Women Digital News Entrepreneurs Summit

Women entrepreneurs, journopreneurs and techpreneurs from all over the world gathered at a unique meet recently. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the Ford Foundation joined forces to host this highly interactive, action-oriented international summit for women entrepreneurs working in the digital news space. More than 150 leading female founders, funders, “intrapraneurs” and media experts from across the globe gathered in New York City on January 28-30, 2015 to tackle the challenges of advancing women in digital news.



The summit featured an all-star lineup of speakers, including Kara Swisher (Re/code), Mariana Santos (Chicas Poderosas), Maria Ressa (Rappler), Lara Setrakian (News Deeply), Juanita Leon (La Silla Vacia), Lina Attalah (Mada Masr) Natalia Oberti Noguera (Pipeline Fellowship), Fran Hauser (Rothenberg Ventures) and many more.


Along with interactive panels, ignite talks and networking sessions, the summit will include a one-day hackathon to further empower women by developing technology solutions to the digital news gender gap. Three winning prototypes was selected by a panel of judges, and teams won prize money to develop innovative apps to overcome the obstacles women face in the digital news industry. Participants, including technologists and journalists, competed for $10,000 in Google prize money. The hackathon  encouraged participants to write awesome code and build prototypes for web applications, mobile apps, tools and other resources. The best projects will be awarded prizes.


Cracking the Code: Success for Women Digital News Entrepreneurs focused on:

  • Highlight the exceptional work of women in digital news globally.
  • Emphasize the value of equal access to news making opportunities.
  • Find solutions to overcome barriers for women launching online news enterprises.
  • Underscore the importance of gender equity and the inclusion of diverse voices in the digital news industry.