Over 550 business and technology leaders gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane earlier this month, where the winners of the 2017 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards were unveiled. Supported by techUK, this is the UK’s largest awards programme celebrating achievements and championing the advancement of women in technology and STEM careers.
The evening’s 12 winners included the founders of a digital fashion service that offers a truly personalised shopping experience to over 5 million women, a 16-year-old app developer with self-taught HTML coding skills and a university professor who developed sustained drug release depots for ovarian cancer treatment. Together they show the breadth of achievements by women in the technology industry over the past year.
These awards show the extraordinary female talent that exists in the UK’s technology industry, reminding us that women play a vital role in its growth and success.
The need for the tech industry to engage with women has never been more critical. 74% of young girls express an interest in STEM subjects at school, yet only 18% pursue these subjects in higher education. The awards therefore play a crucial role in creating and showcasing successful role models. By highlighting their remarkable achievements, the awards aim to inspire others following in their wake to ensure that women, making up 49% of the workforce, influence bridging the digital skills gap and fill a significant number of the estimated 1.4 million technology jobs that will be available in the UK by 2020.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments: “These awards show the extraordinary female talent that exists in the UK’s technology industry, reminding us that women play a vital role in its growth and success. With research telling us that gender-balanced teams provide better outcomes, there has never been a better time to applaud their success and demonstrate their impact, thereby encouraging younger generations to embrace the opportunities offered by a STEM career.”