When you discover a great idea, an innovative project, a product or service that you think will considerably improve the life of people, do you know if a woman is responsible for that idea? Even though the fields of science and technology have been quite male-dominated, more and more women are joining in with big challenging projects.
Do you know what they are doing?
They lead teams, manage companies, set up their own businesses, create innovative solutions for social problems and, of course, they are shaping a better future. At the present time, thousands of designers, engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs are co-creating spaces and, thanks to their talent, they are making a great impact on society.
A good example of this is he competition “We Innovate 2021”, organized by the UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America and the Economic Development Agency of the city of Barcelona Council. Over 130 technological and innovative projects with socio-environmental impact and gender mainstreaming were presented. Below we tell you about the three finalist projects.
Vitaclean by Diana Moreno (Peru)
In Peru, this woman created an ecological water purifier based on moringa seeds, which apart from making water drinkable, works quickly, is easy to use, does not produce skin reactions or allergies and does not have any smell or chlorine flavor. It was developed to help families who live in peri-urban areas and do not have drinkable water due to water shortages, among other hardships they have to face.
Sustainable metal recycling from electronic devices by Dulce Becerra (Mexico)
In Mexico, 90% of electronic waste does not receive proper disposal treatment and the people who live near the recycling centers breathe air and drink water that is contaminated with toxic compounds. How can we avoid this?
Special recycling technology for electronics is used to recover metals sustainably. In addition, there are commercial benefits because it implements the principles of circular green economy, which diminishes the volume of waste, manages solids more securely, lowers operational costs and prevents diseases caused by toxic compounds.
Yaku by Yesenia Condoria (Peru)
This project proposes the repurposing of industrial waste to provide access to drinkable water for 2,100 million people who mostly live in rural areas. An innovative ceramic biofilter, composed of clay, animal bone residues, vegetable fiber, metal filings and activated carbon, transforms contaminated water to drinkable good quality water, which is ready for consumption and at a low cost.
Diana, Dulce and Yesenia are just three of many women who at this very moment are co-creating amazing projects that are making a better future for everyone. Getting to know these projects and helping spread the news about them is a good way to honor them.
At DMO, 50% of our team are women who motivate us everyday to improve ourselves, inspire us with their ideas and creativity, and move us by connecting needs with ways to solve people-centered problems.
We believe in open, diverse, complementary co-creation, where every person adds value, helps to transform and improve the environment we live in. Are you interested in innovating with us? Join the conversation.