The Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE challenges teams to leverage technology to keep women and communities safe.
The winning team’s solution will autonomously and inconspicuously trigger an emergency alert and transmit information to a network of community responders, all within 90 seconds. The winning technology will cost no more than US $40, to help ensure it is affordable.
Teams will compete for a total prize purse of $1 million.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a prize purse of $1 million. All prize purses are denominated and will be awarded in United States dollars (USD).
THE NEED FOR THE PRIZE
We need to make the world safer for women. Safety is a fundamental human right and should not be considered a luxury for women. Yet, one in three women globally have faced sexual violence, and at least one in five women are assaulted on college campuses in the United States alone. Many nations do not have a universal emergency access number (like 9-1-1 in the United States) that victims can call to report a crime. Despite the universal need for women’s safety, basic emergency reporting and response networks, do not exist in much of the world.
The United Nations lists gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls as a as a critical sustainable goal. Safety is a stepping stone in achieving this.
The goal of the prize is to use technology to find a solution which would allow communities to rapidly respond to threats against any of its members, ensuring that help is always available.
Let’s all make the world safer today. We believe that if a society empowered by technology can help keep women safe, everyone will be safer - including vulnerable populations like children and elders.
Together we will make the world safer.