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Participate in the Equal Pay App Challenge!

Posted by egehl on February 27, 2012

Spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues about the new Equal Pay App Challenge!

The National Equal Pay Task Force at the Department of Labor wants your help in building innovative tools to educate the public about the pay gap and promote equal pay for women.

On average women are still paid less than their male counterparts for doing comparable jobs.  This means that each time the average woman starts a new job, she’s likely to start from a lower base salary, but it also means that over time the pay gap between her and her male colleagues is likely to become increasingly wider.  This translates to a woman having less in her weekly paycheck, and thousands of dollars less over her lifetime. For women of color and women with disabilities, this disparity is much larger. 

The App Challenge is asking participants to use publicly available labor data and other online resources to come up with new ways to educate users about equal pay, and to build tools that promote closing the wage gap. 

Each submitted idea should achieve at least one or all of the following goals:

  • Provide greater access to pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Provide tools for early career coaching
  • Help inform negotiations
  • Promote online mentoring

Now is your opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and come up with innovative ways to support women tackle the ongoing wage gap.

The esteemed group of judges, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, will examine each entry for three main things:

How well does the application address at least one of the four goals defined for this challenge; how innovative, interesting, and unique is the application in meeting contest requirements; and does the application present information in a way that is easy for the target audiences to use and is pleasing to the eye?

There are various levels of prizes and if you are a grand prize winner you will receive a scholarship to attend an eight-week immersive program hosted by General Assembly where students will attend hands-on classes that build skills and provide an in-depth overview of topics in digital product innovation and entrepreneurship.

Submissions for the App Challenge can be from an individual or a team. Contestants must register for the contest on Challenge.gov by creating an account between January 31st, 2012, and March 31st, 2012. All entries received after March 31st, 2012 will not be considered for prizes. Registrants will receive an email to verify their account and may then enter their submissions via the “Post a Submission” tab (Submissions).

For more information about the contest and how to apply please visit the Equal Pay App Challenge website.

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