BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA:
13 June 2022
The Hackathon for Gender Equality: “Bias Hacked” was among the first hackathons in Bosnia and Herzegovina to focus on gender equality and gender bias. The event was organized by Intersection Center for Science and Innovation in hybrid format on 13 June 2022 at the Homework HUB, the first university innovation hub in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
13 students participated in the hackathon. The term “bias” was key to participants’ main problem-solving. Teams were asked to develop solutions to overcome the bias and foster equality in employment, recruiting processes, daily-life activities, etc.
Winning team & solution:
eParent – the first game for parenting that promotes gender equality: as users progress in the game, they move towards easier, more economical, healthier, and more efficient parenting
© Amina Čobić (student), Ibrahim Efendić (student), Benjamin Hodžić (student), Ena Mulaibrahimović (student)
Motivated by the fact that, in more than 80% of families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it’s only the women who take care of the children, the winning team decided to make an app that promotes equality in parenting. eParent is the first game for parenting that promotes gender equality and furthermore, as users progress in the game, they move towards easier, more economical, healthier, and more efficient parenting.
The purpose of the app is to encourage young parents to take part equally in raising their children. Secondly its goal is to make parenthood more efficient and economically achievable. Also, it promotes a healthy, safe, and fulfilled childhood. The goal is also to show examples to children about the importance of gender equality at an early age.
This is the first app that combines everything each parent needs in an online form. The app includes a time management segment, advice from professionals, nutrition plans, grocery lists, forums, and calendars. Another goal for the app is to connect it with private schools and kindergartens, so parents have complete insight in all activities of their children.
The jury welcomed this innovation, sharing some advice on how to improve the marketing plan, notably through communication campaigns and influencer collaborations, etc. They also recommended to design the app in such a way that it also reaches out to single fathers.