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Deadline extended for the 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

27 October 2015 14:15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nominate now for the UK’s biggest initiative celebrating women in tech, the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.

The deadline has extended for the sixth annual 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards in association with techUK. Enjoying on-going support from the most forward-thinking companies, committed to celebrating the vital skills that women bring to the technology industry, these high-profile Awards are the most coveted in the UK. Showcasing the breadth and diversity of the talent women contribute to IT across all industry sectors, the programme welcomes submissions from all women in tech, ranging from rising stars and engineers, to leaders in large organisations and founders of disruptive start-ups.

With London now recognised as the capital of Europe’s tech scene, with three times as many start-ups choosing it as their base than those in the next most popular city*, opportunities for women in technology and demand for their talents continues to grow. And not just in enterprise, every growth business across all industry sectors is looking for technology talent, which is why these Awards are so vital in uncovering role models who will inspire more young women to seek a career in technology.

Over 500 industry leaders, government and the media will join the celebrations at the Hilton Park Lane, London to find out who has won the 2016 Awards. To be sure of consideration for one of the 11 Awards, nominations must be submitted by 27 October. These awards champion and raise the profile of the individual women that are achieving success in their field, and the companies that are supporting them to do so.

The categories are:

Start-up Founder Award
Entrepreneur Award– Sponsored by ARM
Innovator Award – Sponsored by Equiniti
Team Leader Award – Sponsored by Asda
Leader Award – Sponsored by BP
International Leader Award – Sponsored by Fujitsu
Inspiration Award, awarded to a male or female – Sponsored by VMware
Rising Star Award, awarded to a woman aged under 26 – Sponsored by American Express
The One to Watch Award, awarded to an individual under 20 – sponsored by EMC

New categories for 2016 are:

Digital Star Award – sponsored by CGI
Engineer Award

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments: “These Awards are playing a hugely important role in shining the spotlight on talented, successful women who have the ability to inspire a girl, a graduate, a colleague to pursue a career in technology. Only this will help increase the number of women working in technology from the woefully small 25%** that we currently have in the UK and ultimately result in more women in the most senior roles. It’s been wonderful to see the positive impact that winning one of these Awards has had on so many women’s careers. The profile it has given them has had measurable impact on their progression, benefitting both the individual and the business she works in. We encourage every organisation to nominate their women.”

Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of title sponsor FDM Group commented, “FDM is delighted to be sponsoring the everywoman in Technology Awards 2016 for the fourth consecutive year, as we continue to share a commitment to supporting, maintaining and celebrating tech talent within the industry. Diversity in the workplace is fundamental to business growth and success; it drives innovation, facilitates communication and improves global awareness. To push this diversity we aim to promote a gender -balanced workforce and continue to be inspired by the many women who are driving technology forward. FDM’s dedicated global Women in IT campaign is our way of showcasing our continued commitment to driving gender diversity in the workplace, by encouraging women to pursue a career in tech.”

Julian David, CEO of techUK adds: “techUK is once again delighted to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. Attracting appropriately skilled employees continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing the UK tech sector and we need a greater representation of the working population to join UK tech companies and help support continued sector growth. In particular, we need to work hard to attract smart, skilled women who are not currently attracted to the industry and communicate the breadth of career opportunities in tech that are open to all. techUK remains committed to attracting great women to the sector, retaining them and helping them to flourish and succeed.”

Entries close on Monday 2 November midnight. Place your nomination at www.everywoman.com/techawards. The 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology awards ceremony will take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 23 February 2016.

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