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Equal Pay App Challenge: Final Results & Prize Winners

Equal Pay App Challenge Prize Awards

A total of seven winners have been selected, including four Grand Prize winners and three Goals Challenge winners, as described below:

Grand Prize Winners

Each of the 4 grand prize application winners (in the case of a team submission, the project leader or designee) will receive a scholarship (one per team) to attend an eight-week immersive program hosted by General Assembly (http://generalassemb.ly/) where students will attend hands-on classes that build skills and provide an in-depth overview of topics in digital product innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will also experience the rigors of real-world entrepreneurship each afternoon by learning from a GA-affiliated startup. Through field studies, team exercises, and case studies, students will apply their learning in a results-oriented, fast-paced environment, and build a portfolio of major contributions to some of New York's most exciting startups. The scholarships include full tuition.

App Name: Aequitas
Organization: Fuzion Apps, Inc.
Team: Laquitta Martell-DeMerchant
Description: Aequitas is a mobile personal career management solution that empowers users with current wage data, interview, resume and negotiation tools. It also provides wage and Equal Pay Act information and connects to equal pay-related social networks/discussions. The application is both iPhone and iPad accessible.
Cost: Free

App Name: Close The Wage Gap
Organization: Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College
Team: Rachel Koch, Elizabeth Schulke, Marisa Pereira Tully, Seth Monteith, Emily Blakemore, Channing Martin, Kathleen Keating, Tim Shaw, Narendra Chennamsetty, Mike McCarthy (professor), Narayanan Venkitar, and Consultant Dave Guarino.
Description: The purpose of our website is to educate users about the gender wage gap and arm them with information and negotiation tools to eliminate it. By merging data from multiple sources and tapping into our negotiation know-how, we have developed innovative ways to help users take their own steps towards closing the wage gap.
Cost: Free

App Name: Gender Gap App
Organization: Bear-Eco Technologies
Team: Steve Jernigan
Description: The Gender Gap App was created specifically to compete in the Equal Pay App Challenge put out by the U.S. Department of Labor. The app intends to boost public awareness of the salary differences between men and women who are doing the same jobs. The goal was to produce an app that is both fun and educational. It is both iPhone and iPod accessible.
Cost: Free

App Name: Demand Equal Pay For Women
Organization: CareerThoughts.com
Team: Kevin Spence
Description: The Demand Equal Pay for Women app makes it easy for everyone to see how the pay gap impacts nearly every woman in every industry. The app allows users to compare what they're making with the national averages at the industry and occupation level, so users know how hard they need to push during salary negotiations.
Cost: Free


Excellence in Equal Pay App Challenge Category Winners

Non-Profit App Award

One winner will receive a $5,000 award from Catalyst (http://www.catalyst.org/) to purchase their non-profit winning application, should the applicant choose to accept. Winner will provide one week (5 business days) worth of application modifications by their engineering team, as requested by Catalyst, to the winning application, at no charge.

Winner

App Name: Close The Wage Gap
Organization: Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College
Team: Rachel Koch, Elizabeth Schulke, Marisa Pereira Tully, Seth Monteith, Emily Blakemore, Channing Martin, Kathleen Keating, Tim Shaw, Narendra Chennamsetty, Mike McCarthy (professor), Narayanan Venkitar, and Consultant Dave Guarino.
Description: The purpose of our website is to educate users about the gender wage gap and arm them with information and negotiation tools to eliminate it. By merging data from multiple sources and tapping into our negotiation know-how, we have developed innovative ways to help users take their own steps towards closing the wage gap.
Cost: Free

Mentorship Award

One winner will have the opportunity to have a 30-minute conversation with Leila Janah, founder of Samasource, a social enterprise that brings dignified, computer-based micro-work to people living in poverty via a proprietary micro-work distribution platform.

Winner

App Name: Gender Gap App
Organization: Bear-Eco Technologies
Team: Steve Jernigan
Description: The Gender Gap App Gender Gap was created specifically to compete in the Equal Pay App Challenge put out by the U.S. Department of Labor. The app intends to boost public awareness of the salary differences between men and women who are doing the same jobs. The goal was to produce an app that is both fun and educational. It is both iPhone and iPod accessible.
Cost: Free

Women Innovation Award

Women Innovate Mobile will facilitate a customized 2-day startup entrepreneur boot-camp in New York City to the best app that covers topics including business model creation, product feedback, legal and accounting issues, banking and financial essentials, branding and marketing strategy, and pitching to investors.

Winner

App Name: Aequitas
Organization: Fuzion Apps, Inc.
Team: Laquitta Martell-DeMerchant
Description: Aequitas is a mobile personal career management solution that empowers users with current wage data, interview, resume and negotiation tools. It also provides wage and Equal Pay Act information and connects to equal pay-related social networks/discussions. The application is both iPhone and iPad accessible.
Cost: Free


Each submission was evaluated on at least one of the following goals:

  • Provide greater access to pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity:
    These features should provide data that would be helpful to women throughout their careers as they negotiate starting pay, request a promotion or a raise, or consider switching fields to a more lucrative career path. Participants must ensure that their submission complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provide tools for early career coaching:
    These features should use publicly available data to create an interactive online experience to educate young women on the pay gap and enable informed decision- making when selecting a career path.
  • Help inform negotiations:
    These features should provide feedback, tips, and critiques that guide users through the process of negotiating starting salary, pay rate, job level, or requesting a promotion or raise. These tools should also educate individuals about their legal rights.
  • Promote online mentoring:
    These features should expand individuals' access to broader communities and mentorship opportunities by providing a means to connect with others for career guidance.

In addition, submissions were graded on:

  • Creativity, innovation, and ease of use;
  • Promotion of access to important data and resources;
  • Usability by users with different skill sets and language preferences;
  • Consideration of partnerships that will ensure sustainability of the app; and
  • Ability to reach a variety of audiences including students, teachers, career counselors, workforce professionals, and women working or seeking work at all levels in a variety of salaried and hourly jobs.

Submitted apps took different forms, such as interactive and informative games, social or professional networks, or data visualization.