Tuesday 19th March saw the annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards held this year at The Savoy Hotel, London. Along with Directors, Gordon, Craig and Nick, a range of female Webbies went along from Project Managers to industrial placement student Software Engineers. As we arrived, we made our way through to the ceremony hall and were met with hundreds of women (and some men!) excitedly chatting away in anticipation.
The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards is an annual event which recognises, rewards and encourages female talent within the IT industry. Our Project Group Manager, Cheryl was nominated by a colleague and the judges were so impressed by her passion and achievements that she was shortlisted for Team Leader of the Year in an SME. After an interview with a panel of judges, Cheryl went away feeling hopeful and inspired by meeting women nominated for other categories. The fantastic news of Cheryl being a finalist came a few weeks later, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled for her!
Hosted by Maxine Benson MBE and Karen Gill MBE, Co-founders of everywoman, the ceremony got off to a start with talk about the gender imbalance in the technology industry. Handing over to TV presenter, Angela Lamont, it was time for the awards presentation:
Lifetime Achievement Award – won by Dame Stephanie Shirley, IT entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Entrepreneur of the Year – won by Jennifer Sheridan, Founder & CEO of Togeva Ltd
Innovator of the Year – won by Joanna Montgomery, Founder & CEO of Little Riot
Inspiration of the Year – won by Deborah Gundle, Founder/Director of Netbuddy
Leader of the Year – won by Lucy Dimes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, UK & Ireland
Team Leader of the Year – won by Tamara Lohan, Co-founder & CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith
Rising Star of the Year – won by Taylor McGhee, Integrated Supply Chain Specialist Apprentice at IBM UK Ltd
Woman of the Year – won by Eleni Antoniadou, Co-founder & Chief of Science of Transplants without Donors
Eleni Antoniadou, Woman of the Year winner, gave an incredible speech, talking about the technology she has developed to create artificial organs. She told of the advancements in the field, and the successful transplants that have been performed. It was truly inspiring and she had the entire audience gripped, a worthy winner indeed!
Despite Cheryl missing out on the award, the ceremony was a fantastic experience. The finalists and winners were all inspiring, showing what can be achieved when you put your mind to it and work hard. At Web Applications UK we believe strongly in equality, and have more than our fair share of female techies because of it! Some were lucky enough to get a spot on the table at the awards, and all came away feeling empowered with a renewed sense of purpose in their IT careers. Thank you to FDM and everywoman for organising the amazing event!