Tech [+] Awards

Help us celebrate diversity with our annual Tech [+] 20 Awards.

If you can see her, you can be her, so… let’s see ‘her’!

Make sure you submit your own application and nominate someone you know

The WiTWA Tech [+] 20 Awards began in 2018 as the WiTWA ‘20 in 20’, celebrating our 20th anniversary.

You can see all of our incredible nominees on our Inspiring Role Models page, which is WiTWA’s answer to ‘we couldn’t find a woman for the interview/job/panel/board…’

We’re back again for 2020, and we’re delighted to introduce a new Award category: the Outstanding Diversity Ally Award proudly sponsored by Valrose.

We are delighted to have Valrose, Appbot , CyberCX and JourneyOne sponsoring the 2020 Festival program. Thank you for your continued support!

We have a limited number of sponsor spots. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor, please see the bottom of this page.

SIX EASY STEPS TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

For our Award Launch event in June, we got to hear the stories of 3 past nominees Ming Johanson, Marion Burchell and Suzanne Dodds, who encouraged us all to nominate and apply for the award. The team also put together a document to help you through the process.


TECH [+] AWARDS

Along with our 20 winners, we’ll be awarding:

  • First Among Equals  (the highest scoring nominee)
  • Outstanding Youth Role Model  (the highest scoring nominee 25 or under)
  • Outstanding Regional Role Model  (the highest scoring nominee outside Perth), and
  • People’s Choice Winner  (the nominee with the most votes via public voting that closes on 7 October 2020)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to enter the Tech [+] 20 Awards, nominees must:

  • Identify as a woman,
  • Currently reside in Western Australia,
  • Not have won a WiTWA trophy in 2018 or 2019, and
  • Not be a current member of the WiTWA Board or Subcommittees.

Additional criteria for Regional Award: Those living regionally are also eligible to enter the Regional Award. 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.

Additional criteria for Youth Award: Those 25 years and younger (at 31 July 2020) are also eligible to enter the Youth Award.

Nomination Questions

All entrants are asked to provide contact details, social media links, a recent headshot and brief biography.

They will also be asked to answer three questions, which our judges will score to determine our winners.

For the Tech [+] 20 Awards, the three questions are:

Q1. Personal Determination

Provide evidence of how you demonstrate your ability to overcome business challenges with tenacity, determination and grit. (max 250 words)

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. (max 250 words)

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. (max 250 words)

Only Tech [+] 20 Awards nominees are eligible for the People’s Choice voting round.

We know you’re worth it, so we 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.

Or you can nominate and encourage an incredible WA woman you think deserves a Tech [+] 20 Award.

Don’t forget to put their email address in the ‘To’ field, and feel free to customise the message with your reasons why you think they should nominate.

If you’re feeling extra-generous, you can use this Word template to draft answers to the three judging questions on their behalf, then attach those to the email that will pop up when you click above. 


NEW AWARD: OUTSTANDING DIVERSITY ALLY

Diversity isn’t a problem for women – it’s a problem for everyone. With this brand-new Award, we seek to celebrate those who stand alongside women as allies in our mutual quest for equality.

We are delighted to have Valrose, the technology recruitment specialists, as our Major Trophy Sponsor for this Award.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the Outstanding Diversity Ally Award, nominees must:

  • Not identify as a woman,
  • Currently reside in Western Australia, and
  • Not be a current member of the WiTWA Board or Subcommittees.

Nomination Questions

All entrants are asked to provide contact details, social media links, a recent headshot and brief biography.

They will also be asked to answer three questions, which our judges will score to determine our winner.

For the Outstanding Diversity Ally Award, the three questions are:

Q1. Leadership

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

Q2. Challenge

Describe an occasion (or occasions) where you challenged the status quo to remove barriers within the workplace your female colleague(s) and what outcome(s) this had.

Q3. Support

Describe how you have mentored and/or sponsored individual women in tech[+], and what the outcome has been for their career and wellbeing.

Outstanding Diversity Ally nominees will not be included in the People’s Choice voting round.

Nominate and encourage an incredible ally you think deserves the Outstanding Diversity Ally Award.

Don’t forget to put their email address in the ‘To’ field, and feel free to customise the message with your reasons why you think they should nominate.

If you’re feeling extra-generous, you can use this Word template to draft answers to the three judging questions on their behalf, then attach those to the email that will pop up when you click above. 

We also encourage people to self nominate as it can be difficult for others to know everything you have done.


TIMELINE

  • Nominations open Wednesday 10 June 2020, 07:00 AWST
  • Nominations close Friday 31 July 2020, 23:59 AWST
  • Tech [+] 20 People’s Choice voting opens Monday 7 September 2020, 07:00 AWST
  • Tech [+] 20 People’s Choice voting closes Wednesday 7 October 2020, 23:59 AWST
  • Award winners will be announced on Friday 30 October, 2020

GET INVOLVED AS A SPONSOR!

The WiTWA Tech [+] 20 Awards have quickly established a prominent brand in Western Australia and abroad.

In 2018, we received 87 unique nominations and over 4,000 votes in the People’s Choice Awards.

In 2019, we received 188 unique nominations and over 14,000 votes in the People’s Choice Awards.

These figures are testament to the depth of talent in WA and the appetite for celebrating these incredible role models, in WA and beyond.

Coupled with our inaugural Conference in 2019, we saw our #seeherbeher hashtag reach over 110,000 people in a single day.

And we don’t celebrate for just one day. As you’ll see from our social channels, we celebrate these extraordinary women year-round, providing exceptional exposure for brands well aligned to our mission.

In 2020, we’re offering 10 Awards sponsorship spots only:

  • Five major trophy sponsors at $5k + GST each:
    • One for each major award.
    • Includes your logo on the trophy and prominently displayed during the Awards segment for your chosen major trophy.
    • Acknowledgement of your sponsorship on our website, social media and EDM.
    • Outstanding Diversity Ally already gone – just four spots left!
  • Five Tech [+] 20 Award sponsors at $3k + GST each:
    • Acknowledgement of your sponsorship on our website, social media and EDM.
    • Includes your logo prominently displayed during the Tech [+] 20 Awards segment.

Our 2020 Conference & Tech [+] Award Sponsors

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BUT WHAT ABOUT THE AWARDS CEREMONY?

WiTWA’s Awards ceremony is widely celebrated for being fun, swift and exciting. We are planning another amazing in-person celebration on Friday 30 October, and can’t wait to have all the talent and inspiring role models in one place.

Being a tech group, we’ve got alternatives in the wing if events are not allowed.

The WiTWA [+] Conference will be held virtually between 26 and 30 October, allowing us to market this incredible experience internationally.

The final event of the Conference – the headliner locknote – will be delivered on Friday 30 October to connect the Conference to the Awards. It will either be a physical event, or a virtual one. We will adapt out plans as conditions change, and will include passes to the Awards – virtual or otherwise – for all sponsors.

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