Nominations for 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards now open
13 August 2018
Nominations are now open for the ninth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.
Dr. Marily Nika, engineering programme manager for Google, was named 'Woman of the Year' for 2018.
Companies and individuals are invited to nominate candidates as the search begins to find the tech industry’s most exceptional talent, from the UK and beyond.
The awards promise to showcase how the achievements of women and men are helping to close the gender gap in tech.
By showcasing the career successes of women at all stages in the sector, everywoman says its awards programme creates role models that will inspire the next generation of young female talent to pursue a career in tech.
It says this is crucial in the light of studies which reveal that a lack of visible role models for young girls is one of the biggest causes of gender imbalance in the UK’s technology workforce.
For instance, everywoman’s own research has revealed that only 17 per cent of the workforce is female in the UK tech industry, while PwC found that only 27 per cent of young female students would consider a career in technology, compared to 61 per cent of male students.
The 2019 awards are in association with The Tech She Can Charter, an industry commitment by organisations to work together to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK.
“Seventy eight per cent of students we surveyed couldn’t name a famous female working in technology,“ says the charter's founder Sheridan Ash. “To get more females interested in technology as a viable career option we need to shout louder about the role models already working in tech.”
Entering the awards is free and open to individuals at all stages of their career, from new industry entrants to senior leaders.
everywoman adds that innovative tech entrepreneurs are also encouraged to enter, whether just starting up or founders of scaled-up businesses.
The 2019 event features a number of categories including ones that aim to celebrate the achievements of young people at the beginning their careers who can influence others to follow in their footsteps.
All the finalists for the 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.
They include the ‘One to Watch’ award which will be given to a girl aged 11-16 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.
The ‘Male Agent of Change Award’ will also be included again after making its debut in 2017 to recognise senior male executives actively supporting the development of women in technology.
The closing date for submissions is 1 October 2018.
For the full line-up of categories and further details, see everywoman.com.