*Nominations are now open for the Women in IT Awards 2017 and will close on 19 August 2016. Click here to nominate*
The Women in IT Awards, technology’s largest diversity event, will return on 26 January 2017 at the InterContinental London Park Lane.
The second annual Women in IT Awards took place on 28 January 2016 at the Grosvenor House Ballroom on Park Lane, with 500 of the UK’s top technology leaders gathering to celebrate diversity, inclusion, leadership and IT excellence.
The event showcases the achievements and innovation of women in technology, identifying new role models and promoting further dialogue around diversity among industry influencers.
Organised by business-technology magazine Information Age, the Women in IT Awards has gathered resounding support from trade associations, politicians and companies of all sizes and sectors since launching in 2015.
Amy Williams, Olympic gold medalist and presenter of The Gadget Show, hosted the 2016 ceremony, while Pippa Evans brought laughter to the lively evening with her post-dinner comedy routine.
The audience were also treated to keynotes from Baroness Joanna Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security, and Sir Rod Aldridge, who grew Capita from start-up to a FTSE 100 company and now chairs the Aldridge Foundation.
Thank you to all of the sponsors that supported the Women in IT Awards 2016: Salesforce, Atos, CWJobs, EMC, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Informed Solutions, O2, TechUK, eSkills for Jobs, Software AG, World First, Zayo, and Ada, the National College of Digital Skills.
Nominations are now open for the Women in IT Awards 2017 and will close on 19 August 2016. Click here to nominate.
CIO, Network Rail
CIO, GE Capital International
Head of IT Security, Nominet UK
CEO, Informed Solutions
Chief Digital Officer, Companies House
Executive Director, Managed Infrastructure Services, Fujitsu
Technology and Change Director, Provident Financial
CIO, Cambridge University Press
Senior Area VP, Commercial Sales, Salesforce.com
CIO, Transport for London
CEO, Atos UK&I
19.00 – Champagne reception
20.00 – Welcome address
20.20 – Dinner commences
22.00 – Awards ceremony commences
22.45 – Entertainment
23.15 – Networking drinks
01.00 – Carriages
*Nominations are now open for the Women in IT Awards 2017 and will close on 19 August 2016*
The judges convene two weeks before the awards ceremony to review all of the finalists’ nominations. They will decide the winners based on the written submissions, so try to include as much information as possible. Please use the criteria (listed below) of the category you wish to enter to shape your written submission, as the judges will refer to each criteria to guide their decisions. Each written submission should be at least 600 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. There is no cost to nominate and you can enter as many categories as you wish. A member of the Women in IT Awards team will reach out to everyone who nominated around four months before the awards ceremony to tell them whether they have been shortlisted as a finalist. Good luck!
Innovator of the Year
A technology company that has demonstrated outstanding innovation, customer wins and deployments in the last 18 months, in which a woman was integral to that success. Judges will look at products/services, client testimonials, examples of ROI achieved, success in challenging implementations, post-sales support and service, and tailored customisations in specific enterprise environments.
Business Leader of the Year
A female leader of a technology company, or a business leader within a large technology company, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. Judges will examines the progress/growth of the company, innovation it has brought to the market, and specific achievements and initiatives of the candidates.
Advocate of the Year
A company or person that has gone out of its/her/his way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months. As well as examining the women in IT initiatives the candidates have pioneered, judges will also assess their impact on, and integration with, the business.
e-Skills Initiative of the Year
This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken an initiative that encouraged and helped women and girls to improve their digital skills and consider a career in the ICT sector. These could involve education, training, marketing and various other campaigns. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and industry, and ultimate results of the initiative.
Business Role Model of the Year
A female business leader in technology who has been an effective role model to other women in the last 18 months. Judges will examine demonstrations of leadership and business achievements, as well as examples of being a role model and inspiring other women to succeed in technology.
Entrepreneur of the Year
A female leader of a technology, digital or e-commerce start-up that has demonstrated excellent growth in the last 18 months, with a coherent and sustainable strategy in achieving it. Judges will look at demonstrations of growth (turnover, profit, employees etc.), standout achievements and customer testimonials.
Woman of the Year
The woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of IT excellence, innovation and leadership in the last year, and shone a light on the great things women in IT can achieve. Chosen by the judges.
Global Leader of the Year
A woman in a global technology and/or digital leadership position who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and business success in the last 18 months. The candidate can be based outside of the UK but the company must do business in the UK. Judges will examine contribution to the progress/growth of the company, innovation, and specific achievements and initiatives of the candidate.
Rising Star of the Year
A woman who began a career in technology in the last five years and has shown great promise that she will go on to achieve great things in the industry. Judges will examine the last 18 months in each candidate’s career, looking at standout achievements, contributions to successful projects, examples of innovation, and a demonstrable understanding of how technology can create business value.
Employer of the Year
This can be either a technology company that has demonstrated a great desire to attract and retain more women, or a company from any other industry that has demonstrated a great desire to attract and retain more women to its IT and/or digital department. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to attract and retain more women and create a more diverse and inclusive working environment.
A woman who has achieved something exceptional in the IT industry, chosen by Information Age’s editorial team. This can be someone from either a vendor or end-user who has demonstrated strong leadership, trend setting, technology adoption or awareness of women in IT.
Deployment of the Year
An ICT project/deployment over the last 18 months in which a woman was instrumental to its success. Judges will assess innovation, best practice, alignment to business goals, impact on the business, and ROI achieved.
CIO of the Year
A female CIO who has demonstrated particular innovation, IT excellence and leadership in the last 18 months. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.
Future CIO of the Year
A woman who has shown outstanding IT excellence and innovation in the last 18 months and demonstrates signs that she will one day become a successful CIO. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, examples of management and leadership skills, and demonstrable understanding of how technology can enable business and generate value.
Digital Leader of the Year
A woman in a senior digital position in an end-user organisation, such as a chief digital officer, digital director or leader of a digital transformation. Judges will look at examples of innovation, leadership, digital best practice, return on investment, cultural change and alignment to business goals.
Security Champion of the Year
A female IT security professional whose has demonstrated outstanding work in progressing the industry and/or protecting the company from cyber threats. Judges will assess the candidates’ innovative approaches to security and the impact of their policies, procedures and projects on the business and industry.
Transformation of the Year
An organisation that has undergone a major, and successful, IT or digital transformation in the last 18 months, in which a woman has played an integral part. Judges will assess innovation, best practice, alignment to business goals, impact on the business, and ROI achieved.