WISE, the campaign for greater gender balance in STEM, is calling for women who are working at the cutting edge of technology to enter its new Emerging Technology Award, part of its annual Awards. The Award aims to showcase women working in ground-breaking technology or producing products that could revolutionise the future for consumers or organisations.
Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive of WISE, explained: “Technology is transforming our lives and yet more than 80% of those working in technology are men. We need to address this now to ensure that women have opportunities for the best paid jobs, businesses can fill the technical roles they need, and women can play their full part in shaping our future world. This is why we have introduced the Emerging Technology Award so that we can showcase those women who are already involved, and they can inspire others to choose technology. “
The annual Awards highlight the successes of those who are achieving in their sector and are working towards creating greater equality within STEM. As well as the Emerging Technology Award, WISE has also introduced the WISE Computing Award for a woman who working in software engineering, data science or data engineering who loves her work, can communicate her passion to others and will inspire others to follow in her footsteps, and take up a role or a degree in Computing.
Wollaston added: “Improving gender diversity in STEM sectors isn’t just the right thing to do, research proves there are real benefits to organisations from improved creativity and productivity to increased profitability. We want to celebrate and highlight those organisations and individuals who are leading by example and creating real change in their sectors and work with them to use the power of their Award to continue making a difference.”
The Awards are now open for entry; closing date is 9th June. Entrants will attend an interview judging day in September and the Awards will be announced on 7th November. For the full list of categories and entry details click here.