Founders of everywoman Maxine Benson and Karen Gill present Dame Wendy Hall with her award.
Dame Wendy Hall took the FDM everywoman Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 for her work as a computer scientist and for being one of the most influential women in IT. The judges of this award recognised Hall as a role model through her work in the industry, her pioneering spirit and her passionate championing of women in the tech sector.
In her acceptance speech, Hall said: “Computing is too important to leave it to men. The lack of women is as much a man’s issue as it is a woman’s, because there is an unconscious bias everywhere.
“Men have to make a sacrifice – when you’re asked to speak on a panel and you see it is an all-male panel, question where the women are and sacrifice your place for a female speaker instead.”
The annual awards aim to address the issue of attracting more women into the tech sector and retaining more female talent. This year's winners were announced during a ceremony at the Park Lane Sheraton.