Misogyny in the tech world won’t hold them back. You can see proof of it in the hashtag, “Women in Tech,” which today can be seen on more than 300,000 Instagram posts and as the name of a popular Twitter account, whose activity has surged since April 2018. Women are taking to social media to promote digital diversity and women’s participation in tech. That’s because though they may be experts in their fields and hold diplomas from elite schools, women still often remain on the margins of the tech industry. But they’re starting a revolution, and every day more women are staking their claim as industry leaders. The following are some of the best innovations by women in tech today.
Joséphine Goube, Techfugees
The idea behind Techfugees came to Joséfine Goube in 2015, when it became clear to her there was a serious problem making refugees feel welcome in their new countries of residence. She gathered engineers, refugees, CEOs and investors and combined their skills with those offered by new technologies in order to ease migrants’ social integration. Techfugees’ goal is to “empower displaced people with technology,” which it does by developing technologies in five areas: infrastructure, education, identity, health and inclusion. Goube has also created an interactive online platform, Basefugees, which connects NGOs with projects regarding refugees’ integration.
Clémence Franc, Novagray
With a simple blood test, Clémence Franc discovered how to predict the side effects caused by radiotherapy on breast cancer patients. This technology makes it possible to adapt treatment to each patient, in order to minimize certain irreversible reactions caused by radiation. Created in October 2015, Novagray is currently conducting new tests for prostate and lung cancer. In 2017, the 27-year-old founder received a StartHer Award, a European competition of startups (co-) founded by women.
Jasmine Anteunis, Recast.ai
After finishing up at the prestigious computer programing school 42, Jasmine Anteunis decided to take on a new challenge: combine chatbots and artificial intelligence to obtain more relevant results. Along with a few classmates, she launched Recast.ai, a platform aimed at creating conversational robots trained to better understand users’ questions and better answer them. The platform’s objective is to democratize the use of bots across Europe and allows any developer to create a chatbot. Today, Recast.ai counts 20,000 users. The 26-year-old founder says, “With Recast, you can build a bot in minutes and in any language in the world.”
Anais Barut, Damae Medical
In 2015, MIT Technology Review named Anais Barut, the cofounder of Damae Medical, one of the 10 best French innovators under 35. Along with her two partners, she developed a new technology that can detect skin cancer in a non-invasive way. It’s an imaging device based on biophotonics, “a new approach to dermatological diagnosis.”
Elsa Hermal, Epicery
Launched in 2016, Elsa Hermal’s app Epicery promotes small, local businesses. How does it work? You enter your address, do your shopping on the app – from the greengrocer to the butcher and the wine cellar – and receive everything within the hour and at the same price as in the shop. It’s easy and efficient! In February 2018, Forbes mentioned the startup and included its founder as one of 30 young French entrepreneurs to follow.
Anna Stepanoff, Wild Code School
Combing her passion for tech and education, Anna Stepanoff co-founded one of the most innovative, next-generation schools. Wild Code School, which is now located on dozens of campuses, offers short courses to help students be up to date, professionally speaking, when they enter the job market. The program includes courses for data analysts, web and mobile developers, and product managers. The goal is to get students trained on an accelerated track. The Wild Code School trains 500 developers a year, according to Le Monde Informatique. “Can we learn any other way?” Anna Stepanoff asks at TEDxOrleans.
Loubma Ksibi, Meet my Mama and Startup Banlieue
Meet my mama, Loubma Ksibi’s website, is a place where “migrant or refugee homemakers” can pursue professional aspirations. It offers lessons in French, management and training for five-star restaurants, among other things. The “mamas” can then offer catering services as independent workers. Loubma Ksibi is also the brains behind Startup Banlieue, a platform that democratizes entrepreneurship in France’s suburbs.