One week until nominations open – who will you nominate? | WeAreTheCity’s 2022 Rising Star Awards

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Just one week to go until nominations open for the 2022 Rising Star Awards!

Now in its eighth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Our strategic goal, set in 2015, aims to showcase 1,000 outstanding women by 2025. By highlighting the accolades of these women, WeAreTheCity are not only promoting the amazing female talent that exists across the UK, but actively encouraging organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise these women as leaders of tomorrow and individual contributors to their respective industries.

These awards will recognise and celebrate a further 100 female individual contributors from over 20 different industries that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. These winners will join our award’s alumni of 750 previous winners, across the UK and India.

We are now once again inviting you to nominate an amazing woman, champion, man or company. The nominations process for all categories, our Rising Star Champions, Global Award for Achievement, Company of the Year and Men for Gender Balance Awards open on 10 January 2022. Nominations will take place online via the Rising Stars website.

For details of the criteria to enter the awards, visit here.

The process

Nominations will open online on 10 January via the Rising Stars’ website. Nominations will close after a eight week period on 08 March.

A shortlist of ten women from each industry category and ten from the Champion, Global Award for Achievement and Men for Gender Balance categories, alongside three shortlisted companies for the Company of the Year award, will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges. Once the shortlist is announced, we will also open the public votes of support, which enables individuals to show their support for a specific shortlisted individual.

All winners will be announced in May 2022 and will be invited to celebrate at a prestigious award’s ceremony on 13 July 2022.

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Alongside our Rising Star categories, we are also calling for nominations for Champions, Men for Gender Balance, a Company of the Year, and Global Award for Achievement.

Our Champion award recognises the achievements of five senior individuals, male or female, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their day job. Nominations for this award are individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to gender, eg HeForShe supporters, Network Leaders, Directors, MD’s or C-Suite individuals who are championing women either inside or outside their organisations.

Our Men for Gender Balance award recognises the achievements of five senior men who are championing women and gender balance either inside or outside their organisation. Nominees must be at least Director level (or equivalent) or above, must demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities and must be working in the UK.

The Company of the Year award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting its female talent pipeline through their initiatives, training, development programmes and internal employee relations and diversity network groups.

The Global Award for Achievement category expands our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within any industry, outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Start preparing your nomination now! Download our nomination forms below:

DOWNLOAD OUR NOMINATION FORMS

Awards Nominations Tips and Tricks with Vanessa Valley OBE

Have you ever looked at WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards and thought about entering? Have you ever seen the winners announced and thought, next year I am going to enter those awards!

Well before you pen your nomination, you might want to join us behind the scenes for this awards nomination tips and tricks, session with founder and serial awards judge, Vanessa Vallely OBE.

During this session Vanessa will explain:

  • Why awards can help raise your profile and give you a platform to do more
  • Why Rising Stars are different to other awards
  • Top tips for constructing a powerful, concise and impactful nomination
  • Insights in to what a judge looks for when they are reading awards nominations
  • Why you should pay it forward and nominate others
  • The beauty of self-nominations

Award’s timeline

Nominations open
10 January 2022

Nominations close
08 March 2022

Shortlist announced & public vote opens
26 April 2022

Voting closes
10 May 2022

Shortlist celebration
19 May 2022

Winners announced
24 May 2022

Winner’s celebration event
13 July 2022

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Join WeAreTechWomen for our 2021 Virtual Holiday Party on 16 December!

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WeAreTechWomen would like to invite you our 2021 Virtual Holiday Party!

Join us in our virtual networking world for a drink at the bar, a dance on the dance floor, and a catch-up in the lounge.

We hope you can join us to catch up with friends and colleagues, and also make new connections. There is no awkwardness of breaking in to a conversation in our virtual world, you can just rock up to anyone on the platform and say hello.

Our final virtual networking session of 2021 takes place on 16 December from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

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Join us as we walk through the global networking platform, how it works, and some of the amazing features on offer.

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TECHWOMEN100 ALUMNI EVENT FEATURED

26/11/2021: TechWomen100 Alumni | Durham University Learning Event

WeAreTechWomen are commited to supporting our TechWomen100 Alumni, and once again, in partnership with Durham University, we are providing them with the opportunity to attend a complementary full day seminar.

In this interactive virtual workshop, there are four sessions designed to help you further your understanding on certain tech topics and get the most out of your career. Plus there is a chance to hear Professor Sue Black’s story and ask her questions!

The session topics include Sentiment Analysis, Bias in Artificial Intelligence and Making the Most Out of LinkedIn.

All the sessions draw on Durham’s world-class research and teaching. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions, as well as some short individual exercises to help you to get the most out of the workshop.

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10:00 – Intro to the day with Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen

10.05 – Welcome from Professor Gordon Love, Head of Department of Computer Science, Durham University

10.10 – ‘If I can do it, so can you’ plus Q&A with Professor Sue Black OBE, Award-Winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert

10.40 – Break

10.50 – Session 1 – A world full of surprises: Bayesian theory of surprise to quantify degrees of uncertainty with Dr Nelly Bencomo

11.20 – Session 2 – Sentiment Analysis with Professor Alexandra Cristea

12.20 – Lunch & Networking

13:20 – Welcome back

13:25 – Session 3 – Maklng the most of Linkedin with Duncan McDonald

14:10 – Session 4 – The Bias and Ethics of AI with Dr Noura Al-Moubayed

14:55 – Wrap-Up

15:00 – End

Professor Sue Black OBE

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Professor Gordon Love

Professor Gordon Love is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. He has overseen the tripling in size of the department over the last 5 years – both in terms of staff and students, and has really put an emphasis on gender diversity and promoting more women to come and study computer science and enter careers in tech. He is a physicist by background and his research is on optics and vision science.

Alexandra Cristea

Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Deputy Head, Director of Research and Head of the Artificial Intelligence in Human Systems research group in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. She is Advisory Board Member at the Ustinov College, N8 CIR Digital Humanities team lead for Durham. She is Honorary Professor at the Computer Science Department, Warwick University.

Noura Al-Moubayed

Dr Al Moubayed is an Assistant Professor at the department of computer science in Durham University. Her main research interest is in explainable machine learning, natural language processing, and Bias in AI. She develops machine learning and deep learning solutions in the areas of healthcare, social signal processing, cyber-security, and Brain-Computer Interfaces. All of which involve high dimensional, noisy and imbalance data challenges. She leads on multiple projects in collaboration with different industrial partners with a team of over 10 researchers. I was ranked amongst the top 20 women in AI in the UK by RE•WORK 2019.

Duncan McDonald

Duncan McDonald is the Internships and Industry Manager for Durham University’s Computer Science department, managing relationships with a number of local and global firms to aid the recruitment of the University’s students and alumni. He has over 8 years of Business Development and Relationship Management experience within the HE sector and holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Sunderland, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of Derby

Dr Nelly Bencomo

Dr Nelly Bencomo exploits the interdisciplinary aspects of software engineering, comprising both technical and human concerns while developing techniques for intelligent, autonomous and highly distributed systems. She is an Associate Professor in the CS Department at Durham University. Earlier, Nelly was a Senior Lecturer (equiv. Associate Professor) in the Computer Science Department at Aston University. From September 2020, she is also the PI of the EPSRC Twenty20Insight research project.

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As part of their wider Ada Lovelace Day celebrations, Finding Ada are running three FREE webinars.

Join Finding Ada's webinars to hear from some amazing women in STEM having conversations around the Science of Hypersleep; Fusing Tech & Art in Games; and Engineering - Solving Problems for Real People.

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Ada Lovelace Day 2021- The Science of Hypersleep

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Fusing Tech & Art in Games

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Engineering - Solving Problems for Real People

Join us for a fascinating discussion about engineering challenges and opportunities. Engineering is the science of problem solving, but the scale of global challenges like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic can diminish our awareness of engineering’s impact on individual people. How are engineers addressing these issues? And how are these engineering solutions affecting our communities?

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We explore the science of hybernation to ask, is hypersleep possible?

Hypersleep is a common theme in science fiction, but what does science have to say about putting humans into suspended animation? This discussion will focus on the realities of hypersleep and will ask questions such as: What can we learn from hibernating animals? What’s the difference between hibernation and sleep? What health impacts would extended hypersleep have?

Ada Lovelace Day and The Clarke Award invite you to join science fiction author Anne Charnock, sleep and memory expert Prof Gina Poe, Prof Kelly Drew, who studies hibernation in squirrels, and Dr Anusha Shankar who studies torpor in hummingbirds, for a discussion of whether hypersleep in humans is possible.

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#TechFT Live is the Financial Times’ first technology summit, taking place virtually, alongside Europe’s leading tech festival, the TNW Conference.

Across two days and 20+ hours of exclusive FT curated content, #TechFT Live will explore new ways to harness what we have learned about digitisation amid lockdowns and provide insight on the key technology trends for the year ahead.

Alongside the FT’s expert commentators and 30+ industry-leading speakers, this summit will gather over 2,000 leading business innovators and policymakers to explore key issues including, the evolution of quantum, the ethics of AI, shifting market alliances, the sustainability of digital, and emerging global tech hotspots.

Join us at FT’s inaugural tech summit on 30 September – 1 October and get full digital access to the TNW Conference. Discover how technology is transforming business and society.

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Recommended Event: 05/10/2021: The Future of Work: Digital | FT Live

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Achieving more productive, efficient and meaningful interactions through innovative workplace technologies

The evolution of working practices hinges on the availability and adoption of new technologies. As a result of the pandemic, many organisations have fast-tracked their plans, adapting quickly to implement new technologies that can ensure effective communication and collaboration in a crisis.

But as the ‘new normal’ becomes ‘normal’, digital strategy needs to be iterated to keep up with the fast pace of technological change. The need for new investment and innovation must be balanced with equally pressing financial concerns, all the while maintaining business continuity through the uncertainty. Technology leaders, and their teams, will continue to be instrumental in reshaping the new world of work.

Key themes include:

  • Omnichannel Workplace – What does the next generation ‘Omnichannel workplace’ look like?
  • Privacy and Security – Addressing the associated privacy and security concerns of increasingly dispersed workforces.
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Women in tech: There's still time to tell us about your career & the challenges you face!

Calling all women in tech – there’s still time to tell us about your career and the challenges you face!

WeAreTechWomen have partnered with leading research firm, Ipsos MORI & Tech Talent Charter to conduct a survey to discover the barriers faced by women working in technology.

You have until 10 September 2021 to get your responses in and help us to understand how you feel as a woman in tech and the challenges you face around career progression.

A summary of the survey results will be published alongside a set of recommendations to organisations to help them to understand these challenges and to think about how they can put in to place initiatives to support the career progression of their female technologists.

The survey responses are anonymous and your data will not be shared publicly.

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Nominations are now open

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are now open until 10 September 2021.

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Calling all women in tech! We want to hear about you and your career

Calling all women in tech – we want to hear about you and your career!

WeAreTechWomen have partnered with leading research firm, Ipsos MORI & Tech Talent Charter to conduct a survey to discover the barriers faced by women working in technology.

The results of this survey will enable us to understand how you feel as a woman in tech and the challenges you face around career progression.

A summary of the survey results will be published alongside a set of recommendations to organisations to help them to understand these challenges and to think about how they can put in to place initiatives to support the career progression of their female technologists.

The survey responses are anonymous and your data will not be shared publicly.


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TechWomen100 Awards 2021

One week to go until nominations open | TechWomen100 Awards 2021

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Just one week to go until nominations open for the TechWomen100 Awards 2021.

It is no secret that the technology industry lacks female representation at all levels. Women make up just 17 per cent of the industry. There are some fantastic awards for women working in tech, however, most of these focus on senior women.

Whilst we feel it is extremely necessary to highlight senior and influential women, we also believe the pipeline of female technologists need a platform to shine.

This is why the TechWomen100 Awards were created. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

The awards also feature a “Global Award for Achievement” category, to help expand our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within the tech industry outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2021 awards are kindly powered by Goldman Sachs and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Ipsos Mori, Oliver Wyman, and OpenFin.

The process

Nominations open online on 02 August via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a six-week period on 10 September.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three Champions, Global Award of Achievement, Companies and Networks.

The shortlist will then be published and we will also open the TechWomen100 individual category for public votes of support.

Winners will be announced in November and celebrated at a virtual award’s ceremony on 08 December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Global Award of Achievement, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Award’s timeline

Nominations open
02 August 2021

Nominations close
10 September 2021

Shortlist announced & public vote opens
25 October 2021

Voting closes
05 November 2021

Winners announced
15 November 2021

Winner’s celebration event  (virtual)
08 December 2021


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