We presented our project to Data-driven design Master students at the HU in Utrecht on November 1st. The guest lecture was given as part of the Philosophy of a Digital Society course. We presented our concept, method, and the AI-generated text (with Audio this time) and a VR sketch we created to give an impression of our next step.
We also had a discussion on the topic and gave the students the opportunity to speak with us about it. We were really interested in hearing their thoughts on the gender gap in technology. The students were highly engaged and were very critical. It was mostly about how and why the Gender Gap existed in the first place, as well as the awareness and consciousness it has on design and society. Some of the students recognized some of the insights from the interviews. In addition, a couple of them came up with some design ideas, such as building a platform that looks at talents rather than names or gender. Another student suggested that through establishing accountability, company boards, or those in charge of management, could be more involved in providing a good work environment for all employees.
We appreciate the opportunity to talk about our project and have a fantastic conversation on how to utilize design solutions to overcome the gender gap in tech. We would like to thank Dr Dennis Nguyen for hosting the guest lecture!
Books in the background: De IT-Girl (The countless examples and convincing figures on the Gender Gap in Tech) by Chantal Schinkels & Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez