NOMINATION GUIDELINES

 

Nominations for the Women in IT Awards Toronto are open!

 

Who can nominate for these Awards? 

You can nominate yourself or your colleagues/peers. Do include performance information that the judges can verify when needed. 

 

How do I nominate? 

You can nominate in as many categories as you deem appropriate.

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. You should submit an essay style submission which should be 400-600 words. 

The more factual information and stats you can provide for any of these questions, the better your chances on being a finalist on the shortlist. The submission should cover achievements in the day-to-job as well as prove advocacy of gender diversity. 

 

Is there any cost involved? 

There is no cost to enter for the awards. There is a cost if you wish to attend the awards dinner. This also applies to people who are shortlisted. As all nominees who wish to attend need to purchase a ticket.

If you are shortlisted and for some reason cannot attend the the dinner, it will NOT affect your chances of winning the award you are shortlisted for. 

 

Who judges the submissions? 

An independent panel of judges will consider each nomination and vote on the winners for each category 2-4 weeks before the awards gala dinner. 

 

Who shall I contact if I have any more questions? 

Please take a look at our FAQ’s if you have any more questions.

If you need further assistance please contact us via email: event.ops@bonhillplc.com

 

When is the deadline for the nominations?

The last day to submit your nominations is August 30th 2019

 

Award and Summit tickets are sold separately.

If you are shortlisted for the Women in IT Awards, you will be invited to attend the gala event on November 21st and will need to purchase a ticket to attend. This is not mandatory and attendance does NOT affect your chances of winning an award. 

AWARDS CATEGORIES

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

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 examine demonstrations of leadership and business achievements as well as examples of 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.

CTO OF THE YEAR

A female CTO 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.

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.

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.

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.

SECURITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

A female IT security professional who has demonstrated outstanding work in progressing the industry and/or protecting the company from cyber threats.

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.

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. Chosen by the judges.