Special Session on and for female technopreneurs and early career researchers in distributed computing and AI organised by the Gendered Innovation Living Labs (GILL) project


The special session aims to support female technopreneurs and women in distributed computing and AI. It is organised by the Horizon Europe Gendered Innovation Living Labs (GILL) funded project. It aims to reduce gender inequalities in innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU by developing tools and methods to create more inclusive Innovation Ecosystems. Gender Responsive Smart Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GRSIE) has been described by Woodcock and Christensen (2023) as a reaction against one sided innovations that only consider the technological side and benefit only one group. GRSIE should be disruptive, reactive and challenging. It provides a means of responding to real-world challenges holistically and with new indicators that prioritise and address gender and other intersectional characteristics together with material innovations. 'Smartness' is implied not only in the use of technology but also in the mindsets and methods of those engaged in the innovation ecosystem. Products and systems are 'smarter' when they are integrated with and build on existing solutions, when they are inclusive, i.e., benefitting everyone, not creating worse problems by prioritising the needs of one group, or innovation at the expense of others. 'Gender responsive smartness' requires aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs to work in new ways, with new partners and cutting-edge technologies - to disrupt old ways of thinking and services, particularly in enabling women and those from previously excluded groups to have a voice and to encourage innovations and socio-material designs and services, which are based on their shared experiences.  It also requires the development of a culture which values and uses these inputs. GILL activities address the need to fix cultures and ways of working which impede GRSIE.'


The session's main objective is to share the research and experiences of early career researchers and female technopreneurs who support Gender Responsive Smart Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GRSIE). The aims of the session are:

  • To demonstrate how the GILL project is addressing the known challenges of female technopreneurs
  • To share information on barriers and enablers to career progression
  • To showcase research designed, led and produced by early career researchers in AI and distributed computing
  • To provide a supportive and collegial environment to develop new relationships

Papers are welcome, but not limited to:

  • Barriers and enablers for women working in Distributed Computing and AI
  • Gender disaggregated data
  • AI and gender equality and bias
  • Feminist considerations in AI
  • Gender stereotyping in AI systems
  • Gendered use of new technology
  • Cultural disparities
  • How AI and distributed computing can create a more equitable society
  • Indigenous entrepreneurship
  • Case studies and new research

Papers from early career researcher and those from developing countries will be highly welcomed.

Organizing Committee

  • Andree Woodcock, Coventry University (UK)
  • Marta de los Rios White, European Network of Living Labs (Belgium)
  • Javier Prieto Tejedor, University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • Marta Plaza Hernández, University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • Ana Belén Gil González, University of Salamanca (Spain)