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New award to highlight key women in tech

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:30pm

A long-standing tech awards has this year introduced a new award to recognise companies who champion women in technology.

The new category called the Women in Technology - Company Award was announced at the recently launched the 26thAnnual Technology Ireland Industry Awards. The awards are run by Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the technology sector.

This year in collaboration with Software Skillnet, Technology Ireland have introduced the new category to recognise a tech company that has demonstrated a strong commitment to attracting, retaining and developing women across its workforce.

Speaking at the launch, Una Fitzpatrick, the newly appointed Director of Technology Ireland stated: “The annual Technology Ireland Industry Awards, now in their 26th year, recognise and celebrate Irish tech companies who have achieved exceptional success developing innovative digital technologies in Ireland over the past year, across nine different categories.

“A huge area of focus for Technology Ireland over the past number of years, and an issue particularly close to my own heart, has been the issue of female participation in the tech sector. Women are under-represented in our sector with only 19 per cent of women employed in technology companies or in ICT roles in other industries.

“A continued commitment by industry is needed to increase the participation of women in senior roles and leadership positions. Increasing the number of women in technology has the potential to broaden the talent pipeline, boost company performance and foster more inclusive workplaces.”

The nine categories in the awards are:

· Digital Technology Company of the Year

· Emerging Technology Company of the Year

· Technology Innovation of the Year

· Outstanding Achievement in International Growth

· Digital Technology Services Project of the Year

· Women in Technology Company Award

· Excellence in Talent Development Award

· Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year

· Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year

Aaron Keogh, MD of Vhi Healthcare said: ‘The annual Technology Ireland Industry Awards has gained an exceptional reputation as one of the most coveted award ceremonies within the technology sector both in Ireland and overseas.

“The awards showcase successful entrepreneurship within the technology sector in Ireland and the diversity of innovation among indigenous Irish companies operating in this high performing impressive sector,” he added.

“Vhi Healthcare is delighted to be supporting the overall awards and also the Digital Technology Company of the Year Award. In addition to recognising outstanding performance, technical innovation and sales achievements, the award also recognises how tech companies foster a positive, healthy work environment for their employees.”

Technology Ireland, together with award sponsors Vhi Healthcare, Bank of Ireland, ByrneWallace, Enterprise Ireland, FIT ICT Association Professional, Technology Ireland Software Skillnet, and Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, is urging all Irish software and digital technology companies to submit their own entries for the awards by 30 September.

The awards will take place in The Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin on 23 November and will be attended by 500 leading influencers and decision makers in the digital and software technology sector.

Entry is free and not restricted. To submit an entry www.technology-ireland.ie/awards.

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