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Celebrate Tech Achievers With An ABIE Award Nomination

Nominations open January 25 for our eight ABIE awards, which honor the accomplishments and contributions of women and men who advance women technologists. Winners receive a cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 17) in Orlando, Florida.

Who do you know who has changed technology? Now’s the time to gather your thoughts and materials so you can celebrate the person in your life who deserves celebration for their achievements.

Each award has different eligibility requirements. Read on to learn which one fits the person you want to recognize.

Professional Women Pioneers

These three awards celebrate seasoned professional women. Winners have a track record of encouraging and promoting women in technology.

Let’s start with our two more ambiguously named awards: Technical Leadership and Leadership ABIE Awards. Don’t let the similar names confuse you! These awards are seeking very different women.

Technical Leadership ABIE Award
This award recognizes the contributions of a woman technologists. Who fits in this category? Eligible women work on projects that require deep technical specialization and knowledge as defined by position, not department. A technical leader oversees and develops technology projects, products and processes.tech-leadership-abie-award

Our 2016 winner, Anna Patterson, is a great example. As the Vice President of Engineering in Research and Machine Intelligence, Anna designed one of Google’s largest search infrastructures. As one of the co-chairs of Women@Google, she spearheaded the effort to make the internal conference a tech-only event. Her leadership inspires women to get involved in technology.

Leadership ABIE Award
In contrast, the winner of the Leadership award does not need to have a technical background. She may, instead, lead a team without working on technical items herself. Her leadership and career should significantly contribute to the industry, with a strong focus on helping women in science and engineering succeed. Her work should inspire others to increase women’s impact and representation in technology.

Our 2013 winner, Genevieve Bell, epitomizes this award. She manages a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factor engineers and computer scientists. Her leadership inspired Intel to completely change how it develops software. She is a regular public speaker at technology conferences around the world and passionately works on advancing women in technology.

ABIE Award for Entrepreneurship
Our final award specifically for more well-established women is the Entrepreneurship award, which we give to a builder of a technology venture or startup. She takes an idea and turns it into an innovative, ground-breaking and profitable product. As it is difficult to create women-led startups, we want to celebrate the achievements of those who triumph despite the odds. This award honors those who transform markets by implementing or promoting technology, creative processes or new business models.

See examples of past winners.

Academic and Student Innovators

Educators and students work on fantastic projects that will change technology as a whole. We offer three awards to celebrate these achievements.

Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award
Know a junior faculty member researching engineering or physical sciences who is also promoting diversity in technology? Nominate them for this award. The winner must be a non-tenured faculty member who is under the age of 40. Named after the first female dean of a school of engineering at a major U.S. university, this award carry on Denice’s ambition to break down barriers and promote diversity in higher education.

Meet our past winners.

A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award
Consider nominating the teacher in your life who is developing innovative new teaching practices and approaches. We give this award to an individual or a team of educators making a positive impact on computing, engineering and/or math in K12 or undergraduate education. The person you nominate should introduce techniques that inspire girls and women into these STEM fields.

Who are past winners? Find out.

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Are you a current undergrad or grad student? Do you have a vision for creating a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for which they build it? Nominate yourself for an award! How would you answer these questions: How can technology innovation solve real world problems? How can we inspire more women to engage in technology? How does innovation power the global economy? What are women’s roles in building the future?

You must submit a video for this award that shares your vision and inspires us with your ideas. Watch our 2015 winner Camila Fernandez Achutti’s video for ideas.

Trailblazers

Our last two awards honor those dedicated to changing society. They blaze new paths and empower future generations to do the same.

Social Impact ABIE Award
There’s not always one avenue to change and, as such, we recognize winners for a wide variety of reasons. At the heart of every winner’s work is the idea it can empower women or increase their influence over technology as a whole. We grant this award to individuals (male or female) or teams. Our committee measures their impact by looking at how much they’ve empowered women, the type of social change they created, the sustainability and scalability of their efforts, and the level of innovation and visibility of social change.amanda-gicharu-change-agent-abie-award

Be inspired by our past winners.

Change Agent ABIE Award
Representation of women in technology is a global issue. The Change Agent award recognizes the efforts of international girls or women who address this issue. They lead their communities, regardless of their own age or educational experience, in creating or expanding opportunities for females to participate in technology. GHC offers them a unique opportunity to promote their efforts and seek support abroad.

Discover these change agents.

With eight awards, there’s a way to celebrate every type of woman in your life. Join us in honoring the contributions women make to our field by nominating someone for a 2017 ABIE Award. Nominations officially open January 25, but now’s the time to start thinking about who you want to nominate and what you want to say about them. Each nomination requires some supporting documentation like references, bios and merit statements. Check each award page for details.