Everywoman has begun its search for nominees for its 2017 FDM Everywoman in technology awards.
The awards, which are run annually by Everywoman, are designed to showcase inspiring female role models in the technology industry.
Nominations are free, and are open until 3 October 2016, and women at all stages in their career can be nominated, including start-up founders or tech leaders of large firms.
The technology sector will need and increasing number of candidates entering the industry over the next five to ten years, and many have argued that excluding women from the industry leaves half of a possible workforce un-utilised.
Maxine Benson, co-founder of Everywoman says: “Never before has it been so critical that we attract the brightest and the best women to the technology industry. The fast growth of this sector is such that it offers extraordinary opportunities and these Awards exist to create the role models and inspiration needed to attract the finest female talent of the future.”
The seventh annual 2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, in association with techUK, has launched a new category this year, bring the total number of awards to be given to inspiration women to 12.
The award categories are as follows:
The One to Watch Award – Awarded to someone under the age of 20 who has encouraged other women to study science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects at school.
Rising Star Award – sponsored by T-Systems – awarded to a woman under 26 who is excelling in her technology career and making contributions to the sector and to her organisation.
Digital Star Award – sponsored by CGI – Awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role in areas such as innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.
Software Engineer Award – sponsored by American Express – Awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference in the software engineering space.
Team Leader Award – Awarded to a woman leading a team of up to 100 employees and whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the success of their organisation
Start-up Founder of the Year Award – sponsored by Barclays – Awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business
Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by ARM – Awarded to the owner or operator of a technology business who will inspire others to start their own tech venture.
Innovator Award – sponsored by Equiniti – Awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing using tech creatively.
Leader Award – sponsored by BP – Awarded to a woman leading a team of more than 100 employees and operating in a senior technology role within her organisation.
Inspiration Award – sponsored by VMware – Awarded to an individual, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.
Academic Award – sponsored by EMC – A new category awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in Stem. This could include using technology to enhance and support research and teaching, achieving technological breakthroughs or leveraging one’s position to significantly encourage more talent into stem subjects.
The winners of the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony will take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 9 February 2017.
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