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Crowdsourcing a Book on Women in Innovation: How Can You Help?

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Women 2.0 is a proud partner in Innovating Women, a groundbreaking project aimed at crowdsourcing a book detailing women’s contributions to STEM and innovation.

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

Women’s contributions to entrepreneurship, innovation and science and engineering are impressive, but their voices are often muted and their stories fade into the background. Innovating Women, a new project by Singularity University aims to change that.

Created in partnership with noted author and VP of Innovation at Singularity University, Vivek Wadhwa, the project will surface the stories of women in startups and STEM and give them voice through an Indiegogo campaign to crowd-create a book featuring research and perspectives about women’s participation in the innovation economy worldwide. Donations will be amplified by a dollar for dollar donation matching sponsorship from Google For Entrepreneurs, Innovating Women: Past, Present & Future.

You can contribute to the campaign here. Besides supporting the effort, contributors are rewarded with a range of impressive perks, including a 30-minute mentorship call with startup luminaries like Eric Ries (Lean Startup), Ann Winblad (Hummer Winblad Venture Partners), Fran Maier (Match.com, TRUSTe), or Kay Koplovitz (Springboard Enterprises, USA Network, The Syfy Channel) for those who contribute $250 or more.

But it’s not just funds that Innovating Women in looking for; the project is also after your stories. A discussion platform will allow hundreds of women from around the globe to share their perspectives on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, career, culture, personal and professional identity and education.

“Advancements in technology and innovative fields are making it possible to solve humanity’s grand challenges in education, food, water and energy,” Wadhwa explains. “Women have largely been left out of the innovation economy – but this is changing. By launching this campaign, my hope is to bring together the voices of innovators who are solving these challenges and to inspire even more women to become engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and leaders in their fields.”

Finally, this crowdsourced content will be shaped into an e-book and website by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, along with Vivek Wadhwa and a growing community of over 300 Ambassadors, including Women 2.0.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Contribute what you can to the Indiegogo campaign.
  • Share your voice, experience and unique perspective on the discussion platform.
  • Tell your friends (including those in the media) about this exciting initiative and how they can contribute to the cause.
  • Tweet and Facebook about the campaign and otherwise show Innovating Women some social media love.

Women 2.0 readers: Will you share your stories?

Jessica Stillman is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.