Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast on 'The Wonder of Wearables' with Marija Butkovic, Women of Wearables

She Talks Tech - The Wonder of Wearables

Today we hear from Marija Butkovic, Founder and CEO of Women of Wearables.

Once considered a niche market, femtech is one of the fastest growing health industries, estimated to reach $50 billion by 2025.

With the surge of innovations in fertility, menstrual health, sexual health, pregnancy, menopause, Marija discusses how the rise of the women in tech movement has led to women building femtech products that solve real problems using technology as an enabler.

Marija shares insights on how the tech industry is delivering next generation solutions to female health issues that were neglected and under-researched for far too long.

If you want to find out more about Marija, you can connect with her on LinkedIn or visit www.womenofwearables.com

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‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2021.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 17 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

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TECHWOMEN100 - Nominations Closed

Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2021 TechWomen100 Awards

TechWomen100 Nominations Closed

Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen’s 2021 TechWomen100 Awards.

A shortlist of 200 women will now be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published in October.

The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final 100 winners will then take place with independent judges. The TechWomen100 Award winners will be announced on 15 November and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony to celebrate on 08 December 2021.

For the TechWomen100 awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 15 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the tech landscape.

On behalf of WeAreTechWomen, our sponsors and nominees, we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to the female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the TechWomen100 awards in 2020.

Judging the TechWomen100 Awards is no easy task - discover our amazing judges!

MEET THE JUDGES

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.

Remaining timeline

  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens – 25 October 2021
  • Voting closes – 11 November 2021
  • Winners announced – 15 November 2021
  • Winner’s celebration event – 08 December 2021

*There is no public vote of support for the Champion, Global Award for Achievement, Network and Company categories

If you have any additional questions about the awards, please contact [email protected]. For further details about the awards, please click here.

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Vacancy Spotlight: Mid Level Developer | System1Group

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System1Group’s drive to discover breakthrough marketing solutions guaranteed to help their clients grow more (and waste less) has led to them being voted the “Most Innovative Agency” by clients and agencies alike for six of the past seven years:

  • System1Group have been the first to champion the predictive accuracy, cost & speed advantages of online research.
  • They’re also the first to use online’s interactive and recursive capability, to automatically capture and structure any number of open-ended consumer responses. Since 2000, System1’s MindReader has been used 50m times collecting over 100m open responses.
  • They are the first to champion the accuracy of Predictive Markets (wisdom of crowds) and validate its ability to better predict the market potential of our clients’ new product ideas. Since 2004 we have successfully assessed the market potential of over 50,000 innovations.
  • Finally, System1Group are the first to create an online measure of emotion and validate that a consumers’ feelings about a brand and its marketing are the best predictor of their market potential.

System1 is an ambitious business. Their objective is to continue to spearhead our industry’s change agenda. This innovative and entrepreneurial spirit has led to more major new global launches for this year that will change the way Marketing Leaders approach Market Research:

  • The first to launch a service that will test every single Ad that runs on Television in the UK and USA. System1 Ad Ratings will be online and subscription based and will provide predictive next day ratings for any new ad – and past 12 months advertising performance – for any brand or company. We are predicting this will become the industry standard – and a “must have” tool for every marketing leader in the world.
  • The first to launch a better, cheaper faster way for clients to test earlier, more often, more accurately than ever before. The System1 Creative Guidance System is a new Research & Strategic Guidance tool that has been specifically designed to be flexible enough to fit with any client’s existing advertising development process.

Becoming part of our team

System1 are looking for a talented and experienced person to join their IT Team as a Front-End Developer responsible for helping them build beautiful and intuitive user interfaces for use by customers and staff, showing passion, pride and commitment in your work.

  • Are you up for working in a fast-paced, Agile environment?
  • Can you be responsible for the hands-on development of great looking, intuitive web based applications using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS all using the latest technologies?
  • Will you participate in the full system lifecycle including analysis, planning, implementation, testing, documentation, and deployment?
  • Are you passionate about implementing clean, responsive and lag-free user interfaces? Do you want to work for a company that offers huge potential, emphasizes fun and recognizes and rewards hard work.
  • At the heart of your work is designing software that looks great and performs well.
  • You will recognise as we do that great UI is key component of delivering outstanding UX to our customers?

Do you want to be part of the Revolution at System1? If so, what would you be doing..?

  • Develop and test systems within an Agile delivery approach that supports incremental development of high-quality, fully tested application component delivery every 2 weeks
  • Conduct acceptance testing, load testing, unit testing, troubleshooting, and performance tuning as required
  • Actively participate in the full system lifecycle including analysis, planning, implementation, testing, documentation, and operation
  • Participate in code reviews
  • Create and maintain software documentation
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • Technical implementation of designs and business logic.
  • Work closely with other teams, including design and backend engineering.
  • Make on-the-fly changes to improve user flow.

You need to be this kind of person…

  • Organised and self-motivated team player
  • Clear communicator with problem-solving skills.
  • Have a keen eye for design and intuitive user experience.
  • Ability to champion new ideas and develop new approaches.
  • Excellent problem solver with an attention to detail without getting lost in it.

You need to have the following experience

  • Minimum of 3+ years as a Developer
  • C# / .net Core
  • Entity-Framework
  • MSSQL

Nice to haves

  • React, Redux, Typescript, D3, NPM Webpack
  • Scrum
  • JIRA, Wiki experience
  • Cross browser coding best practices
  • Unit Testing
  • HTML5, CSS

Location

Havant, UK.

System1Group have an established Hybrid flexible working policy. Successful candidates will have a requirement to attend the Havant office once a fortnight for team meetings and project planning and work remotely within the UK outside of this time.

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Isabel Chapman

TechWomen100: What happened next for Isabel Chapman

Isabel Chapman

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Isabel Chapman, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Isabel is a communications expert who has worked with young people, parents and disadvantaged, isolated communities for the last twelve years in various settings, including the Criminal Justice System, Peabody Housing Association, the Charity Sector and inner-city schools and estates.

Isabel has extensive experience and specialises in increasing access to opportunities through technology, co-creation of technology tools, demystifying technology, platforming the voices and experiences of those who are often forgotten and hard to reach.

Isabel has expertise in managing multi-stakeholders campaigns and programmes across the private and public sectors, focusing on social change, inequality and youth violence. In 2013 Isabel managed and coordinated The Oii My Size Campaign, which was awarded the Nominet Award for ‘Making the Internet a Safer Place.’ The Oii My Size campaign is an educational, youth-led website about the consequences and legalities of sexting. Isabel worked with The Pixel Parlour to support the campaigners to harness the power of technology to create social change, and empower young people with knowledge about the sharing of sexual images and information about a relatively new social issue. In 2013, in line with the change in the law to include 16 and 17 year old in the Domestic Abuse Victim definition, Isabel worked with Peabody Domestic Abuse lead and the Oii My Size group again to create a young person-specific webpage ‘What Is Normal?’ on the website, to allow young people to access reliable information online about Relationships and Domestic Abuse.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was delighted and quite surprised to have been announced in the TechWomen100 award, to be honest. It was a huge accolade and a real sign of encouragement that I might not have had a conventional path into it, but that I do in fact work in Tech. The TechWomen100 Awards evening was one of the most amazing evenings, especially considering the next few months have been followed by the lockdown.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

At the start of the lockdown in March 2020, along with Alex Baker who I support at Battersea Power Station with the Education Programme across Wandsworth (usually for one day a week pre-lockdown), we set up Power To Connect and I became a Director of the initiative, which has now been developed into a Community Interest Company. This was a direct response to the COVID19 Pandemic, where local schools shared with us that they were previously unaware of how many of their pupils and families were without laptops, tablets and wifi at home. This was a huge barrier for families and schools trying to engage in homeschooling across the lockdown.

In partnership, Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station launched the Power to Connect initiative. With a two-pronged approach, the project tackles digital poverty through data vouchers and laptops. The first was for Battersea Power Station Foundation to make a donation of £10,000 towards £10 data top-up vouchers for families on Pay As You Go systems on their mobile phones. The donation was made to the Council’s school meal voucher app as we identified most of the families struggling with access to data were also recipients of free school meals.

The second approach has been the campaign to encourage donations of old, working laptops/tablets. Launched in April 2020, Power to Connect has collected over 300 devices from local members of the community, refurbished them as Google Chromebooks and donated them to 36 local schools, guided by the Council’s Free School Meals Deprivation Data. Schools identify who the vulnerable families are who would benefit most from a laptop, and provide the devices for the families to keep, to support homeschooling.

Local volunteers were recruited via Social Media and through local community partners. Volunteers have been sought to provide IT specialism in repurposing the donated computers at the ROSE Community Club in Nine Elms, cleaning and checking devices; delivery/collection of the devices from the donors from across London, and delivering updated devices to schools and community groups.

  • 332 Devices donated to Power To Connect in total
  • 100 Donated by Corporate Partners
  • 80 Donated by Local Councils
  • 300 Updated Chromebook Devices delivered to Schools and Community Organisations since April 2020 in Wandsworth
  • 259 Laptops / 41 Tablets  / 2 iMAC Desktops / 8 iPhones all donated locally
  • 185 Devices Delivered to 36 schools
  • 48 Volunteers Signed Up as IT, Logistics and Transport Volunteers
  • 4 community organisations in Wandsworth benefitted – FAST London, Carney’s Community, Katherine Low Settlement and Waste Not Want Not (food poverty programme). Devices that are unable to be updated have been recycled locally

My role has been to oversee the setup and delivery of Power To Connect, coordinating all donations, volunteers and distribution of the Chromebook laptops. The TechWomen100 Award absolutely gave me the confidence to put myself forward as one of the founders and directors of Power To Connect. Access to laptops and data for families has been a passion of mine since working at #techmums; Power To Connect has allowed me to hopefully make a lasting impact on local families during the pandemic.

I have also helped to move Battersea Power Station Community Choir onto Zoom, helping over 70 choir members with rehearsing online and using Zoom for the first time, hosting virtual training sessions, as well as coordinating a top-secret project, where the choir remotely recorded a song with Sting, who lives at the Power Station. The choir meeting Sting and the song can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB8i2Kt9eaY / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MydHpXq-Quo

At the end of February 2020, I was invited to speak at the University of Leeds, where I studied to talk about the TechWomen100 Award and being self-employed in the creative industries.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

My advice would be to put yourself forward, this process has taught me how the outdated and fixed ideas people have in their minds about what the Tech Sector and who works in it, needs to be challenged to make it more accessible for a diverse range of people.

Since the start of my career developing apps, websites and online campaigns with young people, I did not identify as working in Tech, even though Digital Innovation was a core part of all of my work.

I’d met some amazing mentors through the TechWomen100 process and I feel as if this is just the beginning for a really exciting part of my career, so I am very grateful to WeAreTheCity for the opportunity.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

I think opportunities often evolve, they don’t arrive at your door fully formed. Events, courses, coffees, small pieces of work, or even an email, can lead to new opportunities, so where you can, put yourself out there. A lot of people like to talk a lot, but I prefer to get on and do things, making things happen quickly and responding to need. I’ve found being open-minded, reliable and working hard usually leads to new opportunities.

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TechWomen100

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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WeAreTechWomen launch partnership with Speakers for Schools to inspire the next generation of technologists

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce a partnership with Speakers for Schools to inspire the next generation of technologists.

Speakers for Schools help young people access the top opportunities through free inspiring school talks and eye-opening onsite and virtual work experience.

As part of this partnership, WeAreTechWomen and Speakers for Schools will be hosting an event – “What does working in Technology look like?” – on 02 November.

The event will bring together an amazing array of WeAreTechWomen’s award’s community with girls and young women, to help encourage them into STEM and technology careers.

The super-talented technologists, from across gaming, special effects, climate change, cybersecurity, web design, artificial intelligence, engineering, space technology and more, will share their career stories and advice.

During the event, there will be the opportunity to pose questions to our experts and to find out what a career in technology really looks like.

Vanessa Vallely OBESpeaking about the partnership, Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen, said, “WeAreTechWomen are delighted to be partnering with Speakers for Schools to encourage more young people to consider careers in technology.”

“Our children’s tech conference will showcase the career stories of ten of our previous TechWomen100 Award winners and enable over 200 children to find out what it is really like to work in technology.”

“I am exceptionally proud to be partnering with Speakers for Schools and to be able to provide a platform for our award-winning role models to pay it forward and  inspire the next generation of technologists.”

Jason ElsomJason Elsom, Chief Executive Officer, Speakers for Schools added, “We are delighted to partner with WeAreTechWomen on this brilliant event.”

“In a world that is increasingly digitalised, there are a growing number of exciting job opportunities in the technology sector, but as they are less traditional by nature, young people can be less familiar with the career paths available.”

“Partnerships like this ensure we connect young women to careers in dynamic industries, no matter what background or circumstance.”

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people into the industry.”

Discover more about Speakers for Schools below

Have you ever wondered how apps are made or how social media platforms are built? Have you ever seen computer generated images in movies and wondered how they did that?

Have you ever played a game online and questioned how those images were made or wondered how websites are built? The answer is technology – something we all use every hour of every day!

From buying tube tickets, to buying clothes online, Googling, making calls or sending messages. There are millions of technologists all over the world, in thousands of different jobs, who bring this technology to life. These individuals not only enable us to enjoy life through the use of technology,but they also build tech and systems that save lives and help solve big societal issues, like poverty and climate change.

Join Speakers for Schools and WeAreTechWomen as we take you on an incredible journey, where you will hear career stories from a group of super-talented technologists in gaming, special effects, climate change, cyber security, web design, artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering and space technology. The day will run from 10.30am-2pm on 2nd November. During this event there will be the opportunity to pose questions to our experts and to find out what a career in technology really looks like. What are you waiting for?

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What does working in Technology look like? WeAreTechWomen & Speakers for Schools event image

Have you ever wondered how apps are made or how social media platforms are built? Have you ever seen computer generated images in movies and wondered how they did that?

Have you ever played a game online and questioned how those images were made or wondered how websites are built? The answer is technology – something we all use every hour of every day!

From buying tube tickets, to buying clothes online, Googling, making calls or sending messages. There are millions of technologists all over the world, in thousands of different jobs, who bring this technology to life. These individuals not only enable us to enjoy life through the use of technology,but they also build tech and systems that save lives and help solve big societal issues,like poverty and climate change.

So would you like to work in tech? Do you want to change the world through technology? Are you an app developer just waiting to be the next millionaire? Or perhaps you are a future cybersecurity analyst that wants to work for MI5 one day!

Join Speakers for Schools and WeAreTechWomen as we take you on an incredible journey, where you will hear career stories from a group of super-talented technologists in gaming, special effects, climate change, cyber security, web design, artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering and space technology. The day will run from 10.30am-2pm on 2nd November. During this event there will be the opportunity to pose questions to our experts and to find out what a career in technology really looks like. What are you waiting for?

*Please note – to register for this event, your school/college must be registered on the S4S portal. They can sign up here.


Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual – a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 


Ivana Skerlikova

TechWomen100: What happened next for Ivana Skerlikova

Ivana SkerlikovaIn this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Ivana Skerlikova, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2020.

Ivana Skerlikova is a recent winner of the Tech Women Award and the Rising Star Award in IT Category. Her passion for technology started when she was 8 years old and got her first computer – it was love at first sight! Since then Ivana has pursued a career in IT with a strong background in green tech, delivery, sales enablement, and talent management.

Her favourite motto is ”in life be a warrior, not a worrier” so she decided to join the fight against climate change. She launched the Atos Green Network in 2018 to connect like minded people and use technology to drive positive sustainable change while also collaborating with environmental charities to share best practices to protect our oceans, lands, and natural habitats.

In addition, Ivana runs an annual tech-talk competition Atos X (over 12,000 global attendees) that aims to accelerate Digital Learning and Innovation and also develop junior talents working in the ICT sector. In her spare time, she is a Mental Health First Aider for fellow colleagues, supports STEM and D&I initiatives, and also mentors an inmate in one of London’s prisons through the ANTZ Junction.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

Surprisingly, my first thought was a negative one – I felt that this is not deserved that there are so many much more incredible women and men out there. Yes, you may recognise this thinking as ‘the imposter syndrome’’. My second thought was more in a form of a happy dance I performed in the middle of the living room 😊. And after that I felt on the top of the world (and immediately texted this great news to my family and supportive colleagues)!

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

I have been invited to give a presentation during the Tech Women Conference where I talked about how green technology can accelerate our journey to suitability and Net Zero. I have been super scared to do this but getting outside of your comfort zone is exactly what Tech Women 100 is all about!

I have landed my dream job and moved from healthcare into the sustainability field.

I have also been promoted and moved to a director level role, working as the Global Decarbonization Director (and I absolutely LOVE my new role!)

I am now doing mentoring for other women in our UK&I organisation and also for some students from my high school back in Slovakia, encouraging more women into the tech industry.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to share your successes; you should own them and be proud of all your hard work.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

TechWomen100 is a great way to connect with other amazing like-minded professionals. Make sure you add them on your LinkedIn (yes, it takes a bit of time to add 100 people 😃 ) and reach out to them for a virtual coffee. You will get out of the process as much as you put in, so do not waste this great opportunity for personal growth, development and networking.


Discover what happened next for some of our other TechWomen100 winners:

Anahita Mahmoudi“It was a huge honour to receive an award in recognition of my work. Looking back, I feel this award was not for me, it was for all women; the activists, the doctors and nurses, the mothers and daughters, the teachers and students, who are not only excelling in their roles, but who are  recognising their power and giving something back to our industry and the wider community.

The more we learn about who we are and what we have to bring to our societies and communities, the more we achieve and change. In our present time, there is no job that women have not done and more women are becoming change makers. This for me is the beauty, the magic of our time!”

Anahita Mahmoudi, TechWomen100 Winner 2019

Carly Britton“Winning this award has provided me with some really great exposure. After winning this I went on and won Women in IT Awards Advocate of the Year 2020. I have been featured as one of 5 Inspirational Women in IT in Interface Magazine. I have been asked to speak at events and be a part of panel discussions. It has been an amazing year so far with lots of exciting things in the pipeline.”

Carly Britton, TechWomen100 Winner 2019

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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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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.

SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

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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.

CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS

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

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.

Nominations close at 23:59 (BST) on 10 September 2021. Don’t miss your chance to nominate amazing women, Champions, Networks and Companies!

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What happened next for our TechWomen100 alumni?


Hear from our TechWomen100 alumni about what they’ve achieved since winning the award, how it’s helped them progress and why you should nominate an amazing woman

Tribeni Chougule | Head of Change Management, Visa Finance (Europe)

Shruti Ajitsaria | Partner and head of Fuse at AllenOvery

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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TechWomen100: What happened next for Rachel Pattinson

Rachel Pattinson

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Rachel Pattinson, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2020.

I manage digital research and social innovation programmes at Newcastle University, as part of Open Lab, a world-leading research group in interaction design and ubiquitous computing.

I’m responsible for managing the strategic management and operational delivery of the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics (£4.7million) and the Digital Economy Research Centre (£4million). These programmes are training and supporting researchers to explore how emerging digital technologies can promote civic engagement. From 2020, I will also be managing Newcastle University and Northumbria University’s Centre for Digital Citizens (EPSRC: £3.7million), co-ordinating the programme’s network of over 30 partners.

Outside of my paid employment, I am a director and trustee of award-winning theatre company, Mortal Fools.

I moved into a technology role in 2019. Working on interdisciplinary digital programmes connects with my broader professional interests in education, arts and culture, libraries and information, charities, and working with children and young people. I am interested in exploring how technology is changing the way we live, and how we can change technology.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

Surprised, and completely delighted! It was amazing to become a TechWomen100 winner after less than 18 months of working in a digital role. It’s an honour to be part of the TechWomen100 community, which includes so many incredible women working in the technology sector.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Well, quite a bit!

When I won the TechWomen100 award, I was just starting a Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship and MSc with Newcastle University Business School. I’ve now completed the first year, and I’m on track to complete the programme in late 2022.

I also started managing a new digital programme at Newcastle University: the EPSRC Centre for Digital Citizens, a Next Stage Digital Economy Centre. Since the TechWomen100 awards, I successfully managed the launch of the programme and our initial work with partners – engaging around 70 different organisations.

I definitely think winning the award raised my professional profile. I was featured in blogs and social media posts by my employer, Newcastle University. I’ve been included in coverage by the BBC, Computing, and regional press too.

Winning the award also really made me think about gender equality in tech. I wrote a blog post exploring how we can support women in academic computing roles, and I also chaired a panel at the Dynamo North East conference on whether we need a regional women in tech network.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Go for it! I never thought I’d win – but it’s really helped my confidence.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

Talk to people, take risks, and follow your interests.

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TechWomen100

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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