The Women in IT Awards Ireland — winners revealed!

The first Women in IT Awards Ireland, part of the world’s largest tech diversity event, brought together 480 industry leaders last night for a stunning ceremony in Dublin.

The awards, organised by Information Age in partnership with Amazon Web Services, serve to showcase the achievements and innovation of women in technology and identify new role models in a sector where female representation stands at just under 19%.

The Women in IT Awards Ireland is part of the Women in IT Awards Series, which has further events in Silicon Valley, London, New York and Singapore.

Women in IT Awards 2018 – winners revealed

1,200 business and technology leaders gathered at the world’s largest tech diversity event in London last night as award winners were crowned across 19 categories. Read here

The awards were held in Mansion House in Dublin, where Group Chief Operating Officer at Bank of Ireland, Jackie Noakes, gave an inspiring keynote address.

The awards were hosted by Deputy Features Editor and co-producer Roisin Ingle, who helped reveal 14 winners chosen from 500 nominations.

Niki Dowdall, Managing Director – Events & Marketing and main Board Director at Bonhill Group plc commented: “Irish women in tech still lag massively behind their male counterparts, who still dominate the sector in Ireland.”

“To help promote more understanding of the importance of the role woman do and can play in the technology sector in Ireland, we also organised community outreach to local schools to coincide with our conference and gala awards dinner.”

“We were delighted that four local schools have today presented at the The Top Tech Tip Challenge in association with our partner AWS. The schools were; Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School in Dublin, BAME Tech Innovators (a foundation which aims to increase the number of people of colour in the Irish digital space), Presentation College in Carlow and Mercy Secondary School in Waterford,” she added.

The Women in IT Awards Series is the flagship event in an ongoing Information Age campaign to tackle technology’s diversity problems. We have also launched three further diversity events in the UK: Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders, a careers fair for female university students, Diversity and Inclusion Summit and Future Stars of Tech, which identifies and promotes the industry’s top female career climbers.

Joining headline sponsor, Amazon Web Services, at the Women in IT Awards Ireland 2018 are SalesforceDocuSignAirbnbMace GroupGoogle CloudAIBOracleRed HatUlster BankHays Recruitment and Belvedere Communications


Advocate of the Year, sponsored by Diversity Q

Paula Harrington, PH Training

Business Leader of the Year, sponsored by Ulster Bank

Aisling Keegan, Dell EMC

Business Role Model of the Year, sponsored by Information Age

Barbara McCarthy, HubSpot

CIO of the Year, sponsored by Salesforce

Myra O’Neill, Vodafone

Data Leader of the Year, sponsored by Women to Watch

Medb Corcoran, Accenture’, The Dock

Digital Leader of the Year, sponsored by Google

Vicky Godolphin, Accenture Ireland

Employer of the Year, sponsored by Hays Recruitment


Future CIO of the Year, sponsored by Mace Group

Seainin McCoy, BT

Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Oracle

Sara Philpott, Openet

Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by Airbnb

Ellen Brady, Accenture Ireland

Security Champion of the Year, sponsored by DocuSign

Jacky Fox, Deloitte

Transformation Leader of the Year, sponsored by Red Hat

Olena Redrugina, Vizor Software

Woman of the Year, sponsored by AWS

Dr. Michelle Cullen, Accenture Ireland

Young Leader of the Year, sponsored by AIB

Kara Crinion, Together Digital

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...