In March, the United States celebrates Women’s History Month. As such, the achievements and contributions of female trailblazers are being highlighted throughout the nation this month.
Currently, women make up less than 20 percent of the U.S. tech industry workforce. Consequently, the contributions of women to various science, technology, engineering, and math fields aren’t given the attention they deserve. In truth, countless technological breakthroughs we depend on have come from the efforts of female innovators.
For example, there’s Ada Lovelace who developed the world’s first computer algorithm a century before the computer itself existed. Then there’s Annie Easley who spent years of doing computations by hand in the 1950s for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Easley also developed and implemented code for NASA that powered the world’s first hybrid cars.
Now, female innovators and entrepreneurs are entering the tech sector and are creating new ways for people to lead better lives. In appreciation of their contributions, we’re putting the spotlight on three influential women who are driving innovation in the contemporary tech industry.
1. Marita Cheng – Teleport
Teleport is a groundbreaking innovation in robotics that allows people to interact with others through a telepresence host. This watershed development marks the arrival of technological solutions that previously only existed in science fiction.
Marita Cheng, the founder of Australian tech manufacturer aubot, is the mind behind a technology that effectively lets users occupy two spaces simultaneously. Teleport works through brain control via headset, allowing users to look around and manipulate their surrogate robot through concentration alone.
Teleport is providing people with the opportunity to live incredibly full lives despite their limitations. From giving children with debilitating physical disabilities the chance to participate in school activities to enabling injured employees to attend business meetings; this technology has the potential to change the world for the better.
2. Jasmine Crowe – Goodr
Seventy-two billion pounds of food are thrown out in the U.S. each year. Considering how 1 in 6 people go hungry in the country, food waste is truly a staggering and tragic issue. Through her own careful planning and culinary prowess, Jasmine Crowe began developing a solution that now feeds tens of thousands of people.
After going viral for personally providing meals for hundreds of people without the aid of donations, Crowe decided to use technology to enhance her efforts. Soon after, she created the Goodr application.
This program allows (and encourages) restaurants to donate their excess food to non-profit organizations to feed the hungry. Goodr dispatches drivers to picked unwanted food. So all restaurants have to do is opt-in and not throw away good cuisine.
As a result of her work, Goodr is growing larger every day. Recently, the service collected 100,000 pounds of food at an event held in conjunction with Super Bowl LIII.
3. Cathy Devine – Somainnofit
Limitations in measuring technology and generic design in women’s clothing is a constant problem for female consumers. This is especially true when it comes to brassieres.
But Cathy Devine, the vice president of Innovation at Soma, created an inclusive solution with Somainnofit. Using the Internet of Things (IoT) tech, Devine developed a system that uses smart bra hardware and a machine learning program to optimize the fitting process.
Consequently, Somainnofit’s wearable technology provides women with stylishly fitted bras, regardless of their size or biological changes. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Devine presented this technology as an ideal solution for those who have undergone breast surgery of any kind.
With these ingenious and talented ladies as inspiration, tomorrow’s female tech innovators will doubtlessly conceive of even greater advances.