The search is on for the UK’s most inspiring women working in technology
I’m really proud to talk about this initiative. You might recognise the Mobius strip logo above… Avaya, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel and Microsoft have joined together to sponsor the Everywoman awards for Women in Technology. Our initiative, which started in January 2008 has gone from strength to strength with amazing women in the team collaborating and working together to support and encourage the women in their companies through networking and best practice sharing.
everywoman and Connecting Women in Technology (CWT) together with womenintechnology.co.uk have come together to launch the inaugural CWT everywoman in Technology Awards. The awards are now open for entry and seek to celebrate the most inspirational women working in technology Here are the categories:
* Rising Star of the Year
This will be awarded to the woman aged under 30 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation. She is the one to watch.
* Business Leader of the Year
This will be awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation. She will be making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business.
Tip: This nominee need not hold the most senior IT role in the business, she may not be operating at board level but she will hold a senior management position.
* Team Leader of the Year
This will be awarded to the woman leading a technology team to excel in a way that contributes greatly to the company’s success.
Tip: The team need not be big but the achievements and positive impact the team have on the company’s success must be demonstrated.
* Innovator of the Year
This will be awarded to the woman designing, developing or implementing technology in an unconventional and innovative way, for a new technology application, architectural initiative or in a new environment.
* Entrepreneur of the Year
This award will go to an owner/operator of a technology business or business operating within the technology space. Her entrepreneurial vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture.
Tip: The nominee need not be the primary IT talent in the business but she will be leading the company to success through the successful implementation of technology.
* Inspiration of the Year
This award recognises an individual for their commitment to encouraging, advancing and/or championing the progress and development of women working in technology.
Tip: this could be an individual (male or female) working in an organisation, association or academia. Theirs could be a paid or voluntary role but their achievements in implementing programmes/initiatives that encourage, support and attract more women to technology warrants recognition.
There is still a misconception among many women that the IT industry is boring and uninspiring, seeing a career in IT as dull and monotonous and requiring only highly technical knowledge, with no call for skills such as team working, strategic thinking or creativity*. For too many women, this is still the thinking. (Source: The Training Camp Survey 2005).
The CWT everywoman in Technology Awards were launched to demonstrate that there are many opportunities for women in technology and some very inspirational, successful women working in it. This awards programme will shine the spotlight on these women, role models that will not only encourage more women to consider a career in technology , but also inspire more talented women to bring their skills and experience to technology companies. This programme will also show young girls the range of dynamic and interesting career opportunities that technology offers.
So if you know of an inspirational woman working in technology who you believe deserves recognition. Nominate her for an award.
And pass this on to others who know some amazing women working as unsung heroes in IT too