FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards 2018 open for nominations

The FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards 2018, partnered with TechUK, is now open for nominations.

Everywoman’s eighth annual women in tech event is searching for inspirational people who are influencing those around them and encouraging the next generation into the tech industry.

Launched in 2011, the awards aims to celebrate women who are making a difference in the technology industry, and this year’s awards will focus on women who act as role models who are inspiring the future players of the technology industry.

The 2018 focus on “Inspiring tomorrow’s world” was implemented after Everywoman research found that access to role models plays a large role in attracting and retaining female talent in the industry, and many women who choose not to go into tech, or to drop out of tech, will site a lack of role models as one of the main reasons behind their decision.

Maxine Benson, co-founder of everywoman, said: “This awards programme is a great showcase of successful women in tech who are driving change through their inspirational role modelling in their businesses and the wider industry. It also highlights the companies who foster their talents and value their contribution in reflecting and responding to the needs of their gender diverse customers. By participating in the awards organisations show their commitment to gender parity, helping them to both advance and retain their female talent and attract the next generation of young female talent to technology.”

To promote the women making a difference to the future of the tech industry, three new categories have been added to the proceedings this year: The International Inspiration Award aimed at woman operating outside of the UK who is advancing women in tech, the Apprentice Award aimed at a female apprentice who is excelling in her early career, and the Male Agent of Change Award which will be awarded to a man who is working to encourage more women into tech.

Existing categories for the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are:

The One to Watch Award, awarded to girl aged 11-16 who is encouraging other girls to study science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by T-Systems, which will be awarded to a woman under 26 who is excelling in her technology career and making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

The Digital Star Award, sponsored by CGI, will be awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role such as digital content creation, social media management, web development or developing online solutions.

The Software Engineer Award will be awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering by building something new and is moving the profession forward.

The Academic Award will be awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology, science and the Stem fields.

The Team Leader Award, sponsored by American Express, will be awarded to a woman leading a team of up to 100 employees whose team leadership has contributed to an organisation’s success.

The Start-up Founder Award will be awarded to an inspirational female founder of business that is under 18 months old.

The Entrepreneur Award will be awarded to an owner or operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture.

The Innovator Award, sponsored by Equiniti, will be awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being creative with technology in an unconventional way.

The Leader Award, sponsored by BP, will be awarded to the woman leading over 100 employees, taking part in the strategic direction for a business and operating in a senior technology role within her organisation.

Nominations are open, and can be submitted until 2 October 2017. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on 8 February 2018 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.