Recognising the outstanding innovation achieved by women in the IT industry

31 January 2018 | The Great Room - Grosvenor House, Park Lane

 

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With 1,000 business and technology leaders in attendance, the third annual Women in IT Awards on 25 January 2017 was the largest technology diversity event ever staged in the world. The Women in IT Awards will return on 31 January 2018.

The Women in IT Awards is the world’s largest event dedicated to tackling the technology industry’s disheartening gender imbalance. It does this by showcasing 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.

Maggie Philbin, TV presenter and TeenTech CEO, hosted the 2017 ceremony, while Jo Caulfield brought laughter to the lively evening with her post-dinner comedy routine. The audience were also treated to keynotes from Sir Alex Younger, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and Gavin Jackson, UK&I managing director at Amazon Web Services.

Thank you to all of the sponsors that supported the Women in IT Awards 2017: headline sponsor Amazon Web Services, premium sponsor Salesforce, diversity partner BMC Software, Accenture Security, ADA College, Direct Line Group, EOL IT Services, Ericsson, Equal Experts, Frank Recruitment Group, Informed Solutions, KPMG, Rolls-Royce, Schroders, TeenTech, YOOX Net-A- Porter Group, and Zayo.

Click here to view the winners of the Women in IT Awards 2017

Nominations are now closed for the Women in IT Awards 2018. Click here to book your place at the event.

With 1,000 business and technology leaders in attendance, the third annual Women in IT Awards on 25 January 2017 was the largest technology diversity event ever staged in the world. The Women in IT Awards will return on 31 January 2018.

The Women in IT Awards is the world’s largest event dedicated to tackling the technology industry’s disheartening gender imbalance. It does this by showcasing 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.

Maggie Philbin, TV presenter and TeenTech CEO, hosted the 2017 ceremony, while Jo Caulfield brought laughter to the lively evening with her post-dinner comedy routine. The audience were also treated to keynotes from Sir Alex Younger, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and Gavin Jackson, UK&I managing director at Amazon Web Services.

Thank you to all of the sponsors that supported the Women in IT Awards 2017: headline sponsor Amazon Web Services, premium sponsor Salesforce, diversity partner BMC Software, Accenture Security, ADA College, Direct Line Group, EOL IT Services, Ericsson, Equal Experts, Frank Recruitment Group, Informed Solutions, KPMG, Rolls-Royce, Schroders, TeenTech, YOOX Net-A- Porter Group, and Zayo.

Click here to view the winners of the Women in IT Awards 2017

Nominations are now closed for the Women in IT Awards 2018. Click here to book your place at the event.

Programme

 

19.00 – Champagne reception

20.00 – Welcome and keynote addresses

20.30 – Dinner commences

22.00 – Awards ceremony

22.45 – Entertainment

23.00 – Drinks, networking and live band

01.00 – Carriages

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*Nominations for the Women in IT Awards 2018 are now closed. Click here to book your place at the event*

Nomination guidelines

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!

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.
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.
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.
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.
Data Leader of the Year
A female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying data technologies; improving how a company uses or deals with data; delivering effective data strategies; enhancing decision-making with data; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of data; helping a company handle data growth; driving new data innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around data and related technologies.
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.
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 start (or resume) a career in the technology sector. This could involve education, training, marketing and various other campaigns, and could also include returnship or ‘return to work’ schemes. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and industry, and ultimate results of the initiative.

Editor's Choice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graduate of the Year

A woman who joined her current company in the last year in her first job since graduating from university. Candidates do not have to have joined an official graduate scheme to be eligible. There is no age limit in this category. Judges will look at standout achievements since the candidate joined the company, including contributions to successful projects, examples of innovation and/or leadership, a demonstrable understanding of how technology can create business value, and examples or testimonials highlighting the promise the candidate has shown that she will go on to achieve great things in the technology industry.

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.
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.
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 Leader of the Year

A female IT, technology or business leader who has led an IT transformation, digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 18 months. Judges will assess the planning, execution and results of the transformation programme, looking particularly at the technologies and innovation involved, best practice, alignment to business goals, impact on the business, training/awareness/education, ROI achieved, and how culture shifts were managed.

Woman of the Year
A 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. Candidates should have not only have demonstrated outstanding business- and/or technology-focused achievements, but also acted as a positive role model and actively sought to bring more diversity to the technology industry. Chosen by the judges.
Young Leader of the Year
A female IT, technology or business leader under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2018, who has progressed rapidly though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying technologies; improving how a company approaches technology; delivering effective IT or technology strategies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of technology; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology.
Each supporting document should be a maximum of three pages.
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