Women in Technology Award
Everywoman host an annual Women in Technology award. The awards ‘uncovers and celebrates the most inspirational women in technology working within STEM industries’.
The awards are supported by their study that revealed that ‘the second factor cited by women in technology as the biggest cause of the gender gap in tech was lack of female role models for young girls.’
This year new categories were added which include Apprentice Award, International Inspiration Award and Male Agent of Change Award.
This year’s event was sponsored by FDM and the winners have been announced. Click here to see the complete list.
The winner of the 2018 Women of the Year is Dr Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manger at Google. Nika has founded the first Women in Computing Group and London Geekettes (a global platform connecting over 2000 female innovators in technology). In addition, her ‘work at Google impacts millions of people, launching voice recognition technologies across all European, Middle Eastern and African language.’
As quoted by Computer Weekly, Maxine Benson (co-founder of everywoman) discussed the new awards; ‘Tackling the gender imbalance in the UK’s tech industry requires everyone to take action. Therefore, it is important to not only showcase the high-profile role models in the sector but also the male allies, young game-changers and those supporting from across the globe”’.
Other brands and organisations are encouraging women to enter a role/career in technology.
For example, EDF Energy’s ‘Pretty Curious’ campaign aims to ‘inspire more girls to think about where a career in science, technology, engineering and maths could take them’.
Image Credit: ‘WOCinTech Chat’ by Women In Tech – 79 on Flickr. Licensed by CC BY 2.0