Images from the We Are Tech 100 Awards, QE II Centre London 23Jan2020

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of their 2019 TechWomen100 awards on 23 January, at a prestigious ceremony at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London.

Over 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, Founder, Streets Consulting and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity; headline sponsors, Karin Rossi, J.P. Morgan; and our education partners, Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist, Speaker & Author and Professor Gordon Love, Durham University.

Kicking off the proceedings and inspiring the guests, Vallely said, “Let tonight’s awards be the platform you all spring from, to achieve more, to get your promotions, to help others thrive and be a beacon of light in the tech industry.”

Representatives of each of the award’s sponsors then invited winners to the stage, to collect their awards. Speakers praised the emerging talent within the room and called out for more women to put themselves forward for tech roles.

Debbie Forster MBE at the TechWomen100 Awards

To round off the evening, the Editors Choice Award was given to Debbie Forster MBE, Tech Talent Charter. Speaking of her award, Forster said, “I say this to every woman who carries the imposter, who feels that they don’t deserve to be here, we all deserve to be in the room, we all deserve to be here, and we’re going to change the world.”

To close the night, guests were treated to a performance from Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winners, Revelation Avenue, and invited to network, pose for photos against the TechWomen100 letters and celebrate their achievements.

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 future generations of tech talent.

Since August 2019, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. Now in its third year and with the support of headline sponsor J.P. Morgan, the awards received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. Over 40,000 public votes of support were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. In November, the shortlist was judged by our esteemed panel of judges who helped us identify our TechWomen100 winners.

You can find all of the winners here.

If you know an inspiring woman in tech then nominate them for a 2019 Rising Star Award in Digital, Technology or Science & Engineering!

Find out more about the awards here.