Congratulations to all our 2021 finalists!

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for this year’s Women in Tech Excellence Awards!

We would like to thank everyone who made a nomination and submission this year – we are overwhelmed at how many of you entered. It shows that even in the pandemic it is so important for businesses to celebrate and recognise their employees – Computing’s Women in Tech Excellence Awards are more important than ever!

What happens next?

Our panel of judges will now be reading all finalist entries and decide who will be crowned the winner for each category. All winners will be announced at a live awards ceremony on Wednesday 24 November at The Brewery in London. You can now purchase your table which includes your finalist logo and a social media tile which will showcase all your achievements.

This year’s Women in Tech Excellence Awards will be something special . They will be bringing 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 will be 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 will be 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.




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The health and safety of our attendees and staff is our top priority and so we will continue to monitor developments in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and will follow Government guidance on public gatherings.

We are currently working with all our venues, as well as catering, AV and production contractors to ensure that we provide a safe environment for all at the event.

2021 Categories

We have a large, diverse range of categories, and anyone can nominate any woman for any award.

Tell us, in 150 words or fewer, why she should win and our editorial and judging team will do the rest.

CIO of the Year

Digital Leader of the Year

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Diversity Employer of the Year

Graduate of the Year

Hero of the Year

Innovator of the Year

IT Leader of the Year

Outstanding Returner Award

NEW: Lockdown Hero of the Year

Outstanding Transformation

Rising Star of the Year

Role Model of the Year

Security Leader of the Year

Software Engineer of the Year

Team Leader of the Year

Transformation Leader

Woman of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

2021 Judging Panel:

VP of Business & Portfolio Management
Cyber Security Research Professional
Future Cyber Defence
Former MD & Technology COO
Senior Data Science Manager
Lloyds Banking Group
Head of Platforms and Infrastructure
William Hill
Senior Developer
Royal Mail
Manager, Information Security Operations
NuData Security Inc., A Mastercard Company
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Head of IT Service Operations
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Director of IT Transformation
Cost Execution HSBC Europe
Table Bookings:
Carl Christopher
Delegate Sales Executive
+44 (0) 20 7484 9873
Jessica Feldman
Head of Diversity Portfolio, Technology
+44 (0) 20 7484 9839
Entry Queries:
Rubie Romanay
Head of Marketing
+44 (0)20 7484 9706
Event Queries:
Sabrina Shilstone
Event Manager
+44 (0) 20 7484 9887