The gender gap in technology has been one of the biggest conversations in the industry this year, so it makes sense that the TechWomen50 Awards will celebrate those making the biggest changes.
Established by WeAreTechWomen, a network established to champion and support women in tech, the annual awards recognise the impact of individuals and companies in the industry.
The shortlist for the 2017 awards was released today with 100 women making it onto the shortlist. As well as individual nominations, the TechWomen50 Awards has also nominated five corporations for its Company of the Year award.
Head of WeAreTechWomen, Kayleigh Bateman, said:
“Over the course of my career, I have seen some truly talented and inspirational women who have been recognised by a multitude of awards.
“Our hope is that by recognising not just our shortlist of 100, but also those that champion women in tech too, we can encourage more organisations to follow their lead.”
These are the companies shortlisted for the TechWomen50 Awards 2017
1. Capgemini UK
IT company Capgemini recently launched an Active Inclusion programme which aims to engage its colleagues in creating a workplace where everybody can feel accepted and be in the position to thrive.
In addition, it runs a schools outreach programme to encourage girls to choose a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). As part of this, it holds a Digital Transformation programme in conjunction with the charity the Prince’s Trust to give some of the UK’s disadvantaged girls and women a one-week digital skills course on topics including coding and app development
Capgemini also says that its UK country board is now 38 percent female, a step up from 2014 when it was only 11 percent.
2. FDM Group
Consultancy FDM Group only employs from three groups: recent university graduates, ex-military personnel, and returners to work. It’s the third category that the company has been recognised; it recently launched a Getting Back to Business Programme aimed at women returning to the workforce after a career break at a similar level to that which they left.
“This adds another level of diversity to the company and brings a wealth of experience back into the business.”
In addition, 50 percent of FDM’s global senior management team is female and it has a median gender pay gap of 0 percent.
3. Morning Data
Insurance software company Morning Data is different to some of the other corporations on the list as it is an SME. Managing director Kirstin Cropper took over from her father in 2006 and has since grown the company from four staff to 23, whilst 45 percent of the team are female.
The company prides itself on offering staff flexible working hours, support for hobbies and sabbaticals and says it has an environment that is more than just a place to work.
If that isn’t enough, its Dorset office even has its own adopted local donkey.
4. News UK
The UK publishing arm of Murdoch’s global media empire, News UK, boasts of its 50/50 executive team split on gender lines and its female-led upper management team, including chief executive Rebekah Brooks and chief technology officer Christina Scott.
The media company has established partnerships with companies such as FDM, Code First Girls, Makers Academy and Apps for Good, to boost female representation in the tech industry. In addition, it has established a Digi Academy, with an equal gender intake, for young journalists wanting to work in digital news media.
5. Women Who Code
Women Who Code is a global community for female tech professionals that is spread across 60 cities in 20 different countries. It partners with companies such as eBay and Snap Inc to improve their hiring and retention process and institute more inclusive policies to create environments for female tech employees to succeed.
Of the 100,000+ female members, around 80 percent have said that being part of the organisation has helped their careers.
Women Who Code says:
“By transforming the way people think about tech, we can make it inherently more inclusive”.