Our ‘20 in 20’ Awards were a highlight of WiTWA’s 2018. We were thrilled to celebrate 87 outstanding role models nominated through the process, and our 20 became 22 thanks to so much talent in this state. The legacy of the awards is our Inspiring Role Models page: our answer to ‘we couldn’t find a woman for the job/panel/board…’

Due to popular request, we have decided to make the Awards an annual event. So, this year in 2019, we’ll be celebrating our ‘Tech[+] 20’ on 24 October at our WiTWA[+] 2019 Conference.

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

  • First Among Equals - the top scoring nominee based on judging results,

  • People’s Choice - the highest number of votes received via our public voting,

  • Outstanding Regional Role Model - the highest scoring nominee in the Regional category, and

  • Outstanding Youth Role Model - the highest scoring nominee 25 years old or younger.

Nomination Process

Nominations are now closed. We will be in touch with all nominees by COB 1 August, 2019.

To be eligible to enter, nominees must:

  • Identify as a woman,

  • Currently reside in Western Australia,

  • Not have won a 2018 WiTWA ’20 in 20’ or People’s Choice Award, and

  • Not be a member of the WiTWA Committee or Subcommittees (as listed here).

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.

Those 25 years and younger at 31 July 2019 are also eligible to enter the Youth Award.

Tip: Want to encourage people in your workplace to get nominating? Download and print our poster for display.

Entrants are asked to provide contact details, social media links, a recent headshot and brief bio. They are also asked to answer the following three questions, which our judges will score to determine our Tech[+] 20, First Among Equals, Regional and Youth Award winners:


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


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)


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)


  • 11 June: Nominations open.

  • 31 July: Nominations close.

  • 1 August: Nominees that didn’t self-nominate contacted to confirm their application and details.

  • 14 August: Closing date for non-self-nominee confirmation.

  • 19 August: People’s Choice voting opens.

  • 23 September: People’s Choice voting closes.

  • 24 October: Award winners announced at conclusion of WiTWA[+] 2019 Conference at the Hyatt Regency Perth.

Thank you to our sponsors

Sponsoring WiTWA[+] and the Tech[+] 20 Awards are a wonderful group of organisations putting their money where their mouth is to celebrate outstanding role models in tech[+]. Thank you to:

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