Tech [+] Award Details

Submissions for the 2021 Tech [+] Awards are now closed!

Eligibility

All nominees:

  • Must currently reside in Western Australia.
  • Must NOT have won a WiTWA Tech [+] trophy in previous years.
  • Must NOT be a current member of the WiTWA Central Committee nor Subcommittees.
  • Must identify as a woman (except for Outstanding Allyship Award)

Additional Criteria

Additional criteria applies for the Outstanding Youth, Regional and STEM Educator special honours, and the the Oustanding Allyship Award

Outstanding Youth Role Model
Must be 25 years under (at 31 July 2021).

Outstanding Regional Role Model
Regional is defined as living in the following postcodes: 6041-6044, 6083, 6084, 6121-6126, 6200-6799. Evidence of residency may be requested at a later date.

Outstanding STEM Educator
Must work or volunteer in education. 

Outstanding Allyship Award
Must NOT identify as a woman.

Outstanding Allyship nominees are NOT eligible for People’s Choice.

 

Which award should I apply for?

As many as you are eligible for! You can find the categories listed here.
 
 

How to submit

Register an account at our Awardforce platform to start your application.  You’ll be asked to answer 3 questions, supply a headshot and short bio. 

Tick the relevant checkbox during submission for the award or honours you wish to apply for.

Submit by Sunday 8th Aug, 23:55 AWST

Helpful resources

We’re also hosting two award writing workshops where there will be plenty of focus time and space to ask any questions.

A special thanks to our trophy sponsors​


Award questions

You’ll be asked to answer 3 questions during your award submission.

Tech [+] 20 Awards

Q1. Personal Determination

Provide evidence of how you demonstrate your ability to overcome business challenges with tenacity, determination and grit.

Q2. Technical Strength

Provide evidence of how you demonstrate your ability to provide fresh innovative approaches and push boundaries for better business outcomes. Describe how this has delivered valuable impact, locally/regionally. 

Q3. Leadership

Provide evidence of how you demonstrate exceptional and progressive leadership and encourage diversity; mentor and inspire others to achieve their goals; forge new and innovative pathways that demonstrate foresight/vision.

Outstanding Allyship Award

Q1. Leadership

Describe an occasion (or occasions) when you have been instrumental in creating a permanent, measurable and direct change for gender equality in your workplace.

Q2. Challenge

Describe an occasion (or occasions) where you challenged the status quo to remove barriers within the workplace to create a more inclusive environment and what outcome(s) this had.

Q3. Support

Describe how you have mentored and/or sponsored individual women in your workplace, and what the outcome has been for their career and wellbeing.

 

Key dates

  • Nominations open (09:30 AWST)
  • Nominations close (Sun Aug 8, 23:55 AWST)
  • People’s Choice voting opens (Mon 15 Sep, 07:00 AWST )
  • People’s Choice voting closes (Mon 12 Oct, 23:55 AWST)

The official winners are announced at our Gala Award Night (Friday 5 Nov, 2021). Be sure to grab your tickets!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tech [+] Awards were created to shine a light on the diversity of women who work in tech roles and organisations and showcase the amazing talent to young people and women who don’t think they fit in, in addition to shutting down objectionable “I don’t know any women who can do that” from employers and event organisers.

There are currently 4 categories for people who identify as women in tech [+] in Western Australia:

  • Tech [+] 20 (the 20 nominees who get the highest scores from the judging panel)
  • First Among Equals (Highest score of all  from judging panel)
  • Outstanding Youth Role Model (Highest who is 25 or younger – does not have to be top 20)
  • Outstanding Regional Role Model ( Highest who is regional – does not have to be top 20)
  • People’s Choice (highest number of votes by the people / community)

The lack of gender balance is NOT a problem with women, so in 2020, we added a new award to shine a light on our allies. The Outstanding Allyship Award is open to anyone who does not identify as a woman.

The Tech [+] Awards were created to shine a light on the diversity of women who work in tech roles and organisations and showcase the amazing talent to young people and women who don’t think they fit in, in addition to shutting down objectionable “I don’t know any women who can do that”.

Our role models page has a vast plethora of women from all walks of life, and the more different stories we tell, the more people we can inspire to discover their own potential in tech roles and organisations.

Your own story may inspire one, ten, hundred or a thousand women, and for every girl and woman we inspire to think outside of stereotypes, the closer we are to our goals.

All nominees should carefully read the full criteria below and use them to construct their application.

In summary, to be eligible for the Tech [+], Youth, Regional, STEM Educator, First Among Equals, and the People’s Choice Awards, you must identify as a woman.

To be eligible for the Allyship Award, you must not identify as a woman.

For all awards, you 

  •  Must reside in Western Australia.
  • Must NOT have won a WiTWA Tech [+] trophy in previous years
  • Must NOT be a current member of the WiTWA Central Committee nor Subcommittees.

Additional criteria apply for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Youth Role Model – Must be 25 or under (at 31 July 2021)
  • Outstanding Regional Role Model – Regional is defined as living in the following postcodes: 6041-6044, 6083, 6084, 6121-6126, 6200-6799. Evidence of residency may be requested at a later date.

We know you’re worth it, and strongly encourage you to self-nominate!

Only you know all the amazing things you have done, and by backing yourself, you are demonstrating to other amazing women that they can too.

Don’t wait for that tap on the shoulder – head straight to submitting your application!

Q1. Personal Determination

Provide evidence of how you demonstrate your ability to overcome business challenges with tenacity, determination and grit.

Q2. Technical Strength

Provide evidence of how you demonstrate your ability to provide fresh innovative approaches and push boundaries for better business outcomes. Describe how this has delivered valuable impact, locally/regionally. 

Q3. Leadership

Provide evidence of how you demonstrate exceptional and progressive leadership and encourage diversity; mentor and inspire others to achieve their goals; forge new and innovative pathways that demonstrate foresight/vision. 

Q1. Leadership

Describe an occasion (or occasions) when you have been instrumental in creating a permanent, measurable and direct change for gender equality in your workplace.

Q2. Challenge

Describe an occasion (or occasions) where you challenged the status quo to remove barriers within the workplace to create a more inclusive environment and what outcome(s) this had.

Q3. Support

Describe how you have mentored and/or sponsored individual women in your workplace, and what the outcome has been for their career and wellbeing.

We recommend that you write about yourself in third person and that you demonstrate what you have done with specific examples.

In summary:

  1. We have at least 50 industry representatives on our judging panel each year. 
  2. Each submission is marked by a minimum of 3 judges
  3. Judges must abstain from marking any submission where they know the nominee personally or there is any real/perceived conflict of interest.

Download full judging evaluation guidelines.

Advice from past winners

‘Put your hat in the ring’. Be a contender. Grab opportunities. Do it!!

Alysia Kepert

Be authentic. The rest - leave it to the judging panel. Prior to the Award announcement, I was surprised that some people reached out to thank me for inspiring them with the openness of the profile I shared for WiTWA. That was very touching

Sarada Lee

Just do it! If you aren’t proud of yourself and what you have achieved, why do it?

Sheryl Frame

Definitely enter even if you don't think you have a chance of winning. I was nominated by a patenting attorney I had used and really didnt think I would have any chance of winning even one of the 20 awards never mind the First Among Equals.

Suzanne Dodds

Need help submitting?

Contact [email protected] at any time. See you at the finish line  💜

Thank you to all our Tech [+] Sponsors!

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