Promoting financial equity among women, Filipino Tech Community Canberra-Australia (FTTC Australia) delegates won the Australian Taxation Office Challenge category ‘helping women financially’ in the GovHack 2023 International Red Carpet.
On October 6, FTTC Australia congratulated the team members Ahira Martin, Bryan Pajarito, Ryan Macalandag, Reg Macalandag, and Louis Peter Staubitz for their winning project “Closing the Data Gap”.
The project team received the award on November 18 at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Inconsistent datasets were a challenge for the team; in the combined data from the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the spatial fields were missing and mismatched.
They decided on the project ‘Closing the Data Gap’ to allow women in the workforce, especially migrants who have provisional visas, to present quick results of eligible government services by answering short questionnaires.
Aside from saving time for research, the project also created a prototype website that marks red for the local government areas with low financial outcomes and blue if otherwise.
With a successful initial launch, the team, along with FTCC Australia, aims to conduct user research to understand the root cause of the data gap, the services unknown to migrant women workers, and the most efficient way to connect them.
FTTC Australia proves there is still a big hole to fill in order for women to earn equally; their project can possibly improve the quality of life for future migrants or the Philippine labor force’s inequality.