2022 Throwback | Website

2022 is nearly over and to celebrate the year gone by, WeAreTechWomen is taking a look back at our top moments.

This year, we have published over 2,000 articles on WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen; promoted over 500 learning events; and profiled over 500 women and men who shared their stories and experiences.

Our WeAreVirtual webinar series delivered 25 webinars from leading speakers, experts and coaches to a global audience of 25,000.

We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without our supporters. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported us this year. A huge thank you to our clients, sponsors, speakers, judges, partners, champions, advocates and above all, our community. We look forward to supporting you and your progression in 2023.

Check out what happened during our 2022 below:


We shook off the January blues by kicking off the year with a bang – announcing WeAreTheCity’s 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.

Don’t forget – nominations for our 2023 Rising Star Awards open on 16 January.


OneTechWorld featuredIn February, we invited you to attend the most exciting virtual women in tech conference of 2022!

Our 2022 One Tech World conference brought you the very best global virtual learning experience on a state-of-the-art conferencing platform. Our conference provided ample opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and what is innovating and disrupting the industry. We were blessed to be given time from some of the world’s finest speakers who joined us to share their wisdom and knowledge. We delivered innovative sessions on over 50 different areas of tech, with a side order of career development and ample networking opportunities.


WeAreBreakingTheBias 800x300In March, we celebrated Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, with the first day being held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

This year’s theme was #BreakTheBias – which looks actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it.

We marked the occasion by creating our #BreakTheBias campaign, where we shared the thoughts of over 100 leaders who are calling for societal change for women. Our campaign shared thoughts from  Helen Pankhurst CBE, Women’s Rights Campaigner and International Development Advisor , CARE International; Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Activist, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women in Leadership Publication; Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; Andrea Thompson, Editor-In-Chief, Marie Claire; and Claire Cohen, Women’s Editor & Associate Features Editor, The Telegraph, plus so many more incredible women.

March also saw the release of season four of the She Talks Tech podcast, kicking off with an episode from Mairi McHaffie on on ‘Fight, Flight and Unconscious Bias’.


In April, we hosted our second One Tech World virtual conference. The conference featured six stages of technology keynotes, career advice, fireside chats & much more.

Across the day, we heard from incredible high-profile speakers, including Ortis Deley, TV Presenter, DJ & Actor; Briony Chappell, Head of Digital, KISS FM; Vicki Lau, Visual Effects (VFX) Artist/Generalist, Virtual Reality (VR) Developer, TEDx speaker, Entrepreneur & Educator; Russ Shaw CBE, Founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates; Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter; Vanessa Sanyauke, Founder & CEO, Girls Talk London; Tabitha Goldstaub MBE, Co-Founder, CogX; Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer & Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US; Ann Hiatt, Leadership Strategist & Author of Bet On Yourself, to name a few.

April also saw us release our recommendations from our Barriers for Women in Tech research. Last year, WeAreTechWomen partnered with Ipsos MORI and the Tech Talent Charter to look at the barriers women face in the tech industry. You can view our recommendations from the research here.


Free training courses - WeAreTechWomen (800 × 600 px)May saw us launch our new ‘get into tech’ page, where we pulled together a number of great opportunities for those looking to learn new skills or wanting a career change.


In June, we celebrared International Women in Engineery Day, an international awareness campaign, which raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry.

This year’s theme was all about celebrating the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives and livelihoods every day.

Here at WeAreTechWomen, we believe that women have a rightful place in the engineering, and we will continue to help increase the representation of women in STEM and share a variety of voices and opinions – and never has it been more important!


WeAreTechWomen & Funding Circle - The Big Tech Meet Up 800x600In July, we hosted our event ‘the Big Tech Meetup – Raise Your Game and Speed Network‘, an action packed evening of career planning in the heart of the City of London.

The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by Funding Circle and was attend by over 50 women who work in various technology roles from across the UK.

Throughout the evening, our founder, Vanessa Vallely OBE explained how to excel in your career and shared her own experience as a woman in tech. She also explained the strategies and techniques she used to rise to the C-Suite.

The event also encouraged attendees to create connections with a facilitated speed network, allowing them to meet other women in tech and form support networks for the future.

WeAreTechWomen also honoured its incredible TechWomen100 alumni at a rooftop celebration.

TechWomen100 Alumni CelebrationKindly hosted by Goldman Sachs on their beautiful rooftop terrace, our TechWomen100 alumni were given the opportunity to network with each other, sponsors and judges and to celebrate their achievements.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WeAreTechWomen had to do things a little differently during 2020 and 2021 and hold a virtual award’s evening. The networking evening allowed our alumni to finally celebrate their achievements in-person.

During the evening, guests also heard from some inspiring speakers including WeAreTechWomen’s founder, Vanessa Vallely OBE and Vanessa Yiu, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs.

Nominations for our TechWomen100 Awards opened in July.

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.


In August, WeAreTechWomen announced Barclays as headline sponsor for our 2022 TechWomen100 Awards. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Barclays for their support for this year’s awards, their words of encouragement and for helping us to celebrate the achievements of amazing women.

August also saw us announce our brand new Level Up Summit. Just 17 per cent of tech workers in the UK are female, with even fewer in senior leadership – and our research with Tech Talent Charter and Ipsos Mori showed that one in five women are thinking of leaving the tech industry.  At WeAreTechWomen, we want to ensure that Women in Tech and the UK tech industry are successful today, tomorrow, and long into the future.

Also in August, we launched season five of our podcast. In the first episode of the season, we spoke with Funding Circle on the importance of male allyship.


In October, we announced our 2022 TechWomen100 shortlist.

This year we received more than 1,000 nominations over an eight-week period. Our incredible judges shortlisted 200 individuals who were announced across our social media channels in early October. The sharing of their shortlisting resulted in over 5 million visits to the WeAreTechWomen websites and over 30,000 votes of support from across the globe.

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. The TechWomen100 awards also celebrate women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

Winners collageA week later, we announced our finalists for this year’s awards.

This year’s winners include Johanna Waite, Programme Manager of the multi-award winning TechUP initiative, based at Durham University, which trains women from minority groups into tech careers; Isabel Straw, part time Emergency Doctor in the NHS who also completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at University College London (UCL), focusing on evaluating discriminatory biases in medical algorithms; Marie Hemingway, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Speak Out Revolution, a not-for-profit with a mission to cancel the culture of silence on harassment in the workplace; Dayo Akinrinade, who built a social audio app to democratise access to mentorship and create a diverse community centred on knowledge sharing; and Priyanka Gangishetty, Senior Azure Customer Engineer at Microsoft and ambassador for women in STEM.



Level Up Summit 2022On 06 December, WeAreTechWomen hosted their first-ever Level Up Summit for female technologists at the QEII Centre in Westminster.

The summit, proudly sponsored and supported by EY, saw over 600 in-person attendees and over 1,000 people online from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Sky, Visa, Barclays, Merkle, Bank of America, BT Group, Funding Circle, Natwest, Fidelity and many more.

The summit brought together incredible women and allies in the tech industry who were looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

In the evening, the Churchill Suite of the QEII underwent an incredible transformation, ready for us to celebrate over 100 remarkable women, male allies & companies at the TechWomen100 Awards Ceremony!

TechWomen100 2022 Ceremony, QEIIKindly hosted by QEII Centre, over 400 winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a three-course meal and champagne reception to toast the TechWomen100 finalists’ achievements. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity; headline sponsors, Amy Williams, Barclays; our charity partners, Tech She Can; and our education partners, Durham University. Attendees were also given the opportunity to network with each other, sponsors and judges and to celebrate their achievements.


View our event highlights from the day below:

Images from the Level Summit 2022

Level Up Summit 2022: Event Highlights

Techwomen100 2022 awards ceremony

TechWomen100 Awards Ceremony 2022: Event Highlights