Ever wanted to do something to help get rid of the pay gap for women and ethnic minorities? The World Economic Forum estimates it’ll take 117 years – but Gapsquare believes we can do better than that.

“We believe that by using technology and science we can skip a century of inequality”

 

Hack the Pay Gap is the event that aims to utilise our expertise in technology to expedite this basic equality. If you’re a developer, designer or a data scientist, sign up and come along to embark on the 5-day-long hackathon from 25-29 September. It’s your chance to use your skills to help women and ethnic minorities get paid what they deserve.

We caught up with Zara Nanu, CEO of Gapsquare (pictured left above), to find out more: “the Hack the Pay Gap event provides us with a unique opportunity to use technology and address the pay disparity.”

Robots don’t discriminate

Zara says the tools may: “increase salary transparency in the workplace and help women better negotiate salaries and benefits, help women better negotiate their pay, or leverage ONS data to help us understand how we can work together to close the pay gap and increase the economic participation of women and ethnic minorities.”

“Nationally, the gender pay gap has been stagnating at 18%. The ethnicity pay gap is at 26%”

 

The teams will recalibrate at the end of the week when presentations will be held at the Engine Shed to showcase the solutions. And it pays to be productive; the very best ones will be made available to the public via Gapsquare.

Not your problem?

In the long-term, equality benefits us all. Zara says, “In addition to helping shape a more ethical world, participants get to shape a wealthier world too, as closing the gender pay gap will add £150bn to the UK economy.”

“Events like these help bring together people who believe in the fact that we can change the world for the better by applying their skills”

 

Zara tells us, “Nationally, the gender pay gap has been stagnating at 18%. The ethnicity pay gap is at 26%. We don’t always get a chance to help shape a world based on fundamental ideals and principles of equality and inclusion and this is a great opportunity for the tech sector in the UK to come together and do this… We believe that by using technology and science we can skip a century of inequality.

“The most powerful tools we have today that drive change in the world is based on data and technology.”

Zara adds, “Events like these help bring together people who believe in the fact that we can change the world for the better by applying their skills. I feel particularly excited about having an event like this in Bristol, a city known for its values and drive for a fairer, more ethical world.”

Thanks to Zara for taking the time to talk to us. You can sign up to Hack the Pay Gap here or to keep up with Gapsquare’s latest news, follow its Twitter here: @gapsquare. Also keep your eye out for our Hack the Pay Gap Techie Brekkie in September.