The Women in Tech Excellence Awards 2021 was something special. They brought to the fore many great stories, especially those of how women across the technology sector have led the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many women were facing a unique and unforeseen set of challenges. Working from home, balancing work and home life, taking on key roles in home teaching, coping with personal and family stress while continuing to make top class contributions to their businesses are all part of the world we have been unwillingly thrust into. There were many, many stories of how the women in our market have risen to those challenges.
These awards are important as they recognise top-performing women from across the technology space and provide inspiration for younger women looking to build a career in our industry.
The challenge of increasing diversity in IT is now firmly on the agenda across the UK, but it is far from a solved problem. Women are still under-represented across the industry, especially at higher echelons, and they're also likely to be paid less than their male counterparts for the same work.
The issue extends right through the career, starting in schools where education institutions report little to no growth in the numbers of women taking STEM subjects. More needs to be done to encourage the women IT leaders of tomorrow.
The Women in Tech Excellence Awards is designed to help move us as an industry towards a solution, by recognising and promoting the many talented women, and other success stories. There are places in IT for women, and this industry can lead to rewarding, fulfilling careers for everyone.
These awards are in their fifth year and have already celebrated the achievements of over 1,200 women, in front of over 2,000 people. And we don't just shout about this success at the awards themselves, we also publish videos , galleries and articles from the event on Computing , to ensure that hundreds of thousands of people can see for themselves the talent that's out there.