Solutions for Women

The Global Tech Challenge, launched at CES 2020, is presented by CES® and the World Bank Group.


Application Deadline: April 15, 2020

Application Details (PDF)

About the Challenge

The World Bank Group, one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries, has partnered with CES, the world’s largest and most influential technology event — to reward scalable, innovative solutions that seek to empower women in four areas:  

  1. Platforms: Solutions that increase the availability of locally relevant digital platforms catering to women.

  2. Digital skills: Solutions that support the development of digital skills by women and girls.

  3. Online content: Solutions that increase the availability of women-oriented online content and platforms.

  4. Enhancing digital access: Solutions that focus on innovative business models that make it easier for women to access and use digital technologies and enable the use of digital identification, such as pay-as-you-go systems, and models that promote women's sustained use of mobile internet.

Benefits for Innovators

The Global Tech Challenge: Solutions for Women provides a platform for innovators to

  • Deploy solutions at scale.
  • Replicate tested ideas in new environments.
  • Engage with World Bank clients.
  • Build long-term, sustainable solutions to achieve digital equality.

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Digital Gender Gap


women around the world not using the internet


women remain disconnected


women are less likely than men to use internet in developing countries

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Apply for the Solutions for Women Challenge

Are you ready to expand into new markets and help tackle gender inequality through access to digital technology? Apply for the Solutions for Women Challenge.

More About Why We Need Digital Solutions for Women

Barriers to gender digital equality are linked, among other factors, to availability of infrastructure, financial constraints, interest and perceived relevance of digital technologies, and socio-cultural and institutional contexts.

More than 300 million fewer women access the internet in low and middle-income countries than men. This divide has persisted and is, in fact, widening.

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Opportunities for Winners

  • Recognition at CES 2021. 
  • Mentorship from technology companies and World Bank leaders. 
  • Share stories at regional and international events. 
  • Build professional networks. 
  • Raise international profile and brand. 
Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about who is eligible, application criteria and more. 

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