Inspiring Girls and Fluttr have been named winners of the fourth d-LAB challenge, a women in tech programme in Barcelona.

Run by Mobile World Capital Barcelona and Barcelona City Hall, the awards ceremony took place as part of the ‘Open City: Biennial of Thought’ event.

The debate featured prominent figures including Barcelona City Hall commissioner for digital technology and innovation Francesca Bria and Eva Fabri, director of the European Centre for Women and Technology.

Both winners, along with MWCapital and the City Hall, will have the opportunity to implement their pilot projects in the city.

Taking the top spot is Inspiring Girls, a project designed to boost the school-age girls’ self-esteem, professional ambition and career prospects.

Driven by a foundation established four years ago by Miriam González Durántez, the project has created a world campaign called Inspiring Girls Online that uses technology to connect girls from 10 to 15 years old with role models of professional women in all sectors and of all levels and ages.

The second prize went to the online advice platform Fluttr. Founded by Amleto Montinari and Alessandro Franzi, the platform offers a personnel recruitment system that uses Big Data to help companies to select the best candidate while eliminating gender discrimination.

The project, which is now on the market, hopes to become the number one platform for reducing the gender gap in the tech sector and to boost women’s access to a traditionally male-dominated industry.

To achieve this, Fluttr proposes mentoring sessions around recruitment and the creation of an online school with content and technological challenges designed to improve women’s skills.