Nominations are open for the Women in IT Awards UK 2021, and the first deadline is approaching. The event, which celebrates the achievements of women in technology, carries more weight this year considering the growing digital skills gap and the impact of COVID-19 on women and working mothers.
What the awards does
The aim is to highlight role models that are making the tech sector a more inclusive place. Each year, new awards categories are introduced in pace with changing market developments, roles, and responsibilities.
Acknowledging these role models could inspire the next generation of tech professionals and “build a united community of change-makers” committed to making the sector better reflect the diversity of the real world.
Why the awards are important
With the pandemic bringing digital transformation forward, the economy needs upskilled employees in various tech-related areas to fill positions; however, organisations must ensure women and ethnic-minorities get a chance.
Currently, in Europe, only 17% of ICT (information and communications technology) specialists are women, while those in the sector earn 19% less than men.
Aside from the social and moral necessity for creating a truly diverse and inclusive tech workforce, diverse teams are more likely to connect with customers and create the goods and services they want.
Women in IT Awards UK categories
- Advocate of the Year
- Board Director of the Year
- CIO of the Year
- CTO of the Year
- Data Leader of the Year
- DEI Initiative of the Year
- Digital Transformation Leader of the Year
- Education and Training Initiative of the Year
- Employer of the Year (up to 250 employees)
- Employer of the Year (over 250 employees)
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Innovator of the Year
- IT Team of the Year (led by a woman)
- Male Ally of the Year
- Next Generation Leader of the Year
- Outstanding Contribution of the Year
- Returner of the Year
- Security Leader of the Year
- Tech for Good Award of the Year
- Woman of the Year
Nominations close on the 16th of April 2021. The winners will be revealed in a virtual ceremony on 24 June 2021. We accept self-nominations or you can nominate an individual or organisation. Nominate Now.