IoT DIH collaborates in the European GILL project
GILL- Gendered Innovation Living Labs is a project funded by the European Union through the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 101094812). It aims to promote best practice Living Labs to drive organisational and cultural change, enhance professional development, promote gender and diversity mainstreaming in product design, as well as enable gender-sensitive educational practices in fields such as Health, Green Transition and Digital Transformation. For IoT DIH, being part of this ambitious project is of great importance due to its implications, as it seeks to increase the effective participation, innovation and thought leadership of women and other traditionally underrepresented groups.
The GILL project held its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 30-31 January 2023. Attendees at this productive and enriching event were Juan Manuel Corchado (Director of IoT DIH) and Marta Plaza, together with all project partners and some representatives of the European Commission.
The GILL Consortium is made up of 17 partners from 10 different countries, all of them with multidisciplinary and complementary expertise in different research areas. Geographically, the partners cover all major regions of Europe, which ensures that the project results can be adapted throughout the European Union.
Objectives of the GILL project
The GILL project aims to carry out 15 pilots in multidisciplinary centres in 8 countries through its "Living Lab". These pilots will be based on action-experimentation, and will focus on the experience of women in each participating entity, their contribution to the team and the scope of their contribution. The aim is to change the paradigm and make the technology sector more egalitarian and inclusive, generating concrete solutions based on the contributions of users and the community. Ultimately, the project seeks to increase the effective participation, innovation and thought leadership of women and other groups traditionally under-represented in the technology sector.
GILL's mechanisms focus on transforming individual, team and organisational practices with the aim of integrating gender and diversity in the design of products, technologies, innovation and policies. To achieve this, GILL promotes dialogue and co-creation activities between the four key actors of the Quadruple Helix model: academia, the public sector, industry and citizens.
It is very important to encourage the participation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, as they have historically been underrepresented in these fields. The inclusion of diverse perspectives and skills is essential to achieve innovative and equitable solutions in technology and research. Projects such as GILL-Gendered Innovation Living Labs seek to do just that, creating inclusive environments that foster women's effective participation in technology development and innovation. It is hoped that these efforts will contribute to greater gender equality in the technology sector and to the resolution of our society's most important challenges.