Today, there is a concerning lack of women’s leadership in the rapidly growing field of digital health. This underrepresentation in the digital health space has critical implications for women’s health, and the industry as a whole. For instance, as of 2013, women only composed 14% of partners at healthcare venture capital firms, and only 7% of digital health start-ups with over $2 million in funding had a female CEO, according to 2013 XX in Health report.
As the digital movement revolutionizes how we think about health, it is vital that women play an equal role in the development of new technology and innovation. We need women in the room at every step of the process - as designers, entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors. When women’s voices are heard, we can ensure that new digital platforms are designed in ways that are effective and engaging, and successfully target women’s health issues. Everyone benefits if those contributing to the next generation of healthcare solutions include a diverse set of perspectives and approaches.
In the midst of this exciting new landscape, the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, Jawbone, and the Ace Hotel, in partnership with Self Magazine, recognize the pressing need for greater participation of women in digital health and innovation. Now, building on the success of our first health-based codeathon series, we’re excited to launch a women’s health codeathon series focused specifically on challenging female developers and designers to build a completely original and functional digital prototype based on key women’s health issues.
We’re committed to promoting innovation stemming from female participation in digital health, because we know that it will produce better contributions to women’s health, as women are disproportionately affected by preventable disease. To make the event beneficial for all involved, female leaders from the technology, innovation, and health fields will mentor participants, in addition to judging final presentations. Codeathons will be held in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles, and aim to touch women’s health across the nation. Together, we want to unlock untapped potential, and by doing so engage these participants in helping to create the next generation of health solutions.
We move forward when innovators from all walks of life have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation. You can help us with this mission, and get involved with our women’s health codeathon series in the following ways:
Recruit female innovators.
Share our application and encourage the women you know in the health and technology fields to join in this challenge or serve as mentors.
Attend the closing session.
Join us in New York City on August 17th 2014 to attend a closing session of the Codeathon series and see the great digital prototypes these women have made.