FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards – finalists announced

Founders of Everywoman.com, Maxine Benson MBE and Karen Gill MBE

The finalists of the eighth annual FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards have been announced.

Celebrating the brightest women changing the face of technology in the UK and beyond, this year’s theme –  Inspiring Tomorrow’s World – highlights the importance of encouraging women to study STEM subjects from a young age and motivating them to pursue fulfilling, long-term careers in tech.

The 39 finalists were handpicked from a record breaking number of entries by a panel of the UK’s most senior technology leaders and include highly skilled software engineers breaking glass ceilings at large global companies, innovative tech entrepreneurs reshaping the future and female students dedicated to increasing STEM engagement in schools.

The full list of finalists can be seen here: https://www.everywoman.com/events-awards/2018-FDM-everywoman-Technology-Awards

However, despite these inspiring individuals, the number of women working in the technology sector currently remains extremely low at just 16%. A recent study conducted by everywoman found that the two main barriers preventing women entering the industry were a shortfall in support for female progression in the workplace and a lack of female role models.

Says Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group which is sponsoring the awards:

“The FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards are a great way to celebrate female success and create role models to inspire others. At FDM Group, we are committed to driving diversity in the workplace and encouraging more women to pursue rewarding careers in technology and STEM.

“Creating diversity in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it also makes businesses more successful. We are proud to continue supporting these awards and look forward to celebrating more female tech talent throughout years to come.”

Adds Julian David, CEO of TechUK:

“TechUK is proud to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards again this year. It is no secret that the tech sector has a gender parity issue, and we are working hard with our members to address this problem. The Awards are a great opportunity to champion role models all across the sector, and celebrate women who are pioneering a path for others in the industry. We look forward to celebrating leading tech talent.”

The 2018 winners will be announced on 8 February 2018 at The London Hilton on Park Lane. The ceremony will be preceded by the Everywoman in Tech Forum: Energising Tomorrow’s World.

This one-day event that will welcome over 600 international delegates and an impressive line-up of speakers including Inma Martinez, Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, Suki Fuller, Founder of Miribure and Elena Corchero, Founder and Director of Lost Values.

For further information about the awards and forum visit www.everywoman.com/techawards @everywomanUK 

Chris Price