Women in IT Awards 2016 opens for nominations, launches careers day extension

'The response to the 2015 event was incredible and we can’t wait to further build its influence in tackling the industry’s gender imbalance'

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The UK’s leading women-in-technology initiative – the Women in IT Awards – is now accepting nominations for its 2016 ceremony.

The inaugural Women in IT Awards took place on 29 January 2015, celebrating the achievements of female IT professionals in front of 500 UK IT leaders at Park Lane’s Grosvenor House Ballroom.

Organiser Information Age announced today that the Awards will return – bigger than ever – in January 2016. All nominations can be submitted at womeninitawards.com – the deadline is 28 August 2015.

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Having gathered resounding support from trade associations, politicians and companies of all sizes and sectors, the event has emerged as the country’s largest and most influential women-in-technology initiative.

According to a recent study from employer body The Tech Partnership, which supports the event along with industry bodies BCS and techUK, just 16% of the IT industry is made up of women and the gender gap is worsening.

The event is also supported by Salesforce, Atos, CWJobs, EMC, eSkills for Jobs 2015, Fujitsu, Informed Solutions, O2, SoftwareAG, Zayo, and Hotwire PR.

Through a series of 13 awards, the event highlights the tremendous value that women can bring to IT roles and identifies much-need role models for girls, who make up just 18% of students on UK computing degrees and 6% at A Level.

The 2015 event saw companies like Network Rail, Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco, Royal Mail, BT, Halfords and Fujitsu pick up awards, presented by technology broadcaster Maggie Philbin.

World War II veteran Betty Webb was also a special guest, receiving a heartwarming standing ovation for representing the thousands of code-breaking women who cracked Nazi Germany’s Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. And Salesforce EMEA chairman Dr Steve Garnett provided a keynote address.

Information Age has also launched a brand extension for the Women in IT Awards that will see the magazine host technology’s largest career development and recruitment day for young women, Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today.

The careers day and conference will bring together hundreds of the UK’s brightest female talent – on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees – with the hoards of organisations that are eager to create a more balanced workforce.

So while today’s female achievers prepare for the evening showcase of the Women in IT Awards 2016, tomorrow’s leaders will spend the day meeting the UK’s top technology employers and gaining valuable insights in expert-led workshops and conference sessions.

>See all the winners and reaction to the 2015 Women in IT Awards in the February 2015 issue of Information Age

“We are delighted to announce that the Women in IT Awards will return bigger than ever in January 2016,” said Ben Rossi, group editor of business and technology at Vitesse Media, publisher of Information Age. “The response to the 2015 event was incredible and we can’t wait to further build its influence in tackling the industry’s gender imbalance.

“While the Awards initiative itself is set to grow even larger, we also believe the Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today brand extension is an unparalleled opportunity to connect the next generation of female IT talent with the industry’s leading employers.”

To learn more about either the Women in IT Awards 2016 or Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today, please email ben.rossi@vitessemedia.co.uk.

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