IT sector to spotlight its inspirational women

A nationwide search for the most successful and inspiring women in the UK technology sector is underway, with a total of eleven awards up for grabs.

The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2016 says it wants to hear from the length and breadth of the female IT workforce, from engineers and leaders, to start-ups and mavericks.

Calling the latter to come forward, it said women could vie for its Innovator Award if they are designing, researching, implementing or developing tech in an “unconventional” way.

The women-only event also wants entries from entrepreneurs; start-up companies (under 18 months old); rising stars (women under the age of 26), engineers and digital/social experts.

Female leaders are sought too, whether they lead a team; a company or an international division with 100 staff, as are those at the other end of the spectrum – apprentices or students.

Only by spotlighting women in IT who’ve made it (or are set to) will their “woefully small” share of the IT workforce – 25% - increase, believes awards co-founder Maxine Benson.

FDM Group said: “Diversity in the workplace is fundamental to business growth and success; it drives innovation, facilitates communication and improves global awareness.”

Entries are open until October 27. Five hundred industry leaders will then join representatives from the government to spotlight the 11 winners at a glitzy awards ceremony in London.

The awards are a prelude to the everywoman Forum 2016: Advancing Women in Technology, said to be the largest 24-hr forum for female techies, due to launch in February

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