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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Chi Onwurah as special guest speaker at the TechWomen100 Awards


Chi Onwurah MP641_1WeAreTheCity are proud to announce that Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation, Chi Onwurah, will speak at the TechWomen100 2018 winners' celebration.

Onwurah will join the winners, the judging panel, corporate sponsors and supporters in an inspiring evening and celebration of female talent.

Speaking about the awards, Onwurah said, “It gives me great pleasure to support this year’s WeAreTechWomen awards."

"As an engineer before entering Parliament, I know only too well the great potential there is for women in Tech, and the significant barriers there are too."

"These awards shine a light on amazing cohort of inspirational female future leaders in tech, companies who are supporting their pipeline and champions and networks who are going above and beyond."

"By recognising the achievements of these individuals, we are not only showcasing the phenomenal array of tech talent in the UK, but we are also encouraging others to follow in their footsteps."

"I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all winners and look forward to celebrating with them in January."

From September 2015 to October 2016, Chi was Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy. From January 2013 to September 2015, Chi was Shadow Cabinet Office Minister leading on cyber security, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government and transparency.

From October 2010 to January 2013, Chi was Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure working closely with the Science and business community, with industry on Broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM.

Prior to Chi’s election to Parliament in May 2010, she worked as Head of Telecom's Technology at the UK regulator Ofcom focussing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks.

Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. Chi is also Vice President of the Party of European Socialists (PES), and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET) and the City & Guilds of London Institute (FCGI).

WeAreTheCity would also like to take this opportunity to thank Worldpay, Accenture, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Deloitte, NewsUK, and Sky for sponsoring the TechWomen100 awards.

Catherine Schlieben, HR Director Group Operations and Talent Acquistion, Worldpay, said, "I am delighted that Worldpay is continuing to support the TechWomen100 awards this year and that it's now 100 and not just 50!"

"There are so many women out there in a wide variety of technical positions with fantastic expertise that we want to recognise and provide inspiration to others and this is a great forum to do that."

"I was so impressed last year with the backgrounds and achievements of all the winners and am looking forward to seeing our entrants this year."

On Monday 10 December, WeAreTechWomen announced the winners of the 2018 TechWomen100 Awards. You can view all of our winners’ here.

Since September 2018, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for the future generations of tech talent.

In its second year, the awards were entered by over 500 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland and judged by a panel of 16 industry experts. Over 30,000 public votes of support were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees.

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100 female engineers, mathematicians and scientists gather at Houses of Parliament

BCS Women at Houses of ParliamentOver 100 female engineers, mathematicians and scientists from across the UK recently gathered for an event at the Houses of Parliament.

The World Engineer Reception was hosted by Jeremy Corbyn MP and Chi Onwurah MP to celebrate women in engineering and the contribution they make. The event also aimed to discuss ways that the UK can attract and retain more women in the sector.

11 senior women from BCS The Chartered Institute for IT attended the event.

Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen and one of the attendees said: “Encouraging diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is vital for the UK. In the technology profession, women account for just 16% of the workforce. Women are prolific users of technology, we need them to also be involved in its development and deployment to ensure that tomorrow's technical solutions include innovations by (and for) women users.

“Also, employers need to be able to recruit from the widest pool of available talent,  so we really need to make sure that girls and women realise that there are fantastic career options available to them in STEM, and that employers realise that, as Jeremy Corbyn MP, said last night, 'Women can do anything they put their minds to' “.

Chi Onwurah MP, a Chartered Electrical Engineer, was present at the event and told attendees how 25 years after starting out on her career as an engineer the proportion of women engineers remained exactly the same. Onwurah said the challenge of gender stereotyping still needs to be tackled.

At the event she called for all tech companies to adopt a Women in Tech Charter, similar to a Women in Finance Charter.