Nominations for the Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley on 29th November 2018 are now OPEN!
Nominations have been extended, they will now close on the 26th September.
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 400 words and a maximum of 600 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!
If you have any queries relating to the nomination process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
BUSINESS ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR
CIO OF THE YEAR
CTO OF THE YEAR
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.
DIGITAL LEADER OF THE YEAR
A digital or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of digital innovation in the last 18 months.
DIVERSITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
This category focuses on a specific diversity initiative or project that has been established to promote diversity in IT: in a specific company or for the wider community. Judges will assess the impact of this project and how successful it has been – based on tangible results – in closing the gender gap and promoting diversity in tech.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Either a tech firm 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 in its IT and/or digital department.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Open to any female who is influential as a technology business owner or main shareholder in ensuring the company meets its goals, irrespective of size. The individual needs to demonstrate commercial success, plans for growth, how strategies were set and achieved and how innovation is encouraged.
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.
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.
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.
IT TEAM OF THE YEAR
An IT team, led by a woman, that has delivered real value – with tangible business results – to a company. Judges will look at projects and achievements, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
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.
SPECIALIST INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
Open to both male and females who have made a significant impact on the Silicon Valley venture capital market within the last year, showing support for female founded companies and women in technology communities.
START UP OF THE YEAR
Any female-founded technology business, irrespective of size, that has been trading for more than one year but less than three years (as of May 2018).
TRANSFORMATION LEADER 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.