TechMousso, the first gender data challenge, took place in Cote d’Ivoire in July 2016. By bringing together representatives from government, the tech industry, and civil society, TechMousso demonstrated that community-driven, locally inspired challenges can create robust support from government and civil society leaders, meaningfully engage women in science, technology, engineering, and math projects, and generate creative solutions to fill gender data gaps.

80 teams entered projects into the challenge. Of these, 20 finalists pitched their gender data gap solutions to a panel of judges, and ten winning teams were awarded funds to continue their work. Learn more about some of the innovative projects that emerged from TechMousso.

Why it matters

Most conversations about solutions to gender data gaps revolve around partnerships and broad coalitions between governments, international agencies, and philanthropic organizations, rather than at the local level. TechMousso turned this paradigm on its head, by putting the task of solving gender data challenges directly into the hands of the people who are often disproportionately affected by gaps in available gender data, and led to the creation of locally-driven, innovative gender data solutions.

Partnering with Data2X

Data2X partnered with the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the World Wide Web Foundation to create TechMousso. Partners in Cote d’Ivoire included the Ministry for the Advancement of Women, the Family, and the Protection of Children, the National Institute of Statistics, the Compendium of Women’s Competencies in Cote d’Ivoire, the Commission for Access to Information of Public Interest and Public Documents, and the Higher National School of Applied Economic Statistics.