2017 Pass-It-On Award Winners Announced

The Anita Borg Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Systers Pass-It-On Awards.

The Pass-It-On Awards program honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. Women in computing from around the world apply for this award to receive a cash prize of up to $1,000 each. This award, which is funded by the Systers community and others, allows the winners to “pass on” the benefits of the award and fund their own projects to support other women in technology.

This year, we had a total of 10 award winners, all of who found unique approaches to supporting women and encouraging them to join and stay in the STEM fields. Jean F. from Boston, MA, for example, provides personalized STEM-themed storybooks to inspire young girls to study computing, while Chao M. started a computer science mentorship program at Kenya Methodist University in Nairobi.

“I am motivated to attract more women to computer science,” said award winner Dilushi P. from Negombo, Sri Lanka, who conducts computer science workshops for young students. “Dr. Anita Borg’s example and advocacy caused many women to join the technical revolution — not just as bystanders but as active participants and leaders, and I believe I am one of them.”

See all of our 2017 Pass-It-On Award Winners and their projects, and learn how you can donate to the Pass-It-On Awards program.

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