Wise Awards 2016: Why we need more women in open source

WISE International Open Source Award – nominate now!

Christine Flounders, Regional Manager for Engineering, London, Bloomberg L.P.

Wise Awards LogoOrganizations with a diverse and inclusive workforce are statistically more likely to perform better financially than their less diverse peers, as their work reflects the needs and realities of real world users. This is certainly no different in software development.

I have seen first-hand how development teams that approach problems from different perspectives are more successful at spotting issues, tackling challenges, innovating and securing opportunities. But while the benefits of a diverse team are well documented for consumer products, such as health apps, they are often missed for applications that operate behind the scenes, powering businesses, financial markets, even entire economies.

Increasingly, these critical applications are being developed using open source software. Open source makes good business sense; by having many eyes looking at code, bugs can be found more quickly and better quality software can be developed, ultimately resulting in better, more secure products.

Yet these incredibly critical tools, frameworks and systems are generally being built by teams that are even less diverse than typical corporate software development teams. This is particularly troubling when you consider technology companies are increasingly looking for candidates with open source experience to fill top roles.

Addressing diversity in open source is critical to creating a more diverse technology industry as a whole. That is why Bloomberg is sponsoring the WISE International Open Source Award – to recognise those women who are already leaders in open source software projects, and to inspire others to join them.

We are looking for women who have had a meaningful impact in an open source software project. We also want to hear from women who have been visible contributors to their project in order to inspire others to get involved. Finalists will be asked to commit to an activity that helps get girls and women excited about careers in technology in the UK.

For more information and to make a nomination for the WISE Awards 2016, visit the website at https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/wise-awards/wise-awards-2016

The deadline for entries is 9.00am Friday 15 July 2016.


Nominations open for WISE Awards 2016 | New men’s category

Kayleigh Bateman

Nominations are now open for the WISE Awards 2016, which focuses on showcasing women in the science, technology and engineering sectors.

WISE Awards 2016The nominations are now open and the deadline for submissions is 9:00am on Friday 8 July 2016.

WISE has launched a new “WISE Man of the Year Award”, which is jointly sponsored by McKinsey and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

WISE describe the category as: “Recognising the crucial role men play in championing diversity and recognise their power to change workplace cultures and influence perceptions in order to make a bigger difference.”

Last year Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal, Patron of WISE, presented the winners with their trophies. She said: “We want to show every girl in this country and her family that she could have a wonderful future in science and engineering.”

Previous winners include Anna Shaw, Laboratory Analyst Apprentice, GlaxoSmithKline and winner of the WISE Apprentice Award 2014.

She said: “I chose the apprenticeship route because I enjoy having a full time job but wanted to really develop myself technically too. The Award means a lot to me because I was never pushed forward by teachers at school. I want to make it possible for all the younger generation of people who follow to do the same thing.”

The WISE Awards 2016 categories and sponsors are listed below:

WISE Rising Star Award – sponsored by Intel
For a girl or young woman studying or training in science, technology, engineering or mathematics whose achievements and passion have inspired others to follow in her footsteps. (Replaces WISE Girl and WISE Apprentice Awards)

WISE Hero Award – sponsored by Babcock
To celebrate the inspirational story of a woman using science, technology or engineering to make the world a better place.

WISE Health & Safety Award – sponsored by BAM Nuttall
For a woman who has improved health and safety within a science, technology, engineering, manufacturing or construction environment.

WISE Research Award – sponsored by Winton Capital
Celebrating cutting edge research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics - to show the contributions women are making to advances in scientific or other technical fields.

WISE International Open Source Award – sponsored by Bloomberg
This is an international award for female contributors to open source software projects, reflecting the global nature of the open source community and the tech sector at large. Finalists will be asked to commit to an activity that helps get girls and women excited about careers in technology.

WISE Tech Start-Up Award – sponsored by Goldman Sachs
For a woman who has used technology to set up, or helped set up, a successful business.We are looking for innovation in the business model, product or service, business model, or the way in which technology is used in the business.

WISE Employer Award – sponsored by AWE
For an employer who has adopted the Ten Steps or a similar framework and can demonstrate a positive impact on the recruitment, retention and progression of women in their organisation, through their supply chain and/or the wider industry.

WISE Impact Award – sponsored by Thales
For a project, campaign or initiative which has significantly increased the number of girls or women in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in the UK and could be replicated by others. We are looking for evidence of sustained change.

WISE Woman of the Year Award – sponsored by Rolls-Royce PLC
Celebrating the achievements of a woman in a leadership role in a science, technology or engineering industry.

WISE Man of the Year Award – jointly sponsored by McKinsey & The Royal Academy of Engineering
To recognise men who are championing gender diversity, using their influence to drive change in their own organisation and amongst their peers.