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, presented Friday (November 27, 2020) the "Innovation in Digital Equality Awards" (IDEA) worth EUR 25,000 for forward-looking ideas on raising awareness of gender equality and how it is monitored in the digital space and an honorary prize for outstanding commitment to digital equality. An expert jury selected this year's winners from 21 entries and eight proposals for the honorary award.

Equality projects and outstanding commitment 

Sabrina Jodexnis, Julia Heidinger and Stefanie Stoppel of the Social Developers Club won over the jury with their "JustAI" workshop focusing on gender bias through artificial intelligence. The workshop targets young people who programme AI projects under guidance and develop an awareness of gender bias based on their results and social media content. The jury lauded another prize-winner Dr. Miriam Stehling's cloud based software "Diversitize" for offering an innovative and scalable means of professionally monitoring equality work and diversity management in companies and public institutions on a digital platform. The software saves time and resources and makes equality goals measurably accessible in all areas. Meanwhile, Melanie Schütze, founder of the the Hamburg-based women's network "nushu", won this year's honorary prize for special commitment. The network, in existence since 2019, offers a range of digital panels, workshops and podcasts for women across sectors  and provides networking opportunities.

Fighting discrimination in digital space

"The digitalisation of our society has lent new weight to demands for equality. Many structural disadvantages have shifted to the digital level or are even intensified by it," Fegebank stressed.  "The IDEA prize-winning projects help raise awareness of digital equality early and further equality processes with digital tools. At the same time, this sets the course for a stronger representation of women in high-tech professional fields. We need their participation and their views to counteract discrimination in the digital space."  

Sources and further information

Innovation in Digital Equality Award (IDEA)

Every two years, the senate presents the IDEA prize for women's technical innovations or innovative concepts that realise or develop gender equality policy via digital solutions. The cash prize of EUR 25,000 boosts the further development of existing projects and tools and making innovative concepts a reality. Start-ups, individuals, associations and companies can apply for the award.

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