To increase diversity in R&D, the Entain Foundation has partnered with the Berlin University of Technology and the Nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research.
Professor Hans-Liudger Dienel, head of the department of work, technology, and participation at Berlin University of Technology’s Institute for Vocational Education and Work Education, and director of the Nexus institute, will lead a team developing a short-term executive training programme to promote Gendered Innovations.
To produce new knowledge in medical, engineering, and information and communication technology, Gendered Innovations uses sex, gender, and intersectional analysis approaches.
“The gender perspective, like the diversity perspective, is an eye-opener for new, innovative products and services,” Dienel noted. “We intend to convey this perspective in our executive programme.”
The executive programme, created by TU Berlin and the Nexus Institute, is intended at innovation managers, founders, and start-ups, as well as R&D workers in the corporate sector, higher education, and research institutions.
The training, which consists of seven modules, combines theoretical instruction with practical advice for implementation in participants’ own organisations.
Participants learn about the theoretical underpinning and how to apply it to their own organisational environment in the first four sessions. In the second portion, participants create their own project ideas and apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Participants present and discuss their ideas in a pitching session at the end of the course.
It also offers motivation and background information in order for participants to advocate for Gendered Innovations in their own workplaces. In addition to the training programme, organisations will be able to present relevant ideas on an interactive map for geocoded Gendered Innovations that will be built next year.
The Entain Foundation’s ambassador, Franziska van Almsick, said: “Some products and services on the market were developed from a male perspective and can have negative consequences for women when using such products.
“For example, facial recognition technologies trained with biased datasets may be worse at recognising women than men.
“I’m delighted that the Entain Foundation is addressing this important issue, and I’m very impressed by its dedication to promoting diversity in the technology sector.”