FDM everywoman awards 2014 winners: Photos


FDM everywoman Lifetime Achievement Award 2014: Dame Wendy Hall

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.

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