Mission & Values
Our free annual event, The AWS Global AI Challenge, launched in 2019, has the potential to reach millions of women, marginalized students and entrepreneurs through our 30+ education, government and corporate partners. EDequity.Global operates in partnership with We Connect The Dots, Inc.. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Amazon’s Leadership Principles guide and direct our organization and its culture.
Now, more than ever, is the time to provide in-demand cloud computing skills, training and a connection to jobs that pay a living wage. Emerging technology is significantly transforming the way we work and live. We believe that marginalized communities should not be excluded from the opportunities that these changes create.
Innovative Collaboration for Global Impact
EDequity.Global works within different national, cultural and language contexts to facilitate outreach, learning, policy dialogue, collective action and partnerships in technology workforce development. The COVID-19 pandemic, resulting economic crisis, education disaster, civil unrest and BLM movement is changing the workplace. As businesses start to reopen, what are the key skills they want in their returning and new employees? How can we help fuel innovation? How can we help create a more inclusive and sustainable global economic recovery and society? EDequity.Global is continuing its mission to help answer those questions.
Anticipated Outcomes & Our Global Goals:
- Put artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the hands of women and underrepresented youth.
- Explore how companies and governments can collaborate with educators to prepare students for the #FutureOfWork and #Entrepreneurship.
- Increase female and youth civic participation and advance more inclusive education and economic policies.
- Help female and underrepresented youth find career training, mentorship, leadership development, networking opportunities, employment and funding in a tech industry that is predominantly male and white.
- Use AI/ML as a meaningful tool for improving people’s lives and solving some of society’s biggest challenges – addressing the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
History & Impact of 2019 AWS AI Challenge
(In partnership with Amazon Web Services and WomenOfAI.org)
Our 30+ Partners & Sponsors:
Executive Leadership Team
SHAUNA (OENNING) RUYLE
Founder & Executive Director, EDequity.Global, MBA, AWS Cloud Practitioner
Co-Founder EDequity.Global & Girls Code Initiative, Nigeria
Cybersecurity Leader, Solutions Architect at Cisco
Founder De Cero a Ciencia De Datos, Data Engineer at Brightcove, Guadalajara, Mx
LAURIE (TEAL) CAREY
CEO Nebula Academy, Founder & Executive Director, We Connect The Dots, Inc.
Software Engineer at ThingLogix, Inc
Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator Cluster4Kidz Limited, Jos, Plateau, Nigeria
ML/AI Leader & Entrepreneur
Program Lead at Tech4Dev Nigerian Women Techsters Initiative & Nakise Employability Program
Program Facilitator at Tech4Dev
SABRINA SANDERS, Ed.D.
Director Student Affairs Programs & Initiatives, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Founder at Sister Cities Project & Youth Campaigns
Marketing Executive, NSF International – Health Sciences
BRIGANTE S. HILL MSc.,BA,ATS
Channel Director, Global Systems Integrators & Enterprise Security Solutions at Accedian
Advisor-3SN Global Impact Capital, MMBI-Project Lead, CEO-SusanJosephLLC
Business Development at Opsani
Engineering Leader -Principal Engineer – Mentor
Author, Founder, Traveler, Pioneer of Complete CRM
Investment Management Intern at KG Funds Management LLC
Back-End Engineer & Web Developer Founder & CEO African Savannah Girl, LLC & Ceejama Websites
Developer Advocate at SendBird
FRANCISCO FUENTES, Ph.D.
Alexa & Al
UX/UI Design for voice
FRANCISCO FUENTES, Ph.D.
Stanford Design Thinking
Judges By Invitation Only
Kjell Hegstad aka
Digital Viking, Chief Innovation Officer @ CirrusLabs
Dr. Silvia Mah
PhD, MBA, Founding Partner of Ad Astra Ventures
Creative Director, Vocala.co
Mary Bonk Isaac, Ph.D., Founder, HEDGE Co
Creating Coding Careers CEO