Stanford Peace Innovation Lab
For anyone who has read the news this last year, you will know that positive relations between genders in tech companies in Silicon Valley is not going well. In fact, data and anecdotal evidence all seem to indicate the position of women in tech is actually getting worse, not better. This matters profoundly because as these tech companies build products that will be adopted and used by billions of people around the planet, the implicit biases of the design teams are not only perpetuated but amplified by the technology they design.
For this challenge a certain process developed by Peace Innovation Labs is applied and it will differ from other challenges in dash*. The process starts with identifying the most remarkable factors in the given subject. After that, you start examining the stakeholders behind these factors and identify which two make the biggest difference. The problem is worked by rapid prototyping in teams of three people. Teams are delivering every half an hour and after every sprint the teams are mixed. Everyone is working on the same problem together
To ensure the fast and safe deployment of these technologies, this track will use a different, more participatory and collaborative design process, where university students will be designing solutions with, by, and for each other.
Successful participation in this track will also open the door to future research collaboration and project work with the Peace Innovation Labs in Finland and around the world.
*This track requires additional advance prep and training and participants need to be members of the Aalto University community