National awards to celebrate women in technology opens nominations

Member News | 13.06.2018

National awards to celebrate women in technology opens nominations

Scotland Women in Technology are launching their second national awards today and seeking nominations of trailblazing women across the technology sector - from budding programmers, to senior technologists and software engineers. It is expected that competition will be fierce with talented women from across Scotland being celebrated at an awards ceremony in October, later this year.

The awards are in partnership with Amazon, who championed the inaugural event in 2017.

Last year’s awards saw over 100 nominations being received from across the rapidly growing technology sector in Scotland. Over 300 guests, including high flyers from industry and Scottish Government Ministers were in attendance at the awards.

The initiative, the first of its kind in Scotland, aims to shine a light on the talented women in technology while inspiring the next generation of girls to pursue a career in the industry.  

There are 10 award categories, which include rising star, inspirational woman of the year, gender diversity champion of the year and lifetime achievement award.

Speaking about the launch of this year’s nominations, Lynsey Campbell, Chair of Scotland Women in Technology, said:

“Last year’s event was a huge success but this year will be even bigger and better. We want to champion the talents women working in technology and those supporting the gender equality in technology agenda. I hope these awards inspire girls to pursue technology as a career and act as a reminder the sector is home to many talented and trailblazing women. We are delighted with the response we have had from the sector, particularly Amazon who are our headline sponsor, and we look forward to receiving hundreds of nominations”

The headline sponsor for the event is Amazon, who have contributed significantly to making the awards a reality.

Graeme Smith, Managing Director of Amazon’s Development Centre in Edinburgh, said:

“Championing diversity and gender equality in the technology sector, both now and for future generations, is a key priority for us at Amazon. It’s not just fair, it’s good for our business. That’s why we’re supporting the SWIT awards for a second year. We want to help shine a spotlight on some of Scotland’s most inspirational female technology leaders and encourage more young women to pursue a career in technology and innovation.”

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, said:

“It was a pleasure to attend the inaugural awards ceremony last year and I intend to be there again this time around. It was such an enjoyable occasion to see so many inspirational females - from all age ranges - involved in technology, get together and celebrate one another’s success. As Minister responsible for our ambitious STEM Strategy, it was especially heartening to see much of what the Scottish Government wants to achieve and aspire to, being represented in the whole occasion.”

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